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Anvil Bar & Refuge

Cocktail Bar$$$$
Neartown - Montrose, Houston
179 Tips and reviews
  • fancy cocktails
  • whiskey
  • lively
  • trendy
  • pliny
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  • Bob P.
    Bob PooApril 23
    Love old fashioned from here
  • Eileen S.
    Pastrami plate was small for the $. Specialty only in mixed cocktails. Called a whiskey bar only for their selection, but they have a terrible pour. For young crowd looking for something different.
  • Patrick M.
    I have been twice and both times I have had a delicious old fashioned​. I look forward to exploring their menu.
  • Alexa
    AlexaFebruary 5
    The best cocktail place eva
  • Billy O.
    Billy OvallesJanuary 20
    We sampled the $9 dollar valet parking (even though arrived at 7:30pm & left at 9:07), the $7 dollar plate of 11 olives, $7 dollar stale nuts, and a couple of $13 dollar average tasting cocktails.
  • Ross W.
    A pioneer of Houston, Anvil was one of the first to revive the classics – its work isn’t forgotten and this year Anvil rises eight places in the World's Top 50.
  • Austin R.
    Austin ReedJanuary 4
    Great atmosphere, innovative menu but the taste doesn't live up to the hype or cost. The drinks I've had were muddled without any surprising flavor profiles that could carry the weight of the cost.
  • Kristina P.
    Kristina ParkOctober 3, 2016
    Best Old Fashioned in Houston!
  • Jarrod K.
    Jarrod KlawinskySeptember 15, 2016
    One of the few and best craft cocktail places in Houston. Just tell the bar tenders what you like and watch them cook something up.
  • Ross W.
    Ross Webster-SalterSeptember 5, 2016
    Its city’s first bar devoted to classic cocktails, Anvil boasts a 100-strong menu. In-house creations and beer taps are also available in this modern-industrial Houston haunt.
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LinAugust 24, 2016
    Great drinks ! Best in houston !
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchAugust 4, 2016
    With a cocktail list boasting over 100 classic cocktails and a few originals, their experienced bartenders are sure to make you the perfect libation. Read more
  • T.s. W.
    T.s. WilliamsApril 27, 2016
    Scotch eggs are amazing... Wish I brought my own Coleman's mustard. Kimchi is good just not a perfect marriage of flavors.
  • SpaceTex M.
    SpaceTex MendellApril 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask about their Break Even Bottle program and cash in on some tasty experiences.
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HaenchenMarch 30, 2016
    Incredible menu which can be expensive. Perfect for after-dinner drinks; neighborhood parking is available. Excellent date night spot with attentive and knowledgable bartenders.
  • T.s. W.
    T.s. WilliamsMarch 29, 2016
    Try the Ramos Gin Fizz
  • T.s. W.
    T.s. WilliamsMarch 29, 2016
    Try the Ramos Gin Fizz if you haven't been here before (it's wroth it)
  • Marc S.
    Marc SMarch 20, 2016
    Try a Buffalo Trace Whisky Sour.
  • Carlos P.
    Carlos ParraMarch 4, 2016
    Cocktails are great
  • Grisel F.
    Grisel FamaniaJanuary 30, 2016
    Amazing menu of drinks
  • Sanjana S.
    Sanjana ShahJanuary 20, 2016
    Excellent cocktails and good for a weekend hangout!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SeilbackDecember 29, 2015
    Top notch mixology. Lots of interesting combinations and good scenery as well
  • Mateus P.
    Mateus PeixotoDecember 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    a LOT of beautiful people here.
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezDecember 12, 2015
    Great list of original creations. Top liquors. Casual ambiance.
  • Felipe V.
    Felipe VeigaDecember 1, 2015
    amazing staff with great off menu drinks! delicious food as well, specifically the chicken pot pie!
  • Dy L.
    Dy LicataDecember 1, 2015
    #signature #cocktails 🍸
  • Harold G.
    Harold GardnerNovember 18, 2015
    Fun drink specials.
  • Jennifer V.
    Jennifer VickersNovember 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Bartenders choice. And a Diablo if you're new to the craft cocktail thing.
  • Andres N.
    Andres NovoaNovember 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great trendy spot for cocktails with friends! If you're in a big group you're going to have to stake out one of their booths. This place can get pretty packed.
  • Juvenalius
    JuvenaliusOctober 8, 2015
  • Jensen L.
