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Historic Downtown Pub Crawl

Product ID: 9459
Houston, we have a problem: there are too many good pubs in the city. Join this Houston tour to visit a pub with an old-school jukebox, a bar that doubles as a tailor shop by day, a watering hole in a 1920's watch and jewellery company, and more!
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 6:30 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Get to know Houston’s history through its charming pubs
  • Hear the stories behind the bars set in historic Houston buildings
  • Stroll through Market Square Park, an iconic Houston hive of activity
  • Sip on local beers or designer cocktails in four unique Houston pubs
  • Play pinball, pool, or table shuffleboard in authentic Texan settings
  • Experience Houston’s history hands-on by visiting the places it happened
Full description
EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY! More appropriate words have rarely been uttered when talking about the Historic Downtown Pub Crawl. There is simply no better way to experience pub culture in Houston.

The Historic Downtown Pub Tour will immerse you in the history of this lively Texas city by the best means possible – through its pubs! This Houston night tour will take you to four bars in the historic center of Houston, giving you a variety of different atmospheres to relax in. Locations can vary each night depending on opening hours, but there are so many great Houston pubs in this neighborhood that you are thoroughly spoiled for choice!

The tour starts at the Public Services Wine & Whiskey Bar, a gorgeous spot inside the old 1800’s Cotton Exchange building. You’ll meet your local guide and get the full scoop on how this building used to be the center for cotton sales in Texas where businessmen would finalize the day’s dealings over a shot or two of whiskey at the saloon in the basement. With a history like that, there are plenty of stories within its walls.

After some introductions, you’ll take a stroll through Market Square Park, a small urban oasis complete with restaurants, sculptures, memorials, and remnants from old Houston buildings and sidewalks. This spot is a hive of activity and full of Houston history. and with your local guide to show you all the points of interest, you’ll never miss a beat.

This park is ringed by bars and pubs inside historic buildings, including an award-winning wine bar inside the Kennedy Bakery Building, a tailor shop that becomes a bar at night, a local hangout with a jukebox featuring tunes from the fifties, a charity bar that believes in the connection between food, drink, and community, plus many more authentic Houston bars. With a selection like that, you’ll never be stuck for choice! With your local guide to show you all the points of interest, you’ll be sure to get the inside scoop on more than one of these historic gems.

After you’ve sampled a drink in the square, you’ll head for a more elegant bar to try out pinball, or challenge your group to a game of pool get a picture in the oldest elevator in Houston. Finally, you’ll perch on cowhide seats and order designer drinks at the bar inside the 1912 Union National Bank Building you’ll enjoy a drink and some amazing food in a restaurant on the site of one of Houston’s oldest hotels, the perfect way to finish off a fun-filled evening in Houston.

Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Admission to bars
What’s Not Included
  • Personal food
  • Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities for your local guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The Cottonmouth Club, 108 Main St, Houston, TX 77002.

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Important information
Know before you go
Cancellations must be made more than 2 days prior to the scheduled date of the tour to receive a full refund. Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to the tour will incur a 100 percent cancellation fee.

All participants must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid photo ID. Any travelers who cannot produce ID proof of age at the beginning of the tour will not be permitted to join.

Cancellations within 48 hours of tour departure are non-refundable.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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This was an informative fun evening learning about some of the history of Houston and the buildings we visited. The tour included 4 bars and the history of them. It was a little different to what I had expected and from what i had originally read and booked. But still a good night.

20 November 2019

We met up at the Cottonmouth club. Michael, was very polite and patient with us. He is extremely knowledgeable and seemed to love sharing the history of Houston. It was great for us because we ALL are native born Houstonians. I learned a lot and will do this again with other friends.

22 August 2019

Mike knows and loves Houston history

I took my colleagues on a team build with Mike and was expecting some history of the bars in the region. Instead, he got a really great synopsis of the history of Houston, how it was settled, and anecdotes about American-Texas history. The bars were cute and fun, and our team had a great time. Would highly recommend this tour anyone wanting to get a different view of downtown Houston.

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2 December 2016

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Urban Adventures Americas

Product ID: 9459