WHY HERE: While it looks like you are walking up the steps to your neighbor's house, the white wooden porch actually leads to a quaint bar filled with cocktail-loving locals. The bar specializes in whiskey, and more than 50 premium bottles grace the menu. WHY NOW: The South tends to exude hospitality, and this friendly spot is no exception. The historic house The Blackheart operates in was built in 1889, and somehow the century-plus of life that has gone through those rooms adds to the comforting embrace you get with each drink. Take your beverage outside to the porch, and enjoy a cigar or simply relax in the thick Texas air.