    Jensen LugoSeptember 26, 2015
    Everything is great! Just tell your bartender what you're in the mood for and let them take care of the rest!
  • Melania S.
    Melania SpagnoliAugust 18, 2015
    Best cocktails in Houston!!!
  • Charles M.
    Charles MbaruguruJuly 16, 2015
    By far my favorite bar in my hometown! Great crowd, great vibes!
  • John-Henry P.
    John-Henry PereraJuly 12, 2015
    I'm in love with the new menus. Very organized. Oh and the drinks are great.
  • Ian P.
    Ian PoweJuly 5, 2015
    Drink prices are GREAT and the DJ is even BETTER!!!!!! 7/4/2015
  • Kathrine
    KathrineJune 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great cocktails. Super busy late at night, though, so go early if you can.
  • Caro L.
    Caro LMay 19, 2015
    #1 place in cocktails in Houston. Nice list of cocktails. Indoor and outdoor seating. Dress code is mixed with dressy and casual.
  • M G.
    M GApril 25, 2015
    Bartender's choice is a safe bet. These guys are professionals. Tell them what you like and let them surprise you!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PartyApril 25, 2015
    Antiguan mint julep
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth SmithMarch 29, 2015
    Amazing cocktails! Darker/chiller environment
  • Martini M.
    Martini MikeMarch 1, 2015
    Great craft cocktails here!
  • Daniel E.
    Daniel EganMarch 1, 2015
    Like bourbon or old fashioned? Get the Passing Deadline. Cinnamon stick awesome.
  • Amy T.
    Amy TaylorFebruary 21, 2015
    Everything is good.
  • Amy T.
    Amy TaylorFebruary 21, 2015
    Great atmosphere!
  • Kim T.
    Kim TaylorFebruary 19, 2015
    Good for a first date.
  • Gabriella
    GabriellaJanuary 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Mixed drinks like no other in the city. Always one of my faves
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandJanuary 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour is clutch. All drinks 1/2 price 4-5pm. Get here early because everyone else is cheap, too.
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanJanuary 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Their grasshopper is insane. It's like a beautiful, teeny, Shamrock shake with liquor in it.
  • Mike R.
    Mike RomoDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    What's not to like? This is one of the finest bars in the country. Check out their amazing selection of Old Tom Gin while you're there.
  • Diego M.
    Diego MartínezDecember 16, 2014
    It's so good for hanging out with a friend
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandDecember 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A ton of drinks to choose from, and not a single bad one in my experience. The bartenders really put a lot of effort into making you an incredible cocktail.
  • Ivonne G.
    Ivonne GonzalezOctober 25, 2014
    Never a disappointment, great cocktails, the mixologist are personable and give great recommendations. Love this place!
  • Christy L.
    Christy LandesSeptember 25, 2014
    During busy times very slow, but it's worth a wait. Parking is also tough... Creative drinks and good snacks.
  • Jeremey B.
    Jeremey BarrettSeptember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for a Jenn Embargo.
  • Dy L.
    Dy LicataSeptember 4, 2014
    Champagne flip!!!! #hell #champagne #anything here is phenomenal!
  • Tim T.
    Tim ThielAugust 31, 2014
    Theb Suffering Bastard
  • Vivian
    VivianAugust 23, 2014
    This place is incredible. The cocktails are amazing and made with lots of love. The bartenders are so friendly and will answer any questions you have about the drinks. I highly recommend this place..
  • Travis C.
    Travis CombelAugust 23, 2014
    Great drinks and 16 rotating taps. Need to lose the five minute drink though.
  • Britney S.
    Britney SamsonAugust 16, 2014
    Knowledgable bartenders and great cocktails, but prepare to wait a long time for a drink. Always crowded.
  • Heath T.
    Heath TerryAugust 9, 2014
    Great cocktails. Start with one and work your way down the menu. Do the bourbon ones twice.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SchwabenbauerAugust 7, 2014
    Amazing old fashioned cocktails. Pre-prohibition style drinks and speakeasy atmosphere. Gigantic drink menu, smaller craft beer and interesting food menu. Pretty pricy.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Try the Nitro Cuba Libre, a seriously upgraded rum and Coke dispensed through a nitrogen tap, giving the drink the appearance and creaminess of a pint of Guinness. Read more
  • Bobby W.
    Bobby WitcherJune 25, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The Greenback is delish! so light and refreshing; perfect for Summer!
