La Grange, a new patio bar serving craft beer, cocktails and coastal Mexican seafood.
Located in the heart of Montrose, the two-story building (which formerly housed EJ’s Bar) is poised to be one of the summer's hottest hangout spots. The airy 7,000-sq.-ft. space showcases art that the owners collected during trips to Mexico, such as hand-blown glass light fixtures, along with an indoor bar made from a repurposed 102-year-old sycamore tree. An expansive first-floor patio holds an air-conditioned bar area nicknamed Red’s Bar (in honor of a former dancer and bartender at EJ’s) and a koi pond, while the upstairs patio and bar space overlooks the bustling lower Westheimer area.
All three bars will pour regionally brewed craft beers on tap. There are 12 cocktails on the drinks list, ranging from straight-up classics to new riffs on traditional cocktails, plus six frozen drinks (including a margarita). Our favorite is the refreshing Watermelon Fresca, a mix of tequila blanco, Aperol and watermelon juice garnished with mint and watermelon balls.
The kitchen offers 22 items of regional Mexican food, plus a sampling of Tex-Mex favorites, with a heavy emphasis on seafood and on shareable small plates.
There isn’t one thing you can complain about at this new Houston hot spot. The food is exquisite, the drinks are potent, and the service is stellar!