After a brief hiatus, the historical Houston Watch Co. is back with low lights and high class libations.
Travel back to the early 1900s with a round of drinks inside the Houston Watch Co. Housed in what was once the Southern Pacific Railroad Building, this bar offers a timeless atmosphere in which to imbibe.
The bar is an institution that can be traced back to 1912, according to its website, where a jeweler named V.A. Corrigan opened the original Houston Watch Co. across from the lobby inside the Southern Pacific Railroad Building. Here, the store remained for over 70 years.
In the ’50s a national chain purchased Houston Watch Co., and later in the ’70s, the storefront was bricked over. In this time, two Houstonians opened a bar in the store front, retaining many of the 1912 details, breathing new life into Main Street Market Square Park Historic District.
Inside this historical local, patrons can taste from a wide array of top tier cocktails, wine, beer, cider, seltzer, and spirits. Their cocktails range from $8 – $12, and include whiskey, gin, and other options such as the Moscow Mule, Daiquiri, and El Diablo – made with Agavalaes Tequila blanco, Mathilde creme de cassis, ginger beer, lime, and agave.
Additionally, the bar has a vast selection of bourbon, rye, Scotch, Irish, American, and Japanese whiskeys available in 1 – 2 oz. pours.
Wine is available by the glass or bottle, and contains such options as Kettmeir Pinot Grigio, La Crema Chardonnay, Mohua Sauvignon Blanc, and Berne Romance Rose – among others.
Houston Watch Co. is located at 913 Franklin Street, and is open from 4 pm to 2 am Tuesday through Saturday; closed on Sundays and Mondays.