Category: Nightlife

The New Happy Hour

Happy hour serves two functions in Houston: an excuse to socialize with friends and something to do while waiting for the traffic to clear out. There is definitely some comfort in visiting the same places over and over again. But sometimes, you want to try something new. Our favorite, CultureMap Houston, recently published an exciting [...]

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The 5 Best Things about Working in Downtown

Downtown is the center of business in Houston and it has a complex infrastructure to support the influx of people who work there every day. Some say it’s a ghost town after 5 o’clock, but downtown has lots of assets we’re all too quick to forget. Those who work in downtown are in on some [...]

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Halloween is here! (Almost)

Years ago, there was only one way to celebrate Halloween in Houston: Fright Fest at Astroworld. Well, those days are long gone. But you still have plenty of options if you’d like to get more than one wear out of your homemade costume: Scream on the Green Discovery Green steps up yet again to provide [...]

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The West Alabama Ice House

New clubs and bars open in Houston every month. Each one comes up with a new theme, a menu of $14 drinks and lofty appetizers, and hopes for the best. Some of them make it. Most of them don’t. At least not for eighty years, like the treasured West Alabama Ice House. The Ice House’s [...]

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Trick or Treat Time!

There are many advantages to being a grown-up. No curfews, for one. But every year since I became too old to go house to house on Halloween night, I’ve missed the cool fall weather, the thrill of getting Reese’s instead of Smarties, and dressing up as something genuinely awesome, like a fried egg. In the [...]

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Southern Gothic in Downtown Houston

It’s Halloween year round at La Carafe in Downtown. This historic building-turned-neighborhood bar is one of the most-loved night spots in the entire city as well as a museum piece with a pinch of the supernatural. If you want a comfortable, casual place with great beer and wine, better service, and loads of atmosphere and [...]

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Nouveau Antique Art Bar: Not Your Nana’s Watering Hole

If you’re getting a little weary of the pointy furniture and slick surfaces of too many “trendy” urban clubs and bars, there’s a solution in Midtown. Everyone needs an elegant, sophisticated, but welcoming default night spot that doesn’t try too hard to be cool. Nouveau Antique Art Bar in Midtown might just be the place. [...]

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The Red Room: It Really is Red

If you think you’ve been to all the cool bars in Houston, believe me, you haven’t. Just when I think I’ve seen it all, I stumble across another night spot that literally takes my breath away. And the Red Room in River Oaks is no exception. Tucked away and surrounded by offices and shops that [...]

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Ten More Reasons to Love Houston, Y’all

(As promised!) So it’s another Friday night in Houston and there really are at least ten more things to love about this city. For example: 1. Everybody says “Y’all,” even the oil execs. Okay, maybe they don’t. But I’m guessing they do. 2. Architecture. Houston is known for its skyline and neck-breaking high rises, such [...]

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Benjys on Washington

No, not the 80′s TV show about a scruffy, heroic dog. There’s nothing scruffy about this place. Benjy’s has been a major contender in the Houston food scene ever since the original location opened in the Village several years ago. Houston diners loved the modern yet warm interiors, unbeatable happy hour specials, and the top [...]

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