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“What a bar should be”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Anvil Bar & Refuge

Anvil Bar & Refuge
Ranked #233 of 8,149 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Las Vegas, Nevada
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“What a bar should be”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

Anvil is the best place in Houston to go for a drink. They get everything right. The drinks are well prepared by people who know their craft. They don't try to do too much, they just get it right. Try the pliny's tonic, one of the most interesting drinks you'll probably ever have. This place can go toe to toe with any of the good New York speakeasies and bars. It's that good

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  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Scottsdale, Arizona
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284 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
“Good drinks, fun people and crowds!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

If you go on a busy night, get ready to work hard to get to the bar and wait for your drinks. The wait is worth it. The drinks are good, the people are fun to watch and some are very easy on the eyes. It is often standing room only and it is a smaller place, but its all fun.

  • Visited February 2013
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Scilla, Italy
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Original”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is not the bar for a traditional vodka tonic. If you come here you have to experience the specialties on the menu. It's a different place, for original drinks! I like it.

Visited January 2013
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Rotterdam
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best cocktails in town!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

I love a good cocktail, in fact I drove 4 hours to enjoy several of these liquid libations. Of the 6-7 that I had none were bad. It was a shame that I didn't have more time to try more. Excellent selection of liquors and exceptional staff, true professionals who are proud of their trade. The place was very busy for a thursday and 4-5 bartenders were constantly in motion. I had drinks made by 3 different people and all did a great job. Considering the size of the two page menu memorizing all the drinks is a feat and being able to mix them right off the cuff is a real skill. Hal was exceptional in that even while doing drinks he still had time to hold a conversation and help mentor one of the new employees. I will definitely be going back when I am in Houston.

  • Visited January 2013
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Dallas
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Foodie fix in a glass”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2012

Sophisticated foodie looking for a rare complimentary perspective in a drink? This spot will inspire you to drink less while enjoying more. Masterful creations that rival the nation's best mixologists. Humble enough to get that a similar sensation can also come from choosing one of their uniquely selected beer tap options.

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