  • Eater
    EaterMay 28, 2014
    Emma Janzen writes, “Anvil was one of the first bars to put Texas on the map for craft cocktails, and since then, the standards have yet to dip.” Founder Bobby Heugel is the one to thank for that. Read more
  • Rajat R.
    Rajat RoyMay 20, 2014
    100 Drinks - Many flavors!
  • Heidi S.
    Heidi ShortMay 4, 2014
    I highly recommend the Cuba Libre. It's worth the $10.
  • Lester A.
    Get the old fashioned
  • Tina
    TinaMarch 12, 2014
    Half off cocktails during happy hour 4-5!
  • Dan A.
    Dan AddyMarch 10, 2014
    Trust the bartenders. Tip the bartenders.
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MckelveyFebruary 22, 2014
    Cool place. Love to sit at the bar and watch the mixology.
  • ♠🍺Steven K.
    Astoria or corn oil is so choice
  • Aaron R.
    Aaron ReadJanuary 30, 2014
    I love this place. Pappy in every year....need I say more.
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BlackburnJanuary 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Pimms cup!
  • Alex A.
    Alex AlamJanuary 8, 2014
    The drink menu probably has a lot of things you've never tried. Keep an open mind and you will be greatly rewarded!
  • Rainman
    RainmanDecember 20, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're not sure what to order, ask for a recommendation by telling any of the bartenders what you normally enjoy drinking.
  • Kim M.
    Kim McGawDecember 13, 2013
    Pliny's tonic - not on menu. Order!
  • G B.
    G BitzDecember 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If you want a sipping drink, you can't beat The Brave. Not on the menu, but always available.
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkNovember 24, 2013
    Love the new ideas of drinks that they have every week. Very unique place to have a get together and catch up or a casual night out with friends.
  • Gem Q.
    Gem QinNovember 23, 2013
    Coconut madness was the best theme ever! Hot and friendly bartenders ;)
  • Jaclyn W.
    Jaclyn WolfeOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place ever.
  • Bobby W.
    Bobby WitcherOctober 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The Delicious Sour is absolutely delicious! pun intended.
  • Mel S.
    Mel SSeptember 29, 2013
    Great bartenders and drinks! Music can get a little too loud, though.
  • Adalberto S.
    Adalberto SuarezAugust 31, 2013
    The Mole Storm is Ah-mazing... Seriously...
  • Shadd S.
    Shadd ScottAugust 30, 2013
    Drink Scotch....have fun
  • gene s.
    gene stovicekAugust 21, 2013
    Better come dressed to impress (the snobbish bartenders) if you care to be served.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SteeleMay 19, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Try a Grimm's Mule
  • Chrissy N.
    Chrissy NguyenMay 6, 2013
    customer service was THE WORSE; walked out before we could even try the drinks
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth SandovalApril 27, 2013
    Ask for Kenny!!!
  • My Table Magazine
    My Table MagazineMarch 27, 2013
    The cocktail bar has always had tasty food options (Sunday brunch RIP!) and we’re particularly partial to the warm pretzels and curry eggs... Read more
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 26, 2013
    Heading towards its fourth birthday, some might be tempted to think Anvil is resting on its laurels, but the bar's recently updated list of 100 cocktails to try shows that it still leads the pack.
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DeanMarch 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Suffering Bastard is excellent. Semi-sweet with a sharp bite.
  • James S.
    James SFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are looking to share, the love boat is where it's at!
  • James S.
    James SFebruary 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Brandkiller: rum, pineapple, orange, lime, coconut
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconFebruary 6, 2013
    If you wanna hit cocktails.. must check this place out!
  • Matt S.
    Matt SteeleJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    You must have a Pliny's Tonic! ;-)
  • Cherie H.
    Cherie HazeltonJanuary 13, 2013
    Stupid packed on a weekend.
  • Ali S.
    Ali SajadiJanuary 9, 2013
    Amaze. Start with a Zombie, have a 151 swizzle and finish with the Paper Airplane.
  • Nils J.
    Nils JonssonDecember 30, 2012
    You must try the Pliny’s Tonic cocktail.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FeldmanDecember 22, 2012
    I hear the Pliny tonic and brimstone texas whiskey are great. I loved the rubus swizzle and Sazerac (pictured)
  • Anna P.
    Anna PDecember 16, 2012
    PS don't leave the door open either or else you will get scolded
  • Dy L.
    Dy LicataDecember 1, 2015
    #Drinks 🍸🍭
  • Rita G.
    Rita GomesMarch 31, 2015
    muito divertido
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