Catch Negroni Week At Favorite Houston Bars & Restaurants Before It’s Gone—Updated
Negroni Week, founded by Campari and Imbibe magazine, runs until this Sunday, June 11. It’s a time when participating bars and restaurants designate funds from sales of Negroni cocktails (and variations on the drink) to their chosen non-profit organizations. We’re highlighting places that contacted us with information and photos here, but you can check out a complete list of all participating venues at the Negroni Week website.
Get out this week while you still can to drink for these good causes. Also, we’re giving you an extra incentive for you to go do good. Post a photo of the fundraising cocktails you order from places mentioned in this article to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. You must tag Houston Food Finder when you post or we won’t see it. We’re @htownfoodfinder on Twitter, Houston Food Finder on Facebook and @houstonfoodfinder on Instagram. We will draw a random reader from the entries on Monday, June 12 to win a $50 gift card to Weights + Measures! (Drink responsibly. Don’t over do it, even in the name of charity. We are not liable for anything you do, ever.)
Here’s our list of featured participating bars and restaurants:
Weights + Measures, 2808 Caroline: Their Negroni creation includes Campari, gin, sweet vermouth, lemon and elderflower liqueur. Funds raised from the drink this week benefits Muttville Senior Dog Rescue—and we all know those older dogs need extra help getting loving homes.
B&B Butchers, 1814 Washington (Added 6/9/2017): Through Friday only, this well-appointed steakhouse is serving the Negroni and its kissing cousins as part of this fundraiser week. Those are the Americano, Boulevardier and Old Pal. The unifying factor in each: all of these strong libations include bittersweet Campari.
Beaver’s, 2310 Decatur and 6025 Westheimer: Proceeds from three Negroni variants benefits The Washington Avenue Arts District. All three cocktails are $6 each. Here’s the list:
- Caged Bird: clarified lime cordial, pineapple, Appleton rum, and Campari.
- The Bow Tie: vanilla- and cinnamon-infused Campari with Bulldog gin, and strawberry Cocchi Torino.
- A Surly Bastard: hop tincture, ginger beer, Espolon tequila, lime, Campari, five spice turbinado sugar and salt.
Coltivare, 3320 White Oak: The Heights-area Italy-meets-Texas restaurant led by chef Ryan Pera has created four special Negronis to benefit No Kid Hungry:
- Tilde’s Tonic: Gin Mare, a strawberry-infused blend of vermouths, Zucca Rabarbaro, and orange flower water
- An Americano In Tokyo: Suntory Toki Japanese whiskey, Cocchi Rosa, Gran Classico, soda and orange
- Kitty Burke Shake: Lillet Rose, Citadelle Gin, Aperol, lemon, hibiscus and egg
- Apocalypse When?: Jensen Old Tom Gin, Capertif, Campari, Vallet Fernet, salt and peach
Cane Rosso, 1835 North Shepherd and 4306 Yokum: Bartender Chris Frankel (formerly of Spare Key) has created a summery variant of a Negroni named the Limonata Rosa, with white rum, Aperol, raspberry syrup, lemon, and soda. There’s also a classic rendition available made with Ford’s Gin, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino and Campari. Both cocktails are only $7. There are also new menu items created by Houston chefs to try alongside. Funds raised will benefit Cane Rosso Rescue, a nonprofit homeless dog fostering organization founded by Cane Rosso owner, Jay Jerrier.
Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale: Like sister restaurant Coltivare, Negroni sales at Eight Row Flint benefits No Kid Hungry. These include a traditional Negroni, a frozen Negroni and Negroni Jello shots. Try all three: get a $10 flight that includes each.
Etoile, 1101-11 Uptown Park and Brasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar: Bar director Kimberly Paul has concocted eight Negroni variants for both of chef Philippe Veripand’s restaurants, including a non-alcoholic one. The drink themes include musicians, poetry and Paul’s personal musings. Each Negroni sold benefits Autism Speaks. The booklet created for the campaign is quite lovely, so we have attached it so you can peruse all eight cocktails.
The Harp, 1625 Richmond (Added 6/9/2017): This laid-back pub is serving classic Negronis made with Campari, Ford’s Gin and sweet vermouth) to help No Kid Hungry. Two dollars from each goes to the organization. The Harp is also accepting donations on-site.
Mongoose vs Cobra, 1011 McGowen: This midtown hangout in a historic building is going all out for Negroni Week, offering a different variant every day to benefit Muttyville, a charity that finds homes for and assist with the care of senior dogs. Each cocktail is named for Count Camillo Negroni in Florence, for whom the drink was purportedly named. Here are the one you can catch the rest of this week:
- June 7th: The Caribbean Count with Scotch-bonnet infused Abuelo rum, Intense Ginger, Suze, lemon juice
- June 8th: The Cold Count: a frozen classic Negroni with gin, campari and sweet vermouth
- June 9th: The Clarified Count with Big Gin, Luxardo Bitters Bianco and lillet
- June 10th: The Darker Count with gin, Zucca and Dolin sweet vermouth
- June 11th: The Original Count, or the classic Negroni
Nobie’s, 2048 Colquitt: This popular bar and restaurant on a side street in Upper Kirby wants you to drink—and eat—Negronis. In addition to the classic cocktail (with an option to substitute Punt e Mes for Cocchi Torino to make it extra bitter), Nobie’s has created Negroni Jello Shots, Negroni-cured sea scallops with citrus and Campari gel; Watermelon Negroni Salad with compressed watermelon, Big Gin vin and sweet vermouth jelly; and Negroni Pie with Negroni custard, pate brise, vanilla whip and orange zest. They also have variants on the classic, such as the Star Wars-themed Obi Wan Negroni with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Campari, Amargo Angostura and pineapple shrub; and Mellow Groni with Campari, Aperol, Lillet Rose and watermelon tamarind shrub topped with Topo Chico.
Provisions, 807 Taft: The sales of five different Negronis benefit One More Wave, which gives wounded or disabled veterans rediscover fun and fitness by providing them with customized surfing equipment and assistance. Here are the five different cocktails:
- Negroni: gin, Campari and sweet vermouth
- Boulevardier: bourbon, Campari and sweet vermouth
- White Negroni: gin, Salers and blanc vermouth
- Rosita: tequila, Campari, sweet vermouth and dry vermouth
- Negroni Sbagliato: cava, Campari and sweet vermouth
- Locust Valley Lockjaw: applejack, Aperol, blanc vermouth and coriander berry
Reserve 101, 1201 Caroline: The downtown bar is keeping it straightforward, donating $1 to Autism Speaks for each classic Negroni ordered.
Phaedra Cook has written about Houston’s restaurant and bar scene since 2010. She was a regular contributor to My Table magazine (now closed) and was the lead restaurant critic for the Houston Press for two years, eventually being promoted to food editor. Cook founded Houston Food Finder in November 2016 and has been its editor and publisher ever since.