Two of Houston's most prominent new bars are in the running for a major national award.
Playboy has named two bars in the Heights — Eight Row Flint and Canard — to its roster of 50 finalists for the best new bars in America. A combination of readers, bartenders, writers, and industry insiders selected the finalists.
"Every year we search the U.S. for the top new places to get a good drink: the best spots where they take making a good drink seriously, but don’t take themselves too seriously," the magazine writes. Two bars in Austin, Small Victory and The Townsend, and Dallas's Rapscallion also made the top 50.
At Canard, bartender Leslie Ross uses vintage devices called optics to serve "either ambitious pre-made cocktails or high-end spirits. One pull of the handle gets you 2/3 of an ounce of liquid such as lavender-infused Laphroaig 10 Year."
As for Eight Row Flint, the magazine likes that owners Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera have sourced whiskeys based on Weber's travels to distilleries. "This has allowed us to showcase the interesting nuances and variances that can occur throughout the whiskey aging process,” Weber explains.
Readers are invited to vote for their favorites online. Vote here. Playboy will announce its prestigious top 10 list in its November issue.