Kelvin Arms

★★★★☆
  • 2424 Dunstan Rd

    Houston, TX 77005

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  • 713-528-4739

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Hours
Monday to Sunday 3pm-2am

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I have been to Kelvin Arms twice in my life and the final time was two weeks ago for happy hour. I am usually not a picky bar chooser but this place has to be the nastiest place I have been to in Houston. I showed up 30 minutes before my

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★★★★★

I have been to Kelvin Arms twice in my life and the final time was two weeks ago for happy hour. I am usually not a picky bar chooser but this place has to be the nastiest place I have been to in Houston. I showed up 30 minutes before my

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Awesome. Great place to chill without posers running around fist pumping. No whores with glitter and spray tan, just a really good place to drink and chill after work.

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★★★★★

Awesome. Great place to chill without posers running around fist pumping. No whores with glitter and spray tan, just a really good place to drink and chill after work.

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I instantly fell in love with this place when I started going to it years ago. I was always disenchanted with bars because of how loud they get and how you miss out on the conversations with your friends that you couldn't have at other bars. This is a classy joint. Not only is it located in an old bank building, with a private lounge that was the old vault, but it also caters to the lovers of fine alcohol. It might only have 20 beers on tap, but it makes up for this with their top shelf alcohol collection. The place sports a patio for drinking on during the summer and a pretty chill bank vault lounge area. Like I said before, this place has class and people might be turned off by it because they can actually hear over the music, but I could care less. I am a patron of this establishment and proud of it!

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★★★★★

I instantly fell in love with this place when I started going to it years ago. I was always disenchanted with bars because of how loud they get and how you miss out on the conversations with your friends that you couldn't have at other bars. This is a classy joint. Not only is it located in an old bank building, with a private lounge that was the old vault, but it also caters to the lovers of fine alcohol. It might only have 20 beers on tap, but it makes up for this with their top shelf alcohol collection. The place sports a patio for drinking on during the summer and a pretty chill bank vault lounge area. Like I said before, this place has class and people might be turned off by it because they can actually hear over the music, but I could care less. I am a patron of this establishment and proud of it!

Pros: Quieter

Cons: No events

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I enjoy hanging out a Kelvin Arms - it is relaxed and non-pretentious and every night - you meet someone new and experience a different vibe. I have brought my puppy there and sat on the patio one day and everyone pet her. Easy parking and Fast - Cheap Drinks.

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★★★★★

I enjoy hanging out a Kelvin Arms - it is relaxed and non-pretentious and every night - you meet someone new and experience a different vibe. I have brought my puppy there and sat on the patio one day and everyone pet her. Easy parking and Fast - Cheap Drinks.

Pros: Easy parking - Fast drinks

Cons: NONE

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if you're looking for a fun time, don't go here. this place is always dead. the drinks are watered down. the staff is rude. you have to wait long periods of time to get drinks. last time i went there they charged me for drinks i never even had. i give this place maybe 2 months before it closes its door for good.

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★☆☆☆☆

if you're looking for a fun time, don't go here. this place is always dead. the drinks are watered down. the staff is rude. you have to wait long periods of time to get drinks. last time i went there they charged me for drinks i never even had. i give this place maybe 2 months before it closes its door for good.

Pros: none

Cons: it's a sausage fest with watered down drinks & lame staff

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Every time I have a friend visit from out of town, I try and take them some place fun and unique to show them a good time. The Kelvin Arms is always on my list of places to stop by and relax.

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★★★★★

Every time I have a friend visit from out of town, I try and take them some place fun and unique to show them a good time. The Kelvin Arms is always on my list of places to stop by and relax.

Pros: Bar with a bank vault!

Cons: None

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What happened to the Kelvin Arms? I used to love this place, but now it seems like everything is out. And the bartenders have gone downhill... I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon.

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★☆☆☆☆

What happened to the Kelvin Arms? I used to love this place, but now it seems like everything is out. And the bartenders have gone downhill... I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon.

