By Bryan Carey

Houston has its share of drinking establishments and while the beer scene might be on the upswing, Houston is still primarily a cocktail city. It is common for bars and restaurants to serve a wide range of adult beverages made from the finest spirits and often customized to your liking. Houston’s bar and restaurant scene also has its share of signature drinks crafted specifically for the local crowd. Here are the best signature cocktails in Houston.

Anvil Bar & Refuge
1424 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-1622

Anvil Bar & Lounge is consistently rated among the very best cocktail lounges in the city and the outstanding drinks are a large part of the reason. One of the many memorable cocktails is the Chuck Jones, a drink apparently named after the man who helped bring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the other Looney Tune characters to life. Made with Plantation 3- Star White Rum, lemon, white port, egg white and, of course, a carrot, the Chuck Jones combines unsuspecting bedfellows into a drink that’s off the charts in terms of uniqueness. It’s one of the best and most interesting cocktails at Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston’s place for creative drinks.

1919 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 869-4383

Julep is a Houston institution and as you might guess, juleps are a popular menu option. But Julep has other tasty cocktails and one of them is the Cherry Bounce Sour. This tantalizing beverage is made with bourbon, homemade cherry bounce, turbinado sugar simple syrup, lemon juice, bitters, and an egg white.Julep garnishes this signature drink using Angustura bitters, cinnamon, and a cherry for added visual appeal and flavor. The Cherry Bounce Sour isn’t a julep, and that is precisely what makes this beverage one of the standouts at this Washington Avenue bar.

Rosemont Social Club
910 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 231-0712

Large in size and personality, Rosemont Social Club is a great place to visit for after dinner drinks in the company of good friends. It is also an excellent choice if you like specialty drinks like the Strawberry Basil Smash. Made with vodka, muddled basil and strawberries, bitters, lime, and ginger beer, this signature drink is spritzy, thrist quenching, and agreeable to most any palate. Enjoy a Starwberry Basil Smash at the main bar or better yet, head to the rooftop bar for outdoor ambiance. Rosemont Social Club is one of the area’s best cocktail bars and the Strawberry Basil Smash is certain to keep this bar near the top of the list.

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The Pastry War
310 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 225-3310

A bar with an unusual and unforgettable name, Th Pastry War is a downtown Houston mainstay and a place many visit for some of the best margaritas in town. At the top of The Pastry War’s extensive margarita menu is the Strawberry Balsamic Margarita. This updated version of the classic cocktail is made using strawberry and balsamic vinegar, then served in a glass rimmed with damiana sugar. The Pastry War’s margaritas rank among the greatest in Houston and the Strawberry Balsamic Margarita is often selected among the best of them all.

The Davenport
2115 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 520-1140

Martinis are among the many charms at The Davenport Bar and one of its many cocktail delights is the Almond Joy Martini. It is made like a typical martini in some ways, but with flavors that invoke the taste of the classic candy bar. The Daveport serves the Almond Joy Martini with a chocolate stick stirer, adding to the authenticity of the flavor. This and other martinis are served stronger than many expect, so in that respect, you get a good deal of bang for the buck. The Davenport is intimate and friendly and the Almond Joy is a great cocktail option for those who like classic cocktails served with a twist.

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