Like many neighborhoods inside and around the 610 loop, the East End – or EaDo, as it has come to be known in recent years – has undergone a transformation of sorts. That includes an influx of bars and restaurants, BBVA Compass Stadium (home of the Dynamo) and housing aplenty. Like any community on the rise in Houston, EaDo comes complete with an array of nightlife options, many of which rank among the finest options in the greater Houston area. All of them are up and running after Harvey, and now that the curfew has been lifted, it's a perfect time to stop by.
10. 8TH WONDER BREWERY/SAINT ARNOLD BREWING COMPANY
The Houston brewery scene has really been on the rise in recent years. And while Saint Arnold has been a Houston institution for more than 20 years, 8th Wonder is a relative newcomer to the Houston scene. Fortunately, it also offers arguably the best in-person brewery experience in the city, complete with TVs aplenty, beer on tap, food trucks, live music, and a spacious backyard area. As for Saint Arnold, an expansion project – which includes a beer garden and restaurant – is now in the works as well. (2202 Dallas, 8thwonderbrew.com; 2000 Lyons, saintarnold.com)
9. CHAPMAN AND KIRBY
EaDo’s bar scene is primarily populated with casual types of places that feature beer on tap and sports on TV. Chapman and Kirby is decidedly not one of those places. The new gastrolounge, which opened over the summer, features a swanky vibe over the course of its 9,000 square feet. That includes a manicured lawn, marble floors and a warehouse vibe that can safely be labeled “chic.” Shareable apps like poke and candied bacon dot the food menu, and the bar offers up an array of specialty cocktails and local craft beers on tap. (2118 Lamar, chapmanandkirby.com)
8. KING’S COURT BAR & KITCHEN
Arguably the most unique bar in EaDo, King’s Court is a sort of upscale sports bar. Television sets galore adorn the place, and more than 20 different beers flow from the taps. But it’s the food menu – a mix of British and Indian cuisine – that really helps the bar stand out. In the mood for butter chicken curry, but also in the mood to get down on the some fish and chips or bangers and mash? Look no further than King’s Court. (903 Hutchins, kingscourthouston.com)
7. AROUND THE CORNER
This low-key joint is a kind of bar/coffeehouse mashup, which probably explains why it features one of the best brunches in the neighborhood. That includes a Spanish-themed flatbread or more traditional fare like French toast and bacon. Top it all off with a $3 mimosa or $5 Bloody Mary. Around the Corner also plays host to weekly events such as steak night, discount wine night and discount pint night. (1510 Hutchins, aroundthecornerhouston.com)
6. D&W LOUNGE
Dive bars were once reserved for biker types, industrial folk and regulars who found a bar they liked and saw no need to branch out any further. Nowadays, dive bars are downright trendy among the hipsters that dominate the inner loop. Enter D&W Lounge, billed as a place “where good people and cold beer come together.” No argument there, as D&W feels like home, one that serves up affordable beverages. Plus, the bar plays host to live music and karaoke, which are always a hit with the regulars. (911 Milby, 713.226-8777)
Are you a Beatles fan? Are you free on Wednesday? If so, Bohemeo’s – which plays host to a weekly Beatles-themed open-mike night – is the place for you. It is but one of several weekly events – including Jazz on Monday and live music every Saturday – that makes Bohemeo’s one of the best spots on EaDo. The food is fresh and healthy, and the beer selection is diverse, including selections from Texas, Michigan, California and Louisiana. (708 Telephone, bohemeos.com)
4. LUCKY’S PUB
Lucky’s Pub is one of EaDo’s better-known sports bars, and with good reason, mostly because it’s also one of EaDo’s best sports bars. Looking for a low-key joint that doesn’t feature too much of a crowd? Best to avoid Lucky’s on St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve or anytime a major sporting event is on the screen. But for those who want a true sports-bar experience, Lucky’s offers TVs aplenty, bar bite staples like nachos and wings, and of course, plenty of ice-cold beer on tap. (801 St. Emanuel, luckyspub.com)
3. LITTLE WOODROW’S
The Woodrow’s in Midtown has become synonymous with the weekly Turtle Racing event, which draws in locals and Houston visitors alike. Slightly less well-known, but arguably as entertaining, is the EaDo location’s weekly Tuesday hermit-crab racing. The event is very similar to turtle racing – participants race toward the finish line; the audience competes for free swag – and gives the Woodrow’s EaDo location its own signature event. It's also located conveniently close to both BBVA Compass Stadium and Minute Maid Park, making it the ideal spot to grab a couple beers before attending a Dynamo or Astros game. (2019 Walker, eado.littlewoodrows.com)
2. MOON TOWER INN
A lot of bars in town do bar food; few do it as well as Moon Tower Inn. And while Moon Tower’s burgers, deviled eggs and sandwiches are all on-point, just save yourself the time and order one of the bar’s famed pretzel dogs, complete with wild game options like duck, wild boar and elk. Moon Tower also offers a plethora of craft-beer options, as well as movie night and $5 dogs every Tuesday night. (3004 Canal, damngoodfoodcoldassbeer.com/mti)
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1. NEIL’S BAHR
Beer, video games and old episodes of The Simpsons streaming on the TV. It’s like whoever designed Neil’s Bahr decided they wanted to make the place ideal for anyone who grew up in the 90s. If you can’t have fun at Neil’s Bahr, well, you just can’t be helped. Plop down for old school Nintendo and N64 games, get down on some karaoke and do so while sipping on any number of cold and local beverages. (2006 Walker, neilsbahr.com)