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Mongoose Vs Cobra: The Best Beer Bar

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Opened in 2012, Mongoose vs. Cobra has made a huge impression on the beer scene.

The knowledgeable bartenders serve up a menu of more than 40-plus rotating draught brews. That's right, 40 — from Goose Island and Great Divide brews to Fratelli Branca's Fernet, there's a brew for everyone at the table. As for the cocktails, you can expect anything from a Bourbon Hot Toddy to a French 75.

The casual joint is welcoming to all, especially the liteary types: be on the lookout for the the “Charles Club," "a drinking and literature club that will surely prove legendary."

Houston’s Most Iconic Bars

Every large American city has its share of bars and taverns. Houston is no different and those seeking a place to drop in for an adult beverage or two will have no problem finding a welcoming establishment. Some of these bars are ordinary and provide the minimum requirements for customer satisfaction while others go above and beyond, making a name for themselves as iconic places to sample new drinks and meet new people. Here are some of the most iconic bars in the Houston area:

Best known for its impressive selection of craft beer, Hay Merchant has established itself as a Houston institution in a relatively short time. People from across the region flock to Hay Merchant for its craft beer and equally crafted food, both of which include remarkable options. Sports viewing is popular and Hay Merchant even has a few pinball machines for a feeling of nostalgia. With so many beers on tap, there is always something to please the palate and where else can you get peanut butter and jelly chicken wings and wash them down with a beer of comparable flavor? These qualities make Hay Merchant one of Houston’s finest places for drinks and more.

Do you like to take you dog along when you eat and drink? If you do, then a place not to miss is Cottonwood, a north Houston bar notable for its large outdoor patio, where family pets often join owners for a day or evening in the sun. Cottonwood has large fire pits to keep guests warm and cozy during the cooler times of the year and if hanging out with dogs isn’t your thing, you can head inside where the atmosphere is pet- free. Grab a squirrel burger and craft beer, find yourself a place at one of the picnic tables, and enjoy your visit to Cottonwood, one of Houston’s most memorable bars.

Lovers of whiskey will not want to miss Reserve 101. This upscale bar in downtown Houston is a whiskey aficionado’s dream come true, with more than 300 varieties available. Guests can order samples different whiskies and it’s common to find special tastings taking place throughout the week. Reserve 101 is a great place to visit when you’re in downtown and as a true shrine to whiskey and bourbon, it easily earns a spot among the Houston area’s most iconic bars.

Craft beer and excellent handcrafted cocktails keep guests happy at Mongoose vs. Cobra, a Midtown Houston bar beloved by locals. Beer is the specialty here and the beer list isn’t too difficult to find, since it is displayed right on the wall, where it cannot be missed. If you’re not in the mood for beer, then you definitely should try a cocktail made with tonic because Mongoose vs. Cobra makes its tonic in- house, for an added taste treat. Oh, and don’t forget to order a pretzel. Mongoose vs. Cobra makes some of the best pretzels in the city and they match perfectly with a cold craft brew.

Certainly a place worthy of the iconic label, Okra Charity Saloon is a bar with a philanthropic focus. This downtown bar is very large on the inside and they feature a full bar that doesn’t necessarily focus on any one type of drink. Rather, the focus at Okra Charity Saloon is giving and when you order a drink, you will receive a ticket to vote on the charity of your choice to receive the donations for the night. It’s not often that you find a bar that regularly donates to charity, but Okra Charity Saloon is that bar and it is definitely a place deserving of your patronage.

Mongoose Vs Cobra: The Best Beer Bar - Recipes

This place had a decent vibe about it. Open, light wood, long tables for groups or getting to know new people. At first when we walked in it was a bit empty but as a few locals from Midtown wandered in - even a guy with his young daughter - we started feeling it had been accepted by the locals. Always a good sign. I love me some dive bar but every so often it's good to wander into a clean, industrial, minimalist place. I was NOT expecting this with the name Mongoose vs Cobra. Honestly when friends recommended we head here I was ready for a shadowy, manly place. Nice surprise.

Terrific beer menu on the big board on the wall - over 40 available. Yes they'll let you taste before you buy. Nice imports and some of the better American microbrews. Houston has some decent beers and I was surprised not to see them available. I hope they change out their beers more often than some of the other new beer bars that have popped up recently.

