5 Houston Hot Spots for Drinks With Dad

Robin Barr Sussman | June 10, 2019 | Food & Drink


Raise a glass to dad this Father's Day at one of Houston's best eateries. Whether you prefer a bubbly brunch or laid-back happy hour, these spots are sure to make the day memorable.

Downtown’s Market Square district boasts this tapas-savvy spot with its expansive patio for sipping on concoctions like the signature Batanga, with cask-aged silver tequila, grilled lime, salt and Mexican Coke. Nosh on tasty tapas like patatas bravas, empanadas, roasted cauliflower and campechana. Open late! Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 908 Congress Ave., 713.224.9500, batangahouston.‌com

Etoile Cuisine et Bar
The menu at Philippe Verpiand’s modern French restaurant in Uptown Park takes a down-home approach to French cuisine. He crafts new dishes with local, seasonal ingredients and puts a fresh spin on beloved oldies. Try the duck a l’orange served with butternut squash, and save room for the tarte fine aux pommes—a French twist on warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. 1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd., 832.668.5808, etoilecuisine.com

Goodnight Charlie’s
A modern honky-tonk with farmhouse touches is buzzing in Montrose with live music and a casual menu of Houston favorites. Think regional tacos galore, hot chicken and queso, and steak night! Happy hour all day on Sunday. Dinner Tues.-Sun. 2531 Kuester St., 832.986.5151, goodnightcharlies.com

La Table Marché
La Table’s chic first level, Marché, has a new Punch Brunch on Sundays from 11am to 3pm, with live music on the Parisian-style patio. Perfect for a celebration, the seasonal spiked punch-bowl cocktails feature fresh fruit floating in flavors such as white tropical punch with rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, Champagne and rosemary simple syrup ($45, serves two to four guests). Sweet and savory brunch items tempt with bites including salmon tartare with Meyer lemon, and the signature caramelized cheese souffle (a must!). Salads and lobster bisque share menu space with brunch classics such as eggs Benedict, French toast and an egg white frittata stuffed with mushrooms, peppers and wasabi spinach. For something meatier, fork into the marinated hanger steak or grilled branzino. 1800 Post Oak Blvd., 713.439.1000, latablehouston.com

1751 Sea and Bar Does dad fancy gin? Expect a sleek, airy interior, and a seafoodcentric menu at this brand-new spot in the former Star Fish location. Specialties include a full raw bar, showy seafood towers and an impressive 120-bottle gin menu. Dinner Tues.-Sun. 191 Heights Blvd., 832.831.9820, 1751houston.com


Photography by: Ralph Smith Studios