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La Carafe

International, Wine Bar
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813 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002-1708
13:00 - 02:00
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Point Richmond, California
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79 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

A must visit in downtown Houston! Great location and a Houston landmark! Make sure you go upstairs and take a gander at the city at night! Stunning views of the city lights!

1 Thank bgonthego
Houston, Texas
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93 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

Came across this place after watching a parade downtown. It's dark and dingy, but it has a great atmosphere, good music, good beer and wine, nice staff (only one person working, but she coped extremely well being so busy). Really loved it and will defiantly return.

Thank Lorraine G
La Grange, Illinois
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163 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2016

Not the most happening place in Houston but heh- you're in the oldest surviving building in Houston so have beverage and toast Sam Houston just to say you did!

Thank funfamily5
Houston, Texas
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85 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

Funky bar, oldest bar in Houston. A piece of history!!! Lit up my candlelit. Very relaxed & friendly, not pretentious at all. The bartender was very attentive, and great bar to start up conversations with random people. Right in front of market Square Park, great for people watching. Loved it!

Thank Blondie_713
Bethesda, Maryland
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740 reviews
381 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

Great old space, dark and full of character. Decades worth of initials and names carved in the bar. Bartender was friendly, did not get a negative vibe at all. There was even incense burning, with drip candles, so kind of a 60s feel- almost European wine bar you'd find in an alley. You must visit at least once, just to... More 

Thank Sheryl B
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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356 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

This place was so dark. You felt like you were in New Orleans. They have a good beer selection and friendly staff. It is supposed to be the oldest bar in Houston and haunted.

Thank TravelingFool88005
San Rafael, California
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200 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,521 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2015

According to the plaque outside this is one of the oldest buildings in Houston. Our carriage driver dropped us here when we asked to go to the old part of town where we could get a drink. I believe he said it was the oldest bar in town. The bar had great service. It was really cool. Some say it's... More 

Thank MelissaBradley
Houston, Texas
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453 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2015

And when guest come in from out of town, this is a place we take them as well as it is funky, low key and the oldest bar in town. Just wine and beer, no mixed drinks and go upstairs if it happens to be open at that time. Love La Carafe!

Thank Alexa8776
Kaufman, Texas, United States
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76 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2014

Great old building in downtown Houston that started out as a bakery now serves wine and beer. The bar is heavy wood, carved up yet preserved, and the historical photos are very interesting. Worth a quick drink to see it.

Thank CharOrr
Houston, Texas
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2014

La Carafe is an antique bar located nearly dead center in the heart of Houston, I had never heard of it and stumbled upon it on Saturday. What a nice and quaint experience… although I didn’t see any ghost the place looks like it holds lots of tales…. If only the walls could talk….. great place to meet for a... More 

Thank 5Nadia

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Restaurant Details

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International, Wine Bar
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Open Hours
13:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
13:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 813 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002-1708
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
Its the oddest wine bar in Houston situated in the oldest building, built way back in 1860.

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