Houston Nightlife: The Best Bars in Northside Village & Near Northside

The Raven Tower | Photo courtesy of White Oak Music Hall

Houston comes alive at night, with dives, cocktail bars, and nightclubs dotting the city. In our Houston Nightlife: Best Bars, we’ll cover the best night owl watering holes in each neighborhood.

A part of what is considered Northside—along with neighborhoods like the Heights, the Fifth and Sixth Wards and Acre Homes—this district is home to a traditionally Hispanic community with a small town feel. Because of its proximity to Downtown and the expansion of the light rail, the area is going through a redevelopment, mixing the old with the new (including plenty of bars) as it makes its way into the spotlight.

Note: For the purposes of this list, Northside Village and Near Northside are defined as the area bound by North Main to the west, Hardy to the east, 610 to the north, and Burnett to the south. This designation overlaps some of the eastern portion of the Greater Heights, including top spots on Airline Drive.

The Best Bars in Northside Village & Near Northside

  • Alice’s Tall Texan You’ll get absolutely zero frills at this ultimate Texan dive bar, but that’s just part of the appeal. Located off North Main, Alice’s rocks bottles of beer alongside two taps and two taps only—Shiner and Lone Star. Sip them in giant goblets for a few bucks, cash only. Click here for directions.
  • D&T Drive Inn Serving 50 rotating taps (plus a library of can and bottle selections), this craft beer bar is a choice spot to unwind. You can do so in the air-conditioning, or outside in its sprawling, partially-covered yard on nicer nights. Look out for fun events from trivia and steak nights to local shop pop-ups and Saturday bbqs. Click here for directions.
  • Lei Low Bar Hit this island-style watering hole to get tiki-fied. The lei-d back bar takes a thoughtful approach to classic tiki cocktails, using top-shelf rums and liquors, and the appropriate flashy accouterments, including florals, hula girls, and fire. Not sure what to get? The cool and knowledgeable mixologists will walk you through the menu, including a history of the tiki drinks. Click here for directions.
  • Monkey’s Tail This modern Mexican-American bar opened in the former Ike’s Place on Fulton Street in July of 2019, slinging specialty craft cocktails and finger foods in its 3,000-sqft space and dog-friendly patio. Nosh on New York-style pizzas, wings with Mexican dry rubs and sauces, and street corn as you make your way through 20 taps set on a custom-designed tower—one that houses five beers, one nitrogenated ale, and four signature cocktails like the 3 Milks (with rum, tres leches, pineapple, strawberry, cherry, and nutmeg) or the Sabe Con Madre (with vodka, chamomile, sage, St. Germaine, lemon, and lychee). Click here for directions.
  • The Raven Tower Right next to the totally awesome White Oak Music Hall (a multi-venue live music complex covered 5 acres and hosting 400+ events a year), this sibling, indoor-outdoor bar offers 24 taps, dozens of bottles, and full selection of spirits and wines, plus horseshoes, live music, food trucks, and screens for Game Day. Click here for directions.

More Great Bar Options in Northside Village & Near Northside

Sip suds and gear up for a game of beach volleyball under the lights at Sideout Volleybar; get late-night Vietnamese and craft beers at Hughie’s Tavern or grab craft cocktails on the patio at Edison & Patton; sing your heart out at K Bar; and check out your friendly neighborhood dive, Rose Garden.

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .