Overrated Anvil Bar & Refuge (Houston) Review

For a bar that serves some very high end whisky (like Single Barrel Eagle Rare, Blanton's, Whistle Pig), you'd think that the roof wouldn't leak right onto the middle of the actual bar. 

My wife and I were there on a rainy Saturday afternoon, so it wasn't too busy. The bar itself is nice. Its clean, big windows, and excellent spirit selection. The bottles are well-organized and easy to see. I would've rated this place higher, except for the big dish tub sitting in the middle of the bar gathering water. You'd think they'd have a more elegant solution. 

Our bartender took our order (one Single Barrel Eagle Rare) then we ordered two more drinks. After that, the bartender went to a different part of the bar, never coming back. The other 2 or 3 bartenders never asked if we needed another drink or anything. We had to flag them down just to settle the check. 

I think they over-shake their drinks, watering them down. The average shake time is a slow 10-count. Maybe 30 seconds for some drinks that don't mix well, like ones with egg. 

Maybe this is the best bar in Houston, so it warrants "5 Star Bar for Houston," but compared to other cities, the facilities, mixology, and staff are lacking. PASS
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