There are plenty of signs you’re operating a successful bar. Longevity, lines out the door, opening multiple locations, so on and so forth. Another sign of a successful bar? A bar from a city far, far away sues you. Since it’s the Man Issue, we thought we’d just go ahead and be assertive early on: Bull****. But, frankly, Edison didn’t need to be sued to be reminded how solid of a bar it really is. The foresight to take a corner lot in the near northside (north of Downtown, north of I-10, east of 45, but south of 610) and design something so well, from the building to the menus – kudos.
Edison & Patton, as it’s now/soon to be known (depending on press time), will soon have less Thomas Edison nostalgia, but otherwise the place will remain as awesome as it was. Which is to say, the outside patio will remain dog-friendly, well shaded and one of the best in the city, and, it’s almost fire pit season, so get ready for that. Inside, it’s still going to have that “clean but industrial, exposed ceiling rafters, hanging plants, Edison bulb, brass and marble mixed together” feel. They’re also still going to have all the brunchers on the weekends, groups of couples and locals on slower nights, and anyone and everyone in between on the busy nights. That’s just how it goes when you got it right. Oh yeah, they donate to a different charity each month so even more incentive to give Edison & Patton some of your money.
It’s a full bar, and the program hits all the bases. Some highlights would be the barrel aging and infusing program, the Houston-only draft beer list, the tequila and mezcal collection, and those darn tooting seasonal and classic cocktail menus. Oh, and the Shrek Piss Shot if you’re in the mood for something different (but mostly lime flavor). This is not to throw water on the wine, bottled/canned beer and all their other liquors/spirits. Sometimes in these reviews we just focus on what we like … anyway, that Oaxaca Old Fashioned and then sipping on the mezcal collection could be a heck of a night out. But that food menu! We’d eat it all (over a few days of course, no dad bod here) and highly recommend the innovative menu for a late dinner, night out or brunch. You could spend your entire Sunday here (chosen as an example solely because it’s the day with the most open hours).
Really, the main reason we like Edison & Patton so much is that all fits together so well. While there is certainly a theme and it may slightly change, the place just works – food, drinks, atmosphere. It’s all there, lawsuit notwithstanding.
EDISON & PATTON
4203 Edison St.| Houston, TX 77009
281.501.3780 | www.theedisonhouston.com
Sun 11am–12am, Mon–Thur 4pm–12am,
Fri and Sat 4pm–2am