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Anvil Bar & Refuge
Craft cocktails have been a thing for a while now, and Anvil Bar & Refuge, opened in 2009, was one of the first places to put Houston’s mixology scene on the map. Specializing in drinks that use local ingredients and house-made syrups, Anvil is the place to go if you’re serious about your spirits. Cocktail options may include the First Name Basis (chamomile-infused Brugal Especial white rum, lemon, hibiscus, and strawberry), the Anvil Pousse-Cafe (a layered shot with Citadelle dry gin, Pimm’s No. 1, Aperol, lemon, and mint), and the on-tap Nitro Cuba Libre (Plantation Original Dark rum, Cruzan Black Strap rum, Mexican Coca-Cola, lactose sugar, and Angostura bitters). While you’re there, be sure to peruse Anvil’s famous list of 100 classic cocktails, which features everything from a Pimm’s Cup to a mai tai.
By Kristin Finan, AFAR Local Expert
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Houston's Best Handcrafted Cocktails
It's no understatement to call Anvil not only a bar, but a refuge. In a time where for many, the art of crafting a cocktail has been lost, Anvil creates each drink with fresh ingredients, including their house-made bitters, liqueurs, sodas, and infusions. Anvil also carries an ever-changing selection of 13 brews on tap that is comprised of mostly American microbrews. This place is the real deal.
By Ashley Castle Pittman, AFAR Contributor
My Favorite Watering Hole in Houston!
Great signature drinks and eats!
For most devotees of cocktail culture in Texas, the Anvil Bar & Refuge, on the major Houston thoroughfare Westheimer Road, was where it all began—or at least, where the classic cocktail can claim reinvention and perfection, and where it continues its evolution. Opened in 2009, and led by young visionary, Bobby Heugel, the place boasts a menu of more than 100 temptations, plus a separate selection of house cocktails that are hard to pass up—Passing Deadline and El Berrinche, among them. The former, a bourbon and vermouth libation with a dash of assorted bitters and chocolate, took as its inspiration a Douglas Adams quote: “I love deadlines. I love the whooping noise they make as they go by.” Meanwhile, Berrinche (tequila, sapin liqueur, agave, kaffir leaf) means tantrum in Spanish. Enough said.
1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA
Sun - Sat 4pm - 2am