BEERS & BITES: Restaurants that Raise the Bar with Local Brews

Katy's newest restaurants/bars continue to impress local foodies and beer afficionados. The competition for customers only raises the stakes, or steaks, for chefs to prepare higher quality dishes. Traditional bar food has been elevated to scratch-made specialties with unique flavor profiles. And well drinks have been replaced by signature cocktails and local brews.

Check our list of the Top 5 new places in Katy with great dining and drinking selections, and exciting daily specials. Each location offers customers a welcoming atmosphere and attentive service.


By Jennifer Miko

Bar Louie

2707 Commercial Center Blvd.


Last January, Bar Louie opened its doors. Patrons to the LaCenterra shopping center often miss this gem because it’s tucked in the back between the new Alamo Drafthouse and The Grand at LaCenterra. Once inside, though, patrons gravitate to the bar to check out the selection, including 30 draft taps.

Raise Your Glass

Bartenders offer samples of the many local beers to help find your new favorite. They also encourage guests to ask the servers about Bar Louie’s local, rotating and seasonal beers or additional tapped and capped beers. Some favorite Texas breweries stay in the rotation: Karbach, Fulbrook Ale Works, 11 Below and Revolver Brewing Company.

Bar Bites

The establishment proudly serves sharable dishes and taste-bud-rocking entrees. Their website even tempts guests “to join the gastrobar revolution.” Stop in to try their Chicken and Churros - beer-battered fried chicken breast, savory spiced churros with maple glaze and smoked onion ranch. Don’t miss $5.00 Burger Nights - Tuesday from 5:00 pm – closing.

Bar Louie’s private dining room, with a 75” flat screen seats 50+, and they can open the garage door for additional patio seating. Check their menu for Happy Hour and “Reverse” Happy Hour schedules and pricing.

Growler USA

1443 FM 1463 281-396-4277

Owner Lance Mayo, Aggie grad and Katy resident, welcomes guests to his family-friendly pub.

Wet Your Whistle

Growler USA’s impressive beer wall, with 100 taps of craft beer, wine, cider, mead, and more, might seem intimidating. To guide patrons to their new favorite brew, the menu lists the beers in helpful sections like “Ambers and Browns,” “Hoppy” and “Sours and Fruity.” The pub’s Cicerone-certified servers can also offer educated suggestions. To make the beer experience more enjoyable, customers can try a craft beer flight.

Tempt Your Taste Buds

Growler USA boasts 85-90% of their beers come from Texas breweries. To complement these specialty beers, the pub offers a great selection of appetizers like pretzel sticks and fried pickles. But save room for the burgers, club sandwiches or Mahi-Mahi Tacos.

Growler at a Glance

Tuesday - Kids Eat Free

The servers have plenty of coloring books and high chairs ready.

Wednesday - Pint Night

Growlers hosts a local brewery to showcase six to eight of their beers on the wall.

Dogs Welcome

Guests with four-legged friends can also enjoy the pub’s dog-friendly patio.

Check their website for family game nights in the summer.

Mo’s Irish Pub

23511 Katy Fwy.


Mo’s Irish Pub just celebrated their second anniversary at their Katy location. Stop by for Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm to enjoy one of their twenty-two draft beers for just $2.22.

Say, "Cheers!"

The pub features an extensive selection of craft, domestic and imported beers like Karbach Hopadillo IPA, Shock Top’s Belgian White and Mo's Home Brew, an American amber/red lager. Plus, the bartenders specialize in pouring Guinness' 3-Step Perfect Pint!

More Than Munchies

The pub also offers an extensive menu of scratch-made dishes. Make sure to try Mo’s Shepherd’s Pie, made from the family recipe, and the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage. While dining, or relaxing at the bar, watch your favorite team on the big TV screens posted throughout the pub - inside and out!

Mo's Events

Monday Cornhole Tournaments

7:00 pm

Prizes awarded to the top three entrants

Tuesday Night Trivia

8:00 pm

Prizes awarded to the top three teams

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights

Live music from local bands

Scholars and Scoundrels Bar & Grill