Houston Music

Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses in Greater Heights

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4. Beaver's For those who don't already know, Beaver's is located just south of Hooters. Not really, but that's its motto anyway. The venue's bar and patio seating more than make up for the lack of parking on site, but it's the cold drinks, delivered quickly and with a smile, that wash down whatever sloppy sandwich you choose that will keep you coming back. And the sloppier it looks, the tastier it is. We promise.

If comfort food is more of draw for you than any kind of drink, Beaver's is the spot. The service is friendly and will even go above and beyond to acquiesce even the most odd request. Want some pickle juice to sip on? Just ask. They'll even supply you with a straw.

2310 Decatur, 864-2328, beavershouston.com

3. Plonk! Beer & Wine Bistro It may be in a strip mall, but once you make your way inside Plonk!, you'll forget all about that until you walk back to your car. The back/side patio has a relaxed and quieted ambiance to it, emphasized by the white Christmas lights that often hang low above patrons' heads, along with a large selection of beers and full menu inside give everyone a reason to love Plonk!.

Service is simple and straightforward. There are no servers, and you'll have to walk up to the bar to make your purchase. But once you do, your drinks, food and anything else you order will be delivered to you in no time. It's a bit pricey to be a regular, but you're paying for quality. And if you're looking for a new spot, just off your regular path, with a lot to offer without feeling pressured into throwing on a suit and tie, Plonk! is well worth a visit.

1214 W. 43rd, 713-290-1070, plonkbistro.com

2. The Spot Club Bless their hearts, the staff at The Spot Club are clearly Bible-belt denizens, serving up drinks with true Texas charm. Cozy and inviting, this Heights-area drinkery offers both steak and ladies' night every week, and live music is regularly scheduled, too. There's also a dance floor, an arcade game, a pool table, electronic darts and a television on which you can root, root, root for the home team.

Visitors are advised to not upset the quick-witted bartenders, who won't mince words if you're pissing them off. So you're telling me the staff actually keeps the assholes out? Count me in.

1732 W. 18th, 713-864-4485, thespotclubhouston.com

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Matt is a regular contributor to the Houston Press’ music section. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in print journalism and global business. Matt first began writing for the Press as an intern, having accidentally sent his resume to the publication's music editor instead of the news chief. After half a decade of attending concerts and interviewing musicians, he has credited this fortuitous mistake to divine intervention.
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