Houston has its share of great nightlife. Residents often have their favorite, tried and true places to visit, but there is something about a brand new bar that piques the curiosity and heightens anticipation. New bars offer fresh, interesting concepts that go beyond the ordinary, and they often offer something interesting and exciting. These are some of the top bars that opened in the Houston area in 2015.
Barringer Bar And Lounge
108 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 786-1836

A downtown Houston bar, Barringer Bar and Lounge is a great place to visit for its speakeasy feel, comfortable seating and live entertainment. Barringer Bar and Lounge serves beer and wine, but this is really a bar for cocktails, and the bartenders have concocted some really interesting drinks. The live entertainment is great for guest amusement, but they do a very good job keeping the noise at a manageable level so that you can still hear the person sitting next to you. Barringer Bar and Lounge is near many other downtown attractions, and it makes a great place to take a date or gather with friends for afternoon drinks and conversation.

410 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 940-1674

An upstairs bar and a great place to chill, Boulevardier is a cocktail lounge with an industrial look that blends in well with its surroundings. The brick walls, bench style seats and other accompaniments make it perfect for lounging, relaxing and drinking. It’s common to find a DJ spinning tunes for entertainment, and the intimate setting is nice for taking a date. Boulevardier is located directly above the high energy Commoner bar, and it’s a great place to frequent when you’re a little tired of the action and want a place to sit down and drink.

Spare Key
2416 Brazos St.
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 701-1973

Located in Houston’s Midtown area, Spare Key features an interesting Victorian design and an art-oriented vibe. Spare Key is located on the second floor of Cook & Collins restaurant, but operates as its own, separate entity. Guests love Spare Key for its more sophisticated atmosphere and its drinks, which include craft cocktails, wine and beer. Especially popular is Spare Key’s Unlock the States drink adventure, which includes a different drink representing each of the fifty states that guests keep track of using a punch card. Spare Key is a little smaller than the others on this list, but its atmosphere and drinks make it seem larger, and it leaves a lasting impression on guests.

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Doc’s Motorworks Bar & Grill
1303 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 531-3627

Drive a short distance west of downtown, and you will arrive at Doc’s Motorworks Bar & Grill, a great place for burgers, drinks and sports viewing. This establishment has been around for only a short time, but already has a loyal following thanks to its laid back vibe, extended happy hour and nice assortment of foods and beverages. The dog friendly outdoor patio is great for locals, and the wide availability of Texas brewed beers is great for craft beer fans. Add late night, half price appetizers to the mix, and you have all the makings of a great new bar and one worth visiting.

Bovine & Barley
416 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 742-5683

A new addition to the downtown Houston bar scene, Bovine & Barley is big on beef and beer. Guests love visiting for a hearty meal of ribs or steak washed down with one of the more than three dozen available beers. If beer isn’t your preference, there is also a large wine selection and several specialty cocktails, many of which are named after things associated with the theme of beef and brew. The upstairs has a private room that is perfect for business meetings, and the urban industrial look and feel make it perfect for a white collar downtown hangout.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at Examiner.com.