9. Onion Creek Coffee, cold beer and comfort food have made this White Oak eatery and ice house a staple in the community, and the hot dogs and Frito pies have only furthered its reputation. Suit-and-tie types rub shoulders with bearded bikers as flannel shirts make their way back and forth between the bar and their seats.
There's plenty of patio seating and, inside, a few cushy seats and an old Pac-Man machine that doubles as a table. Whether you're looking to drink and nibble on a lazy Sunday or knock back a few too many on a Friday night, Onion Creek has an unassuming atmosphere that you're sure to enjoy.
3106 White Oak, 713-880-0706, onioncreekcafe.com
8. Down House This refurbished bank turned restaurant and mildly upscale bar is a bit hard to peg. In the mornings, it offers some of the best breakfast you can find in the Heights. In the afternoon, its patio is the perfect setting for a drink or two to go alongside your burger.
And, in the evenings, it becomes a late-night hangout, better known for its cocktails than its beers. Switching back and forth will get you where you need to be without your wallet suffering too much, but you've really got to try some of the drinks on Down House's menu. On tap, you'll find plenty of Texas beers, too.
1801 Yale, 713-864-3696, downhousehouston.wordpress.com