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The Ginger Man Pub

The Ginger Man Pub

Boasting what the bar claims is "America's largest selection of import draughts," the Ginger Man surely has a brew to suit you amongst the 68 on draft and additional 140-150 bottled suds.
Under The Volcano

Under The Volcano

Don't miss the "steak night" special on Monday nights, when a 16-ounce USDA Choice ribeye with tossed salad and mashed potatoes is a bargain.
Dan Electro's Guitar Bar

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar

A smattering of old guitars and groovy fluorescent skating-rink stars decorate the walls, and Dan Electro's corner stage has played host to too many local and regional names to count (most often blues, folk, roots-rock and hard rock).

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  • 55

    5510 Morningside Drive Houston, TX 77005

    A self-proclaimed "Texas Rock Restaurant and Bar," 55 in Rice Village features a cocktail menu with drinks named after famous Texas artists like Willie Nelon and Janis Joplin – although we recommend sticking with classics here, such as a Manhattan – and a menu that's heavy on comfort food classics. Especially good are the elbow macaroni and cheese in a creamy sauce that's flavored with ham, and the munchable house-made pickles, which feature okra as well as cucumbers. Weekends here generally feature pig roasts and a packed patio. Read more about 55 >>

  • Baker Street Pub & Grill

    Baker Street Pub & Grill

    5510 Morningside Houston, TX 77005
    713-942-9900 Within the Sherlock's family, every Baker Street Pub is the same, and every Baker Street Pub is different: heavy, rich wooden tables and chairs, comfy leather booths and plenty of nooks beckoning groups of friends to settle in for the night. The menu is loaded with standard pub fare, including some authentic British dishes, and the décor is bound to include a smattering of beer signs, England references and mood lighting. The Rice Village location caters to nearby students as well as folks from the neighborhood, and boasts a kitchen that serves grub right up until 2 a.m. When the weather is amiable, the welcoming front patio makes a fine hangout. Read more about Baker Street Pub & Grill >>

  • Bronx Bar (Rice Village)

    Bronx Bar (Rice Village)

    5555 Morningside Houston, TX 77005
    713-520-9691 Bronx Bar may market itself as a mildly upscale nightclub, dress code and all, but it's more of a local hotspot for college kids looking to party than anything else. The door men are allegedly difficult to get past, according to a number of Yelpers, but not enough to keep away the masses. Every weekend, the venue is packed with West University locals and visitors who are more interested in dancing to loud, club music than sitting, talking and knocking back a few. Given its proximity to Ginger Man, Brian O'Neils and Baker Street Pub, it may be the perfect getaway from your normal trip to the Village, without straying far from the beaten path. Read more about Bronx Bar (Rice Village) >>

  • Fedora Lounge

    Fedora Lounge

    2726 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005
    832-581-3232 This slim, dark speakeasy is easy to miss while zipping down Bissonnet, but an observant sipper who pulls aside in a moment of curiosity is bound to find a new favorite drinkery. Boasting a vintage liquor display dating to nearly a century ago - from an old Chicago bar, even - and some Edison bulbs in its hanging lamps, Fedora exudes old-school charm. It's small but comfortable, and the kind staff is ready to fill your cup repeatedly. Plans for a patio extension, complete with awning and bocce pitch, should come to fruition soon. Read more about Fedora Lounge >>

  • The Ginger Man Pub

    The Ginger Man Pub

    5607 Morningside Houston, TX 77005
    713-526-2770 This Rice Village mainstay has been providing a haven for beer lovers since Ronald Reagan's second term. Boasting what the bar claims is "America's largest selection of import draughts," the Gingerman surely has a brew to suit you amongst the 68 on draft and additional 140-150 bottled suds. With a charming cozy interior of small wood tables, welcoming front patio or sizable back beer garden, the G-man suits either a calm post-work/Sunday-night beer or crowded weekend hang (and it does get crowded). Besides Anvil and The Stag's Head, this is one of the few local bars that serves cask-conditioned ales. The excellent jukebox is packed with a hefty selection of newer indie albums and local legends like Little Joe Washington, Thirteenth Floor Elevators and Archie Bell & The Drells. Read more about The Ginger Man Pub >>

