Houston, TX 77007
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 popular with come-as-you-are Heights-area residents.
Inside, the building’s historic charm shines through with original pressed-tin ceilings, mica lamps and an old oak bar. There are dartboards in back, a 42-inch plasma hanging on the wall and a digital jukebox playing an eclectic soundtrack for the laid-back crowd. Through the back door, there’s an unobtrusive patio and a small parking lot, hidden away from the Washington Avenue hipster scene.
Head there for specials like Premium Pint Tuesdays and $3 Bloody Mary Sundays. (FYI, Darkhorse is often praised for its spicy rendition of the classic tomato-and-vodka concoction.) The spot also hosts daily happy hours from 4-7PM.