Houston’s newest sports bar finds its home, as its name might suggests, on Richmond Avenue. But Revelry doesn’t want to be just your average watering hole for watching athletic events. With forty rotating local and select craft beers on tap plus a full cocktail and wine list, Revelry does indeed make good on its claim to be more “stylish” and “upscale” than the likes of Christian’s Tailgate. That doesn’t mean, however, there’s only canapés and caviar to snack on with your regional IPA. Lawd, no, this is still Texas as well as Texas sports fans we’re talking about–and Revelry indeed knows its crowd.

The “Community Eats” portion of menu offers well-executed versions of standard pub fare such as baked pretzels, loaded nachos, and buffalo chicken strips. More flair can be found in the different variations of “skillet fries.” As a nod to sophisticated foodie clientele, Revelry features frites seasoned with grated parmesan, truffle oil, and Italian parsley, a combination whose botanical flavors prove that fried potatoes don’t have to be plain. Just as good, however, and significantly messier is the lower brow “Stout Puotine” [sic], fries drenched in stout-infused brown gravy and white cheese curds.

The aforementioned dishes are just fine for nibbling as you cheer on the Astros (and jeer the Yankees), but if you’re in for a long game, go for a more robust entrée. Monstrous burger options include the buttery, cheerful “Houston Sunrise,” a thick patty layered with a fried egg, peppery bacon, and longhorn cheddar and served on texas toast. I’m particularly partial to the “Big Kidz Grilled Cheese,” (gruyere, gorgonzola, fontina cheese, texas toast deep fried with tomato basil soup) which rivals the very similar model available at Max’s Wine Dive but is cheaper, and, need I mention, again, deep-fried.

Beer dominates the drink menu, though what is available on the mixed drinks side is quite lovely. The “Jasmine Rose,” a flowery yet hard-hitting collaboration of gin, jasmine liqueur, grapefruit, lemon, and IPA, tastes like something you should be sipping in a lounge at a boutique hotel in London rather than belly up to a bar in Houston. Don’t let that stop you from ordering it alongside a platter of St. Arnold braised short ribs.

With a dizzying array of daily specials and happy hour deals, it seem as if it’s always a good time to go to Revelry…even if nothing but golf is on television. Highlights include Wednesday’s “Pork & Pint” night where for $12 and change you get a very large and in charge juicy porterhouse pork chop and a pint of beer. Want to extend your weekend and get ready for some football? Then, stop by on Monday for $10 off all bottles of wine.

Despite the many multiple flat screens showcasing heated matches and droning announcers, the background volume at Revelry is surprisingly low, making it more than palatable to those less enthused about televised professional athletic events. Live music on select nights and ever-present professional happy hour groups further prove Revelry is an above-average, more-than-just-sports bar. Cheers to that.

Revelry on Richmond
1613 Richmond Ave Houston, TX 77006

Joanna O'Leary

October 31, 2014

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