Houston >Bars & Pubs > Corksoakers
2024 Rusk St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700329.752927 -95.354589
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
EXCELLENT – I have been to Cork Soakers a few times and it is my favorite winebar to go in Houston. It's a hidden gem where you don't have to wait for hours like at some other places the selection is amazing and the staff is always friendly.
Best Wine Bar – Tremendous selection of wines. Most wines are by the glass and they have a really wide selection. The staff is very knowledgable about the wines; they know the history of the winemakers - the one I had was Italian and the winemaker is an artist - the bottle's label was one of his paintings (and it was a really great red wine!). The list is one of the best I have seen, it does have the basics, but they have some tremendous, scrumptous and unique wines. They are well priced too. On Sundays they have these to die for mimosa specials (peach with a splash of orange).
I went there the other night and it was very relaxing, the services is great and they don't rush you. My friends and I had a great time talking and trying new wines. While we were there we discovered that they have art classes on Wednesdays. The people in the art class were having a blast.. We already signed up for the next class.
The whole place is stunning. There's a private room with this table that's incredible. And the bathrooms are amazing.
I definitely will be back - I want to try some more of the wines I
Great New Winebar! – BEAUTIFUL new wine bar in Houston.
Great wine selection, and unlike some wine bars a pretty extensive beer list as well!
right now they just have meat and cheese platters, but in the next month or two they will have a full menu
can't wait, because the smoked duck breast, and white cheddar were awesome!
We chilled on the couches and even played a game of apples to apples - they have a great choice of board games.
will be back soon!
Has Potential, but service needs some tweaking – Saturday night, 10 pm - every new bar in Houston should be packed. At Corksoakers, we walked into a completely empty bar (save for a handful of people on the smoker's patio). We were greeted warmly by the head bartender and took a seat at the bar. The bar is gorgeous, and looks like a really nice wine-tasting room. Lots of oak, leather seats, and a huge wall of wine. The wine list is the biggest I've ever seen, with 90% of it available by the glass. I was impressed.
The head bartender explained that she was training her fellow bartender, as he usually worked over at the other Club Monkey-owned bar across the street (Lucky's). While taking our drink orders, she explained to him about the types of wine we were ordering, however, did not pay much attention to him filling my $11 glass of champagne half full (after the bubbles subsided) - twice. I would expect anyone working at a wine bar to know how to properly pour carbonated wines, but whatevs.
The head bartender then explained that it was her friend's birthday on the patio and how she was trying to celebrate with them while working. She then proceeded to be the best wine bartender ever - to her friends. They were tasting wines and being served cheese and crackers, and my friend and I started to feel like we were at a party we hadn't been invited to. After a couple glasses of wine, the two bartenders were nowhere to be found, and one of the bartender's friends from the party noticed we were trying to leave, and she walked behind the bar and into the kitchen to get the bartender. Um, what? We paid our tab and left, navigating through the weeds and broken concrete sidewalk back to our car.
Corksoakers could be a really nice wine bar and perhaps attract an upscale clientele like I think they are wanting to do, but not by making their patrons feel like outsiders and allowing just anyone behind the bar.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Eado, otherwise known as East of Downtown, may still be a diamond in the rough but with an unpretentious wine bar now in its ranks the area is becoming a destination for more than baseball. The owners, also of nearby frat-tastic Lucky’s Pub, intended for the bar to have a relaxed, jeans-and-tshirt vibe and that mostly comes through. Created to look like a wine cellar, the main room is a cozy, welcoming space to have a cheese plate and bold California Cabernet. Price points are all over the map, although most bottles are mid-range and can be purchased at retail to take home.
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