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The 5 Best Brew Pubs in Houston

Posted by Richard Soto on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 11:06am.

When a hankering for a great beer (and maybe a burger, too) sets in, there’s little that can stop it. So why not indulge? Here are some of the best places for a great beer in Houston, no matter what your taste.

Underdogs

Kind of a newbie on the Houston beer scene, Underdogs boasts two things above all others: The passion of the two ex-bartenders who own it (so they know what you like) and the cheapest craft pints in the entire city. Their bottled brews are also pretty wide-ranging, including a few rare labels that will keep your taste buds on their toes.

Down House

Don’t let the comparatively short list of taps fool you.  Down House is about quality over quantity, and you can be assured that the handful of taps contain only the best (usually award-winning) craft beers. And if you know Live Oak, this is one of the few places you’ll come across that has it on tap. Try to get a seat on one of the couches and enjoy your brew slowly.  

BRC Gastropub

Speaking of short-but-impressive tap lists, BRG is heavy on ambience and on top-tier Texas brews. There’s also plenty of other American craft beer and one of the best specials in town ‒‒ Tuesdays feature $3 pints and half-priced appetizers.

Rudyard's

If you’re not into trendy or hipster, and if you like your beer served in a classic, eclectic neighborhood tavern with live music, Rudyard’s is your place. Unpretentious and actually cool, you can at any moment be standing in a pool hall, beer bar, or concert venue, depending on which way you’re facing. Rudyard’s also offers  monthly beer dinners that put the best craft brews with what might actually be the best cheeseburger in town.

The Ginger Man

The 1955 novel by J.P. Dunleavy, ‘The Ginger man’ was actually once banned in the U.S. for its depiction of an American enjoying the unspoiled reverie of Dublin after WWII. Reveries including beer. The novel’s namesake bar, a knockoff of a New York City classic, serves more than 100 specialty beers, on draft or in bottles. There are a few other locations in Texas, but none as close as this one. It’s definitely closer than Ireland.

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