Between the high temperatures and nearly constant humidity, Houston always feels a little tropical, but Present Company takes it over the top with palm trees, frozen drinks, and more neon than you knew was possible for one bar. This Montrose spot has two levels of patios and serves drinks in Lacroix cans, along with Bloody Mary’s out of Campbell’s soup cans during weekend brunch. Stop by for drinks and to take advantage of the pizza, queso, and wings on the late-night menu.
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The Hay Merchant
The Hay Merchant in Montrose has 80 beers on tap, a huge patio, and unique barn snacks like a roasted pig’s head.
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Julep is where to go on Washington Ave. for good cocktails and fancy bar food without the dress code or bouncers of nearby spots.
Coltivare in The Heights is where to go with a group to drinks cocktails in a garden and eat lots of Italian food.
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Xochi is a Oaxacan spot in the Marriott Marquis hotel downtown, with mezcal cocktails, fresh masa, and a mole sampler that should be on your table.
West Alabama Ice House
West Alabama Ice House is a Montrose staple with a big back yard that's been attracting regulars for 30 years.
Dolce Vita Pizzeria & Enoteca
Dolce Vita is a great date-spot in Montrose that serves pizza, pasta, and lots of Italian wine.
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