During the 1800s, Queen Victoria passed a law decreeing that all local pub masters must supply their patrons with pints of ham and table croquet. Celebrate the advancement of human rights with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of food and drink at Firkin & Phoenix. This Groupon does not include tax and is not valid for any food specials and alcohol.
Located within the Neartown area of Houston, Firkin & Phoenix boasts an English-style pub menu, combining traditional pub favorites with more contemporary American fare. Sweet-potato fries with chipotle mayonnaise ($4.95) and Irish nachos (seasoned waffle fries with melted cheese, bacon, green onions, and sour cream, $6.95) encourage mouth jigs, and main dishes include the English-cheddar burger ($8.95) or bangers, beans, and mash—a combination of English-styled pork sausages, sautéed onions, baked beans, and whipped potatoes ($8.95). If you abstain from ordering bangers in front of stuffy dining companions, opt for the Jameson salmon (grilled salmon with a satisfying Jameson glaze, basmati rice, and a side of mango chutney, $13.95) or the fish ’n’ chips ($7.95 for one piece, $11.95 for two pieces). A variety of burgers, franks, pastas, and salads are also on hand, and both the hot-fudge chocolate cake ($3.95) and the decadent crème brûlée ($4.95) signal hands to move together in a clapping motion of their own accord.
Firkin & Phoenix also encourages raucous good times between patrons with lively weekly events including Monday trivia night and Thursday karaoke night. Several LCD TVs and a projector assist celebrating sports fans, while darts and billiards, Golden Tee, Megatouch, and Ye Olde Nintendo Wii round out other interaction opportunities. Additionally, Firkin & Phoenix also offers a casual and quiet dining companion in the form of free WiFi.
- Wow, we love this place -- our neighborhood bar of choice -- and so do all the friends we've brought here. They have a geniunely [sic] fun, friendly staff, very attentive, good table service. Menu is excellent, something for everyone. We've never had a bad dish here, from fish & chips to the salads & pasta. – Tacoamerica, Citysearch
- This place is such an awesome joint! There staff is inviting and efficient, the have so many t.v.'s to watch your favorite game, if you get bored with the mundane… – ashleyB, Citysearch
- There hasn't been anything I haven't been satisfied with, and that's saying plenty as I am a picky foodie! – Tina V., Yelp
The Phoenix on Westheimer
Previously known as The Firkin & Phoenix Pub, The Phoenix on Westheimer didn't necessarily rise from the ashes as much as it transformed into its current incarnation under the watchful eyes of the original owners and management. The cozy tavern maintains the same neighborhood-friendly spirit that made the original pub an inviting stop for regulars and passersby hoping to enjoy a quick meal and a pint. The menu, while updated, also preserves the feel of a traditional pub with favorites ranging from fish 'n' chips to bangers and mash.
Complete with weathered floorboards, dark wooden trim, and chairs and banquettes upholstered with lipstick-red fabric, the decor continues the across-the-pond ambience. 12 LCD televisions hang throughout the space, and five projectors are available for especially important games or marathons of Antiques Roadshow. That's only the regular entertainment, though—the proprietors love to throw special events, including regular trivia nights and viewings for popular TV shows such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. The Phoenix also earned a spot on CBS Houston's list of the Top 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Bars In Houston for the St. Patrick's Day party it hosts in its parking lot.