Best of Houston® 2023

Best Of Houston® 2023: Best Dive Bar

Drink like an adult or act like a kid at Poison Girl
Drink like an adult or act like a kid at Poison Girl Photo by Jesse Sendejas Jr.
Best Dive Bar: Poison Girl

You want an “anything goes” vibe from your favorite dive bar and that – plus boozy, affordable drinks - is precisely what you get at Poison Girl. On one hand, there’s a sign preaching the bar’s mantra, “Drink Like an Adult” and on the other there’s a life-size replica of the Kool-Aid Man turning even the buzziest of barflies into kids again for a minute. There’s a night gallery of bare-breasted beauties adorning the walls of the Montrose cocktail club and also an oversized Cabbage Patch Kid (mercifully, not topless) residing on the outdoor patio. You can eavesdrop on naughty whispers at the bar then walk a few yards into the triumphant cries of excited pinball gamers.

The beauty of Poison Girl is that its faithful can lean into grown folks territory or childlike wonder on any given night there. Most nights, they comfortably fall somewhere in between. Like a living, breathing, drink-guzzling, chit-chatting choose-your-adventure land, Poison Girl allows it intriguing patrons to feel comfortable in their skin doing basically whatever they please.

1641 Westheimer
KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
The Houston Press is a nationally award-winning, 34-year-old publication ruled by endless curiosity, a certain amount of irreverence, the desire to get to the truth and to point out the absurd as well as the glorious.
Contact: Houston Press