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I've been going to the Kelvin Arms for quite some time now. It use to be my home away from home. We still meet up there but not as frequent as we used to. It's got charm, good size patio and decent service. The main attraction is basically the old Vault door that leads to the lounge area. The lounge area has ample seating and is very dim inside. Cleanliness is about average but the prices you can expect to pay for a bar in the Rice Village area are pretty hard to beat.Everyone there is very friendly and I've never experienced anything too out of the ordinary "as far as bar room drama". The decor could vastly use an update tho but I guess it simply wouldn't be the Kelvin Arms if it were done.It's a Pub, a Scottish pub per say but a pub none the less without the Scottish flare. Service is decent and the bartenders are friendly if you are friendly to them. Just a good old neighborhood pub to just hang out and enjoy with friends.

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★★★☆☆

I've been going to the Kelvin Arms for quite some time now. It use to be my home away from home. We still meet up there but not as frequent as we used to. It's got charm, good size patio and decent service. The main attraction is basically the old Vault door that leads to the lounge area. The lounge area has ample seating and is very dim inside. Cleanliness is about average but the prices you can expect to pay for a bar in the Rice Village area are pretty hard to beat.Everyone there is very friendly and I've never experienced anything too out of the ordinary "as far as bar room drama". The decor could vastly use an update tho but I guess it simply wouldn't be the Kelvin Arms if it were done.It's a Pub, a Scottish pub per say but a pub none the less without the Scottish flare. Service is decent and the bartenders are friendly if you are friendly to them. Just a good old neighborhood pub to just hang out and enjoy with friends.

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This is a nice, casual place to hang out and have a few beers. They have a nice atmosphere, jukebox, pool, and darts. The only negative thing would be the service at the bar. The bartenders do not seem happy to serve..in fact, one guy was rude to me until I came back about an hour later and he was drunk! Then he served me happily while slurring his words.

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★★★★☆

This is a nice, casual place to hang out and have a few beers. They have a nice atmosphere, jukebox, pool, and darts. The only negative thing would be the service at the bar. The bartenders do not seem happy to serve..in fact, one guy was rude to me until I came back about an hour later and he was drunk! Then he served me happily while slurring his words.

Pros: Relaxed atmosphere, beer selection, jukebox

Cons: service

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There are a lot of positive things to say about Kelvin Arms. The liquor selection is fantastic, and the bartenders know their stuff, especially Amanda the manager. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, and the crowd is very diverse - all kinds of people and all ages. I love their patio and the interior space/decor is great. It's very much like a friendly neighborhood Cheers bar with a much higher cool factor.

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★★★★★

There are a lot of positive things to say about Kelvin Arms. The liquor selection is fantastic, and the bartenders know their stuff, especially Amanda the manager. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, and the crowd is very diverse - all kinds of people and all ages. I love their patio and the interior space/decor is great. It's very much like a friendly neighborhood Cheers bar with a much higher cool factor.

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Currently, I'd rather drink toilet water than try to enjoy this S^*&*hole and it's service.
*****I will say I'm impressed with the mammoth COCKROACHES they produce, must be from drinking their STALE, IMPROPERLY COOLED AND STORED draft beer. ******

Use caution when drinking here now, the place is falling apart and the owners don't care to fix anything.

I witnessed the ceiling collapse one night - on the bartender working. It was horrific and comical at the same time. Anyhow, FYI good beer right up the street at The Ginger Man, where you won't have to worry about prehistoric insects or collapsing walls.

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★☆☆☆☆

Currently, I'd rather drink toilet water than try to enjoy this S^*&*hole and it's service.
*****I will say I'm impressed with the mammoth COCKROACHES they produce, must be from drinking their STALE, IMPROPERLY COOLED AND STORED draft beer. ******

Use caution when drinking here now, the place is falling apart and the owners don't care to fix anything.

I witnessed the ceiling collapse one night - on the bartender working. It was horrific and comical at the same time. Anyhow, FYI good beer right up the street at The Ginger Man, where you won't have to worry about prehistoric insects or collapsing walls.

Pros: Huge I MEAN MAMMOTH COCKROACHES

Cons: FALLING WALLS, ROTTING PATIO, DRUNK BARTENDERS

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This is a bar with a pretty cool atmosphere and has pool tables and dart boards. But its nice, not like most of the bars with pool tables that are kind of grungy. Its around Rice village so its easy to hop over to. However, its not one of my favorite bars because its pretty laid back, but if you like that this might be the one for you!

