Discover the art of the drink
Anyone can pour a vodka soda. But if you're looking for a finely made cocktail that requires a bit of skill, you've come to the right place. Your mission: Go explore these potent potions from some of Houston's top spots.
|Under the Volcano|
Known to the young professionals that frequent it simply as The Volcano, this West University neighborhood bar is famous for its laid-back attitude and freshly-made Mojitos. The classic Cuban cocktail is made from scratch, one at a time, using Bacardi, sugar and soda, along with fresh lime and mint. Muddled mint not your style? The frozen screwdriver is also a solid selection.
Finger-lickin' BBQ and southern-style sides were the initial draw to the Washington Corridor-set Beaver's. Now, along with killer coleslaw and old-school potato salad, guests return for a well-conceived menu of inventive cocktails. Try a jazzed-up version of brew with Beaver's Belt Strap, which blends Cruzan black strap rum, Southern Star Pine Belt ale and fresh lemon juice, or the Smoky Julep made with In-House maple-smoked rye whiskey.
|Cocktail at Anvil Bar & Refuge |
Don't be scared off by the lounge name. Absinthe Brasserie does serve several cocktails made with the neon-green rocket fuel, but fortunately, it also serves the bubbly and delicious Champagne Pearl, too, made with pomegranate-flavored pearl vodka and champagne. Food here is unexpectedly good. Go for a flat-bread pizza like the Van Gogh with an assortment of "select world cheeses" or the Gauguin topped with tomato, basil and goat cheese.
Situated in a narrow 1920s-era space near Washington Avenue's Catalina Coffee, Darkhorse Tavern is a dimly-lit, no-fuss neighborhood bar that's a perfect spot for curing a lingering, er, headache. Inside, the historic charm remains with original pressed-tin ceilings, mica lamps and an old oak bar. Head there for daily drink specials and $3 Bloody Marys on Sundays. The spot serves up the tomato-and-vodka-mixed goodness spicy with a celery-stalk garnish or skewered olives.
Set on the eclectic Westheimer Curve, Anvil Bar & Refuge is known for it's top-shelf sips made with hand-pressed juices, house-made bitters, simple syrups, ginger beer and herbal infusions. The bar also gets kudos for presentation, serving up perfectly-prepared concoctions in vintage glassware scored from several local thrift stores. Go for the signature Border Storm, Anvil's riff on the traditional Dark 'n' Stormy, kicked up with chili pepper and fresh lime juice.