The Burlap Barrel Pub may have been a lively place before the ambitious, open-air shopping and residence hub of CityCentre came along, but now it seems to be packed every night. Valet attendants pop up to talk about their day, regulars watch sports and listen to live music, while others make use of the ping-pong and pool tables. Pints are only $3, and a diverse, laid-back crowd makes Burlap Barrel equally well-suited for making friends or meeting up with your own.
Here at Spring Branch/West Houston's gateway dive bar, the owners don't stop at pool and all those golf and deer hunter electronic games. Nor do they add in good-to-great cork dartboards and call it a day. Nope. The Burlap Barrel does strip-mall dive bars everywhere proud by also rocking a full-size, very well-maintained shuffleboard set and a cup-flip table. There's also a ping-pong table. As the Barrel is super-popular with waitstaff and other industry types from the many restaurants in... More »