“Owned by three cocktail freaks”
Anvil Bar & Refuge is owned and operated by three cocktail freaks — Bobby Heugel, Kevin Floyd, and Steve Flippo. Our cocktails are crafted in the classic tradition in a lively, warm atmosphere. What that translates to is spirit-forward drinks made with fresh ingredients -- including house-made bitters, sodas, infusions and liqueurs — each fashioned with careful attention to detail and favoring local flavors and locally-sourced ingredients. Anvil also features an always-changing selection of 13 hard-to-score beers on tap, including a cask beer, of mostly American micro-brews. In developing the concept for Anvil, we envisioned a return to the elegant simplicity of a past era when cocktails were fashioned with pride and bartending was a respected profession that took years of apprenticing to master. It is this sense of history that we embrace at our establishment. We also enjoy the opportunity to share good conversation with our customers and impart the historical factoids and lyrical stories about spirits and drinks we’ve collected along the way.
Insomuch as Houston can be said to have a classic when it comes to cocktail bars with an eye to craftsmanship, Anvil is it. Owner Bobby Huegel is the rising tide that lifted all of Houston's booze boats (many of the barkeeps on this list are Anvil alums), and the ship is just as right as ever. Go early on a weeknight to ensure the optimal experience, and take a minute to chat with your bartender about what you'd like to drink. Between a list of 100 or so classics, rotating house specialties and an engaging staff always willing to shake something up just for you, Anvil is the quintessential Houston drinking experience.
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Anvil Bar & Refuge
- Sun - Sat: 4:00 pm - 2:00 am
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