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The Refuge Bar & Bistro

Pub/Tavern in Houston
For centuries, the bar and tavern have offered weary customers a place to retreat from the elements and end a hard day of labor. The Refuge Bar & Bistro is designed to transport visitors to a better place.
The refuge has a subtly splendid style, one that echoes an earlier time period. Its dark wood, ornate ceiling, luscious antique-y wallpaper, mahogany bar stained deep with angostura bitters, and intimate ambiance provide the chance for a transformative moment. Here, it seems to say, your life just might change.

At least, you’ll know you’re in for a very good drink, a fact made evident by the massive bottle shelf behind the elongated bar, packed with a vast array of spirits, liqueurs and mixers, microbrew beers, boutique wines, along with old bar bottles and bar equipment. When sitting at the bar by yourself or with a friend—in the thick of the action, the way Refuge is best experienced—gazing at the choices, it’s pretty obvious that this is a place in which the creation of cocktails is serious business.

Plan on having a couple, because they’re delicious, and that way, you’ll get to see more of the bartenders plying their trade with cool efficiency. But be sure that one of your drinks is the Refuge Retreat. Constructed with deadly and delicious simplicity, it contains only rye, Ramazzotti amaro and Cointreau foam. The taste is airy and light at first, with a hint of citrus, but then the herbal earth and grain push through, mingling and ending with a smooth but sturdy finish. Its balance—a combination of classic and modern—sum up Refuge perfectly.

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  24 Waterway Ave Suite 110, The Woodlands, TX 77380
  (713) 389-5674

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Tap List - 12

8th Wonder Brewston   
8th Wonder Brewing Company  ·  Houston, TX
A moderate, refreshing ale with noticeable hop aroma balanced by supporting malt flavors.
American Pale Ale
5.8% ABV  ·  58 IBU
Just Added

Buffalo Bayou Thin Mint Stout   
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company  ·  Houston, TX
A very dark, full-bodied stout with creamy notes that soften its roasted, coffee-flavored qualities.
Sweet Stout
9.4% ABV

Cycler's Bourbon Barrel Palmares   
Cycler's Brewing  ·  Montgomery, TX
An intensely flavored, big, dark ale. Roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a noticeable alcohol presence.
Russian Imperial Stout
9.0% ABV  ·  82 IBU

Cycler's Viva La Abi Mi Ale   
Cycler's Brewing  ·  Montgomery, TX
A harmonious marriage of ingredients, processes and beer.
Specialty Beer
10.0% ABV  ·  10 IBU

Goliad Presidio La Bahia Black Hefeweizen   
Goliad Brewing Company  ·  Goliad, TX
A refreshing German-style wheat beer with high carbonation, a fluffy mouthfeel, and a dry finish.
4.7% ABV  ·  10 IBU

Karbach Bbh W/ Cherry   
Karbach Brewing Co.  ·  Houston, TX
A big, intensely flavored dark ale that ends with a warming, bittersweet finish.
Imperial Stout
11.0% ABV  ·  85 IBU

Karbach F.U.N. Series 15: Good Golly Miss Molly   
Karbach Brewing Co.  ·  Houston, TX
A big, intensely flavored dark ale that ends with a warming, bittersweet finish.
Imperial Stout
11.0% ABV  ·  70 IBU

Karbach Lemon Ginger Radler   
Karbach Brewing Co.  ·  Houston, TX
A beer with additional flavors and aroma from fruit
Fruit Beer
3.5% ABV  ·  12 IBU

Karbach Weisse Versa Wheat   
Karbach Brewing Co.  ·  Houston, TX
Sometimes, the obvious is ingenious. It might also settle the argument...the fantastic flavors found in a Bavarian hefeweizen? Or, the intriguing spices that a Belgian white embodies? Which is better? Turns out, both. At the same time.
5.2% ABV  ·  20 IBU

Lenin's Revenge   
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company  ·  Houston, TX
A big, intensely flavored dark ale that ends with a warming, bittersweet finish.

