A Seat at the Bar: Ron’s Pub
February 22, 2014 1 Comment
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.
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.
The 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.