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Darla Guillen

Darla Yvette Guillen earned a degree in English at the University of Saint Thomas before a stint in law school, where she learned that business and human interaction suited her better than doc review. She likes art, Scotch, dogs and people. It is likely that she has a MoCo Loco window up or a glass of something neat in hand when writing. She is always relieved when her work time doesn't devolve into hours of Pinning or looking at puppies on PetFinder. You can see her travel photography here

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Underdogs are here

The cheapest craft beer in town? New bar on Washington Ave sells high-end brews for low prices

By Darla Guillen

It’s hard to imagine how the new Washington Avenue bar Underdogs can turn a profit by selling dirt-cheap, high-end brews. Almost all of their draft pints are five dollars ...

A solid plan & a good playlist

From happy hours to park trails: Starting a workout routine takes serious social commitment

By Darla Guillen

I am admittedly not one for making New Year's resolutions or following other trendy social movements that set you up for failure. (God forbid I become a resexeciser!) So ...

Drink Up!

Drinking like the Scots: A mind-bending spirits pairing at a high-end Houston restaurant

By Amy Chien, Darla Guillen

When I’m sending my whiskey on back to the sea Names will be shattered and glasses be filled The girls will get frisky and do what they will But ...

Magical Moments

A giant step for craft beer in Houston: Take an inside look at how the beer world changed

By Darla Guillen

Editor's Note: We asked CultureMap staffers and contributors to recall their favorite moments of 2012. Darla Guillen recalls becoming a small part of the microbrewery movement in Houston. The ...

Real World Business School

Alcohol Wiz: Heights hard cider company started by underage entrepreneur goes national

By Darla Guillen

While some undergrads might require their parent’s signature when purchasing a new car or leasing an apartment, Leprechaun Cider Company founder Jake Schiffer needed mom and dad to sign ...

A spirited evening

Open Christmas night: Houston bars continue the holiday spirit with festive cocktail specials

By Darla Guillen

When all of the Christmas gifts have been unwrapped and the Bûche de Noël and ham devoured, come out and find a sippable present that wasn't under ...


From toddies to mulled wine, Houston bartenders show off their cold weather favorites

By Darla Guillen

The recent series of cold fronts means that the hot toddy season is upon us, and in a city teeming with brilliant chefs and bartenders, you can be sure that ...

Hometown Hangout

Public House: The Heights bar where everybody knows your name — and there's art for sale, too

By Darla Guillen

The Facebook picture of a sunglasses-clad dog sitting in a booth should be a good indication that everyone is welcome at Public House Heights.   Co-owners Emily and Chris McReavy met ...


Get the spirits: Anvil cocktail and catering classes are in session

By Darla Guillen

The only thing better than learning how to mix your own expertly crafted cocktails is having them personally delivered to your house by Anvil bartenders. Now that Bobby Heugel and ...

Birthday beer for you!

Big beer honors: Hay Merchant selected as a Chosen Bar, one of only 16 in America

By Darla Guillen

It's only fitting that the maker of the "chosen beers" would celebrate its Sweet 16 at the "chosen bars." Shmaltz Brewing Company, owner of He'Brew Beer and Coney ...


Get ready for a new beer food truck: Petrol Station's former guru puts his love on wheels

By Darla Guillen

It was the news heard 'round the local craft beer community when Troy Witherspoon left The Petrol Station on a mission to sate locals’ appetites with off-kilter menu items made ...

Foodie News

New offerings from an old favorite: Brasil adds tap wall of draft beer & wine and hires a new chef

By Darla Guillen

I was only a little embarrassed when my question about the missing fridge of ogle-worthy desserts and bottled beer elicited a compassionate expression from the staff at Brasil. Whatever disappointment ...

You're welcome

10 bars to escape to on Thanksgiving night when your family is driving you crazy

By Darla Guillen

Experts say that Thanksgiving night is one of the busiest times of the year on the bar circuit because no matter how much you love your family, all that togetherness ...

Drink for a cause

Top chefs compete to raise money for Houston's new charity bar: Special menus and trash talk

By Darla Guillen

Guys turning virtually any situation into a competition is nothing new, but when the trash talk involves an impressive lineup of Houston gourmands cooking for charity, it’s downright exciting ...


Punch drunk love: From Natachee's to Pass & Provisions, Houston bars bring back cocktail batches in a bowl

By Darla Guillen

Maybe it’s a reaction to the lengthy craft cocktail-making process or just a plebeian alternative to pricey intoxicants. For whatever reason, bowls of punch are reappearing all around town ...

Foodie News

Anthony Bourdain rips Guy Fieri, Alan Richman and Travel Channel in Houston appearance with Eric Ripert

By Darla Guillen

It’s not too surprising that a man who has traveled all over the world eating everything he’s served, talking to everyone in the kitchen, at the table and ...


The ultimate guide to Houston Beer Week: The best of what's on tap at eight-day beerfest

By Darla Guillen

“Houston Beer Week is like Christmas, if Christmas lasted seven days and tasted like beer,” Hay Merchant co-owner Kevin Floyd says about the beer holiday that’s about to hit ...

Drink Up

Proof of life in Midtown: New rooftop hotspot bar offers dancing, drinks and Reef food

By Darla Guillen

If you’re going to brave the elements in Houston, it should be on a rooftop patio with a cold drink in hand and snapper carpaccio nearby. But if you ...

Sudsy Acreage

A dollhouse of beer: New homey craft beer brewpub looks to shake up the drinks scene

By Darla Guillen

To say that City Acre Brewing Co. treats its guests like family is an understatement. Arriving at the dollhouse-like Victorian-style homestead, I sat on the grass and chatted with friends ...

Neighborhood Gastropub

Garden Oaks gets an Austin vibe with bocce, beer & live music at new Cottonwood bar

By Darla Guillen

The smell of fresh paint didn’t detract from the warm, welcoming vibe of Cottonwood, the latest bar to open in the up-and-coming Garden Oaks neighborhood, as draped strands of ...

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