Bayou City

Houston’s 10 Best Ice Houses

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This area staple has been going strong for almost 60 years and has managed to do so by offering up cold, affordable drinks, quality bar food and plenty of picnic-table seating. D&T is a great place to catch up with friends during happy hour, or even to decompress and grab a beer solo. With 50 beers on tap, and quality bar food options like Frito Pie, hot dogs and nachos, D&T is a favorite among regulars and newbies alike. (1307 Enid,

A Houston institution since 1942, Sheffield’s is a hidden gem of sorts in the Bayou City. It’s also about as close to Houston’s own “Cheers” as you’ll get. Sheffield’s regulars, many of which have been so for decades, are a family unit; the bar occasionally plays host to birthday celebrations for its regular patrons, while also mourning the passing of a longtime customer. Special events are commonplace, including a piñata and waterslide party earlier this month. (5118 Telephone,

The White Oak area certainly has changed over the years; fortunately, its best local ice house remains as it always was – gruff, a bit gritty and incapable of bullshit. These are the charms of Jimmy’s Ice House, a premier spot to buy cheap domestic and craft beers while listening to music on the jukebox or perhaps talking with your fellow clientele. Pull up a chair, order some food from any number of nearby restaurants (BB's is a particular favorite during crawfish season), grab a cold beer, and enjoy an ice house at its finest. (2803 White Oak, 713-862-7001)

Were you expecting anything else? Simply put, West Alabama is the J.J. Watt of area ice houses, with all the Houston adoration but none of the commercials. A favorite among Houstonians for nearly 90 years, this Montrose institution is almost half ice house/half backyard barbecue. Adorned with picnic tables – and misting fans for the hot summer months – West Alabama Ice House also partners up with a badass taco truck across the street, for those in the mood for some cheap bar eats. The beer is cheap, the servers are friendly, the bar games are plentiful, and the basketball rim plays host to some mean games of H-O-R-S-E. (1919 W. Alabama,
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Clint Hale enjoys music and writing, so that kinda works out. He likes small dogs and the Dallas Cowboys, as you can probably tell. Clint has been writing for the Houston Press since April 2016.
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