Inspired by Victor Hugo, this Montrose newcomer epitomizes Parisian chic with its dramatic, navy-colored velvet drapes, twinkling crystal chandeliers and marble-topped bar. Dom Pérignon and Cristal, in ice buckets, flow freely as revelers nosh on French-Mediterranean fare like octopus carpaccio or graze on lavish boards like the Saint Tropez, piled high Osetra caviar, fresh cream and toasted French bread. Festivities run late into the night with a deejay, bottle service and posh sips such as the perfectly crafted Pornstar Martini, made with vodka, passionfruit and prosecco. 4321 Montrose Blvd., 713.521.2002
H Bar at The Post Oak Hotel
Rat Pack-esque dark wood panelling and a large black-and-white portrait of Brigitte Bardot set the mood at this Uptown stunner in Tilman Fertitta’s buzzy new The Post Oak Hotel. While brown spirits and classic cocktails are the focus here, the signature pink-hued hibiscus-infused Post Oak Margarita makes for a perfect Instagram post. Oenophiles will also enjoy the by-the-glass selection of high-end, first-growth Bordeaux, Super Tuscans and Napa cabernets, as well as the impressive 3,200-label wine list drawn from the hotel’s vast 30,000 bottle cellar. 1600 West Loop S. 844.386.1600
The Cottonmouth Club
Ten years after opening Reserve 101, Mike Raymond is back with a new cocktail bar in the historic Brewster Building Downtown. From award-winning bartender Michael Neff come top-shelf cocktails named after song lyrics. At Least There’s Pretty Lights, for instance, taken from the 1980s hit “Overkill” by Men at Work, is a French 75 with strawberries and rosé. The bar’s house-blended, barrel-aged American whiskey makes for a mean Old-Fashioned, while sultry red light, exposed brick walls, vintage furnishings and a great playlist keep things humming. 108 S. Main St.