I had tried all the beers on their beer menu I knew. And since I had been drinking bourbon at another bar earlier I took a peek at their bourbons. They had the Rouge bourbon. I love the beers from this brewery so I decided to try it. Yeah! Love. Except they put the largest ice cube in the high ball I had ever seen. I get the hip factor of the look in the glass but it really watered down my drink. That saddened me. I had asked for two small ice cubes - just enough to chill the liquor but not enough to weaken it. But the service was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly.

They had champagne that was actually a decent house champagne and they made our designated driver a wonderful lemonade with fresh squeezed lemons and tonic.

Food? Good stuff. I will admit I enjoyed the pretzel and the seedy, tangy, thick mustard. The pretzel was large enough to wear to the Kentucky Derby as a hat. But the pickled veggied was the star item! Served in a small flat Ball jar they included califlower, onion, garlic, green peppers. it was one of the best pickled veggie treats I have ever eaten. The meat assortment was a nice tummy filler as we continued to enjoy our afternoon of festive!

Parking is in a fenced area on the west side of the building and the bathrooms were clean - always a plus!

Houston bars where you can drink like an adult

Houston has never been immune to bar fads. Over the past decade and change, the city has been enamored with dress codes, gastropubs, craft cocktail laboratories and enough faux icehouses with puppies panting on the porch to fill a clickbait slideshow.

These days, bars with activities are all the rage. There&rsquos one with a Ferris wheel. Another with a soccer field. There are bars with playgrounds. And there are bars with funky furniture that&rsquos more fun to talk about, or share online, than to sit on.

It&rsquos enough to send some Houstonians back into the bars of yore, where a stiff pour and a well-worn bar top retain pride of place and there isn&rsquot a Jenga block in sight.

Houston bar owner Brad Moore calls these bars places for &ldquopurposeful drinking.&rdquo

Moore&rsquos bars were all born old, it seems, from Heights roadhouse Big Star Bar to Captain Foxheart&rsquos Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge along Main Street. They came pre-weathered, cobbled together to form nests for serious drinkers, with no artifice to hide behind.

&ldquoI like drinking in bars where the scene is more purposeful,&rdquo Moore says. &ldquoI like the &lsquoLet&rsquos get a few in us and talk about forming a band or leading a revolution&rsquo-type places. Our founding fathers would have met at Rudyard&rsquos, probably.&rdquo

He&rsquos also noticed the surge of destination bars that feel more like adult playgrounds with cute lighting and swings built for Instagram Boomerangs.

&ldquoMost of the playground-type bars we see are populated by the pleated-khaki-and-golf-hat crowd, and there is less Tom Waits on the jukebox,&rdquo Moore says.

Certified dive bars and icehouses exist in another plain. Books have been written about Houston&rsquos dives, like Lone Star Saloon and The Rose Garden. Our icehouses, some surviving for nearly a century, are seen as unicorns for withstanding decades of fads like Zima and Smirnoff Ice.

Ryan Clark, co-owner of downtown&rsquos Houston Watch Company, which opened in 2015, spent his 20s drinking all over the city, always finding himself attracted to bars older than he was. When the space came open inside the lobby of the Bayou Lofts he and co-owner Erik Bogle knew that the former early-20th-century watch company would be a great fit for the project they had in mind.

&ldquoI traveled quite often in the oil patch before we opened and I had developed a fondness for really great hotel lobby bars,&rdquo Clark says. &ldquoWe see ourselves as a neighborhood bar, and a big chunk of our customers live or work downtown.&rdquo

Lawyers, fellow bartenders and high-rise professionals can all be found at Houston Watch Company on any given night. Even a few Houston Astros have sat down at the bar, but Clark won&rsquot say who or how long their beards were.

Clark totally gets the thrill of bars like Truck Yard (with a Ferris wheel out back) or the El Segundo Swim Club (with a full bar and pool) in the Second Ward. They just aren&rsquot for him anymore. Bars where &ldquoplay&rdquo is emphasized as part of the experience feels new to Clark, but he gets the appeal.

&ldquoI guess I would say that when I was 21, having 80 whiskeys to choose from was less exciting than, say, attractive people drinking poolside,&rdquo Clark says. &ldquoI do think it&rsquos interesting that the 'athleisure' trend is starting to show up in bars.&rdquo

Rebecca Allen, 29, is an avowed fan of old-school bars, the type that fictional ad executives Don Draper or Roger Sterling would imbibe. She can be found most weekends at Grand Prize, La Carafe or Warren&rsquos Inn.

