Pubs and sports bars are popular with expats in Houston. Many of these locations are frequented by the expat Meetup groups. Attending a mixer or networking event is one of the best ways to find out where the latest and hottest places are as meets are rotated around very popular spots.There are a few places that are generally frequented by expats. Keep in mind that some late night hangouts may have dress codes. If you have never been at a place, it is recommended to call the location prior to going to ensure that you are properly dressed as you otherwise may be turned away. Make sure to always have some type of picture ID with you as you many places either “card” (check identification for age) at the entrance or when selling alcoholic beverages to you.
Some of the most popular locations are:
- Saez and Zouk
Vegas style night club open Thursday-Saturday from 10 p.m. -2 a.m.
202 Tuam St, Houston, TX 77006, 713-522-9391
- Sky Bar – http://www.scottgertner.com
Jazz and Salsa nights.
3400 Montrose Blvd, 10th Floor, Houston, TX 77006, 713-520-9688
- The Tasting Room – http://www.tastingroomwines.com
Offering wines from around the world and appetizer samplers.
Uptown Park: 1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston, Texas 77056, 713-993-9800
Midtown Location: 114 Gray St, Houston, Texas 77002, 713-528-6402
River Oaks: 2409 West Alabama St, Houston, Texas 77098, 713-526-2242
- Sullivan’s – http://www.sullivansteakhouse.com
For drinks along with live music, just inside the Loop near the Galleria, Sullivan’s is a popular spot, also used for expat events such as ‘mixers’ by a few groups.
4608 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027, 713-961-0333
- Red Lion Pub – http://www.redlionhouston.com
Traditional English pub serving beer, wine and food. Casual dress code.
2316 S. Shepard, Houston, TX 77019, 713-7823030
- O’Neill’s Brian Irish Pub – http://www.brianoneills.com
Located in Rice Village with Irish drinks. Casual dress code.
5555 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX 7700, 713-522-2603
- The Ginger Man – http://houston.gingermanpub.com
Popular cozy pub in the heart of Rice Village, attracting many expats, serving beer with brewery and wine tastings. Casual dress code.
5607 Morningside, Houston, Texas 77005, 713- 526-2770
- Firkin and Phoenix Restaurant and Pub – http://www.firkinandphoenix.com
Serving Lunch, Dinner and Drinks, an English-style pub attracting many expats that are drawn to the sport viewing screens that often show soccer. Casual dress code.
1915 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098, 713-526-3100
- Cafe Byblos Restaurant – http://cafebybloshouston.com/
Spanish restaurant also offering Flamenco dance lessons and offering workshop series on Spanish dance cultures.
6134 Richmond, Houston, Texas 77057, 832-251-0505
- La Madeleine French Bakery and Cafe – http://www.lamadeleine.com/
With four locations in west Houston, northwest Houston, Rice Village and The Woodlands, the café attracts many expats and is a great place to meet up for Europeans or people enjoying French cuisine.
6500 Woodway, Houston, TX 77057, 713-722-8449
19710 Northwest Fwy (Hwy290), Houston TX, 77065, 281-720-1000
6205 Kirby, Houston, TX 77005, 713-942-7081
9595 Six Pines Dr, The Woodlands TX, 77380, 281-419-5826
- Café Express – http://www.cafe-express.com/
A popular spot for the Italian Language Meetup group that meets there every Monday night.
1101 Uptown Park, Houston, TX 77056, 713-963-9222
- Arcodoro Ristorante Italiano – http://www.arcodoro.com/Houston/
Italian restaurant with an excellent kitchen, hosting events on a regular basis. Dress code is casual to formal.
5000 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77056, 713-621-6888
For the some more happening places, also refer to the latest edition of the Houston Press or check the ‘Best of… ‘ section at http://www.houstonpress.com