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Accolades add up for Houston's wine bar, The Corkscrew

Andrew Adams, owner of The Corkscrew
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The Corkscrew, one of the Heights’ favorite neighborhood wine and spirits bar, continues to impress their community.

Recognition and awards for their outstanding atmosphere, service, live music and wine selection are evidence that tells the story behind The Corkscrew’s doors.

Located at 1308 West 20th Street in Houston, the bar is home to over 100 wines, a full bar with pizzas, Panini, cheese plates and several dinner entrees.

Their accolades to date include Best Neighborhood Live Music Bar 2014 by The Leader, Best Wine Bar 2013 by Houston Press, Second Place for Reader’s Choice Wine Bar 2013 by The Leader and Best Wine Bar in 2013 by HTexas.

Reviewers on seem to agree with countless rave reviews on The Corkscrew as well at

Live music from pianist, Nick Greer, is also a strong draw for music lovers. He was recently nominated for Best Keyboard, Best Musician and Best RB/Soul Performer by Houston Press for 2014.

Owner, Andrew Adams, explained their appeal lies in the ability to offer a place where patrons can relax in a come-as-you-are atmosphere while enjoying good food, wine and music. “My priority was to create a unique fun place in the neighborhood where I grew up. It’s special for me to have such a connection to area,” he said.

Their nightly and special events are also a crowd favorite. Catering to the diverse crowd allows Adams to offer something for everyone. Events include Speed Date-O-Rama, Singles Mixer, Superpalooza and Anti Valentine Day 2014.

Adams’ family has a history of customer service.

His great-grandfather, Anthony Piazza, pushed a food-cart on Washington Avenue and Houston Avenue back in the 1900's. By the 1910's, he had opened a small café at his family’s house near Houston Avenue. By the 1920s, a somewhat larger café as well as a speakeasy bar was added to cater to the men working in the nearby railroad station by the house. Today, Adams has the actual floorboards from this establishment at The Corkscrew.

“With our crowd ranging from 21 to 81, it's important to keep it fresh and different every night with a blend of events and entertainment,” added Adams. “One of our big draws is Corkscrew "U," our always entertaining and occasionally informative drinking and eating class.”

The ambiance is highlighted by the quality and flavorful food, labeled as “stuff to eat while drinking,” at The Corkscrew. Menu items vary from 12 inch thin pizza selections to paninis, appetizers, cake balls and The Corkscrew Combo cheese plate featuring a delightful mix of salamis, cheese, nuts and fruits. Prior specials include fish tacos, steak night and the newly added lamb chops.

Established in 2005, The Corkscrew continues to evolve. Adams explained how he feels for being recognized for the bar and staff by the community.

“It's really nice to go to local stores and shops and constantly run into people,” said Adams. “They say, ‘Hey, Corkscrew!’ How you doing?’"

Hours of operation are Sunday and Monday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday thru Thursday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. More information, go to or call 713-230-8352.

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