When we first visited the Crowe Bar, we knew immediately we had found yet another dive, and a great one at that. On a Saturday night at about 11 p.m., fewer than 20 people were in the bar, but all of them were enjoying themselves. Along with cheap drinks and a friendly staff, the bar also offers shuffleboard, pool, darts and tabletop video games. Although many bars provide identical amusements, when you're inside the Crowe Bar, you won't feel like you're in the big city. Inevitably, you'll end up talking to one of the regulars. They know you're new, but they'll be happy to meet you, a nice change of pace from most bars in greater Houston. The Crowe also hosts pool tournaments every Friday at 6 p.m.
The drinks are cold and cheap, the jukebox will make you weep, and the shuffleboard is slick and true at this strip-mall tavern just off South Post Oak. The owner -- Ms. Crowe herself--is a former Chronicle printer and has a lifetime of stories to tell, and occasional stragglers from the African-American strip club across the street enliven the clientele. In a city rapidly filling with sleek lounges, wine bars and oontz-oontz douche-a-toriums, the Crowe Bar is a sweet reminder of... More »