&ldquoIf I can get to know the staff somewhere and be guaranteed a place to sit and an affordable drink, I&rsquom in,&rdquo Allen says. Sundown Saloon is her favorite hiding spot because it doesn&rsquot have the youngest crowd, and the strange stories and clientele keep her coming back.

&ldquoI think my real struggle with the extracurricular bars is that they are too appealing to the masses and in turn get way too crowded and expensive,&rdquo Allen says. &ldquoSadly, there is such a large audience for an Instagram-worthy moment these days that they are just getting bigger.&rdquo

The bar at the end of the drink or is it the other way around? An old fashioned sits idle at the Houston Watch Company. Elizabeth Conley, Staff photographer / Houston Chronicle

We asked Clark if there is such a thing as the ultimate Houston bar, a place that should be in every cookie-cutter travelogue written about the Bayou City.

&ldquoPart of what&rsquos great about Houston is not having to choose,&rdquo Clark says before changing course. &ldquoBut it&rsquos Poison Girl.&rdquo

Poison Girl is high on our list, too. But it&rsquos not the only bare-bones bar worth appreciating. Here are our ten spots that are a fine, traditional antidote to the latest in bar trends.

Warren&rsquos Inn

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away from the quest for page views, Warren&rsquos was the place to find grizzled crime reporters drinking with commiserating detectives. These days those in the know come here for famously strong pours and a swampy jukebox.

Grand Prize

One of Montrose&rsquos most beloved slippery slopes (meaning two drinks usually turn into seven) since 2010, Grand Prize always has a kind concoction in the frozen machine and Motörhead oozing from the jukebox.

Houston Watch Company

Housed in the lobby of the Bayou Lofts, this is where Houston&rsquos best bartenders go to get away from the likes of you, and to plot their next intoxicating pour.

Hearkening back to the Montrose of the &rsquo90s, you can duck in here on a slammed Saturday and still feel like you&rsquore hiding out. Not much has changed here since 1995, before some of the regular patrons were even born.

Reserve 101

Don&rsquot be daunted by the formidable spectrum of the whiskey selection here. Ask nicely and within two drinks a bartender will convert you to something that you&rsquoll still be drinking at your retirement party. Head next door to Dirt Bar for a Rim Job shot in between drinks for the ultimate experience.

Public Services Wine and Whisky

We&rsquore pretty sure we spied the ghost of Daniel Plainview here one night scowling at some newfangled oil bros wearing flip flops.

Poison Girl

PG took up the mantle of My First Indie Rock Bar after the Proletariat finally closed off Richmond. The sign behind the bar that implores customers to drink like adults should be mandatory decor at bars all over the city, if not an unofficial motto.

Leon&rsquos Lounge

Now in its third incarnation at the same address since the late 1940s, Leon&rsquos Lounge is the dimly lit antidote to Midtown bars and their Bruno Mars remixes and Snapchat mating rituals. True deviants have mastered the art of having two tabs simultaneously open here and at Mongoose vs Cobra across the street.

Next Door Bar

The dark horse on this list, NDB&rsquos specialty is loud metal with a shot of Jameson and a cold bottle of Lone Star. Be careful here or you might join a stoner metal band by accident. Before bellying up to the bar, head next door to Rudyard's for a cheeseburger and a pint of craft beer. Your tomorrow self will thank you.

Housed inside one of Houston&rsquos oldest buildings, La Carafe only serves beer and wine, but the historic spirits in the walls provide enough ambience to make up for a lack of firewater. In a city where &ldquoold&rdquo means built in the 1980s, we will take any opportunity we get to drink in a building with a Texas Historical Marker out front.


Lola&rsquos Depot, 2327 Grant: It&rsquos like if Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino directed a bar together.

Tongue-Cut Sparrow, 310 Main: Impress your date by opening a strange door in The Pastry War and walking into a bar with only 25 seats pray your date doesn&rsquot ask for Red Bull.

Dirt Bar, 1209 Caroline: With Toyota Center and the House of Blues nearby you might find yourself ordering a drink next to a rock star.

Boondocks, 1417 Westheimer: The happy hour here is a good, cheap pre-game activity before heading over to Anvil Bar & Refuge across the street.

Lil&rsquo Danny Speedo&rsquos Go Fly a Kite Lounge, 823 Dumble: The east end&rsquos own Regal Beagle, the frozen drinks will make you see that life is a ball again.

