Best Downtown Bar That's Still There - 2000
Readers' Choice: La Carafe
Don't get us wrong. We love the "revitalization" of downtown. We love the crowds, the foot traffic, the energy and the fact that in some bars you have to wear the right fucking clothes to get a drink. This is not our idea of alcohol consumption. Our ideal bar combines good spirits with an even better ambience. The Brewery Tap serves us just fine. Opened in 1987, long before downtown was cool, the joint has a full bar and more than 30 different brews on tap, but even more appealing is its history: The Tap is located in a building that used to be part of the Houston Ice and Brewing Co., once a sprawling three-block operation that was eventually done in by two things, prohibition and refrigeration. Those heavy wooden tables that dominate the room are constructed with beams from a demolished 1905 warehouse. In a sense, the Brewery Tap is a subversive business; it honors history in a city that usually doesn't. So go there and share a drink with the rest of the rebels.