  • The Gorgeous Gael

    The Gorgeous Gael

    5555 Morningside Drive Houston, TX 77005
    832-667-8321 Formerly known as Brian O'Neill's, this Rice Village Irish bar got a makeover in 2014 and a new name in the Gorgeous Gael; its new namesake is Jack Doyle, an Irish immigrant who became famous as a British heavyweight boxer, Hollywood actor and tenor. The makeover included removing walls to provide more space, adding a new back bar and kitchen, and removing the old trellis from the patio to open it up and provide more space. The owners also put in lighter wood and made the place brighter than the average Irish pub, making it more modern while retaining the Irish friendliness and charm. Gorgeous Gael has an impressive collection of Irish whiskeys and domestic/craft beers, and plans on expanding their new menu which includes burgers and slow-cooked wings. Come check out the live music here on Friday nights, and don't miss the big annual St. Patrick's Day party held here. Read more about The Gorgeous Gael >>

  • Hans

    Hans' Bier Haus

    2523 Quenby Houston, TX 77005
    713-520-7474 Hans Bier Haus remains steadfast and grounded in its Rice Village neighborhood. Now surrounded by giant concrete walls (late-night noise being the condo residents' main beef), the 15-year-old bar offers more than 60 beers from all over the world on tap. Though Hans' interior can feel a little cramped, its real draw is the vast porch/beer garden out back, which is completely covered by donated sailboat sails and contains one of three Bocce Ball courts in the Houston area. The bartenders know everything there is to know about beer, or so it seems, and can easily assist any novice - unless the homemade sangria or frozen mimosas are more their speed. Read more about Hans' Bier Haus >>

  • Hudson Lounge

    Hudson Lounge

    2506 Robinhood St. Houston, TX 77005
    713-523-0020 "Swanky" might as well be Hudson Lounge's middle name. Every part of this Rice Village-area bar looks slick: The patio out front, the lounge in back and another whole room of tables and plush chairs that's easily missed if you're not paying attention. That front patio gives way to a marble-topped main bar with small tables and couches opposite the wells, but Hudson's centerpiece is a spacious central courtyard complete with fiery fixtures, comfortable modern patio furniture and a translucent floor. Crossing the courtyard leads to an equally stylish and slightly secluded back bar and lounge, which could easily function as a VIP area or private-party space. Read more about Hudson Lounge >>

  • Joia

    2511 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77005-1423

  • Kay

    Kay's Lounge

    2324 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005

    Mention Kay's Lounge to seasoned Houston drinkers, and the first thing out of their mouths is probably a line about the bar's trademark Texas-shaped table smack-dab in the middle of the front room. The virtually ageless bar is covered in decades of Houston history, from the vintage beer ads and signs lining the walls to the dusty, yellowed snapshots of the establishment's past clientele. Considering its West U location, Kay's has a glancing reputation as a preppy dive, but don't let that dissuade you from basking in the glow of one of Houston's most revered neon-lit haunts. An Internet jukebox rests in the corner instead of the old-school manual one Kay's once had, so prepare to be at the mercy of strangers' questionable listening habits if you don't shove in a few dollars before they do. Budget-minded drinkers can snag a few free hot dogs on Mondays. Read more about Kay's Lounge >>

  • Kelvin Arms

    Kelvin Arms

    2424 Dunstan Houston, TX 77005
    713-528-4739 Kelvin Arms is dominated by a huge bank vault in the middle of the bar - a holdover from when the Rice Village building was University Bank in the late 1920s and early '30s. Today the old vault resembles an elegantly appointed and softly lit library, albeit one where you can chug shots inside. Outside the huge steel door, Kelvin Arms has an HD projector constantly showing sports, and a shrine to Sean Connery. This one is worth getting off the beaten Rice Village path to venture into. Read more about Kelvin Arms >>

  • Little Woodrow

    Little Woodrow's (Rice Village)

