WALK INTO ANY MONTROSE DIVE BAR, and it won’t be long until someone launches into a rant about how the neighborhood isn’t as quirky, artistic, or gay as it used to be. They’re not entirely wrong—LGBT nightlife mainstays like Chances and Mary’s have given way to a beer hall and a coffee shop, respectively, and Montrose isn’t the only spot in the city where the artistically inclined reside these days.
But the neighborhood still has character to spare, and people still flock here, drawn by the famed Menil Collection, the slew of noted art galleries, and beloved dining and drinking establishments such as Uchi, Anvil, One Fifth, and Common Bond.
The housing stock is equally varied, with the classic Montrose garage apartment remaining a solid (if increasingly elusive) option, although there are plentiful historic duplexes and fourplexes scattered amid the encroaching townhouses and McMansions. If you’re willing to welcome a yuppie or two into the mosaic, the neighborhood is arguably more eclectic than ever.