Anvil Bar & Refuge
The bar that began the Clumsy Butcher network of bars and restaurants, Anvil made it possible for Bobby Heugel and Kevin Floyd to go on to open Hay Merchant, Underbelly, Julep, and their downtown bars. Even as it's evolved from brash upstart into Houston's premier cocktail bar, Anvil maintains its commitment to celebrating classic that have stood the test of time. A recent renovation allowed the bar to dramatically expand its inventory, and the signature "break even bottle" provides the chance to try a rare spirit at a serious discount. For those still not in the mood for hard liquor, not matter how well-poured, Anvil also offers a great selection of small-production beers on tap.
Anvil is at its best when the bar is only half full, which allows patrons to converse with the incredibly well-trained staff. Go early on a weekday rather than fighting the crowds on Saturday night.