Top Fall Drinks in Houston

October 9, 2013 7:00 AM

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It’s time for seasonal food and drinks to appear in Houston-area restaurants and bars. When pumpkins appear and apples are available, look for these seasonal drinks at many of Houston’s best bars. Fall drinks may include flavors of fruits of the fall like pomegranates, pumpkins or apples, or they may be served warm to ward off the oncoming chill of winter.Mongoose Versus Cobra 
1011 McGowen St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 650-6872

Mongoose Versus Cobra is the quirky name for a bar that takes its drinks seriously. Most of the spirits and beers available are from small, local companies. There are few cocktails at this bar, but you will find draught beers like leprechaun cider, which brings the crisp flavor of fall apples into your glass. You can also try some roasted pumpkin seeds or hazelnuts to go with your drink for the full fall experience. This bar is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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

Anvil Bar and Refuge is a refuge for those who want a laid-back atmosphere and 100 drinks to choose from. You cannot go wrong with anything on the list because Anvil’s three founders are self-proclaimed “cocktail freaks” who pay the utmost attention to every detail of every drink. Pick anything from this bar’s 100 list, but for October and November, try the Calvados toddy, which is made with the flavors of maple syrup and allspice, both perfect pairings for the fall foods on the bar menu like the Harvest Moon flatbread with hazelnuts, butternut squash, pears and other autumn flavors.

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Straits Houston
800 Sorella Court, Suite 940
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 365-9922

The site in City Centre of Straits restaurant makes it a convenient spot to reach from the West Belt or from the Katy Freeway. In addition to fall-flavored cocktails like the Ginger Pear Drop, which features ginger and fall-fresh pear flavors, you can also be entertained in the lounge Thursdays through Saturdays with a live DJ performing. You can also follow up your drinks by going to the restaurant from the lounge to feast on Asian fusion dishes influenced by Singapore’s multicultural cuisine.

Reserve 101
1201 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77002

Reserve 101 is known around Houston as a whiskey bar for its large number of whiskeys that are available. You will find the largest whiskey selection in Texas with more than 280 whiskeys, but this bar also has great cocktails. It features a special fall menu each year to celebrate the tastes of autumn and the fun of Halloween. The Bloody Hatchet drink, which included a salted glass rim with bacon, made an appearance last October for Halloween, and you can expect similarly creative drinks for this fall at Reserve 101.

Double Trouble Caffeine and Cocktails
3622 Main St., Suite D
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 874-0096

Wake up with a dose of caffeine in the morning, then return after work for some cocktails to calm you down. The only place in Houston where you can do this is at Double Trouble Caffeine and Cocktails. Stay warm throughout the day and into the night as autumn temperatures fall toward a Houston winter by getting coffees and warm mixed drinks from Double Trouble. The coffee beans are locally roasted by Greenway Coffee, and you can get warming drinks at night until 2 a.m., like a hot buttered rum, which will quickly take away autumn’s chill.

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