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Under the Volcano

Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
University Place, Houston
  • The experts at Men's Health Mag and Houston Press recommend this place
    • Men's Health Mag
    • Houston Press
  • Michele L.
    "The best frozen Screwdrivers, EVER! Be careful, they're potent!"(10 Tips)
    Dana M.
    "Steak night and strawberry basil margaritas!"(2 Tips)
    Steve L.
    "... frozen screwdriver (or frozen cuba livre, if you're a guy), then try the..."(2 Tips)
    Alirio S.
    "Monday Steak Nights are excellent!"(2 Tips)
63 Tips and reviews
  • steak
  • strawberry basil margarita
  • happy hour
  • frozen cuba
  • good for a late night
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  • The Most Interesting Man in the World
    Far more hospitable than actually being under a volcano, which is good, because I always found it incredibly inconvenient to try to drink a beer with a fire proximity suit on.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressNovember 6, 2014
    Get away from the mobs of the Village Arcade at this eccentric dive, where you can get $1 off mixed drinks and daily beer and food specials during their all day happy hour. Read more
  • Now Hiring H.
    I am a big fan of a bloody mary, but this place wins for having the best! You won't be sorry just shocked when you see everything they add to them. In 1 word YUM!
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressAugust 4, 2014
    Under The Volcano, a cozy, eccentric bar in Rice Village, takes its name from a macabre 1947 novel by Malcolm Lowry. Read more
  • Steve L.
    Steve LaBarFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the frozen screwdriver (or frozen cuba livre, if you're a guy), then try the mojito (awesome), then the bloody mary, (like a meal), then the strawberry-basil margarita, (unusual but good).
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    Houston’s humidity will make you do nothing. Here’s the best bar to do it. Sit outside—there’s a roof over the outdoor seating—and order an iced screwdriver. You’ll never go back to ice cream.
  • Julie N.
    Julie NMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    love the chimichurri sauce they serve with their steak but i don't like the fact that you HAVE to order a drink when ordering on Steak Night. sometimes i do just want water...
  • Amy M.
    Amy MohsFebruary 9, 2014
    Great atmosphere and nice decor. The frozen screwdriver was a party in my mouth and will be back!
  • Joan T.
    Joan TankersleyMay 23, 2014
    Strawberry basil margarita was super delicious and loaded with fresh strawberries and basil.
  • Houston Press
    Houston PressJanuary 25, 2011
    2010 Best of Houston® Winner: Best Shot: “The Upside-Down Cake” the tropical taste of pineapple washes down neatly with a smooth layer of vanilla and a bright note of grenadine at the very end.
  • Nikhil C.
    Nikhil Chopra1 week ago
    I gave this place two chances based on amazing reviews. It is avg food and cocktails not a foursquate 8+ in any way
  • David O.
    David OrtezFebruary 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Steak Night every Monday at 6 PM to 10 PM is great. It includes tossed salad with sesame raspberry vinagrette. 16 oz Rib Eye or Strip with garlic mashed potatoes and flan for dessert.
  • Michele L.
    Michele LoffiApril 14, 2010
    The best frozen Screwdrivers, EVER! Be careful, they're potent! The line to the bar is a bit long and, yes, they do need more bartenders on Friday nights.
  • Houston Press Street Team M.
    Check out Under the Volcano's Happy Hour on the Go Time Happy Hour App! Download for free on iphone, android and blackberry!
  • Nayeem C.
    Nayeem CNovember 13, 2014
    Mojitos are fantastic! Frozen screwdriver is pretty good too!
  • Mills M.
    Mills McCoinOctober 15, 2010
    The Singapore Sling is excellent here. Be careful not to shit your pants in the short time betwixt finishing your third and ordering your fourth.
  • Shannon Ø.
    Shannon ØverlandNovember 2, 2013
    Good drinks..frozen screwdriver is meh..the chicken salad sandwich was awesome! Parking kinda sux.
  • Lizzy B.
    Lizzy BuftonOctober 7, 2011
    One of great bloody marys in Houston - garnish includs salami & pickled okra on a stick!
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandJune 3, 2015
    Great patio area, beer selection, and cocktails.
  • S C.
    S ChanDecember 18, 2012
    So, came to try their Monday steak night...better to wait for Tuesday steak night at the Hideaway!
  • Liss V.
    Liss V.June 17, 2015
    Wonderful fresh cocktails. Love the casual atmosphere
  • Mandy G.
    Mandy GraessleMay 9, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Not actually dog friendly. Bring your own water. Instructed that owner doesn't allow servers to provide water for dogs because they might pee on patio.
