Local Bands, Local Bars, and Foodtrucks

Just a little bit about what I love most about Houston

Category: Houston Bars

Poison Girl

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Poison Girl is a cool little joint right off Westhiemer in Montrose sandwiched in between the shops and tattoo parlors. The place has a cool vibe and young hipster crowd. The walls are lined with paintings of scantily clad ladies and an impressive selection of vintage pinball machines creating a unique atmosphere. Through the back is an outdoor patio decorating with a larger than life CoolAid Man. The giant statue was too large to fit through the doorway and had to be lifted with a crane and lowered down into the corner of the patio. Music here is always good. You can often find DJ’s spinning vinyl. Poison Girls hosts numerous events. The last Thursday of every month the bar hosts Poison Pen where the best local literary talent in Houston performs readings. Monday nights blues and 60’s DJ’s from KTRU spin. The place has a great whiskey/bourbon selection. The bartenders know what they are doing with the 180+ whiskeys on the shelf.

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Lola’s

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Ah, Lola’s, one of my favorite local dives. And it truly is the epitome of a dive. The decor is not unlike a punk rock voodoo hut. Posters line the walls all the way up and across the ceiling intermixed with art, graffiti, bumper stickers, and God knows what else. Everything from mardi gras beads, to rubber chickens, and Christmas lights hang down from overhead. The outside patio roof is an assortment of scrap metal constructed by the bartenders, who by someone’s poor judgement have been given a blow torch. Giant construction wire spools masquerade as outdoor tables. This place never fails to be full of the usual bizarre and interesting characters that frequent. Full of the tattooed, the sun worn, and the crazy both young and old, its the kind of place you don’t tell your kids about till they’re grown. They have seriously cheap, and stiff drinks and one of the best jukeboxes in town.

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This little spot is a true gem for Montrosians. Tucked away in a corner of Montrose, no one from outside the loop would ever find it, or it they did, they wouldn’t dare step inside. Despite the rough exterior its a second home to some of the most beautiful and genuine people you’ll ever meet. On Tuesday nights, one of their bartenders, Jamie, will hook you up with the best boudin balls you’ve ever had, or some mighty fine monte cristo egg rolls. Bartender “Skinny Kenny”, will welcome you in like family, always waiting with a warm hug and some Purple People Eaters. For those of you unaware, Purple People Eaters are a shot that Kenny pushes like its going out of style, but almost never charges for. He says he loves the place, loves his coworkers, and that Lola’s “feels like home.” I can relate to all of the above. Though the Purple People Eaters may eat your memories, as they have been known to do, rest assured you probably had an awesome time at Lola’s. A night in this lovely little home for Houston weirdness never fails to send you home with a good story or two, or more.75707_454749594701_1264062_n