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Midtown Bars in Houston

There was a time when living in Midtown was not as hip as it is today. The Midtown Houston area now contains parts of the 19th century Victorian and posh Third Ward, and what was called Freedman´s Town, a community of then recently-freed slaves.

During the first decades of the 20th century, the Third was very popular for those looking for less busy environments. The neighborhood was further enriched with the arrival of people of  Asian descent and the creation of Little Saigon, a neighborhood created to resemble the 1970’s Saigon streets.

Meanwhile, the Fourth Ward was in decline. It is often attributed to its own spatial constraints. However, the effects of the construction of the Interstate 45 were more tangible. It effectively separated great parts of the community from downtown. Many members of the community left the Fourth Ward during the 70s.

During the 1990s there was a steep economic and demographic decline in the whole Midtown area, making vacant land and abandoned buildings a common sight.

Efforts to revitalize the area brought the community back to its feet. A grassroots effort made by the rector of the Trinity Episcopal Church was able to bring together many organizations that promoted rebuilding this historic neighborhood.

Soon, the whole area became a magnet for artists and youngsters, bringing back economic activity, business opportunities, and optimism, turning it into one of the best areas to live in Houston.

Midtown nowadays is home now to more than 140 restaurants, delis, bars, and coffee shops. Locals love to have a plethora of options available within walking distance, and the walkability is envied all throughout Houston.

Places to Visit

Part of being a friendly neighborhood is having great and wholesome places available for its visitors. Midtown is not lacking in this department.

Bagby Park is a favorite for joggers and people who want to chill out while deciding where to eat next. It is located right at the heart of Midtown, and the huge letters spelling Midtown are hard to miss. It is a family-friendly location as kids love to climb and hide behind these letters, and people bring their pets for a walk.

Another great spot to go with your children is the Fluff Bake Bar. It is a favorite among the young with their delicious treats that make sure they cater to everyone’s sweet tooth.

Midtown Bars You Should not Miss

Pub Fiction

2303 Smith St

Houston, TX 77006

(713) 400-8400

Great place for drinks and watching games. It is very spacious and there is a screen on every wall, making it really good for large gatherings. It has become kind of a landmark in Midtown.

Opens Monday to Friday at 3 pm, and at 11 am on weekends. Closes at 2 am every day. But check before going as Covid hours and levels of service might be modified.

Little Woodrow’s Midtown

2306 Brazos St

Houston, TX 77006

(713) 522-1041

Another favorite for sports fans. However, what makes this place great is the food trucks parked around and the giant games. There is seating available for everyone, even on game nights, and a great selection of beers.

Opens from Monday to Sunday, from noon to 2 am.

Wooster´s Garden

3315 Milam St

Houston, TX 77006

(713) 520-0015

For those who love craft beer and creative cocktails, Wooster´s Garden will become their favorite Midtown Bar. Its open area makes it a perfect place to enjoy the summer or even colder seasons thanks to their table-side fire pits.

Opens from Tuesday to Sunday, from 4 pm to 2 am.

Mongoose Versus Cobra

1011 McGowen St

Houston, TX 77002

(713) 650-6872

MVC is one of the top-rated Midtown Bars. Its location has a long history which is honored by the current owners. It has a kind of industrial feel, which makes it unique among other bars in the area. Simple yet tasty food serves to accompany skillfully prepared cocktails and a really good selection of tap beer. Definitely a must if you are in Midtown.

Opens Monday to Friday at 4 pm, and at 2 pm on weekends. Closes at 2 am.

Nouveau Antique Art Bar

2913 Main St

Houston, TX 77002

(713) 526-2220

A quaint yet lively venue that became a favorite for event planners. It used to be open to the public all week long, but it seems to be booked for events and ceremonies every weekend now. And who can blame them? The ambiance, lighting, and the amazing staff have made Nouveau Antique Art Bar one of the best Midtown bars.

Opens Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 pm to 12 am. Friday to Sunday: Reservations only.

Howl at the Moon

612 Hadley St

Houston, TX 77002

(713) 658-9700

This is the place to have fun after a bar hopping night. It gets a bit crowded, but it adds to the ambiance since live music is their selling point. The band is talented and takes requests. You can be sure they will play almost anything you throw at them, making sure everyone is engaged all night long. It has become a favorite for birthday parties and fundraisings.

Opens Thursdays through Saturdays, from 7 pm to 2 am.

To help you around with that, I thought I should make a brief list of a few essential places I think you should definitively check out the next time you are out in Houston, looking to have a good time.

Well, there you have it, our top Midtown Houston bar picks

A few suggestions to spice up your coming weekend. Make sure to check out the hours.  Also, check out my take on things to do downtown Houston and some cool information about the downtown Houston tunnels.  You might really enjoy a night out in the Theater District.