Rahr And Sons Iron Thistle   
Rahr And Sons Brewing  ·  Fort Worth, TX
Break out the bagpipes with your lederhosen! We’re proud to present our Iron Thistle Scotch Ale – Rahr’s first National Grand Champion winner and 2012 GABF Silver Medal winner. This dark, Scottish ale has a bold taste dominated by a smooth, sweet maltiness balanced with a low, hoppy bitterness.
Wee Heavy
8.5% ABV  ·  35 IBU

Spindle Tap Wildcatter   
Spindle Tap Brewery  ·  Houston, TX
Classic Belgian Wit characteristics with mild agave sweetness and very slight tartness from the tamarind that helps balance the sweetness.
Specialty Beer
6.7% ABV

Spirits - 194

1792 Full Proof   
Barton 1792 Distillery  ·  United States
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
125° (62.5%)

1792 Ridgemont Reserve   
Barton Distillery  ·  Bardstown, KY
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
93.7° (46.85%)

Amador Double Barrel   
amador  ·  United States
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
86.8° (43.4%)

Bacardi Gold Rum   
Bacardi Rum Distillery  ·  San Juan, Puerto Rico
Gold Rum
75° (37.5%)

80° (40%)

Blade & Bow Small Batch   
Blade & Bow  ·  United States
American Whiskey
90° (45%)

Blanton's Single-Barrel   
Buffalo Trace Distillery  ·  Frankfort, KY
Type: Bourbon Whiskey Recipe: Corn - Rye - Malted Barley Mash Type: Sour Still Proof: 70% Alcohol by Volume - 140 proof Entry Proof: 62.5% Alcohol by Volume - 125 proof Warehouse: H Barrel Type: White Oak Maker: Independent Stave Staves: 6 month air dry Treatment: #4 Char Filtration: Chill Filtered Bottle Proof: 46.5% Alcohol by Volume - 93 proof Color: Reddish Amber Color Tasting Notes: Nose: A spicy aroma of Dried Citrus and Orange Peels with a hint of Caramel and Vanilla. Palate Entry: Full and soft, marked by a mix of Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Orange, and Cloves. Finish: Balanced with Vanilla, Honey, and Citrus. Best Served: Straight, on ice, or used in a premium cocktail.
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
10 yr
93° (46.5%)

London Dry Gin
90.4° (45.2%)

MASTER DISTILLER NOTES “Maw Maw’s batch was named for my Great Grandmother who played an important role in my dad’s life. The aroma for this batch is rich with hints of vanilla and toasted nuts, and the taste is well balanced with a warmth which moves to a clean, long finish.” Fred Noe Aged 6 years 7 months and 3 days 128 Proof
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
7 yr
126.7° (63.35%)

Bowmore 12 Year Old   
Bowmore Distillery  ·  Islay, Scotland

Buffalo Trace   
Buffalo Trace Distillery  ·  Frankfort, KY

Bulleit Rye   
Bulleit Distillery  ·  Louisville, KY
Russet in color, with rich oaky aromas. The taste is exceptionally smooth, with hints of vanilla, honey, and spice. Finish is crisp and clean, with long, lingering flavors.

Gruppo Campari  ·  Italy
fruity, herbal, bitter
48° (24%)

Brown-Forman Distillery  ·  Louisville, KY
33° (16.5%)

Copper And Kings Brandy   
Copper and Kings  ·  United States

Crown Royal   
Crown Royal Distillery  ·  Manitoba, Canada
TASTING NOTES NOSE: Rich and robust, with slight hints of vanilla and fruit. PALATE: Delicately smooth and creamy with hints of oak and the sweet flavor of vanilla. FINISH: Long and lingering.