  • Anita N.
    Anita NuñezDecember 9, 2012
    Great football table. Fun times on the patio. Very spacious.
  • Lisa
    LisaSeptember 7, 2014
    They have frozen rum & coke and frozen screwdrivers!
  • Mike L.
    Mike LapidakisOctober 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Honestly some of the nicest bartenders in town. Drinks are classic too.
  • Jean-Marc B.
    Jean-Marc BuytaertMarch 31, 2012
    Try staying on the patio. Inside is too crowded and noisy, you have to scream to have a conversation.
  • John-Henry P.
    John-Henry PereraSeptember 1, 2015
    Not a bad bar by any means, though the seats outside make my back hurt a little.
  • Dana M.
    Dana MonsonApril 12, 2016
    Steak night and strawberry basil margaritas!
  • Irena
    IrenaNovember 26, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    frozen screwdrivers are famous, but also try the frozen cuba libre ;)
  • Eva K.
    Eva K.November 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite steak night in town, held on Mondays!
  • Steve L.
    Steve LaBarFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Also, gets lively late night, after 12. Great place to end the night.
  • Seth w.
    Seth wyattMay 30, 2013
    Great roast beef sandwich. Simple but good.
  • Daniela R.
    Daniela RyanJuly 2, 2016
    The Mojito are awesome!
  • Chet B.
    Chet BoyettNovember 12, 2013
    Good place to take a date on a Monday.
  • Alirio S.
    Alirio S.June 4, 2012
    Monday Steak Nights are excellent!
  • Eveline R.
    Eveline RosegrantOctober 24, 2016
    Nice atmosphere and good service
  • Javier R.
    Javier RendonJuly 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask the good Geneva to make you a Paul Walker special.
  • Samantha Mae
    Samantha MaeDecember 9, 2015
    Steak night on Mondays!
  • Blair S.
    Blair ShipperNovember 8, 2013
    Best frozen screwdrivers 👌
  • Chris B.
    Chris BoydAugust 26, 2011
    Great place to take a date on a Monday.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BrockmanNovember 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best bartenders in town!
  • Robert M.
    Robert MataOctober 30, 2011
    Try the whiskey sour! It's awesome!
  • PAUL J.
    PAUL JACKMANMay 31, 2013
    Watch out for Margaret (aka the Train Wreck).
  • Jen L.
    Jen LAugust 23, 2010
    Off-menu drink: Seabreeze. Grapefruit, cranberry, vodka --> summer yumminess.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SchmitzApril 30, 2015
    Frozen scroozi
  • Jamaal P.
    Jamaal ParkerSeptember 2, 2012
    Terrible service, waited for a drink for at least 20 min, and even after telling the bartender what I wanted, was still not served. Won't be back
  • Elsie
    ElsieNovember 18, 2013
    Great drinks!
  • Martin N.
    Martin NorvalJuly 25, 2015
    Great drinks
  • tina s.
    tina spillmanOctober 9, 2011
    Best bloody Mary ever!!!!
  • SpaceTex M.
    SpaceTex MendellApril 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Have mojito! They're almost as legendary as the frozen screwdrivers...almost.
  • Joëlle E.
    Joëlle EidJune 17, 2012
    Frozen screwdrivers ftw
  • CultureMap Houston M.
    Monday night is steak night.
  • Laurie S.
    Laurie SylvesterJanuary 6, 2013
    Drinks are great but juke box selections are terrible. No new kids on the block? Terrible
  • Hot Sauce B.
    Hot Sauce Boss®March 18, 2010
    Order a Michelada. So damn good.
  • Henry C.
    Henry CadenaJune 3, 2011
    Good place for happy hour
  • Hot Sauce B.
    Hot Sauce Boss®March 18, 2010
    Order a Bloody Mary! Best....garnish....ever!
  • Mandy G.
    Mandy GraessleMay 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Not dog friendly on Mondays. Sad face.
  • Alexandra
    AlexandraNovember 3, 2013
    This place has been pretty dead lately :(
  • Hot Sauce B.
    Hot Sauce Boss®March 18, 2010
    Steak night on Mondays!
  • dustin h.
    dustin hatfieldNovember 21, 2009
    Final stop of St Arnold's north village pub crawl.
  • 13 celsius
    13 celsiusMarch 14, 2010
    Whiskey smash!
  • Berenice F.
    Berenice FerreroJanuary 26, 2015
    Didn't like it... don't order mojitos...!!!
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SanderMarch 13, 2010
    Need to get more bar tenders for a friday night
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