Mongoose Vs Cobra: The Best Beer Bar - Recipes

Our city has had a renaissance of drinking establishments over the past few years. Here are 23 must-visits that cater to serious drinkers of nearly every taste. For much, much more on the Houston drinking universe, see the June-July edition of My Table, now on newsstands or available digitally here. Looking for the Foursquare list for future reference? We’ve got it right here .

13 CELSIUS Everything centers on wine here, including the small but well-considered menu of small bites and paninis. The wine list is well-organized and the selection appeals to both the adventuresome and novices. (Midtown)

ANVIL BAR & REFUGE You know something pretty exciting is happening in Houston when four-year-old Anvil starts looking like the elder statesman of cocktail bars. Anvil set the standard for craft and quality in Houston cocktails and helped grow a new generation of bartenders who now own their own businesses. (Montrose)

CAPTAIN FOXHEART’S BAD NEWS BAR The newest cocktail bar in Houston has the best balcony, and the interior is elegant and understated. It’s upstairs on Main near Congress, just across from the rail line. (Downtown)

COTTONWOOD Cottonwood, with its outdoor benches and big pavilion, feels a bit like the kind of venue that would be good for a community barbecue. There actually are quite a few events hosted there, including bartending competitions, live bands and showcases by spirits producers. (Garden Oaks)

DOUBLE TROUBLE CAFFEINE & COCKTAILS The combo of Greenway Coffee espresso and WiFi makes Double Trouble a perfect morning hangout for telecommuters and students. In the afternoons and evenings, they turn out Tiki-inspired cocktails as well as several of the classics. (Midtown)

DOWN HOUSE Down House is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has an appropriate cocktail to go with each. You can bring your mom here and still feel good about it. (The Heights)

EL GRAN MALO Fun and funky El Gran Malo has dozens of tequilas infused with just about anything you can imagine: cinnamon, beets, ghost peppers, you name it. The hearty Mexican food helps balance out any overzealous consumption. (The Heights)

GORO & GUN One of the best features of Goro & Gun is its large bar, wide variety and skilled bartenders. It offers a full range of cocktails, beer, sake and shōchū, a Japanese clear spirit distilled from barley, sweet potatoes or other base ingredients. (Downtown)

GRAND PRIZE BAR The two-story hangout has become a favorite of those who work in the industry for those rare times when they have a chance to relax and socialize. The upstairs deck is a coveted spot on balmy Houston nights. (Museum District)

LIBERTY STATION This is one of the better things about Washington Avenue, but “better” doesn’t necessarily mean “fancy.” The laid-back former gas station has a judicious selection of beers and cocktails at any given time and it’s ideal for a game of cornhole on a sunny day. (Washington Avenue)

MAX’S WINE DIVE At Max’s, you’re encouraged to pair their wines with the menu of next-level comfort food, like truffled macaroni and cheese and Kobe hot dogs. (Washington Avenue)

MONGOOSE VS. COBRA Come here for the interesting selection of craft beers pulled from a space age-looking preservation system. They go great with the food, which includes top-notch breads, cheeses and charcuterie. There’s a full bar and plenty of cocktail offerings as well. (Midtown)

PETROL STATION This neighborhood hangout draws in beer nerds from all over the city who are seeking the judicious selection of sought-after beers as well as local favorites. The burgers and vegetarian offerings garner rave reviews, too. (Oak Forest)

PHIL’S WINE LOUNGE The bar on the ground floor of Philippe Restaurant has one of the best selections of rosés in town. Hit up happy hour to take advantage of 50% off open bottles. (Galleria)

POISON GIRL Tucked away in the middle of a small Montrose shopping center, Poison Girl has pinball machines, cheap Lone Star and good whiskey. (Montrose)

RESERVE 101 If you like whiskey and you haven’t been here yet, you need to get on the bus. Reserve 101 has the most extensive collection of whiskeys in Houston … more than 200 of them. (Downtown)

SONOMA These wine bars are comfortable neighborhood spots for enjoying a glass or a bottle. The newer Heights location also has an outdoor second-story patio, perfect for catching a breeze. (Upper Kirby and The Heights)

THE FLYING SAUCER This downtown joint is serious about beer and caters to those who feel the same way. The walls are covered with brass plates earned by diehards (here they’re referred to as “Masters of the Universe,” thank you very much) who tasted 200 beers. (Downtown and Sugar Land)

THE HAY MERCHANT There are about 100 beers on tap and five cask selections here every day. The big, open space and hearty food make for a winning combination. Visit during happy hour from 3 to 6:30 pm for $3 craft beers and “Fatty Hour” from 11 pm to 1 am for some $3 food selections. (Montrose)

