Thankfully, the trend that is all things rosé isn’t going away anytime soon. (Also, thank goodness the rosé drought of 2014 is past us.) Premium imported rosé wines have hit double-digit growth over the past decade and Houston isn’t missing out.
There’s no better time to partake in the national trend of rosé than during these hot summer months (lest we forget National Rosé Day on June 9), we’ve rounded up a complete guide of when and where to drink the pink in Houston — and view life through rosé-colored glasses.
Brand-new to Montrose sits Victor, a sexy, French lounge (the old Zimm’s space), that is already a local favorite. This plush lounge replete with colorful velvet seating and private rooms offers plenty of rosé, and amps up each week with the Rosé Soiree, happening every Wednesday from 5 pm to 8 pm, and featuring buy one bottle or glass of rosé, get one free.
Mondays are more tolerable thanks to Le Colonial’s Monday rosé promotion, where the entire rosé list is 50 percent off (you can get a bottle of Miraval for $29.50, which is cheaper than retail). Fun fact: You can actually score a bottle of rosé for 18.50. By the glass Le Colonial carries three options and seven bottles, as well as four rosé champagnes. (The 50 percent off wine promotion happens every Monday in the dining room and lounge for bottles under $100.)
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations
If ever there was a Houston spot dubbed the home of Miraval Rosé, this is it. Bosscat kicked off its patio service with a launch party with Miraval Rosé in December, and now that the weather is heating up, be on the lookout for another rosé patio party this summer (the Miraval umbrellas make for the perfect Instagram background). Not only do they offer three rosé variations (Matua Rosé, Miraval and Sterling Sparkling Rosé), they also add the pink stuff to their food: If you’re looking to eat your rosé, try the Drunken Pasta with rosé sauce, wide egg noodles, tomato cream, and peas.
Boasting one of the most extensive rosé lists in Houston, a’Bouzy offers 40 different labels of still rosé wine available in several size bottles — with offerings all the way up to six liters. Prices range from $17 per bottle to nearly $500. You can find more than 65 different labels of sparkling rosé and champagne by the bottle, so if you’re the indecisive type, you’ve been warned. Choose between a bottle or glass, sparking or still, and enjoy a beautiful Houston day on their expansive patio with other like-minded drinkers.
When it comes to rosé, Brasserie 19 (affectionately known as B19) is a great spot that offers plenty of options and low markups (only 1.6 times retail — reason enough to go) with 12 sparkling rosés and 25 non-sparkling rosés. Grab some friends and snag a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Sparkling Rosé for a mere $69 a bottle. If you feel like mixing it up, B19 also features a Rosé Spritz with Clementine Rosé, thyme, framboise, and raspberry. Head to B19 for National Rosé Day (June 9), from noon-3p for 30 different rosés. Be sure to wear pink for a chance to win some coveted swag.
Eight Row Flint
When it comes to whiskey and tacos, Houstonians already know you can’t go wrong at Eight Row Flint. The watering hole was one of the original spots to grab frosé in Houston (if not the first), and it’s on the menu, rain or shine. Their frosé is made with Rosé, Luxardo Aperitivo, lemon, strawberry, lemon oleo, and basil cordial and is the perfect patio drinking companion in the hottest summer months — it even pairs well with tacos. Guests can also grab a refreshing can of Sway Rosé, from William Chris Wines, which is a Texas-grown wine ($9).
Head over to Night Heron, one of Montrose’s best neighborhood patios, for a refreshing glass of frosé, made with Provencal Rosé, brut champagne, strawberry-basil cordial, and lemon. Co-owner and beverage director Morgan Weber notes, “the combination of strawberries, lemon, and basil is nothing but classic.” The strawberry-basil cordial is made by mascerating fresh chiffonaded basil in a rich simple syrup while the syrup is still warm. The basil syrup is then added to strawberry purée, fortified with a bit of overproof rum. Night Heron frosé is also on happy hour for just $5, Monday-Friday from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Rosé happy hour offerings are usually limited, but not at Star Fish, which offers Veuve de vernay Cremant de Bourgogne or Pellehaut from Gascony France — both are $5/glass — from Monday to Friday, 4 pm to 6 pm. It doesn’t hurt that their rosé offerings extend well beyond happy hour, with nine total offerings of still rosé (three by the glass) as well as four rosé sparkling options (we highly recommend pairing the rosé with Star Fish's oysters).
