Houston Nightlife: The Best Bars on the Westheimer Curve in Montrose

Photo courtesy of Goodnight Charlie's

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.

Winding along lower Westheimer between Dunlavy and Montrose, this offbeat, walkable stretch in Montrose is popular with locals and visitors. It’s lined with chic boutiques and cheap thrift shops, kitschy art and antique stores, coffee shops and restaurants, and no shortage of bars and nightlife opportunities.

The Best Bars on the Westheimer Curve in Montrose

  • Anvil Bar & Refuge – One of the first craft cocktail bars on the scene back in 2009, this stunner was the beginning of winning watering holes from drink kingpin Bobby Heugel and partner Steve Flippo. Take refuge with its list of original cocktails and 100 classics complete with bitters, brandy, vermouth, and even flames; or stop by to indulge in the break-even bottle program, which gets you access to exquisite and rare top-shelf spirits at cost. Click here for directions.
  • Goodnight Charlie’s – You can have a two-steppin’, honky-tonkin’ good time at this watering hole and dancehall. Look out for a lineup of live music from country and bluegrass to mariachi, and sip the good stuff while you’re at it, including cocktails made with whiskey and bourbon. There’s also craft beer, wine, frozen drinks, and eats like queso fundido, crispy pork belly tacos, and five leches funnel cake. Click here for directions.
  • La Grange – Head to this funky gastropub to experience patio life with a mezcal flight and enchilada stack at your side. The fun-loving spot also hosts events from “Bingo and Pints” to Steak Night. Click here for directions.
  • The Hay Merchant – One of the best craft beer bars in the city sits on the corner of Westheimer and Waugh, offering 80 taps (75 draft and 5 cask engines) along with an extensive bottle list and stiffed, frozen, and on-tap cocktails. Sip something good and wash down eats from double cheeseburgers and sweet n’ spicy pig ears to Korean braised goat and dumplings. Click here for directions.
  • Penny Quarter For a quieter, more relaxed night out, consider this modern café and wine bar from the teams behind places like the owners of places like Anvil Bar & Refuge, Theodore Rex, Better Luck Tomorrow, and others. It’s located right next to Anvil with its entrance off Windsor. Click here for directions.
  • Poison Girl – You’ll find American whiskeys alongside pinball and a laidback crowd at this funky Westheimer dive bar. And don’t miss the giant Kool-Aid Man out back. Click here for directions.
  • Present Company – With a sprawling patio, neon signs, lush garden walls, and a vacation-y vibe, you’ll be transported straight to Palm Springs at this bright, fun bar. Sip stellar signature cocktails, including the “Stranger Danger,” kissed with watermelon vodka, lime, honeysuckle liqueur, watermelon-kiwi sparkling water, and Prosecco, served out of a La Croix can; and lookout for late-night specials. Click here for directions.

More Great Bar Options on the Westheimer Curve

Get late-night eats and drinks at BB’s Tex-Orleans; catch open mic comedy or try your hand at karaoke at Boondocks; pop into cool, no-frills music dive Catbirds; live that tacos and tequila life at good-time bar Pistolero’s; catch live music and film screenings at Brasil; hit the rooftop at trendy bar and lounge Rosemont Social Club, located on the other side of Montrose on Westheimer and Grant; linger over wine and cheese at Camerata at Paulie’s, which sits just west of Dunlavy; and drink beers while playing billiards at low-key pool hall Slick Willie’s.

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Brooke Viggiano
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 .