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"Appropriately steamy:" Under the Volcano finally gets its due with magazine love

"Appropriately steamy:" Under the Volcano finally gets its due with magazine love

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We've have long argued around these parts that Under the Volcano ("Volcano" for short), located on Bissonnet and Morningside, operates one of the best lesser-known cocktail programs in town. Between the frozen mimosas and the strawberry basil mojito, the juke box and the foosball, the patio and the weird masks, it's a great neighborhood spot that never gets old.

In a case of one Southern gem picking up on and appreciating another, Garden and Gun's February cover story lists Volcano as one of its 50 Best Southern Bars. The magazine also recognizes Houston's Anvil Bar & Refuge for its owners' "workmanlike resolve to do one thing — produce the region's best cocktails [...] The barkeeps' pantry includes quintessentially Southern ingredients that rarely mix with liquor in less visionary watering holes." Okra, sweet potatoes and cane vinegar are some of those.

 "Appropriately steamy?" That might be the nicest thing anyone's ever said about us. 

As for Volcano (whose location the mag illustrates via its proximity to Brazos Bookstore, which it dubs "Houston's leading Indie"), the writers say it's "Where you'll find star authors hanging with the cognoscenti after a reading and signing, comfy in the appropriately steamy patio."

"Appropriately steamy?" That might be the nicest thing anyone's ever said about us.

As CultureMap's Sarah Rufca previously detailed, the magazine gives Houston some general props, too, with writer Julia Reed observing in another article titled "Houston Powers Up" that as the city continues to exist as a thriving oil and gas capital, "The same breathtaking largesse is found in the cultural arena. At a time when major museums in other cities are struggling, Houston's continue to flourish." Reed name checks DiverseWorks, the Station Museum and the Orange Show as examples of such flourishing institutions.

Shucks! Plus, the issue includes an interview with Houston native Lyle Lovett.

Tell us: Are there any other Houston bars you think deserve some Garden & Gun recognition?