Houston Nightlife: The Best Bars in Independence Heights

Photo courtesy of Cottonwood

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.

Located on the northwest side of 610, the neighborhood of Independence Heights may be small, but it packs a mighty punch. The old-school hood offers a taste of nostalgia with spots like Barbecue Inn, Esther’s Cajun Cafe & Soul Food, and there are cool breweries and other nearby watering holes for a taste of what’s now.

Note: For the purposes of this list, Independence Heights is covered by this map.

The Best Bars in Independence Heights

  • Astral Brewing This homegrown brewpub got its start in March 2019, rocking a special focus on hoppy ales including hazy Northeast IPAs and clean, crisp West Coast IPAs. Hit the air-conditioned taproom and dog-friendly patio to sip those and play some games, from cornhole and ping pong to board games and indoor shuffleboard. Oftentimes, you’ll find a food truck parked outside. Click here for directions.
  • Brash Brewing Company With a roster of the most epic beers in town (including some oh-so-tasty IPAs), Brash Brewery’s tasting room is worth a visit. But it’s not just about the beer, the kid and dog-friendly brewery rocks an old school arcade, all-metal jukebox, and a generally chill vibe. Sip suds on Tuesday and Wednesday ‘til 10pm, on Thursday and Friday ’til midnight, Saturday ’til 1am, and Sunday ’til 8pm. Click here for directions.
  • CottonwoodRight on the cusp of Independence Heights and Garden Oaks, this sprawling patio bar is known to get packed on the weekends (and any nice night, for that matter). The cult-favorite rocks 40+ taps, a full bar, and super chill ambiance thanks to things like string lights, fire pits, corn hole, and picnic benches. There’s also a stage for live music, indoor bar, and covered patio section. Come for brews, burgers, wings, and whiskey, and stay for the good times. Click here for directions.
  • Shepherd ParkHoused in a strip center near Cottonwood, this late-night modern pub rocks a punk rock vibe. Hit it for Texas craft suds and cocktails to enjoy alongside Thai chili wings and truffle fries, and look out for fun events like Trivia on the Patio. Click here for directions.

More Great Bar Options in Independence Heights

Work your way through the eclectic wine list at Plonk Bistro; pay a visit to craft beer destination Petrol Station; and check out other nearby bars in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest.

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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 .