The 10 Best Bars for Houston Transplants

New to Houston? Wherever you just moved from, Big Star Bar will make you feel right at home.
New to Houston? Wherever you just moved from, Big Star Bar will make you feel right at home.
Clint Hale

Our city is home to hundreds of thousands of people who were born and raised in the greater Houston area – folks who grew up on AstroWorld, the Luv Ya Blue Oilers and one of the world’s best livestock and rodeo shows. These folks know the city, including the local bar scene.

And then there’s the rest of us — hundreds of thousands more who moved here for any number of reasons, be it work, family or a love of humidity. Many of these folks are looking to immerse themselves in Houston’s culture, to see what Houston has to offer. As it pertains to the local bar scene, Houston offers quite a bit for townies and newbies alike. These are the best bars in the city for Houston transplants.

(Note: This list is in alphabetical order).

Big Star Bar
Big Star Bar
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BIG STAR BAR
The Heights has gotten a little swankier over the past few years, thanks to an influx of upscale bars/restaurants and luxury townhomes. But for those who want to get a feel for what the area used to represent, check out Big Star. There’s nothing showy about the dive – just good people, bar games, a chill patio and cheap drinks. A “no frills” bar for a neighborhood that used to be the same. (1005 West 19th, bigstarbar.com)

The 10 Best Bars for Houston Transplants
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FIREHOUSE SALOON
Those unfamiliar with Texas likely have a vision of cities like Houston, one in which everyone wears boots, speaks in a Southern drawl and rides horses to work. For the most part, this picture is inaccurate. That said, Houston does love itself some country dancing, and no place does it better than Firehouse Saloon. Country fans come out for daily drink specials and an array of Texas and national touring acts, both of the country and pop variety. (5930 Southwest Freeway, fireshousesaloon.com)

Fitzgerald's
Fitzgerald's
Francisco Montes

FITZGERALD’S
It’s certainly undergone its share of adversity in recent years, but Fitzgerald’s remains an institution on the Houston bar and live music scene. Situated on a nice strip of bars on White Oak, Fitzgerald’s still plays home to open-mike nights, as well as an array of area and national touring acts. Plus, its location is ideal for those looking for a little low-key bar hopping in the Heights. (2706 White Oak, fitzlive.com)

George Country Sports Bar
George Country Sports Bar
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GEORGE COUNTRY SPORTS BAR
“Country bar” might be a bit strong, considering George’s caters to all walks of life within the gay community. The "sports" part is certainly accurate, as games are always on inside this Montrose staple. The service is great, the food is solid and the bar games are on point. For those looking to experience what Montrose is all about, George’s makes for a fine start. (617 Fairview, Facebook page)

The 10 Best Bars for Houston Transplants
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LITTLE WOODROW’S MIDTOWN
Houston, with its jobs, cost of living and weather, has become a go-to spot for twentysomethings looking to segue out of college and into adulthood. And no place better caters to that group’s lust for nightlife than Midtown, with its array of bars and clubs, Little Woodrow’s among them. The crowd is lively, the dress code is near-nonexistent, and on Thursday nights, the spacious patio plays host to the famous Turtle Races, a favorite pastime of locals and transplants alike. (2306 Brazos, midtown.littlewoodrows.com)

The Maple Leaf Pub
The Maple Leaf Pub
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THE MAPLE LEAF PUB
A number of Houston transplants found their way here from the Northeast and Midwest, two regions that really love their hockey. And while it may be 90-plus out during the Stanley Cup playoffs here in Houston, those looking to satisfy their hockey Jones can do so at Maple Leaf. The bar also serves up daily drink specials and offers weekly events like poker night, bingo, trivia and karaoke. (514 Elgin, themapleleafpub.com)



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