Damrak Gin   
Lucas Bols B.V.  ·  Netherlands
Contemporary Gin
80° (40%)

Dewar's 15 Year Old   
John Dewar and Sons Ltd  ·  Aberfeldy, Scotland
Blended Scotch Whisky
15 yr
86° (43%)

Dewars White Label   
John Dewar and Sons Ltd  ·  Aberfeldy, Scotland

Dolin Dry Vermouth   
Maison Fondee  ·  France
35° (17.5%)

Herbal Liqueur
40° (20%)

Don Julio Reposado   
Tequila Don Julio  ·  Jalisco, Mexico
Reposado Tequila
80° (40%)

Double Cross   
Slovak Republic  ·  Slovakia
80° (40%)

Drambuie  ·  United Kingdom
80° (40%)

Dripping Springs   
San Luis Spirits Inc.  ·  United States
Grain Vodka
80° (40%)

Flor De Cana 7 Year   
Flor De Cana  ·  Nicaragua
Premium Aged Rum
80° (40%)

Gentleman Jack   
Jack Daniel Distillery  ·  Lynchburg, TN
Just like Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Gentleman Jack is charcoal mellowed before going into the barrel. Gentleman Jack, however, receives an additional “blessing” when it is charcoal mellowed again after reaching maturity giving it ultimate smoothness. Gentleman Jack is full-bodied with fruit and spices, and its finish is silky, warm, and pleasant. When you drink Gentleman Jack, do so with pride, for this is the whiskey a gentleman orders.
Tennessee Whiskey
80° (40%)

George Dickel Rye   
George A. Dickel & Co.  ·  Tullahoma, Tennessee

Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or   
in hand selected wine barrels from Sauternes, this whiskey develops its rich, spicy and dessert-like flavors. Non chill-filtered for additional aroma and mouthfeel.

Green Chartreuse   
Fredrick Wildman & Sons  ·  United States
110° (55%)

80° (40%)

Grain Vodka
80° (40%)

Haig Club Single Grain   
Haig  ·  Scotland
Scotch Whisky
80° (40%)

Hendrick's Gin   
Hendrick’s wondrous botanical signature consists of flowers, roots, fruits, and seeds from the world over. They function to complement and set the stage for our delicious duet of infusions: rose petal and cucumber.
Contemporary Gin
82.8° (41.4%)

Herman Marshall Whiskey   
Hermann Marshall  ·  United States

Reposado Tequila
80° (40%)

Hibiki Harmony   
Suntory Yamazaki Distillery  ·  Hokuto, Japan
Japanese Whisky
86° (43%)

Wine - 14

1000 Stories, Burbon Barrel Aged Zinfendel   
1000 Stories  ·  Mendocino County, CA
Vintage: 2008
An intense raspberry fruit is on the nose, with black pepper spice and a touch of cloves and dried herbs.

Cedar Brook Merlot   
Cedar Brook Winery  ·  Napa Valley, CA
Vintage: 2014

Cedar Brook Pinot Noir   
Cedar Brook Winery  ·  Napa Valley, CA
Vintage: 2014
Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir

Conti Pinot Grigio   
IL Conti  ·  Veneto
Vintage: 2014
Pinot Grigio/Gris

Cooper Thief Cellarmasters Red Wine Blend   
Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters  ·  California
Vintage: 2014
A rich wine with warm vanilla flavors and some subtle spicy notes. It finishes with a smooth mouth feel reminiscent of a fine bourbon. ABV: 17% $25.49 a bottle
Red Blend

Corinto Sauvignon Blanc   
Corinto Wines  ·  Maule Valley, Central Valley
Vintage: 2015
Sauvignon Blanc

Dom Pierre Sparkling   
Woodbridge Champagne Cellars  ·  Mendocino County, CA

Fox Hollow   
Fox Hollow  ·  CA
Vintage: 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon

Fox Hollow   
Fox Hollow  ·  CA
Vintage: 2014

Left Coast Cellars Cali's Cuvee Pinot Noir   
Left Coast Cellars  ·  Willamette Valley, OR
Vintage: 2006

