September 8th, 2010
H-Town Showdown: Sugarcane vs. Anvil Bar & Refuge
We have taken some time off from the H-Town Showdown – too much time if you ask us. After having Kenneally’s vs. Mcelroy’s, West Alabama Ice House vs. Hans’ Bierhaus, Agora vs. Brasil, and even Bourbon Street vs. Washington Avenue the Showdown got lost in the shuffle. Today we resurrect it, much like the cocktails that both of these bars are trying to bring back to the public conscious. It’s Sugarcane versus Anvil Bar & Refuge. Who ya got?
Contender #1: Sugarcane
From the guts of Corkscrew springs life eternal and a new kid on the artisanal block. Sugarcane is chasing eco-friendly trends as they carefully craft organic cocktails with a menagerie of funky juice and ingredient combinations. And they do so with artsy gusto; the pieces on the walls are for sale, naturally, but Sugarcane comes full circle by pumping profits into the artists’ favorite charities. If sustainability is the name of the game for a new generation, Sugarcane is playing for keeps.
Contender #2: Anvil Bar & Refuge
After being on the scene for more than a year now, it’s difficult to continue to refer to Anvil Bar & Refuge as a plucky upstart. What started out as a niche for premium cocktails has turned into a burgeoning market. Anvil is at the head of this growing Leviathan. They take just as much care in each cocktail served as they did the space they renovated and the obsession they continue to cultivate. Pre-prohibition cocktails couldn’t have asked for a better Houston hero.
The Final Jabs
- With success comes entirely too crowded weekends at Anvil.
- Local beer (Sugarcane) or exotic micro brews (Anvil): Who ya got?
- Sugarcane is still just Corkscrew, albeit new drink-type and new paint.
- Parking your own car at Sugarcane avoids the annoyance of Anvil’s valet.
- Obscure indie tunes at Anvil for the win.
- Lack of seating at Anvil for the loss.
- Montrose… ick!
- Washington… ugh!
- Sure Sugarcane is organic, but are the cocktails actually good?
- What gives first because of the throngs at Anvil: quality cocktails or personable bartenders?