Houston's 10 Best Bars for Guys’ Night Out

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Dude’s night out doesn’t always have to devolve into The Hangover (the first one, the good one) or even that one Chappelle’s Show skit where everything hilariously devolves. Sometimes a group of guys want to get together, have a few drinks and maybe watch a game or something while enjoying conversation. Houston, with its array of nightlife, doesn’t lack for these options. In the interests of equal time, a ladies'-night list will follow soon, but here are ten of the best “guys’ night out” spots in town. (Note: We excluded strip clubs from this list because, well, that’s a list unto itself.)

If a bunch of fellas are looking to stay out all night, get wild and perhaps get into some trouble, they might want to look elsewhere. But anyone looking to take a seat at a picnic table, have a cold beer, watch sports and enjoy a little conversation has come to the right place. West Alabama Ice House offers a neighborhood barbecue sort of vibe, including food trucks, bar games and good people. (1919 West Alabama, twitter.com/the_WAIH)

Rebels is the perfect spot to visit once you’ve had your fill of the nearby Washington-area bars and are looking for cold beer and country music. Plus, this bar has a mechanical bull and one of those boxing machines that read the impact of a person’s punch and score it (these are both great ways for intoxicated men to engage in a little one-upmanship). Rebels even offers bottle service geared toward bachelor parties and the like; the Bachelor package includes Fireball, Jack Daniel’s and Enchanted Rock vodka. (5002 Washington, rebelshouston.com)

The best patio in Midtown, Irish Cowboy – the former Celtic Gardens – is tailored to a group of young men looking to knock down some drinks and socialize with the locals. With more than 10,000 square feet of patio space, barbecue roasting outside, live music blaring and an array of twentysomethings looking to make some memories, Irish Cowboy is one of the best times you’ll have in Midtown. (2300 Louisiana, irishcowboy.com)

There is nothing flashy about T-Bones, the consummate dive bar. What the bar does offer is tasty crawfish (when in season), cold, cheap beer, sports on TV, and a nice outdoor deck. For a group of guys looking to get out and mingle with the ladies, T-Bones probably isn’t your spot. But for a group of old friends in the mood to catch up while scarfing down bar food and enjoying some low-key conversation, this hidden Houston gem is the place to be. (1971 West TC Jester, tbonessportspub.com)

Beer, food and golf. Yeah, Top Golf is tailor-made for guys’ night out. Yeah, the golfing bays can get a little pricey at $40 per hour during peak times, but even at those prices, four guys could play two hours for $20 a pop. When the golf is done, head to the bar and watch sports on TV, or head downstairs for free pool. (3 Houston-area locations, topgolf.com)

More of a "guys’ day out" type of spot, mostly because most major soccer matches are played several hours ahead in the UK, Richmond Arms is the spot in Houston to watch soccer. With ample parking, a nice patio and plenty of good grub and beer to enjoy during the match, Richmond Arms is ideal for those looking to enjoy “the other football” with fellow revelers. (5920 Richmond, richmondarmsonline.com)
Some folks view Anvil as pretentious, which is inaccurate. Look, if tank tops and cheap domestic beer are your thing (not that there’s anything wrong with that), a night at Anvil isn’t for you. But those looking for a classed-up evening and craft cocktails are in for a treat. The selection of spirits is unparalleled, the bartenders know their stuff, and the bar’s proximity to other local haunts (including Poison Girl) makes it a perfect place to begin (or end) a night of bar-hopping. (1424 Westheimer, anvilhouston.com)

If you go on a weekend, yeah, it’s gonna be crowded as all hell. That said, where else can you get down on old-school arcade games like Double Dragon, Street Fighter 2 and NFL Blitz, as well as bar games like Giant Jenga and shuffleboard, for free? A perfect place for guys to tie one on and relive their youth? Yeah, Kung Fu is the spot. (5317 Washington, kungfusaloonhouston.com)

It’s only going down the first and last Friday of the month, so plan accordingly, but Pacman Fever Fridays is some of the most fun you’ll have in Houston. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. twice a month, Eighteen Twenty (the bar) partners up with Joystix (traditionally a dealer of arcade games) and offers all-you-can-play for $15, plus full bar service. (1820 Franklin, joystixamusements.com)

Midtown Houston gets a bad rap, and some of that is deserved. But don’t rope Little Woodrow’s into that conversation. It’s not pretentious, and there sure as hell ain’t no dress code. Come out Thursday nights for the famed “turtle races,” or pick another night and get in on a game of cornhole (loser buys the next round, as it should be). The patio is spacious, the music is popping and the crowd is lively. You won’t find a better guys’ night spot in Houston. (2306 Brazos, midtown.littlewoodrows.com)

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