La Carafe

Bars, Dive bars Greater Houston
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The oldest haunt in Houston, La Carafe is an intimate candlelit tavern that has been serving locals for more than 125 years. You won’t find any elaborate cocktails on the menu: it’s still just wine and beer, to be settled in cash at the old-fashioned register. Enjoy a string of immortal jukebox tunes (think Django Reinhart, Edith Piaf and Hank Williams) while keeping an eye out for the resident ghost: an old bartender called “Carl” who’s allegedly still hanging around, possibly waiting for one final tip (he doesn’t accept credit cards either).

By: Jonathan Thompson

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Venue name: La Carafe
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Address: 813 Congress St
Houston

Cross street: between Milam and Travis Sts
Opening hours: Daily 1pm–2am
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