Just Add Ice
Here’s where to have the hottest summer nights in H-Town. By Megha Tejpal, Photos by Shane Shannon
Summer lovin’ may have you a blast — and these new patio bars and nightclubs will heat things up fast!
In Montrose, Pennywhistle Irish Pub (1625 Richmond Ave.), formerly The Harp, reopened. Expect moody interiors and bar games like darts and table tennis, a hefty calendar of events including yoga on the patio, and an attractive team of beverage experts who keep things interesting behind the bar.
Steps away, The Toasted Coconut (1617 Richmond Ave.), helmed by husband-wife duo Martin and Sara Stayer of Nobie’s, opens in July. Designed to transport guests to an island paradise with its sandy beach patio and thatched-palm palapa, the tiki-drink concept will keep the booze and bites flowing with a menu influenced by countries like Cuba, Mexico and Vietnam.
And on Washington, where Sunday Funday reigns supreme, Miami-style club Axis & Alibi (5701 Washington Ave.) has bowed in the former home of neighborhood institution Wabash Feed Store. Expect hoopla — and pretty people! — on weekends, when DJs pack the multi-level dance floors. Nearby, at Pink Elephant Room (4218 Washington Ave.), the vibe is a bit more mellow: Funky art and neon signs create a groovy atmosphere for beer and billiards.
In Midtown, 77 Degrees rooftop bar and Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub on Brazos Street remain popular. And with the addition of Gravity Nightclub (2401 Main St.) — with its heart-pounding sound system and laser light show — nearby, the ’hood has reemerged as the surefire place to score a sizzling-hot night out.