THE ORIGINAL OKRA CHARITY SALOON There’s nothing to not love. It’s housed in a beautiful old building. During the day, lots of light comes through the skylights. (The cover of our current issue of My Table was shot in this lovely place.) Each month, proceeds from purchases go to one of four charitable causes that the guests have voted on. It’s staffed by professional bartenders, the wines are chosen by respected sommeliers and there are some great beers to choose from. (Downtown)

THE TASTING ROOM There are now three Tasting Rooms in Houston, and the concept has spread from here to other cities. Good food, too, at the bigger locations in Uptown Park and CityCentre. (Uptown Park, Upper Kirby and CityCentre)

THE WINE BAR AT UNDERBELLY The tongue-in-cheek, illustrated wine list dares you to rethink all of your assumptions about wine. There’s something here for everyone, whether you like sparklers, rosés, sweet, not sweet, Old World or New World. (Montrose)

VINE WINE ROOM This Memorial-area refuge is practically one big comfy living room, overseen by proprietor Joe Rippey. It is one of the city’s original wine bars. (Memorial)

This uber-serious beer haven, also a project of beer nerd Kevin Floyd, offers 80 taps comprised of 75 unique drafts and five cask engines. Each beer is painstakingly served in proper glassware at the proper temperature, with the correct pressure. Beer lovers, rejoice.

Sitting on the outskirts of Midtown, sleek beer garden and bar Wooster’s Garden entices patrons with both formidable bartenders and a lengthy menu comprised of forty plus beer options ranging from refreshing and malty ambers and lagers to tart and alluring ales and IPAs. Added bonus: the bar's garden makes it an optimal choice in nice weather.

A Snob’s Guide to Finding Good Drinks in Disney World

Anyone who ever aspired to drink with intergalactic droids will soon be in luck: Disney Parks is set to debut a new bar, Oga’s Cantina, a “hotly anticipated” Star Wars attraction, in Florida’s Disney World and California’s Disneyland later this year.

Oga’s Cantina marks the first Disneyland bar serving alcohol to the general public (provided they are over 21, of course). Disney World, on the other hand, actually has a number of places to have a pint, cocktail, or glass of vino.

This may come as a surprise to those who envision both Walt Disney and his eponymous theme parks as wholesomely teetotaling affairs. But Walt was not a prohibitionist. Despite what countless people on the internet claim, Walt Disney was a man who boozed it up quite a bit — usually starting with a Scotch cocktail at 5 o’clock sharp. He simply wanted his theme parks and public persona to be a little more, ahem, dry than he actually was.

“Walt Disney doesn’t drink,” he once told a friend. “I drink.”

Luckily, it’s become easier and easier over the years to drink pretty well in Disney World — if you know where to look. The entire property is a massive 40 square miles divided into four unique theme parks (plus resort accommodations). Consider this your guide to finding the top beer, wine, booze, and cocktails throughout Disney World.

Cinderella’s Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom serves top-shelf Champagne. Credit:

Magic Kingdom Park

The main theme park was dry until Be Our Guest, a Beauty & the Beast-themed restaurant, opened in 2012. In 2015 four more restaurants with alcohol opened. Today it’s up to eight, meaning every single sit-down restaurant in the park serves booze. All require advanced reservations, so plan your dipsomania accordingly. We have loosely ranked them in order of quality:

Cinderella’s Royal Table

Your children can dine with princesses while you get blotto on $320 bottles of Dom. Bottle service has never felt so… baller.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Look for an adequate selection of wine and Champagne like Veuve Clicquot at this faux-opulent spot. Beers lean toward Belgian classics, like Saison Dupont and Chimay Blue. (There is also an app, Beers and Ears, that helps you locate specific ales and lagers in the park.)

Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen

This fairly problematic “jungle-themed” restaurant serves a mishmash of Asian, South American, and African beverages. You’ll find everything from Kenyan lagers to Argentinian Malbec to Sangria to, uh, Michelob Ultra.

The Diamond Horseshoe

There’s a small selection of beer and wine at this rootin’ tootin’ Old West hall, but it does have the solid Cigar City Jai Alai IPA, which hails from nearby Tampa, Fla.

The Crystal Palace

Blue Moon, J.Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon, some solid Columbia Valley sparkling wine, and Cigar City Jai Alai IPA are available at this Winnie the Pooh-themed restaurant. There are also costumed characters roaming about. (Come on, Eeyore, my drinking buddies back home are depressing enough!)

