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Most Popular Speakeasies in Houston

Houston is a popular destination for a variety of reasons including their numerous attractions like the iconic Space Center and Bayou Wildlife Zoo.

sweet summer drink at speakeasies in Houston

If you’re looking for a drink and a spot to relax at the end of a busy day, the bar and speakeasy scene in Houston appeals to tourists and locals alike.

While the days of Prohibition are gone, the spirit of speakeasies are still alive and well in Houston.

Today, many of Houston’s establishments reclaim the retro vibe of a speakeasy to attract history buffs and anyone looking for a fun atmosphere and a delicious drink.

Check out the best speakeasies in Houston for your next trip!

Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge

308 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (719) 266-2837
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Captain Foxheart’s Bad New Bar & Spirit Lodge is beside the University of Houston Downtown off- of I-10.

Bad News is a cocktail bar that boasts a large selection of prime spirits.

Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge is a great place to relax or grab a drink after a University of Houston Downtown sporting event.

In the true spirit of a speakeasy, the best way to see what’s on tap or on special, stop by. As a tequila fan, I can never pass up a shot of Arette.

Lei Low

6412 N Main St C, Houston, TX 77009
Phone: (713) 380-2968
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Lei Low is in the best location for a relaxing evening drink after a day of shopping at the Houston Farmers Market.

Eat lunch or dinner at Street Food Thai Market, Nam Eatery, or another of the many restaurants in the area.

Lei Low is a Tiki Oasis in the heart of Houston. Le Low is open until 2 am every day of the week except for Monday!

If you’re a fan of tropical drinks this place was made for you. I recommend the Bushwacker or Tropical Itch.

Their Hurricane Snake Mix with wasabi peas and sesame chips beats a bowl of peanuts any day.

Last Concert Café

1403 Nance St, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 226-8563
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If you spend some time at Captain Foxheart’s Bad New Bar & Spirit Lodge, you are a short distance from Last Concert Cafe!

Have a night of bar hopping and visit Last Concert Cafe, Captain Foxheart’s Bad New Bar & Spirit Lodge, and other surrounding bars!

A limited food menu is available to patrons who attend one of their concerts.

Since Last Concert Cafe is a bit elusive about their food and drink offerings, it’s best to buy tickets to a concert and show up for a good time.

I enjoyed tacos from a food truck and an ice cold beer.


314 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (713) 321-0824
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Notsuoh is another speakeasy conveniently located near the University of Houston-Downtown.

This hopping area of Houston is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening at the town bar hopping.

Taste Bar + Kitchen is a great place to eat dinner before heading to Notsuoh for one-of-a-kind cocktails.

Notsuoh is an eccentric art bar that boasts a chess club, great conversation, live music, and of course, cocktails.

This is the best bar for those with a creative mind. I highly recommend the Apple Empress French 75 or the Hibiscus Mule.


2006 Peden St, Houston, TX 77019
Phone: (281) 630-6248
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Marfreless is an upper-class bar in the Hyde Park district of Houston.

Under new management, Marfreless continues its legacy as a staple of Houston nightlife since 1972.

It is known for its eccentric feel and an iconic blue door on Peden Street.

Marfreless hosts multiple events throughout the year and attracts visitors from far and wide.

This bar and lounge is a great place to come, socialize, and enjoy a drink with friends and strangers alike!

Marfreless is classy, which got me in the mood for something classic like a Tom Collins.


5219 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
Phone: (832) 831-1602
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HandleBar is not your typical bar. HandleBar is known as the adult wonderland of Houston.

This drinking establishment is known for its craft beverages, retro music, and adult playground.

Refreshing cocktails like the Aku Aku, Baby, and Frida Kahlo will not disappoint you!

You will not need to leave HandleBar all night because of its many activities.

However, if you did leave, the Rice Military District of Houston will furnish you with any shopping or restaurants you desire.

Houston Watch Company

913 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77002
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Take a step back in time at Houston Watch Company in the Main Street Market Square Historic District of Downtown Houston.

The Houston Watch Company is just a block from Market Square Park in the midst of the nightlife district of Houston.

Houston Watch Company has an authentic speakeasy feel with a dark vibe.

Houston Watch Company only serves drinks, so you have to eat dinner at one of the many great dining establishments in downtown Houston.

They’ve got a good selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. I couldn’t resist the Sazerac.

Rabbit’s Got the Gun

708 Hogan St, Houston, TX 77009
Phone: (346) 335-8367
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Rabbit’s Got the Gun is on Hogan Street, right off of North Main Street in Houston, Texas.

Rabbit’s Got the Gun serves up delicious craft cocktails with its disco vibe and is the perfect place to spend an evening in Houston.

Depending on when you go, you might be lucky to grab a delicious taco.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a cocktail that’s not on the menu. Their staff is happy (and skilled) to please.


5857 Westheimer Rd Suite P, Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 324-8831
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Juliet is a modern, upscale, American dining restaurant that serves fine food and exquisite cocktails.

You will experience exceptional service, energetic energy, and fine dining at this modern restaurant in Houston.

I couldn’t pass up the chance to have Lobster Mac and Cheese. I highly recommend Juliet’s Bloody Mary with Jumbo Shrimp.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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