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Whether you’re looking to meet new contacts or strengthen relationships with older colleagues and friends, Houston is the place to be. Scope out the bars on this list to find the perfect fit among the best bars for networking in Houston. From private clubs to some of the best patio bar’s in the city, network here for a guaranteed hit.

The Houston Club
811 Rusk St. Suite 700
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 225-1661

The Bayou City’s premier place for networking, the legendary, private Houston Club, has been open since 1894 and offers membership packages for Houstonians who want to experience networking in luxury. Congressmen and public officials await at The Houston Club, including President H.W. Bush, so you never know who you might end up running into. It offers networking events every month, some of which include wine tastings, a member’s social and its Distinguished Speaker Series events.

Mike’s Restaurant & Ice House
8746 Lipan Road
Houston, TX 77063
(713) 782-6571

If you’re looking for a different vibe, Mike’s Restaurant & Ice House could be the spot for you next networking event. The relaxed, laid-back atmosphere of Mike’s is perfect for kicking back and having a beer with people from all walks of life. It’s a great place to find blue-collar blended with white-collar folks playing pool and enjoying Mike’s bucket beer specials. Its delicious hamburgers and come-as-you-are attitude makes Mike’s enjoyable and inviting for both the mechanic down the street and the local insurance agent.

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Water 2 Wine
3331 Westpark
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 662-9463

Water 2 Wine is one of Houston’s best places to network with a truly unique feel from most local bars. This place is a full winery and it ferments on site. Here you’ll find more than 100 wines from 13 different countries, all of which are await your tasting pleasure. If you’re feeling adventurous, make your own batch of wine and adorn the bottles with custom labels. Water 2 Wine offers networking events often so check its website regularly for dates if you’re looking for something a little different for socializing.

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5110 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 864-8811

At Houston’s original patio bar, Brixx on Washington offers just that: a massive patio where patrons come to have a few drinks and socialize. Your best bet is to hang out on the patio as it more than makes up for the small and sometimes crowded interior. Brixx offers a Networking Mixer for those that want to meet and connect in a casual atmosphere. Its mixer includes complimentary snacks and a chance to win three months free advertising in HUE, a newsletter that reaches more than 20,000 people throughout the city, so don’t forget your business card.

Celtic Gardens
2300 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 900-2500

If you want a casual place to relax after work and a great place to network with local Houstonians, try Celtic Gardens. This Irish bar offers Network After Work for professionals from all fields and all career levels. Its relaxed atmosphere features one of the best outdoor patios in the city with ample seating and a menu full of favorites, including blue cheese and bacon waffle fries and fried deviled eggs. Celtic Gardens is the perfect place to meet new contacts and strengthen the bond with old ones.

Kristi Rivera is a freelance writer born and bred in Houston, Texas. She is also known as the Rock Band queen, Trivial Pursuit virtuoso and spelling bee champ. She is a lover of music, books, pop culture, blue jeans and high heels. You can find her at some of the best live shows and nightspots in Houston. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.