HOUS February 2010 : Page 83

N nightlife MidnightMenu night owl on the prowl? For food? here’s where hipsters alight late-night! BRancH WateR taVeRn Within the reclaimed-wood walls at new Tavern, PYTs order bar bites like pork rillette biscuits and duck-fat popcorn. Beverage director Evan Turner, aka DJWine-O, spins vinyl until 2am on Saturdays. 510 Shepherd Dr., 713.863.7777 HeaRsay Twinkling chandeliers illuminate the tasty tableau at Downtown’s new posh pub, as scenesters order up Lamb Chop Pops to pair with their vodka-lime- and-ginger-beerMoscowMules. 218 Travis St., 713.225.8079 aBsintHe Serious snacks are served till last call at the speakeasy, where Chicago-style hot dogs and gourmet sliders are new.Te “black and blue” ones have gouda and BBQ sauce. 609 Richmond Ave., 713.528.7575 BlocK 7 Crowds swell at the industrial-chic wine bar, which just added Israeli wines and beefed up its list of South American reds. Try the latter with “TeWhole Pig”—flatbread pizza topped with prosciutto, house-made Italian sausage and smoked bacon. 720 Shepherd Dr., 713.572.2565 Branch Water tavern, right, swells with foodies, who nosh on the hotspot’s chicken-fried oysters, above. “Washington avenue is exactly what houston needed—it’s like austin’s Sixth Street. now we have that.” AnDyAweiDA,owneroFwAshAve’s still-newnoXnightcluBAnDtApshouseoFBeer. his FiFthBAronthe stripopens this spring. Thirsting for Art? Khon’s, above, regularly has work by local artists on its walls, and, at left, liquid inspiration at Pinot & Picasso. As clubkidsmigrate toWashAve,Midtownisbooming as an art-smart ’hood where bars double as galleries. Nouveau Antique Art Bar (2913 Main St.) is new, with antique chaises,Gustav Klimt prints and a Frank Sinatra-savvy soundtrack thatnods to theNouveauera. Nearby, in-demand local artist Jonathan Leach has a zig-zag-linedmural on thewalls of 13Celsiuswine bar (through Feb. 15, 3000 Caroline St., 713.529.8466). Zimbabwean sculptures flank the 6,000-square-foot garden and the exposed brick walls at Boheme wine bar (307 Fairview St., 713.529.1099), which till Feb. 14 flaunts work by paintersMichaelGoodner and Ben Storch. At Khon’s (2808 Milam St., 713.523.7775) dartboards intermix with solo shows by underground artists like Frank Zeni, whose wild tribal-feeling wall sculptures are up now. Rather do than view? Pinot & Picasso (2406 Taft St., 713.523.4769) offers painting classes and encourages pupils to bring their own vino. Bobby Heugel at anvil Long Live the Cocktail King! Whenmastermixologist BobbyHeugel opened Anvil Bar and Refuge (1424 Westheimer Rd., Ste. B, 713.523.1622) a year ago, he sparked a cocktail revolution. His spins on classics—hisManhattan is Anvil’s bestseller—enticed the city’s top chefs early on. So nowHeugel consults on barmenus at three ofHouston’s hottest restos, including Voice inHotel Icon, Haven and Stella Sola.His First Growth, made with gin, elderflower liqueur, pineapple and sage are repeated on all the lists. “StapleHouston cocktails,” he hopes. February 2010 | | 83 all photoS by Shannon o’hara

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