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
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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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