The Bar at La Colombe d’Or Hotel
In this 1923 mansion, you can sip drinks in the cozy library or tiny walnut-paneled bar and feel a sense of old-world elegance without the snobbery. Named after the legendary hotel and restaurant in St. Paul de Vence, France (where the owner of this Houston establishment, Steve Zimmerman, owns a villa), La Colombe d’Or carries on the French tradition of welcoming guests to linger over one drink for hours or order copious cocktails or bottles of fine wine without the waiter giving a sideways glance (although he may diplomatically suggest that everyone goes home in a cab).
This spot is refined and made to be enjoyed with someone special. The prices match the upscale vibe, so be prepared to pay for the premium concoctions and historic surroundings. Beware: There are often private events or weddings that will preclude you from enjoying a seat at this bar, so check ahead of time.