Best of Houston

Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 7 Downtown Bars

Life is about perspective and so is Houston's downtown. Perhaps some look at it as a commercial district and once wannabe party king that lost its luster with the emergence of its cousin Midtown. Or you can see it as a beautiful skyline -- the best in Texas -- that's lightly peppered with a magnificent mix of hole-in-the-wall, hip and grown-up bar establishments.

It's not the scene where you're seen, it's the scene where you soak up the booze and the atmosphere and carry the conversation like a grown-up. You ignore the "for lease" signs on the establishments that once gave the central hub a swagger that excited the city in ways it hadn't in years, and you concentrate on what's left...the rest of the best.

Some old, some new, but all worthy, and the previous two Best of Houston® winners are still pouring strong.

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Contributor Rolando Rodriguez is the co-founder of Trill Multicultural.