Napa Terroir Cabernet Sauvignon   
Terroir Napa Valley Wines  ·  St. Helena, CA
Vintage: 2014
Cabernet Sauvignon

Sentall Chardonnay   
Terroir Napa Valley Wines  ·  St. Helena, CA
Vintage: 2013

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Hands Of Time   
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars  ·  Napa Valley, CA
Vintage: 2012

Tierras Altas Malbec   
Tierras Altas  ·  Mendoza Province
Vintage: 2013

Cocktails - 52

A Punchers Chance
Bulleit Rye Kronan Swedish Punch Liqueur Refuge Homemade House Bitters

A Sea After Storm
Dripping Springs Vodka or Junipero Gin Lemon Juice Lavender Simple Syrup Creme De Violette

Autumn's Allspice and Ashes
Yellow Rose Bourbon St. Elizabeth Allspice Liqueur Bauchant Orange Liqueur Egg Whites Black Walnut Bitters Flamed Orange Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Awake and Hello
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Infused Dripping Springs Vodka Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur Kahlua Rum & Coffee Liqueur coffee Homemade Coffee Bitters

Banana Foster My Soul
Dripping Springs Vodka Dekuyper Banana Liqueur Kahlua Rum & Coffee Liqueur Goldschläger Cinnamon Schnapps Liqueur Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur Whipped cream Milk Cinnamon Nutmeg Graham Cracker Brown Sugar

Mathilde Peche Liqueur Peach Nectar Grenadine House Bitters Champagne

Bombshell Betty
Mathilde Peche Bauchant Orange Liqueur Choice of Any Hef or Blonde Beer Cinnamon Sprinkle Flamed Orange Essence

Brazilian Lemonade
VeeV Açaí Liqueur Mathilde Peche Lemon Juice Simple Syrup Homemade Lemon Bitters Cranberry Juice

Cointreau Noir Rickey
Strawberry Basil Leaf Lime Juice Simple Syrup Cointreau Noir Club Soda

Creekside Ginger-Tini
Raw Ginger Simple Syrup Stolichnaya Vodka Peychaud's Bitters

Creekside Rosemary 75
Broker's Gin Lemon juice Rosemary Simple Syrup Homemade Lemon Bitters Champagne Flamed Lemon Twist

Creme Brûlée
Choice of Stoli Vanilla Vodka Cruzan Strawberry or Coconut Whipped cream Milk Egg Whites

Cucumber Press
Reyka Vodka Cucumber Tajin Rim Soda and Sprite

Deconstructed Old Fashion
Popcorn Sutton White Whiskey Bauchant Orange Liqueur Luxardo Maraschino Originale Homemade Orange Bitters

Fall of Escobar
Absinthe Papa's Pilar Dark Rum Bauchant Orange Liqueur Luxardo Maraschino Originale

First Kiss Fizz
Tito's Handmade Vodka Bauchant Orange Liqueur Strawberries Lime Peychaud's Bitters Pineapple Juice Soda and Sprite

French-Mex Margarita
Don Eduardo Anejo Lime Juice Simple Syrup Bauchant Orange Liqueur Orange Juice

Harley's Fruit Cup
Strawberries Cucumber Cruzan Coconut Rum 99 Apples Homemade Apple Bitters Sprite

Hello Kitty
Strawberries Grenadine Stolichnaya Stoli Vanil Kahlua Rum & Coffee Liqueur Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur Whipped Cream Milk Egg Whites

I Did My Time
Larceny Whiskey St. Elizabeth Allspice Liqueur Mayple Syrup Flamed Bacon Homemade Walnut Bitters Flamed Orange Sprinkled Cinnamon

Just For You
Templeton Rye Lillet Cherry Heering Liqueur Spiced Cherry Bitters

Kera RedBreast Burlesque
Red Breast 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey Burlesque Bitters Velvet Falernum

Key'd Up
Stolichnaya Stoli Vanil Whipped cream Milk Lime Juice Midori Liqueur Graham Craker Key Lime