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★★★☆☆

This is a bar with a pretty cool atmosphere and has pool tables and dart boards. But its nice, not like most of the bars with pool tables that are kind of grungy. Its around Rice village so its easy to hop over to. However, its not one of my favorite bars because its pretty laid back, but if you like that this might be the one for you!

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I almost hate to give my fave a stellar rating because then it will be packed. However, there are so few places worth driving to in Houston and enduring hellish traffic that I have to give credit where credit is due. I'd love any place adorned with the visage of Sean Connery but it's more than my lust for 007 that keeps me coming back. People are friendly and interesting. Service is good even when it's packed and it's cozy. The converted bank vault is the coolest thing about the bar and fun to take out of town visitors to explore.

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★★★★★

I almost hate to give my fave a stellar rating because then it will be packed. However, there are so few places worth driving to in Houston and enduring hellish traffic that I have to give credit where credit is due. I'd love any place adorned with the visage of Sean Connery but it's more than my lust for 007 that keeps me coming back. People are friendly and interesting. Service is good even when it's packed and it's cozy. The converted bank vault is the coolest thing about the bar and fun to take out of town visitors to explore.

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very warm atmosphere, cozy velvet sofas and masculine dark soothing atmosphere. Great for an intimate conversation and a drink. Love to go there with a comfortable date and enjoy the sofas and quieter surroundings.

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★★★★★

very warm atmosphere, cozy velvet sofas and masculine dark soothing atmosphere. Great for an intimate conversation and a drink. Love to go there with a comfortable date and enjoy the sofas and quieter surroundings.

Pros: quiet, private, cozy, warm, nice atmosphere

Cons: none in my opinion

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I am a native Scot in Houston, this is not a Scottish pub, it would never make it in Glasgow. No food service, no atmosphere, just a cold empty hole in the wall. The vault is also just a big room with sofas, Scottish pubs dont have sofas and you should be able to buy a bag of crisps with your beer. Safe yourself a trip.

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★★☆☆☆

I am a native Scot in Houston, this is not a Scottish pub, it would never make it in Glasgow. No food service, no atmosphere, just a cold empty hole in the wall. The vault is also just a big room with sofas, Scottish pubs dont have sofas and you should be able to buy a bag of crisps with your beer. Safe yourself a trip.

Pros: none

Cons: like a garage atmosphere

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There are good and bad things to say about the Kelvin Arms. First, there are two areas, in my opinion, where this institution fails:

1) It is too expensive. With the exception of happy hour and certain days, a pint of crappy, American, domestic beer costs $3.50 each. To add insult to injury, the Kelvin Arms does not even sell pitchers! What kind of bar is this? I have lived in three different cities for extended periods of time, long enough to explore some bars and find one to my liking. I find the idea of a bar refusing to sell pitchers a little bemusing. I know this place is trying to present itself as casual and laid-back, but it really is not. A lot, but not all, of the patrons are pretty trendy, the beer is often expensive and they do not give you enough of it. I don't know why everyone is saying how this is a great "college bar." If by college bar you mean it caters to "frat boys" and trust-fund kids, then I guess so. Otherwise, give me a break.

2) Perhaps this does not universally apply, and the times that I ordered cocktails at the Kelvin Arms, I was not very lucky. One of my friends seems quite satisfied with the service. However, going by experience, neither I nor my wife was very impressed with the mixed drinks. They are typically very watered-down, and we have had to tell the bartender how to make fairly common drinks before.

Now for the good parts. The Kelvin Arms has a very nice sitting room inside - better than perhaps any bar I have been to. Large, comfortable couches, chairs, and coffee tables with good lighting and prints adorning the walls. It also has a nice area sectioned off for darts. Big parking lot. Lots of beers on tap, a lot of liquor and cocktails are fairly priced. Finally, while some of the patrons are a little too yuppie/preppy for my liking, the place does not seem to get many outright jerks.

In my case, the negatives outweigh the positives. I am just not that impressed by the atmosphere.

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★★☆☆☆

There are good and bad things to say about the Kelvin Arms. First, there are two areas, in my opinion, where this institution fails:

1) It is too expensive. With the exception of happy hour and certain days, a pint of crappy, American, domestic beer costs $3.50 each. To add insult to injury, the Kelvin Arms does not even sell pitchers! What kind of bar is this? I have lived in three different cities for extended periods of time, long enough to explore some bars and find one to my liking. I find the idea of a bar refusing to sell pitchers a little bemusing. I know this place is trying to present itself as casual and laid-back, but it really is not. A lot, but not all, of the patrons are pretty trendy, the beer is often expensive and they do not give you enough of it. I don't know why everyone is saying how this is a great "college bar." If by college bar you mean it caters to "frat boys" and trust-fund kids, then I guess so. Otherwise, give me a break.

