Best of Houston® 2023

Best Of Houston® 2023: Best Bar - Heights

EZ's Liquor Lounge Ain't No Country Club
EZ's Liquor Lounge Ain't No Country Club Photo by Jesse Sendejas Jr.
Best Bar - Heights: EZ's Liquor Lounge

At EZ’s Liquor Lounge, there’s a sign on the bar - one of those Office Depot nameplates you’d find on the desk of some worker bee - which says “Do Epic Shit.” It’s not a mandate because the mood at the Heights dive bar is, well, “EZ.” Instead it’s a bit of a mantra for the relatively new establishment, one it’s followed well enough to be named one of the country’s 50 best bars – and the only one in Texas – as listed by Esquire.

The reasons it’s the best in the Heights are plentiful, starting with some unique cocktails like the Hillbilly Highball, which comes with a bag of peanuts to pour into your Coke, as you did when you were a kid. This Coke’s spiked with a salty peanut butter bourbon. There’s a dulce de leche old fashioned, too. Sweet and delish. The food selections include a hearty pimento cheese with tasty pickled veggies and the Caliente Dog – a quarter-pound Wagyu dog topped with chili con carne, queso blanco and garlic celery spice. That’ll sober you up.

Folks from the Heights and across Greater Houston don’t come to EZ’s to eat as much as they do to socialize, though, and there’s a sign in the bar for them, too. It’s a banner which reads, “This Ain’t No Country Club,” which recalls Sheryl Crow’s 1990s hit “All I Wanna Do,” that one about having fun. Again, it’s not a mandate. But EZ’s loyal barflies have made it their own mantra.

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