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New Club & Pub Report: Big Ben Tavern

Jan 07, 2011 02:59PM ● By SCENE MAGAZINE STAFF

BIG BEN TAVERN:  20237 Gulf Freeway (Webster) • 281-332-9820 Facebook: SCENE | Big Ben

In London, there is a clock tower named “Big Ben” and it’s famous for its reliability. In Webster, there is a new place to go hang out and its name is “Big Ben Tavern.” Big Ben Tavern is going to become famous for its atmosphere, customer service and British comfort food.

Yes, I did say “British” comfort food. Think Shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and Scotch eggs. Are you hungry yet? I thought so. Big Ben Tavern also has the other food groups like burgers and pizza, too. Another cool thing about the kitchen is that it’s open late for the industry folk.

You will need something to wash the comfort food down obviously, so Big Ben Tavern offers 20 beers on tap. The imported selection is large and unique. Of course, wine and spirits are available as well. There are happy hour specials on every day that ends with a “y” from 4 to 7 p.m.

Even though the tavern just opened at the end of December, it’s quickly becoming “the” neighborhood pub. There is never a cover charge and the atmosphere is overall casual. Crossing through the entry are families, the “loose tie after work” crowd, those with business lunches and date dinners. People like you and me, really.

All the UFC fights and sports games will be shown on over two dozen large screen TVs. Want to play pool and watch the game? Check. Want to play pinball or Golden Tee and watch the fight? Check. Check. Wi-Fi is available for your convenience. Outside seating on the deck is plentiful and there is even a large sandbox for the little kids and the big kids. You know who you are!

Check out the jukebox while you are there. Live music will be planned in conjunction with special events and a DJ is forthcoming. Speaking of special events, the decor is festive so Big Ben Tavern welcomes large groups and birthday parties! The staff can handle it. They are friendly, attractive and customer-service oriented.

“The bottom line is that Big Ben Tavern wants to become a part of the Bay Area,” says Oneil, one of the tavern’s owners and general managers.

When you stop in, make sure you say hello to Oneil and let him know you read about them in The SCENE. Because if you do, there is a very good chance your first round of beer is on HIM.

Big Ben Tavern is located at 20237 Gulf Freeway South. Their phone number is 281-332-9820. The hours are 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. seven days a week. Become a fan on Facebook ( to keep up with “Fan Only” parties and specials.