Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

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MONDAY – THURSDAY: 4 P.M. – 10 P.M. | FRIDAY – SATURDAY: 4 P.M. – 11 P.M. | CLOSED SUNDAY
713.780.7352 | WEBSITE

One of Houston’s old-guard steakhouses, Pappas Bros. is not only a temple of meat, but a drinking mecca too. Just about as old school and big money as you can get, the restaurant’s wine list is, unquestionably, the largest in the state. When you rob a bank at gunpoint, this is where to spend the money. But if you’re on a budget, the markups are also some of the city’s lowest. Alongside the excellent floor somms, is young gun cocktail bartender Matt Tanner who cut his teeth at Anvil Bar & Refuge. When he revamped the outdated bar, Tanner integrated homemade ingredients and house drinks, while updating the classics for a crowd more accustomed to cigars and three fingers of single malt than chile tincture and house-made grenadine.

Known For
  • good wine
  • vintage wine
  • full menu
  • craft cocktails
  • craft beer
  • low wine markups
  • lots of whiskey
What to drink
The Esquire 45, a fresh take on an old money classic. If you’re out to impress go for a back vintage or something out of a six-liter bottle. Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Rhone are good bets if you've got money to burn.
Neighborhood
Galleria
ProTip
If you see Tanner behind the bar, ask him for something he's been playing around with lately. On the wine side, make sure to grab one of the somms for recs; they kill it.