Ice houses are an institution of the Texas landscape, and Sheffield’s has been holding court over its spot on Telephone road ever since it was first constructed in 1942. “In the beginning it was just beer, ice, and milk. The old man always wore a white apron,” declared a long-rooted customer. The regulars here have been coming for decades, and for good reason: the beers are frigid, and cheaper than dirt. Hints of modernity have crept in – the old jukebox finally gave way to an Internet machine, and there are plenty of flat-screen televisions for game-watching, but for the most part Sheffield’s remains the same. As with any proper ice house, there’s often a crock pot of something delicious in the back, and the many roll-top doors are up in sunny weather to give the place an open-air feel. It’s easy to see why Sheffield’s is a former “Best of Houston” winner for Best Icehouse.
We've all been to West Alabama Icehouse and Jimmie's, and fine icehouses they are. But here we're suggesting one that harks back to the days of the fatally hard-drinking Eagle Pennell's cult 1983 movie Last Night at the Alamo. Sheffield's Ice House was founded in 1942 and has been standing guard on the same Telephone Road corner in the Golfcrest subdivision ever since. Inside, you'll find the usual icehouse staples -- a jukebox stocked with plenty of country, blues and Southern and... More »