Best Dive Bar in Houston?
Looking for a local dive bar that is friendly and safe. Any places on the northside of Houston?
>>> Dont know if it qualifies as a dive bar, but La Carafe has got to be one of the colest bars in Texas.
I'm sure you mean coolest, but holest would also fit. I'm not much of a fan of La Carafe: long on ambience and a good jukebox, short on most everything else. Heck, La Carafe isn't even the best dive bar within two blocks of La Carafe. That honor goes to Warren's in my mind. Better in most all respects.
That said, I'm quite fond of Poison Girl in the Montrose, on Westheimer by Dunlavy. Better beer selection that La Carafe, best whiskey selection in town, good music, a patio, and seven pinball machines.
I don't know the North side very well (mostly chain establishments), but Mikeflan is spot on with Poison Girl. Also Leon's Lounge in Midtown reeks of New Orleans and T K Bittermans on Alabama has a certain low brow charm (with the Alabama Ice House right across the street).