La Carafe

Wine Bar
813 Congress St
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 229-9399
12:00pm - 2:00am
12:00pm - 2:00am
12:00pm - 2:00am
12:00pm - 2:00am
12:00pm - 2:00am
1:00pm - 2:00am
1:00pm - 2:00am

Believed to be the oldest bar in Houston, this site is a historic landmark and for that, it is a favorite amoung locals. We beautiful views of the city and a wide selcetion of wine and beer, this is the place to stop. 


  • 2012 Best of Houston Winner: Best Jukebox. Check out more Houston Press Winners here: Or go moblie with the free Best Of app
  • Make a practice of carrying cash if you want to make this haunted, dusty escape your spot. They don't accept plastic of any kind.
  • Oldest operating building in Houston ( Stare at the bar carvings, put a couple bucks in the jukebox and check out the upstairs balcony (weekends only). Oh, and bring cash.
  • Happy Hour: Daily 4pm-7pm
  • Happy Hour: Daily, 4pm-7pm
  • One of Houston's best hidden gems. Cash only.
  • Patrick the bartender is sooooo. Hotttttt!!!!!!
  • Great atmosphere!
  • Put another dime in the jukebox and make bets on how long that candle has really been burning.
  • Beautiful decor. Reasonable prices. Outdoor patio upstairs. Like it. Good music
  • Oldest bar in town
  • Grab a candlelit table and see if you can hear the ghost of Carl, a dearly departed bartender, rattling around upstairs.
  • House red is nice
  • Cash only, but they have an ATM.
  • I found this place on a recent business trip to Houston. Was inconvenienced by the fact that they didnt accept credit cards, but it was a nice place all the same.
  • Upstairs patio is the best place to enjoy a beer, at this historic bar.
  • Cash only. Maybe not the friendliest bartenders to newcomers.
  • Simple wine and beer menu. Love the old vibe of the place.
  • Classic beer and wine dive bar. Oldest in Houston, opened in 1860 and still going strong
  • No TV, no loud offensive music but atmospheric

Nearby places

307 Travis St
218 Travis St (at Congress St)
924 Congress St (Main St.)