Creative team TJ and Merlina Porter, both Clear Lake natives, joined forces with JeMarr Rivers to open a bar and lounge that offered an upscale, sophisticated nightlife scene. As of December 2011, JeMarr has trekked on as the sole owner while still maintaining the luxe atmosphere that draws crowds for nightly dancing and partying. An expansive interior paves the way for individuals or large parties, with a full reservation and VIP area for nights on the town or special occasions. The full bar slings beer, liquor, frequent specials, and 13 flavors of daiquiris, many of which are made with Everclear so that they can be used as a torch in the event of a power outage. During the week, live entertainment including jazz bands, standup comedy, and poetry readings fill the soundscape, and DJs spin tunes almost every night. Cultivating a truly carefree yet mature atmosphere, Daiqui-Ritas often hands out complimentary door prizes, which patrons can enjoy as they watch any of the lounge's five big screen TVs.
From half-pound Angus burgers to fish tacos, every item on H-Town Bar & Grill’s menu is made to-order. Regionally influenced grub sits atop tables like an edible map of North America, charting a course from the Aloha burger’s grilled ham and pineapple to the El Diablo burger’s roasted jalapeños and chipotle mayo. Flat-screen TVs line the spacious eatery, where barkeeps man a full-service bar, doling out domestic and imported brews and house wines to help wash down barbecue chicken sandwiches and steak caesar salads. Guests can also reserve the casual space for private events or sneak into someone else’s party dressed as a philly cheesesteak to blend in with the surrounding environs.
Enlivened by the sounds of DJs, live comedy, and MCs, the interior of Zanzibar Houston buzzes on a nightly basis. The kitchen churns out an array of finger foods, including suya, a type of shish kebab, until midnight. Buzzing bass beats punctuate the clatter of players breaking racks of billiards balls amid zebra-print chairs and low leather couches. Ice jingles at the full bar with the sound of two xylophonists getting in a fender bender, and a projection screen blossoms colorfully, drawing eyes away from the bustling dance floor.
The soothing sounds of the saxophone and the call of the trumpet fill the air inside the Red Cat Jazz Café. Several nights a week, artists such as Brian Best and Dean James play on the café's stage, which also hosts boisterous events including the Sunday Jazz Brunch. Open-mic nights let lesser-known acts make a splash, and happy hours and special events encourage artistic expression through words, mixed drinks, and opportunities to complain about coworkers in song.
Cellar 17 is a boutique wine bar and retail shop. Wines range in price from $10 - $500, specializing in small production wineries from all over the world.
We have fabulous Wine Tasting Events and a much touted Wine Club. Enjoy wines by the glass or bottle and pair it with one of our many delicious appetizers.
Rockhouse's upbeat, musical confines nourish diners with a menu rocking out to steaks, seafood, burgers, and pub fare. Guests can start with crunchy fried-chicken brouchettes—white-meat chicken in a hickory-smoked bacon shawl ($8.99)—before heading to a thick, seasoned pork chop cooked over a controlled inferno ($13.99) or the fish-taco trio, a threesome of soft-shell flour disks filled with poppy-seed coleslaw and battered cod fillet and garnished with grilled asparagus ($12.99). Multifarious burgers, sliders, and sandwiches satisfy cravings for bread-clenched eats, with options such as the Chesapeake Bay burger topped with sautéed crab and melty swiss cheese ($8.99). Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., lunch takes the stage, entertaining taste buds with the avocado turkey wrap ($6.99) or a mountain of fresh fettuccine peaked with alfredo and a choice of chicken or shrimp ($6.99).