Holman Draft Hall

Holman Draft Hall / Photo: Jean Velez

10 Venues to Sip, Dip and Watch the Rockets During the Playoffs

by Jacquari Harris | May 17, 2018 12:11 pm CDT

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After their Game 1 defeat, the Houston Rockets showed up and showed out in Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday, May 16, with a final score of 127-105.The Rockets benefited from their home-court advantage to level the series at 1-1, giving Houstonians a sigh of relief as the team heads to the Bay Area for Game 3 on Sunday, May 20.

Now it’s time to ramp up the support, Houston.

Instead of inviting some friends over and watching the playoffs at home, escape to a venue with good drinks, sports-friendly food and enough TV screens so you can go crazy with the rest of the Red Nation. Houston has many great venues to choose from, so here’s a list of sports bars, lounges and a draft house that are perfect for game-day watching.

Holman Draft Hall
Whether it’s their Korean Nachos, Fried Green Tomatoes or a multi-list of draft beers on tap, Holman Draft Hall is draft house in Midtown that’s equipped to handle most sporting events. With its open air design, Holman will be the place to be for Summer ’18. Visit Facebook

Holman Draft Hall / Photo: Jean Velez

Christian’s Tailgate
With multiple locations of its own across Houston, Christian’s Tailgate is a sports bar staple with plenty to offer. The venue is known for its burgers, and they are a handful. But you’ll need a meal fit for a champion to get you in the spirit for another big win. christianstailgate.com

Prospect Park
Prospect Park is a sports bar and live music venue with multiple locations known for their happy hour, chicken wings and high-profile events. Many recognizable names have stopped by Prospect including Terrell Owens, Kid Capri and many others. prospectparkrestaurants.com

Lucky’s Pub
Located in the East End of Downtown, Lucky’s Pub is the epitome of a sports bar with sports deco on the walls, minute-by-minute sports coverage and a menu fit for the hearty eater with no regrets. Lucky’s Pub is right next to BBVA Compass Stadium and Minute Maid Park, so it’s a good place to visit after a game. luckyspub.com

On The Kirb
If you’re a sports fan who watches what you eat, On The Kirb may be the place for you. The sports bar puts a spin on some of the greasy goodness that you’ll find at traditional sports bars by offering organic meats, free range poultry and healthy options. onthekirb.com

Top 10 List

At Left: On The Kirb. At Right: Biggio’s

Biggio’s – Marriott Marquis
In 2017, I called Biggio’s “a sports bar made in big-brew heaven” and that’s because everything in this place is on a large scale. From the multi-flat-screen TV wall to the plates of food, Biggio’s serves it up Texas style – big and grand! biggioshouston.com

Live Oak Lounge & Grill 
Another venue that opened last year right before the Super Bowl invaded Houston is Live Oak Lounge & Grill. Live Oak is the place to be throughout the week with events such as “Wild Out Wednesday” Karaoke night and their new Faded Fridays. liveoakhtx.com

Saint Dane’s Bar & Grille
As one of the most visible sports bars on Elgin, Saint Dane’s has added more TV screens for your game-watching pleasure. The venue is open daily with specials throughout the week that include $10 Ribeyes (Mondays), $1 Tacos (Tuesdays) and 50-cent wings (Thursdays). saintdanesbar.com

Clutch Bar
From Sunday in Saint-Tropez to co-hosting the 3rd Annual Cinco de Mile, Clutch Bar is always up for a special event and the playoffs aren’t any different. The Washington Avenue hotspot is open daily, so you can expect this place to be buzzing right at the opening tip. clutch-bar.com

Belle Station
If Southern hospitality is what you’re looking for, you may want to check out Belle Station. The venue offers a little Southern tradition, craft cocktails and a patio, making it a popular Midtown destination each week, especially for its Raising the Steaks Wednesdays. bellestationhtx.com