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Anvil Bar & Refuge

#228 of 7,155 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, American
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1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006-2617
16:00 - 02:00
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Surprise, Arizona
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372 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We went with our neighborhood friends. Very busy on a Tuesday night. My husband doesn't like the taste of alcohol, so we challenged the bartender to make him something he might like. I told him what I usually drink, and asked him to surprise me. Both drinks were excellent. I ordered the meat and cheese board, and husband had the... More 

Thank Mary W
Orlando, Florida
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Celebrating our last night in Houston, my wife found this place on TA. We arrived just ahead of Happy Hour rush (4:45) rush and enjoyed the numerous drinks offered up by our 'mixologist' (I differentiate from 'bartender,' as this guy knew his combinations; a career professional). The 'spirits' list will take 15 minutes to read. But enjoying the drinks was... More 

Thank icoachu
Atlanta, Georgia
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262 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

What a pleasure. Lucky too. I arrived at 4, at the beginning of happy hour. Obviously, the locals are keenly aware. The bar was packed. One seat left - I took it. Really fun buzz about the mixologists, and their concoctions. I threw out a challenge "Make me something that will teach me about ginger beer and bourbon." Glad I... More 

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Upon my first time visiting Houston I ended up meeting some friends for drinks at Anvil and immediately felt as if I was transported back home to NYC. A matter of fact, Anvil has the atmosphere and quality of cocktails of some of the best cocktail bars in the city. I was extremely pleased with how tasty each drink was... More 

Thank ShopWithVal
Houston, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We come here religiously during the week between 4-5pm to take advantage of their half off drinks!! My favorite are Pimms Cup (Pimms #1, lemon, dry Gin, cucumber, and soda) and Waltzing Matilda (dry gin, lemon, passion fruit, Americana, and ginger beer)! Both of these drinks are light and refreshing!

Thank Veronica L
Houston, Texas
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

This place has a great offering of cocktails. The bartenders are very knowledgeable. They have everything and can make anything. I have recently started trying to make cocktails that require more skill than scotch and water, so I enjoyed talking to the bartender and watching her make the drinks.

Thank cnjones
Dallas, Texas
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72 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016

This place is legit and they will throw down a negroni like you ordered it in the Navigli in Milano. Most bars in the US have never even heard of a negroni. Very impressive indeed. Also Green Spot and Yellow Spot Irish whiskey? You don't see that often. Pretty cool, and not too clickish gives it a mature and fun... More 

Thank srdbigd
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Anvil's bartenders are very friendly and professional. We showed up in the afternoon and the place was not too crowded. The bartender talked to me and answered my (probably silly) questions. I eventually ordered an Old Fashioned. Let me tell you, it was the best Old fashioned I ever had. I ended up getting 2 more!

Thank jrh1524
Houston, Texas
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79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

I'm a foodie but also appreciate unique and special craft cocktails. This place has the best and most unique cocktails in Houston as well as a great bourbon list. Definitely recommend! The bartenders are friendly..... talented too!

Thank Erin D
Houston, Texas
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221 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016

This is one of those places that has sprung up (nationwide) over the past few years that is serving true, craft cocktails. You're not going to order a Long Island Ice Tea or frozen margarita. You should order something you've never had before from their exhaustive menu. It's a nice place to have a drink or two before heading out... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, American
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006-2617
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: 7135231622

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?