Liberty Tree Tavern

The selections at this early-America-inspired inn are classic if a bit uninspired, and include Mimosas and Napa Valley Cab, just like ol’ George Washington used to drink.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

There are no red-checkered tablecloths at this spot modeled after the place where Lady and the Tramp had their first kiss, but there is a sizable selection of “vino” and “birra.” Both lists only play the hits, pouring Peroni and Stella Artois plus Banfi Chianti. Surprisingly, the restaurant is not dog-friendly.

The Plaza Restaurant

This heavily mirrored restaurant has some of the most bland booze options in the entire park. Think Bellinis and Mich Ultra.

Skip the sugary cocktails and sip sparkling wines at Epcot’s China pavilion. Credit:


There are 11 pavilions styled after different countries at this “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.” All offer alcoholic beverages with varying degrees of authenticity, cultural sensitivity, and drinkability. Here are the most interesting options in each “country.”

United States of America

Look for craft beers like Founders Rubaeus at the Block & Hans kiosk.


There’s sake, obvi, plus frozen Ichiban beer, available at the Kabuki Cafe.


Although the actual Morocco is home to winelands that some American somms feel have international potential, Epcot’s Morocco focuses on cocktails like the Casablanca Sunset (a gross combination of apricot brandy and peach schnapps) and the frozen Sultan’s Colada.


Les Vins des Chefs de France, a counter-service wine bar, has a decent selection of wines by the glass, including Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône and Nicolas Feuillate Champagne. If that sounds too rich for your blood, there’s also a silly frozen drink, the Grand Marnier-based Orange Slush.

United Kingdom

The pub Rose & Crown serves pints of Boddingtons and Guinness, flights of single malts, and one extremely curious cocktail. The Leaping Leprechaun features Jameson (sure), rum (O.K.), vodka (wha?), as well as melon liqueur, sour mix, and Sprite.


Our neighbors to the north might actually offer Epcot’s best beers at Le Cellier, which serves a full menu of boozy Unibroue options. There’s also Molsons, Labatts, and one of the world’s premier drunk foods, poutine!

Tony’s Town Square is modeled after the fictional restaurant where Lady and the Tramp had their first kiss. Surprisingly, it is not dog-friendly. Credit:


Bypass the sugar-bomb Margs at stands throughout the pavilion, and head to La Cava de Tequila. It offers a quality selection of sipping tequilas and legitimately interesting Margaritas, included a frozen avocado one.


Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe’s shot of Linie Aquavit is surely one of the most esoteric and, quite frankly, quality offerings in the entire Epcot complex.


Nine Dragons restaurant serves Chinese-American fare like General Tso’s Chicken with an array of aggressively sweet cocktails like frozen mango Daiquiris and the South Sea Breeze, a blend of pineapple and orange juices spiked with coconut rum and grenadine. However, there’s also a lengthy wine list with some surprisingly solid options, like Mumm Brut Prestige sparkling wine and Valkenberg Gewürtzraminer.


Expect to see knuckleheads aplenty hoisting steins of, unfortunately, humdrum Deutschland beer like Beck’s. Where’s the Weihenstephaner?! Your better bet is to opt for a spate of adequate, easy-drinking Riesling, like Valckenberg Madonna. Or maybe just get $9 shots of Jager.


A surprisingly cozy place to drink, The Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar touts over 200 bottles of wine — and some aren’t bad! Look for Mastroberardino Greco di Tufo, Guado al Tasso Vermentino, and Mastroberardino Fiano Avellino.

Animal Kingdom Park

The drinking options at this zoologically themed park skirt a fine line between esoteric and nonsensical. Beers and wines are mostly sourced directly from across Africa — Bellingham Chenin Blanc from South Africa, for instance — but the cocktails lean that direction in name only. Additionally, far too many primate puns abound.

The Rainforest Cafe

Part of the same 1990s tide that brought Planet Hollywoods to tourist destinations worldwide, this theme restaurant is located near the entrance to Animal Kingdom. The beer and wine are fairly pedestrian, featuring Bud Light and Rodney Strong Chardonnay, but the sugary and “tropical” cocktails, like the Mongoose Mai Tai, come in souvenir glasses worth take a walk with.