2) Perhaps this does not universally apply, and the times that I ordered cocktails at the Kelvin Arms, I was not very lucky. One of my friends seems quite satisfied with the service. However, going by experience, neither I nor my wife was very impressed with the mixed drinks. They are typically very watered-down, and we have had to tell the bartender how to make fairly common drinks before.

Now for the good parts. The Kelvin Arms has a very nice sitting room inside - better than perhaps any bar I have been to. Large, comfortable couches, chairs, and coffee tables with good lighting and prints adorning the walls. It also has a nice area sectioned off for darts. Big parking lot. Lots of beers on tap, a lot of liquor and cocktails are fairly priced. Finally, while some of the patrons are a little too yuppie/preppy for my liking, the place does not seem to get many outright jerks.

In my case, the negatives outweigh the positives. I am just not that impressed by the atmosphere.

Pros: Good sitting room, variety of beers, large parking lot and agreeable patrons

Cons: Below average service, above average beer prices, and does not sell pitchers

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Another little shindig where Frat Hats and giggly girls rule the house. There's some darts to throw and more TVs than Best Buy. But the drinks are cheap (well, then again... I was in New York for the past 6 months).

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★★★★☆

Another little shindig where Frat Hats and giggly girls rule the house. There's some darts to throw and more TVs than Best Buy. But the drinks are cheap (well, then again... I was in New York for the past 6 months).

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Went there with some friends from work. First time to go. Didnt know what to expect...first time I've been somewhere without my better half. Glad I went. Had a gr8 time with my friends and found they had a gr8 selection of scotch.

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★★★★☆

Went there with some friends from work. First time to go. Didnt know what to expect...first time I've been somewhere without my better half. Glad I went. Had a gr8 time with my friends and found they had a gr8 selection of scotch.

Pros: good selection, fun atmosphere

Cons: very crowded on wknd, bathrooms remind u of, college lol

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Kelvin Arms is a great place to hang out and get some drinks. Unlike a lot of bars it's not so loud that you have to shout to have a conversation, but it's also not so quiet that you have to worry about being too loud. The bank vault is great if you have a big group of people and the rest of the bar is perfect for small groups. The service is great and the people are friendly - it's my favorite bar in town.

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★★★★★

Kelvin Arms is a great place to hang out and get some drinks. Unlike a lot of bars it's not so loud that you have to shout to have a conversation, but it's also not so quiet that you have to worry about being too loud. The bank vault is great if you have a big group of people and the rest of the bar is perfect for small groups. The service is great and the people are friendly - it's my favorite bar in town.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Friendly service

Cons: Parking can be tricky

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I'd hate to see this place get swamped with people like some of the other places in the village, but the Kelvin Arms deserves a good word. This place is great primarily because it has a great pub atmosphere and it's never too crowded. Good steak nights, good juke box, and a nice laid back crowd. Not a see and be seen bar.

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★★★★★

I'd hate to see this place get swamped with people like some of the other places in the village, but the Kelvin Arms deserves a good word. This place is great primarily because it has a great pub atmosphere and it's never too crowded. Good steak nights, good juke box, and a nice laid back crowd. Not a see and be seen bar.

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All I have to say is this place rocks. It's inside of an old bank and you can sit inside the vault and hang out. We sat outside for happy hour to enjoy the spring weather and have a few drinks. It's a great pub atmosphere with a mixed crowd and great happy hour specials. Def recommend

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★★★★★

All I have to say is this place rocks. It's inside of an old bank and you can sit inside the vault and hang out. We sat outside for happy hour to enjoy the spring weather and have a few drinks. It's a great pub atmosphere with a mixed crowd and great happy hour specials. Def recommend

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Occupying a former bank building near Rice University, Kelvin Arms serves up 20 beers on tap, plus more than 40 types of malt scotches and pub grub. The traditional pub setting features a shrine to famous Scotsman Sean…

 

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