Best Bar Food In Houston

November 7, 2011 4:30 PM

Food may not be the first thing on your mind when picking out a bar, but after knocking back a few pints you’re bound to be singing a different tune. Whether you prefer to wash it down with an ale, margarita, glass of wine or cocktail, the best bar food in Houston is worth the trip every time. — Amber Hilton

Downing Street Pub

2549 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 523-2291

Downing Street Pub in Houston may have earned its stripes for their unparalleled whiskey selection, extensive wine list and 400-square-foot cigar humidor, but that doesn’t mean that you need to down your single malt scotch on an empty stomach. Downing Street also serves up some of the best bar food in Houston. Among the options here are hearty pub sandwiches and soups, as well as plates of smoked Scottish salmon and rich, imported cheeses. All this can be enjoyed in a relaxing, “casually elegant” atmosphere. A state-of-the-art filtration system helps non-smokers feel at ease among the cigar-smoking patrons. Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Byzantio Cafe & Bar

403 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 520-OUZO

A bar/caf・hybrid, Byzantio Caf・& Bar is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for beer, wine and spirits, as well as a bite to eat. The vibe here is semi-casual, yet cozy, making it a great spot for a first date or Happy Hour. Byzantio’s offers a full drink menu of domestic and imported beers, wines and martinis, but they also have a large, Greek-style food menu to compliment the spirits. Menu items here include salads, appetizers, pizzas, hot sandwiches and special plates like gyros and lamb souvlaki. For food, fun and drinks in Houston, this is the place to go. Stop by daily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Happy Hour specials, which currently include $2 domestic longnecks, $4 house wines and $2.25 wells. Weekly specials are also offered on select food and drinks, and DJs and belly dancers can be enjoyed on Saturday and Thursday, respectively.

The Bull & Bear Tavern and Eatery

11980 Westheimer, Suite A
Houston, TX 77077
(281) 496-6655

Good booze, great service, and fantastic Happy Hour specials are what bring customers to The Bull and Bear, but the amazing food is what makes them loyal customers. The food is fantastic and very reasonably priced; no where else in the city can you get saut馥d flounder with wild rice or New York strip steak with two sides for just $6.99 each. This place has an extensive regular menu, as well as daily and weekly specials. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, they also serve a full breakfast. Bar hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Kitchen hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Happy hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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