Bar veteran Matt Tanner hopes to make a new high-rise late-night bar a Houston mainstay.
Located next to Coltivare Italian Restaurant, Agriculture Hospitality’s newest location, EZ’s Liquor Lounge, will open at 3302 White Oak Drive later this summer, providing diners with another neighborhood hangout to refresh and relax.
Tanner, co-owner of EZ’s, says the casual bar will serve well-made cocktails, draft beer and cocktails, frozen drinks and a selection of wines to accommodate those next door. But some of the offerings, like buckets of beer, will be simple, and with more freezer space, drinks will be cold – served in frozen mugs and glassware.
“Our big thing is frozen drinks for a very, very hot city,” says Tanner, who previously worked at Anvil Bar & Refuge and Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirits Lounge.
The inspiration for the bar came from a conversation Tanner had with co-owners Morgan Weber, Ryan Pera and Vincent Huynh about their favorite bars.
“We came to an agreement that we really wanted to open this neighborhood bar that made great cocktails and give our opinion on every dive bar we liked to go to,” Tanner said. The name is a play on the name of the Texas town of Ezzell — a town Yoakum native Weber frequented for his bar scene.
Two and a half years later, the bar is coming to fruition with plans to later offer inventive takes on popular but classic bar fare like Frito pies, fries and dips and wagyu hot dogs.
Tanner calls EZ Liquor Lounge will be an affordable and accessible bar with vintage decor, woodwork and signs that all feel nostalgic and familiar.
“He’s going to feel very comfortable and lived in from day one,” Tanner says. “My goal is to make EZ the place people stop on Thanksgiving night.”