Lil Houstons Honey Well
Plymouth Gin Barenjager Honey Lemon Juice Homemade Lemon Bitters Egg Whites

Long Shot Lady
El Espolon Silver Lime Juice Cinnamnon & Vanilla Simple Syrup Strawberries Soda Water

Majestic Blue
Blueberries St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur Lemon Juice Simple Syrup Elijah Craig 12 Year Bourbon

Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur Lime juice simple syrup peychaud's Bitters Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Mint Julep
Redemption Rye Whiskey Mint Powdered sugar Crushed Ice

Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro De Ron Simple Syrup Lime Juice Mint Homemade Lime Bitters Club Soda

Tanqueray London Dry Gin Campari Dolin Sweet Vermouth

Templeton Rye Luxardo Maraschino Originale Benedictine B&B; Liqueur Homemade Orange Bitters

Old Fashion
Buffalo Trace Bourbon House Bitters Brown Sugar Simple Syrup Filthy Cherry Orange

Passion & Spice
Oranges Pineapple Juice Hellfire Bitters Brown Simple Syrup Refuge Reaper Vodka El Espolon Reposado Tequila Bauchant Orange Liqueur Sprite

Peanut Butter Endeavor
Peanut Butter Whipped cream Milk Stolichnaya Stoli Vanil Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

Pimm's Cup
Pimm's No. 1 Cup Ginger Ale Cucumbers Mint Orange

Refuge Cocktail
James E. Pepper 1776 Straight Rye Ramazzotti Amaro Homemade Cointreau Foam

Refuge Mules
Choice of Reyka Vodka Old Forester Whiskey Espolon Silver Tequila Boodles British Gin 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum Simple Syrup Lime Juice Homemade Lime Bitters Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Refuge Rubicon
Flamed Rosemary Sprig Green Chartreuse Plymouth Gin Lemon Juice Cherry Heering Liqueur

Refuge's Savory Night-Cap
Bacon Whipped Cream Milk Cruzan Coconut Rum Coco Real Creme De Cacao Light Cinnamon Nutmeg Caramel Powdered sugar

Refuge's Summer Redemption Roll Call
Fresh Ginger Cucumber Basil Cardamon Pink Coriander Gin Mare Fever Tree Ginger Beer

Reposado El Diablo
Rosemary Sprig Green Chartreuse Dulce Vida Reposado Tequila Bauchant Orange Liqueur Lime Juice Simple Syrup Refuge Reaper Vodka

Rosemary Lemon Drop
Grey Goose Lemon Juice Rosemary Simple Rosemary Srig Powdered sugar Sugar Rim

Sinful Sip
Fernet Wash Buffalo Trace Bourbon Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur Kahlua Rum & Coffee Liqueur

Smokey Campfire
Monkey Shoulders Scotch Domaine de Canton Lemon Juice Honey Syrup Mint Laphroaig 10 Year Old

Smokey Prairie
High West American Praire Whiskey Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth Homemade House Bitters

South Texas Sazerac
Yellow Rose Straight Rye Simple Syrup Absinthe Aztec Chocolate Bitters

Southerners Morning Tea
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon Orange Lime Simple Syrup Soda Water

Spicy Caramel Apple Martini
Tito's Handmade Vodka Midori 99 Apples Pineapple Reaper Refuge Vodka Green Apples Caramel Brown Sugar

Strapping Young Lad
Tullamore Dew Bauchant Orange Liqueur Homemade Orange Bitters Fever Tree Ginger Beer Flamed Orange

Victoria and Renae's Paintbrush
Junipero Gin or Dripping Springs Vodka Rosemary Simple Syrup Lime Juice Grapefruit Juice Peychaud's Bitters Soda Water

Walnut Fashion
Maker's Mark 46 Mayple Syrup Homemade Vanilla Walnut Bitters

Whiskey Smash
Larceny Whiskey Simple Syrup Lemon Crushed Ice