Dawa Bar

One of Disney World’s more intriguing international beer selections is at this so-called “bamboo bar” in Harambe village. Most of the beers, such as Tusker Lager, are industrial beers not as available in the U.S., and thus more interesting than a Bud Light in name only. Opt for a Hakim Stout from Ethiopia, or Dawa’s takes on classic cocktails, like a Margarita made with Van der Hum, South Africa’s tangerine-flavored liqueur.

Nomad Lounge

Numerous craft cocktails are available at this lounge on Discovery Island and, though many have African-inspired names, few use any sort of ingredients sourced on the continent.

There are $30 tasting flights Wednesdays at Jiko, an upscale restaurant in Animal Kingdom Lodge. Credit:

Hollywood Studios

When was the last time you saw Buzz Lightyear getting buzzed? Probably the last time you came here. Disney World’s least-visited theme park doesn’t have many drinking destinations, but there are a few solid options.

Tune-In Lounge

The lobby to the Prime Time Café acts as a retro ’50s bar showing TV from the era and, thankfully, offering drinks from this era. Craft beers include mainstream bottles like New Belgium Fat Tire, while cocktails are kicked up a notch for the distressed parent, like in the Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea. Hopefully your kids knows what hotel you’re staying in.

The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

A wannabe facsimile of the see-and-be-seen Hollywood haunt of yore, Golden Age-era cocktails are the name of the game here — opt for a Manhattan or Martini.

Top Picks in Resort Areas Outside the Parks

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar (Magic Kingdom Resort Area / Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort)

The best drinking destination in all of Disney World is this surprisingly legit tiki bar. Of course the traditionally kitschy, high-seas aesthetic is a perfect fit for the pirate-friendly theme park — but the drinks, in highly-collectable mugs, will please tikiphiles too.

Located outside the park and opened in 2015 after the immense success of a Disneyland version, it becomes adult-only after 8 p.m., though the wait to get in often stretches into hours. Drinks like the Polynesian Pearl and the Tahitian Torch are well made if a tad sweet there’s also tiki-ish “no-booze brews” for the kiddos. Drinks are prepared by actors, not bartenders (no jokes here), and animatronic effects (such as an exploding volcano) are triggered when certain drinks are ordered. That’s admittedly a little Chuck E. Cheese-esque, but, you know, you’re drinking in a theme park bar that’s technically classified as a “ride,” not Smuggler’s Cove.

Jiko – The Cooking Place

This upscale restaurant offers over 100 South African wines, with solid staples from Raats and DeMorgenzon and higher-end bottlings from Philip Jonker and Sadie Family. On Wednesdays there are $30 tasting flights, which sounds more fun than riding the Teacups.

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar (Disney Springs)

This 1940s dive bar claims to be where Indiana Jones’ sidekick used to hang his pilot’s hat. Turns out he was drinking pretty well then! There’s a decent single malt selection and massive cocktail list, including long drinks like Singapore Slings and Mojitos.

Raglan Road Irish Pub (Disney Springs)

This Emerald Isle pub is pretty plain Jane. Guinness abounds in this Emerald Isle-inspired pub, with a few other Irish and American draughts. There are, of course, Bailey’s and Jameson in many of the mixed drinks.

AbracadaBar (Disney World’s Boardwalk)

This so-called “speakeasy” (with a gigantic marquee loudly announcing its location) is meant to resemble a 1940s magicians’ hangout. Alrighty. More like an airport Ruby Tuesday, the bar offers $12.50 “handcrafted” cocktails, which are more of a rarity in this area of the park than you’d think. Many of the drinks are vodka and Bacardi heavy, and though the ice is not the kind of crystal clear stuff a pretentious cocktailian expects, you will find some pretty solid offerings. Try the Coney Negroni, which is made with Eagle Rare Bourbon instead of gin, and resembles a Boulevardier. The Collins Double is a Tom Collins variant actually made with freshly squeezed juices.

A totally solid tiki bar lies in the resort area beyond the parks. Credit:

Jellyrolls (Disney World’s Boardwalk)

This 21-and-over dueling piano bar is perhaps the most fun bar in the entire park. The alcohol selection is purely straightforward, though good for aiding your heartfelt rendition of “A Whole New World.”

Ample Hills Creamery (Disney World’s Boardwalk)

One of the park’s best boozing secrets is this Brooklyn-based ice cream shop with an outpost in Orlando. While the kiddos grab a cone, adults can snag alcoholic floats made with Coney Island Hard Root Beer.