    5611 Morningside Drive Houston, TX 77005
    713-521-2337 Does the Little Woodrow's empire not know how to create a bad drinking experience? We submit they do not. This is Woodrow's Rice Village entry, including all the patio space, taps and funky wall stuffs that are the calling card of their bars. This bar, next door to The Gingerman and Brian O'Neill's, helps round out a veritable tour of beers from around the globe, though we can admit more Bud Light and Shiner gets downed around the Village than Chimay and other craft brews. Come for the cheap suds and mixed drinks, and stay for the people watching as evening progresses. Watch other guys be "that guy" from Woodrow's comfy patio. Read more about Little Woodrow's (Rice Village) >>

  • Marquis II

    Marquis II

    2631 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005
    713-522-2090 Long a mainstay on Bissonnet, this divey staple recently got a facelift, but thankfully the spirit remains the same. You can still order up one of their torrid tea-and-liquor concoctions, which — don't ask us how we know — are more than worth the price if you are on a boozing budget. The couches and televisions make this a great bar to disappear in on sleepy game nights or to bring a gaggle of drinking buddies. This isn't a flashy bar, and the fratty vibe remains despite the spit shine, but we have found that anyone, regardless of level of schooling, is more than welcome. Read more about Marquis II >>

  • Mist Bar & Lounge

    2511 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77005-1423

  • Rice University Art Gallery

    Rice University Art Gallery

    6100 Main St. Houston, TX 77005-1827

  • Rosinka Wine & Tea House

    Rosinka Wine & Tea House

    2509 Rice Boulevard Houston, TX 77005
    832-509-9464 Located in Rice Village, Rosinka offers wines mostly from France and Italy, but a few from the Americas, made by small producers; these are not the kinds of wines you will find in big grocery-store chains or liquor stores. It also sells high-quality teas from China with no blends or added flavors, as well as French Cafe, Jamaican-style and organic Colombian coffee. There is food as well, which Rosinka describes as a Russian, French and Italian fusion; meat and chicken pies are among the favorites. Sweets sold here include lemon cream cheesecake and apple turnovers; join the wine and tea club to receive retail discounts and attend member-exclusive events like wine tastings. Read more about Rosinka Wine & Tea House >>

  • Simone on Sunset

    Simone on Sunset

    2418 Sunset Blvd. Houston, TX 77005
    713-636-3033 For a post-dinner drink, Simone makes a quiet alternative to the bustling Village Arcade around the corner. The brand-new Rice Village lounge occupies half an old bungalow on Sunset Boulevard; most customers seem to be locals, walking from their nearby homes to sip some wine, investigate one of the specialty cocktails, or try unorthodox menu items such as the Duckling and Kubla Khan pizzas. What was once a driveway is now Simone's patio, and the interior décor could be dubbed "modern distressed" - stained concrete floors, shattered-glass double doors, and bare Edison bulb clusters as chandeliers. Read more about Simone on Sunset >>

  • Under The Volcano

    Under The Volcano

    2349 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005
    713-526-5282 Under The Volcano, a cozy, eccentric bar in Rice Village, takes its name from a macabre 1947 novel by Malcolm Lowry. It's a great club for most every occasion, be it a birthday, a first date, or the beginning of the longest night of your life. Don't miss the "steak night" special on Monday nights, when a 16-ounce USDA Choice rib-eye with tossed salad and mashed potatoes is a bargain, plus you may be able to spy a few Houston Texans players chowing down. Read more about Under The Volcano >>

  • Valhalla


    6100 Main St. Houston, TX 77005
    713-348-3258 The periodic table painted on the wall should tip you off that this is a haven for grad students, of both the perpetual and temporary varieties. Eggheads hunker down here in this dungeonlike basement pub beneath the old chemistry building at Rice, and what keeps them coming back is perhaps the cheapest beer in town. (Volunteer bar staff help keep prices low.) Then there's the conversation: You can scour the country far and wide, but you would be hard-pressed to find a bar with a brainier clientele. And don't let the warlike name fool you since geeks are more likely to find paradise here than any deceased Viking warrior. The booze sticks to wine and beer only here, meaning you have venture into the real world for the hard stuff. Read more about Valhalla >>