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La Carafe

813 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002-1708
+1 713-229-9399
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Neat little find

La Carafe is a bar that only serves wine and beer. It's located in the oldest commercial building... read more

Reviewed 28 June 2017
Michael A
Awful service

Place was beautiful and magical straight to the minute when the waiter advised us that this is not... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2017
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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A wine bar located in the oldest building in Houston, Texas.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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813 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002-1708
+1 713-229-9399
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

La Carafe is a bar that only serves wine and beer. It's located in the oldest commercial building in downtown Houston and has a quaint, comfortable feeling. It's cash only, but the prices are very low for the location across from Market Square Park. It's...More

Thank Michael A
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Place was beautiful and magical straight to the minute when the waiter advised us that this is not Europe and we are in America and we have to tip him before we even taken the money out, which put me right off. It was rude...More

2  Thank KateBentley
Reviewed 14 March 2017

La Carafe is the first place I went to when I moved to Houston from Austin. I found it on a google search and the whole haunted wine bar story intrigued me, so I went to check it out. This is a really cool place...More

1  Thank Ray N
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Love the ambience, old-school cash register and fantastic jukebox. Proof that sometimes new isn't better.

Thank easilydistracte
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I have been going to this place for 30 years. It is small and lit by candles, the juke box plays music from 50's, 60's and 70's. This place is cash only. Only one table seats more than 2 people and the bathrooms are horrible....More

Thank JourneyMan339
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This is a little hole-in-the-wall historic wine bar that came highly recommended by some friends that live in Houston. If you are looking for a quiet and dark place to hang out with one or two people, you may enjoy coming here. There is a...More

Thank Amber K
Reviewed 17 January 2017

My fiance and i were stayibg at the Hotel ICON and decided to walk around and ended up at la Carafe. Our waiter John was amazing and told us all very impressive stories about the Bar. Great service excellent wines and then some. Very dark...More

Thank NTC_1974
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

We wanted to go to the "oldest bar in Houston" as everyone says. It's actually the second oldest and is neat to see but not practical for having multiple drinks. It smells like patchouli and reminds me of Disney's Haunted Mansion (a little over the...More

Thank aethomso
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Have to always seek out the oldest bar in a city. La Carafe is that bar in Houston. Neat old place. Love the counter top and the old cash register. People are friendly. A little dark inside but they also have a few tables outside.

Thank smiller560
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Cool old building that has been there since the 1800s with lots of old school decor, including an old cash register. While I liked the history and ambiance of this location, it only has wine and beer (no liquor) and the bathroom stall makes you...More

Thank longhornjz
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