Club 33 (Four locations in Disney World Resort)

If you have a spare $25,000, you can become a member of these newly opened, invite-only private clubs. There’s one in each of the four parks. With yearly dues of $15,000, they’ll surely have something better than light beer.

Houston among top cities for singles who date while traveling for work

With the introduction of smarter technology and a millennial workforce, traveling for work is becoming increasingly common.

But that doesn't mean young professional jet-setters have to put their love lives on the back burner.

According to a new survey by dating site Match and travel tips app Localeur, more than one-fourth of singles have gone on a date while on a business trip. The majority of them meet at bars and restaurants, and others use dating apps and work connections.

With our ever-expanding restaurant scene, it's not surprising that Houston is considered a hub for many work-travel daters. It's among the top cities for those looking to connect romantically while traveling for business.

The collaborative report on "Frequent Flyer Dating" habits named three local spots as the best date-night destinations for those on the go.

In the Heights, Lei Low Bar, 6412 North Main, claimed the title for best pre- or post-dinner drinks. The study called the bar's vibe "trendy" and recommended ordering "a rum-based tiki drink that looks as good as it tastes."

Locals: See the gallery above for the most romantic Houston bars and restaurants.

"Insider Tips: Stop by on a Tuesday and choose your favorite among three featured Mai Tais &ndash and dine on clams for six bucks," the survey reports.

The expansive patio at downtown's Batanga, 908 Congress Ave., is called the best place for dinner, with its "casual, open-air" vibe. Batanga's Latin-inspired tapas are among dish recommendations, like the "chickpea puree, pao de quejo (Brazilian cheese rolls), and Catilian-style pork ribs."

And for happy hour, according to Match and Localeur, Midtown's "industrial-chic" Mongoose vs. Cobra, 1011 McGowen, pours the best happy hour in town. An extensive selection of local beer and unique cocktails enhances the bar's "loud," energetic space.

While the study's authors recommend an Old Fashioned and cheese plate, we suggest: the Roy Orbison and a giant pretzel.

Just use MongoDB's find standard syntax:

Support for the FileHandle Moose type is done making use of MooseDB::GridFSBucket.

Then store it using a FileHandle type object:

The file is stored in Mongo's GridFS using the field name and _id as filename. A special reference is created in your document to point to the GridFS file. The thing collection BSON may look like this:

When expanding the doc, the file attibute becomes a Mongoose::File, a wrapper of MongoDB::GridFSBucket::DownloadStream, which can be easily slurped or streamed.

This is asymmetric, which means it's probably best if you check the attribute if it isa Mongoose::File before using it as such, specially in your class methods.

This less-than-optimal asymmetric behavior may change in the future.

New Orleans

Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29

Location: 321 N Peters Street, New Orleans, LA
Bartender: Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, Brad Smith
Cocktail: Snake vs. Mongoose ($60, serves 4 to 6) with the Mongoose rum-based cocktail garnished with the King Cobra gin-based cocktail.

Even though this large format cocktail represents one of the fiercest duels in the animal kingdom, barman Jeff "Beachbum" Berry says the two very different drinks actually work well together. "We combine the King Cobra and Mongoose because while their (secret) flavor profiles are very different, they still work very well together in 'counterpoint' as liquid yin and yang, so to speak," explains Berry. In t his battle we're all winners.

Yo's! Which bars have a descent selection of stouts?

Only have Milk the Venom at tonight but it’s niice! Tanks!

Cobble & Spoke on the west side of the loop. Thistle Draft Shop and Hop Scholar if you're North of the loop. Beers Looking At You and Nobi Public House if you're south of the loop.

Pretty good list! Hop Stop in Humble deserves a mention also

Depends on what part of town you're looking in, but for me Hay Merchant has always had a great selection of basically all styles, stouts very much included.

Craft Beer Cellar Houston, They have Prairie Artisans Xmas bomb on draft right now.

This is just whats on tap. They have a retail section too so the selection is massive.

Here is Brew:30’s tap list. They have 4 currently including Nitro Buried Hatchet. They are always putting on new stuff and you can also get some awesome food from The Rock food truck.

I used to go to Lucky's Pub often when I lived in Houston, they had a decent selection of beers. They are also really friendly and have events all the time - pretty cool place.

Basically any bar with a decent craft selection will have some subset of stouts. It would really help to know which part of town if you want to know your specific local joint, or everyone will just list all the big craft beer bars around the whole city

Watch the video: Cobra vs. Mongoose. National Geographic


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