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Houston’s 10 Best Bars in Montrose

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click to enlarge La Grange - PHOTO BY TROY FIELDS
La Grange
Photo by Troy Fields
5. LA GRANGE
It's hard to imagine a Montrose bar more ideal for summer nights than La Grange (fitting, since it opened in the summer of 2015). The patio is multi-layered and expansive and features one of the most picturesque views you’ll find in all of Houston. But it’s the drinks that really bring it home. Whether you're ordering a traditional margarita, a Carlos Danger or a Paloma – all of which are infused with tequila – it’s a good bet you’ll find something to cool you down at one of Montrose’s most breathtaking bars. 2517 Ralph, lagrangehouston.com

click to enlarge JR's Bar & Grill - PHOTO BY HP STAFF
JR's Bar & Grill
Photo by HP Staff
4. JR’S BAR & GRILL
One of Houston’s premier gay bars for more than three decades, JR’s features weekly events like Amateur Strip Show Mondays, Drag Show Tuesdays and Karaoke Thursdays. Plus, go-go dancers are featured nightly. JR’s is without question one of the best times you’ll find in Montrose, one elevated by strong drinks that won’t empty your wallet. Seriously, you can likely find a drink that suits you for less than $4 any night of the week. Customer service like that is how you stay in business for so long. 808 Pacific, jrsbarandgrill.com

Rudyard's - PHOTO BY JACK GORMAN
Rudyard's
Photo by Jack Gorman
3. RUDYARD’S
A lot of bars and restaurants bill themselves as offering a little something for everyone, but Rudyard’s really delivers on that promise. The bar routinely plays host to live music, everything from indie to pop to punk to metal – not to mention comedy and spoken-word. Rudyard’s is the type of bar where you can order any number of craft beers, eat one of the city’s finest cheeseburgers and get in a game of darts before taking in a Rockets playoff game or watching the Astros as they make their push toward the AL West crown. 2010 Waugh, rudyardspub.com

Boheme - PHOTO BY CLINT HALE
Boheme
Photo by Clint Hale
2. BOHEME
A quick sidebar, as spring and summer are known to be the seasons of new love: There may not be a better casual first-date bar than Boheme. Both the indoor section and the outdoor patio are quaint, but not so quaint as to be stifling in their silence. And they’re lively, but not so lively as to drown out what may be relationship-forming conversation. And if the date's a dud, well, at least the venue was good. Boheme, a Montrose staple, is a particular favorite of happy hour types in and around the area. From 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and all day Sunday and Monday, Boheme features an array of $7 craft cocktails, along with discounted sliders and empanadas. Really hungry? Order any pizza on the menu; you won’t be disappointed. 307 Fairview, barboheme.com

West Alabama Ice House - PHOTO BY DAVID ROZYCKI
West Alabama Ice House
Photo by David Rozycki
1. WEST ALABAMA ICE HOUSE
What else could take the top spot than a Montrose institution that has stood the test of time for almost 90 years? We’ve said all there is to say about West Alabama Ice House at this point. The staff is great. The taco truck across the street (cash only) is next-level. The beer is cold and cheap. They have a basketball court; the list goes on. Most important, West Alabama feels like home. The bar routinely posts tributes to regulars and staff on its outdoor sign, not to mention firing up the barbecue pit for what basically amounts to a neighborhood cookout. That’s because West Alabama doesn’t feel like a bar; it feels like family. It’s also one of the best, most storied bars you’ll find in Texas. 1919 West Alabama, 713-528-6874
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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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