FM Kitchen and Bar
This spot serves up a covered patio, drinks, bright and picture-worthy art murals, classic food, music, and canned rosé. What more could your summertime heart desire than Babe Rosé at FM Kitchen and Bar? You can also grab a bottle or glass of Charles and Charles Rosé (still) or go for the happy hour option of Segura Viudas Brut Rosé, which is only $5 per glass during happy hour (Monday to Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm, and Sundays 6 pm to close). Don’t be alarmed if you see a few folks attempting to shotgun the canned rosé, as it’s been known to happen, according to bar manager Ravinder Bath.
Whoever said German food doesn’t pair well with rosé has never been to this Houston spot. Offering five variations of rosé, including a $6 rosé draft (Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rosé for $6 during happy hour) and their famous frosé, made with a homemade strawberry cordial, vodka and rosé — $7 during happy hour. Other rosé offerings include Pierre Sparr Cremant D'Alsace Brut Rosé (sparkling), Terlan Lagrein Rosé, Miraval Cotes de Provence Rosé, and Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé. Here rosé bottles start at $25 and are sure to be a summertime hit for your wallet — and your friends.
Sweet Paris Crêperie & Café
This Instagram-worthy café (all three Houston locations fit this bill) doesn’t skimp on rosé options and early birds will flock to happy hour Monday through Thursday, running from 11 am to 7 pm, where you can sip on $5 glasses of rosé (bottles for just $20). Choose from J.P. Chenet Brut Rosé or Los Dos Rosé (both pair perfectly with the Californian crêpe).
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Don’t miss the chance to sip on one of the few rosé cocktails in Houston, the Petal Pusher. The Petal Pusher is made with Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur, Rose Water, Francis Coppola Sofia Brut Rosé sparkling wine, club soda, and grapefruit. If you’re looking for rosé by the glass, you have Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Rosé, sparkling wine, Monterey, Moët & Chandon, Rosé Impérial, Brut, Champagne, Épernay, or Chateau Beaulieu, and Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Elouan. Also, don’t miss Rosé All Day, an annual event celebrating the pink drink Saturday, July 14.
Relish Restaurant & Bar
Sip on Relish Rosé, a signature cocktail made with Ford's Gin, St-Germain Elderflower, lemon and sparkling rosé, only $5 per glass during happy hour (Monday through Friday, 3 pm to 6 pm). Additionally, Relish offers several by the bottle or glass.
Nothing says summertime quite like a fresh and locally sourced poke bowl paired with a cold can of Babe Rosé ($8) at Seaside Poke. Good times, good food and a can of pink bubbles is everything EaDo.
Astros and Dynamo fans already know the drill, but now the rest of you know it’s time to cool off with a Frose ($8) at Truck Yard — a mix of California rosé spiked with New Amsterdam Berry. If you haven’t tried this expansive beer garden and adult playground that just opened in East Village, get there soon or risk FOMO.
This Rice Village location has three rosés by the glass and nine by the bottle. Grab a seat on their patio and sip the day away with your favorite rosé with their house-made Fritto Misto. They also offer frosé made with Paul Jaboulet, Parallèle Rosé from Cotes Du Rhone and berry purée for $10 – not a bad way to beat the Houston heat.
Try the “Adult Entertainer" cocktail with gin, passion fruit, lime and vanilla, served with a sidecar of Chanceny Brut Rosé from the Loire Valley. UB Preserv has a total of six rosés to pick from, and one of the more fun variations is Rezabal Txakoli Rose from Spain's Basque region made from Hondarrabi Beltza. It's vibrant and fresh, and rich with wild berries, salinity, and mouthwatering acidity.
Master sommelier David Keck is a partner in Goodnight Charlie’s, so you know the rosé here is thoughtfully selected. One of those is June’s Rosé, a 50/50 blend of Zweigelt and PN (Goodnight Charlie’s is the only place that carries it outside of the McGuire Moorman Hospitality Group, so it’s incredibly exclusive). Grab a glass on the patio to hydrate before or after some of the best two-stepping in the city for a true Houston experience.
The Patio on Richmond
This popular watering hole (the old Jackson’s Watering Hole) has Drop Rosé in a can for $5, which is hard to beat, plus Olivare Rosado for $6.95 and makes a great spot to catch up with old friends or meet new ones.
The Cheese Bar
This locally owned gourmet cheese shop and restaurant located at The Boardwalk at Towne Lake is a little outside the loop, but starting mid-June, The Cheese Bar will feature a Rosé and Cheese Flight: three 2-ounce pours of rosé plus three cheese pairings for $20, as well as a rosé class that goes in-depth about rosé and will offer four pairings.