Houston's 10 Best Bars to Bring Your Mom

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Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday and it’s not too late to make plans as where to take your mom if you have not done so already. Hopefully you have not forgotten about the holiday all together, but if you have consider this a public service announcement. These are some nice places to take your mother, and you might want to call ahead and see if you need to make reservations as some of these places can get crowded. Your mother gave birth to you, changed your diapers, wiped your nose, etc., so now it is time to say thank you and hopefully not just on this one day of the year; come to think of it take your mom out to these places throughout the rest of the year as well. (Note: This list is in alphabetical order.)

Along with their impressive Mediterranean wine selection and coffee, Bacchus serves craft beers that you won’t find at your neighborhood sports bar; the food menu includes light snacks like house made Hummus or Tzatziki served with house made pita chips and a Mediterranean salad. Bacchus also serves sandwiches that your mom is sure to enjoy, like the El penedes, a grilled sandwich with chorizo, zamorano cheese and smashed grapes. You might want to call ahead and make a reservation, as Bacchus can get pretty busy on Mother’s Day; in addition to the nice food and drink selection, mom will love the large wrap-around patio and the patchwork marble floor, as the location used to be a showroom for the marble company next door. (2502 Dunlavy,  bacchushouston.com)

Cadillac Bar, the Tex-Mex institution in The Heights, is hosting a special Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring more than 60 items including omelets, waffles, pancakes, tacos, enchiladas, stuffed shrimp and much more. If you can’t make it in for the brunch you can always show up later in the afternoon or evening and treat mom to some of their classic regular-menu items like the fajitas or crispy beef/chicken tacos along with a few margaritas or mojitos to wash it all down. (1802 Shepherd, cadillacbar.com)

Okay, The Cock & Bull British Pub & Restaurant is actually located out in Seabrook, but it is definitely worth the trip and it is not too far out if YOU live in South Houston or Clear Lake. Cock & Bull serves up authentic British food prepared by an English chef who once worked for Princess Margaret; on Mother’s Day, brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will offer a variety of different items from the menu to eat like the Real Brit Breakfast, Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers & Mash, and more. Don’t forget to treat mom to a desert like the fruit crumble with ice cream or dark chocolate tapioca pudding; live music will also be performed and valet service is free. (3659 Nasa Pkwy., thecockandbullbritishpub.com)

Owner Alli Jarrett has transformed the 90-year-old building that was home to the legendary Harold's men's clothing store in the Heights into Harold's Restaurant and Bar; an old flat-top roof has been converted into a bar and a terrace that offers up a great view for watching the people and shops down below. On Mother's Day, Harold's is offering a special brunch from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. You can order the 3-course prix fixe menu consisting of jambalaya boudin balls, Gulf fish in white wine, and Nola bread pudding; or order appetizers or entrees a la carte. If you can't make it in for the buffet, stop by with mom later in the evening and treat her to some seasonal Southern Creole food from the menu along with some specialty craft cocktails. (350 W. 19th,  haroldsheights.com)

Take mom to the Honeymoon Café & Bar starting at 10 a.m. on Mother’s Day for brunch, where you can buy her French toast, an Oyster BLT, Honeymoon Burger and more, along with a brunch cocktail like a Bloody Mary or passion fruit mimosa. The cool thing about the Honeymoon is that this downtown Main Street destination will be serving brunch, lunch, and dinner on Mother’s Day (as they do every day of the week) so you can drop in any time during regular business hours through 10 p.m. on Sunday and treat your mom to some good food or just some nice cocktails or coffee. (300 Mainthehoneymoonhtx.com)

Julep will be holding a special Mother's Day pampering event called the Not-Yo-Mama's Mother's Day Soirée from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. where your mom can get her makeup done by Lucky Cat Beauty, her lashes done by Eye Candy Lashes, and her hair done by Pageboy. High-end retailer Velvet Slipper Divine will be there as well; specialty craft cocktails will be served. If you can't make this event, stop by earlier for brunch or later for dinner and be sure to buy mom the signature Mint Julep drink, which consists of Four Roses and Old Granddad 100 bourbons, fresh mint, turbinado and powdered sugar, served in a silver cup, with lots of ice. Spiced and Sparkling Juleps are also available, as well as a number of Southern house cocktails and pre-Prohibition Southern-style drinks. (1919 Washingtonjulephouston.com)

Max’s Wine Dive has two locations in Houston and both have special events planned for Mother’s Day. The Fairview location in Montrose has a Mother’s Day Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring bubbles, mimosas and chef-prepared specials; the regular brunch and dinner menu items will be served during regular hours as well. The Washington Avenue location will have a longer brunch for mom from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along with their own chef-prepared specials. Or just visit either location and order the year-round favorites like the“Famous Southern Fried Chicken” or “Shrimp & Grits.” Max’s mantra, “Fried Chicken and Champagne?...Why the Hell Not?!” pretty much sums up the place. (214 Fairview & 4720 Washington,  maxswinedive.com)

MKT BAR, located inside Phoenicia Specialty Foods downtown, is celebrating Mother's Day with brunch and dinner specials all weekend from May 8-10; all of the MKT bar menu items and the regular weekend brunch menu will also be available. Dinner specials include carrot ginger soup with champagne, roasted salmon in parchment, and Fraisier Cake; brunch specials include Yum for Mum pizza and MKT crab cakes. MKT Bar also has some recommended in-store-gift items for mom like chef-created artisan chocolates and handcrafted housewares, or just get her a gift card in any amount. On Mother's Day itself the Idol Gossip jazz band will be performing from noon to 3 p.m; don't forget to treat Mom to some of the wine and beer from the extensive selections offered here. (1001 Austin, phoeniciafoods.com/locations/mkt-bar)

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar in River Oaks is serving an upscale three-course prix fixe menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother's Day consisting of your choice of Maine lobster bisque, prime ribeye, Scottish salmon and more; choose one of the three deserts that include a caramel apple bread pudding, flourless chocolate truffle, and lemon tart as well. If you would like to show up a little later in the day, the regular dinner menu will be served from 5 to 10 p.m.; you and mom can order something out of the ordinary, like Washington state black mussels or pan-seared rohan duck breast. Mockingbird is a little more expensive than taking mom, to say, Luby’s, but she is worth it, right? Mockingbird also has an impressive selection of specialty cocktails, beers and, of course, wines. (1985 Welch,  mockingbirdbistro.com)


Located in Rice Village, Rosinka Wine & Tea House offers wines mostly from France and Italy, but a few from the Americas, made by small producers; these are not the kinds of wines you will find in big grocery-store chains or liquor stores. On Mother’s Day, starting at noon, Rosinka is hosting a wine and art event where you and your mom can create your own art in a painting class or just check out some local art for sale and meet some of the artists who created it. Live music and boutique wine will be available, as well as Rosinka’s selection of high-quality teas from China; French Cafe, Jamaican-style and organic Colombian coffee; Russian, French and Italian fusion food; and sweets like lemon cream cheesecake and apple turnovers. (2509 Rice, rosinkacompany.com)

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