Best Jukebox - 2013
A pre-WWII converted house with an actual rose garden out back, the Rose Garden could also be Houston's leading time warp. The north Heights beer joint resembles somebody's den — toaster oven, mini-fridge, pool table, dusty dartboard in the corner — but the room is dominated by the jukebox, an imposing six-foot-tall piece of amusement equipment that may be the most recent bit of technology on the premises. It's almost surprising that it doesn't play 45s, really, but the juke is stocked with dozens of CDs. Some are greatest hits by artists well known to the Garden's older clientele (Faron Young, Diana Ross & the Supremes, The Eagles), but the vast majority are custom jobs that usually run more than 30 songs a pop, all manner of icehouse-approved artists like Jo-El Sonnier, Boogie Kings, Dwight Yoakam, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dale Watson, Dean Martin, Roy Orbison, Johnny Rodriguez, Marvin Gaye, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Johnny and Rosanne Cash, and way too many more to list here. That's thousands of songs, any of which sounds perfect with a cold one at Rose's cozy little corner of Houston.