The Original OKRA Charity Saloon

OKRA Charity Saloon bar with customers
Photo by Julie Soefer/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Few bars have had a more immediate impact on Houston than the OKRA Charity Saloon. A collaboration between some of Houston's most high-profile bar and restaurant owners, the bar launched with two missions. One, serve as a way for a group of successful entrepreneurs to give back to the city via an establishment that donates a portion of its profits to a different local charity each month. Two, serve as the beachhead for a wave of new concepts that opened all around it in Market Square.

As anyone who's seen people standing four deep on the bar on a Saturday night can attest, the Charity Saloon has been a success on both fronts: Monthly donations range between $15,000 and $20,000 and the northern end of downtown has lots of new businesses. All while serving drinks that befit its connection to craft cocktail bar Anvil and a tightly edited food menu of panini and snacks developed by Paulie's owner Paul Petronella.


The Original OKRA Charity Saloon
924 Congress Ave.
Houston, TX 77002


Sun: 4 pm-2 am
Mon: 4 pm-2 am
Tue: 4 pm-2 am
Wed: 4 pm-2 am
Thu: 4 pm-2 am
Fri: 4 pm-2 am
Sat: 4 pm-2 am

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