1011 McGowen St.
Houston, TX 77002
In the wild, few contests are as fierce as that of the mongoose versus the cobra. So when the owners of the newest bar in Midtown needed to come up with a name that packed a punch, it didn’t take them long to decide just what it would be.
Housed in a historic building on McGowen, just steps from the light rail tracks on Main St., Mongoose Versus Cobra has a well-worn, slightly industrial yet homey feel to it.
Cocktails here run from the traditional (Sidecar) to the more innovative and avant garde. Beers are a definite specialty though, with everything from Brewdog from the U.K. to No Label from Katy. Small bites of meats and cheeses are also offered on a well-edited menu.
Built in 1915, the ivy-covered structure was originally a grocery store and housed a number of other businesses through the years. A small nook upstairs is great for private conversation or drink date. Be sure to check out the sculpture of the mongoose fighting the cobra tucked away in a corner of the bar.