Few Houston bars allow their clientele to enjoy a nationally acclaimed menu as well, but Third Bar does - it's part of Midtown seafood restaurant Reef, which The New York Times called "electrifying and surprisingly intimate." Located to the left of the building's entrance, 3rd Bar serves finger foods like oysters on the half shell and shrimp spring rolls as you knock back a few cold ones. (Reef proper, where you'll be greeted by smiling waiters in blue jeans, is to the right.) Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner or a quick escape from downtown's hustle and bustle, 3rd Bar offers quality service in an upscale yet relaxed atmosphere. Be warned that parking is not always easy to come by, though.