Under the Volcano

2349 Bissonnet St | Houston, TX 77005

A laid-back vibe and a highly praised jukebox headline a long list of reasons to go with the flow.

Craving a martini with relaxed after-work conversation? Or a lively weekend mix of students, dancing, and hanging on the patio? Volcano has both. A dozen draft beers, wine, and martinis satisfy most tastes, but this spot really packs them in with its frozen screwdriver and specialty drinks. Owner Pete Mitchell personally selects the bar's jukebox contents, an eclectic mix of everything, including vintage Kinks, A Tribe Called Quest, and blues veteran Little Joe Washington.

For a little Latin flair, try the standout sangria and Cuba libres.

The kitchen serves up delicious tapas appetizers and cold sandwiches (the prosciutto is a favorite).

Happy hour, 2pm-7pm, Monday through Friday, knocks a dollar off all mixed drinks and drafts (including seasonal St Arnold's special brews).

Two outdoor patios offer sanctuary from noise and smoky patrons. When weather permits, the interior windows remain open.