A Seat at the Bar: Ron’s Pub

We have our first serious contender in the search for My Bar in Houston.

Ron’s Pub is a great little neighborhood joint on Fountain View, just west of the Galleria, about five minutes from my office and 10 minutes from my apartment. So it’s good in terms of geography.

Ron's PubIt’s an un-assuming place in a small strip mall. That’s key. I don’t want anywhere fancy; I don’t want some hipster joint.

And they have a good beer selection and the mixed drinks are pretty stiff. Both points in Ron’s favor.

There actually was a Ron, but he died in 1997. There’s a painting of him behind the bar, along with what appear to be some of his military service ribbons.

I’ve actually been to Ron’s twice, because there are two bars.

On my first trip, I sat in the original bar, which is Ron’s Pub. On this side, there are televisions that mostly have trivia going. There seems to be a small contingent of regulars who come in and play trivia while downing a few pints or knocking back a good mixed drink.

I struck up a conversation with the guy next to me at the bar — always a good thing. He was probably about 70, retired, lived in the neighborhood. He sort of gave me the lay of the land; told me about the bartenders, and the guys who are really good at trivia.

On my second trip, I sat on the other side of the bar, which is called the White Horse Inn and is just through a doorway that separates the two. There’s also an open gangway that allows the bartenders to go back and forth, so it’s actually like a U-shaped bar with a short wall in the middle.

Ron IIThe other side of the bar is where most of the taps are and is more geared toward sports, especially English football since Ron was born in Belfast and raised in Liverpool. Again, it was mostly guys sitting at the bar, including one guy who said he was originally from Long Island, but considered himself a Texan because he’d been in Houston since 1976.

There’s a juke box, kept low so that you can hear yourself and others at the bar.

On my first visit, I had a pint, which was kinda pricey, but not bad. My second time there, I had a Jim Beam and Coke, sorta my signature drink. It was good and strong, another point in favor of Ron’s.

Ron’s doesn’t really have food. There are chips and peanuts, but that’s about it. They do let you bring food in, especially from the hamburger joint next door.

I could definitely see myself stopping into Ron’s regularly, becoming one of the trivia players. But I’m not giving up the search for My Bar just yet.

Ron’s is close, but there may be something better out there.

About Mark Yost
August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Mark Yost has spent more than 20 years tromping across the battlefields of Belgium and France and writing about his adventures for The Wall Street Journal Leisure and Arts pages. Now you can tap into Mark's expertise as a tour guide who can lead your trip to the Western Front. If you prefer a self-guided tour, he can help you plan your route so that you don't miss the most memorable monuments, the most moving cemeteries, and the most informative and engaging museums. He's also available to speak about this important and often forgotten historical era at your next professional meeting or luncheon get-together. Mark Yost: Don't go to the Western Front without him. Contact: 718-614-8412. markyost@hotmail.com

One Response to A Seat at the Bar: Ron’s Pub

  1. I have to go check Ron’s Pub out! Driven by this place for years, but never been in. Enjoyed reading your review…

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