Anvil Bar & Refuge

Anvil Bar & Refuge Houston cocktail bar
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1424 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
Every day: 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.
713.523.1622 | Website

This is, more or less, where it all started in Houston. Opened in 2009 by a young Bobby Heugel who, by his own account, didn’t really know what he was doing. Its opening menu included a now storied “100 List” of classic cocktails, and Anvil’s first customers keep their pocket versions like achievement awards, the proverbial t-shirt that proves they were there. Anvil has a new 100 list these days, along with the quiet assurance of a program that has earned its reputation as one of the country’s best.


Known For
  • craft cocktails
  • bar food
  • lots of tequila / mezcal
What to drink

You simply can’t visit Anvil without trying The Brave, Bobby Heugel’s stirred and stoic mix of mezcal, tequila, Amaro, orange liqueur and bitters. Served un-chilled and undiluted, it’s not for the faint of heart.

Montrose →

The trim space, a one-time tire store, fills up quickly on weekends, but the staff keeps pace like a squad of commandos. For a quieter time and a piece of the bartender’s brain, show up on a weekday and don’t be shy about asking questions. An intensive training regimen means these are some of the most knowledgeable barmen and women in the business.


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