Best Places To Get A Hot Toddy In Houston

January 9, 2013 7:00 AM

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A hot mixed drink made of liquor, water, honey and other spices, the hot toddy is a winter-weather must-have, especially on January 11, National Hot Toddy Day. Depending on the region, the liquor used may be brandy, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon or rum. You may also use tea or coffee with your liquor to add a little extra punch. Or you could just take advantage of the amazing hot toddies Houston has to offer.

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

Price: $12

Houston offers a fabulous place to drop in and enjoy a hot toddy on cold winter days. At Anvil Bar & Refuge, the owners’ passion and love for cocktails promises an atmosphere that can’t be found anywhere else in Houston, and it shows in drinks here. A seasonal winter drink, the hot toddy is a favorite drink here, and year after year, new hot toddy recipes surface as the owners play with drink recipes. Grab your friends and drop on into Anvil Bar & Refuge for a hot toddy. Be sure to ask about the unique décor; you’ll receive an astounding history of Houston.

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Hot Toddy Café
(888) 863-3974

Hot Toddy Café is a Houston-owned and based family business bringing everything to do with hot toddies to the world. As an Internet-based café, Hot Toddy Café brings coffee, tea, hot toddies served hot and cold, hot toddy makers, and hot toddy recipes you can make and enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Ordering online brings you hot toddies in an instant, or visit one of the many stores, cafes and other locations that house the Hot Toddy Café brand.

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Shay McElroy’s Irish Pub
909 Texas Ave., Suite A
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 223-2444

Shay McElroy’s owner John McElroy created and designed Shay McElroy’s after the pubs in Ireland, where he hails from. Offering some of the best beer, wine, Irish scotch and whiskey, Shay McElroy’s is a perfect spot to come after work or on the weekends to enjoy a hot toddy. Not only will the hot toddy warm your bones, but the friendly and cozy atmosphere and people here will as well. Along with your hot toddy, be sure to try McElroy’s Irish coffee and candied apple martini, two other winter-weather drinks.

Branch Water Tavern
510 Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 863-7777

Branch Water Tavern, a classic American tavern with a modern twist to it, was designed by Executive Chef David Grossman. Enjoy a phenomenal array of food such as crab cakes, bacon-wrapped gulf shrimp, braised beef shortrib, warm chocolate fondant and housemade gellato as well as American whiskey, beer, wine and unique cocktails. The hot toddy here at Branch Water Tavern is like none other in Houston. Made from lemon, honey, clove and apple brandy, Branch Water Tavern’s hot toddy will keep you warm all winter.

The State Bar & Lounge
909 Texas Suite 2A
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 229-8888

One of the sister bars to Shay McElroy’s Irish Pub, The State Bar & Lounge offers drinks and food in an upscale bar designed and decorated with furniture and artwork that brings Houston back to the glorious days when Houston really started to soar, including the oil boom and President Kennedy’s last visit. Offering beer, wine, cognacs, sherry, cocktails, scotches and even cigars, there is not a drink you can’t find at The State Bar, including a hot toddy. Made from clover honey, Buffalo Trace bourbon and fresh lemon juice, this toddy is just plain perfection. The State Bar is an outstanding place to drink a hot toddy and bring your business meeting, friends or family for a nice escape from the cold.

Kelli Kelly is a freelance writer who resides in Houston, Texas. Discovering how to make recipes family friendly, healthy, and in a short amount of time using ingredients that can usually be found in your pantry already is a passion of Kelli’s. She also helps to teach children’s cooking/baking classes and parties. Her work can be found at