Holiday your heart out with lights, SIGHTS and SWEET SURPRISES
Thanks for the countless incredible memories we've made in the heart of our wild, wonderful city. Nothing could stop the innovative spirit that lives in every historic building and high rise. Our persistent joy and unique brand of pride kept us together when we were far apart. Downtown Houstonians didn't just work hard this year — we worked together, lifting as we climbed to new heights.
The stadiums roared back to life. Across the Theater District, curtains started rising. The bayou sang with local music, live shows and art exhibits. Old spaces became venue-garden-eatery-oﬃce hubs. Now, our ovens are heating up for big things on the horizon in local kitchens. Every artist and entrepreneur in our 1.84 square miles is chasing their dreams. Our neighborhood is bouncing back stronger than ever before, all thanks to you. That’s the power of our one-of-a-kind community. When we look back at 2021, we see a success story that we wrote together. Because together, We Are Downtown.
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WINTER 2021–22 VOL. 14, NO. 1
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03 PERFECT PICKS When you’ve exhausted all the conventional gift-giving ideas, why not try a Downtown holiday shopping spree? Houstoncentric treasures, quirky lifestyle products, even a custom tattoo, can all be found at these uniquely HTown proprietors.
05 YUMMY! Phoenicia Specialty Foods remains the premier spot for international gourmet foods. We never tire of wandering the aisles in search of unique items. No matter your culinary need, you can find it at Phoenicia. BY LAUREN MCDOWELL
11 HOTEL FOR THE HOLIDAYS With support from:
Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or ensuring the perfect spot for visiting family, the right hotel makes all the difference—especially at this time of year. We’ve gathered all the best deals, seasonal activities and sparkly decorations in one spot to make life a little easier for you and your guests!
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If you’re looking for it, we’ve got it! Your holiday calendar is here. From the perfect spot for gazing at twinkling decorations to classic performances like A Christmas Carol, you’ll find everything you need to ensure a festive season of celebration.
Pastry perfection and more! Common Bond is known for their delicious baked goods. Now diners can also enjoy fullservice, French-inspired fare in their new Downtown location. BY SHELBY ROTH
Fa, la, la, la, la! Ready for the holidays? Heck yeah! After nearly two years of virtual meetings, zoom gatherings and postponed events, we are more than ready to celebrate together! That’s why as we were planning for this winter issue, we knew that we needed to focus on the season. Do you have family traveling to Houston? Our hotel guide starting on page 11 will help you plan the perfect visit (or staycation for yourself!). Need help with the perfect gift for your BFF? Check out our holiday gift guide on page 3 or our WE ARE MORE THAN feature on Phoenicia Specialty Foods READY TO CELEBRATE starting on page 5. TOGETHER! Of course we’ve filled what is normally our datebook with every seasonal celebration we could find. Whether you’re hoping to find a perfectly decorated spot for a selfie (we’re looking at you Mistletoe on the Go!); a return to old favorites like the annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade; or a new tradition like our Thing-A-Ma-Jingle on Main Street, we’ve got everything you could possibly need to get in the holiday mood starting on page 16. Be sure to visit us online at downtownhouston.org, where we always keep you up to date on what’s happening. And thank you for reading downtown!
Angie Bertinot DIRECTOR OF MARKETING DOWNTOWN DISTRICT
ON THE COVER Common Bond's macarons are sheer perfection and the ideal gift (or treat for yourself)!
Photo by Morris Malakoff
If you’re looking for an offbeat or unconventional gift, look no further! Downtown is the perfect place to find an unexpected holiday treasure for the friend or loved one who has just about everything.
McCoy’s Fine Cigars A Downtown staple since 1993, you’ll find a a variety of cigars and accessories such as Arturo Fuente, Oliva, Montecristo and much more. What we love most about McCoy’s, though, are the people. Sit down and chill in one of their comfy leather chairs, chat up a local, or get the latest sports stats.
R. Rose Clothier HOT TIP For a nominal cost, you can snag a discarded cigar box, which makes an unexpected gift itself. Use one to present the perfect present or keep it for yourself to hide your favorite keepsakes. We bought three and are going back for more!
This menswear gem tucked away in an office skyscraper has everything necessary to go from the boardroom to a weekend getaway. Bob Rose (owner) is quite the colorful character and has an amazing collection of sports memorabilia and stories.
HOT TIP While you’re there grab a specialty coffee. Or a tattoo. Yup, a tattoo. You’ll find the by-appointment-only studio It Always Hurts right there in the back of the store. Vito Torres is the artist-in-residence, and he also invites guest tattoo artists. They are typically booked two to three months in advance so contact them via IG @italwayshurtstattoo for their next availability. 214 TRAVIS
The Tipping Point
Locally owned and operated, this lifestyle store has been carefully curating its products since 2007. You’ll find an eclectic mix of reused and vintage gems such as T-shirts, letterman jackets, high tops and albums. Be sure to follow their social media, as they’re always hosting cool pop-ups.
WHAT'S COOKING? Celebrate Houston’s diverse foodie scene with a cookbook by one of our amazing Downtown chefs. We recommend Hugo Ortega’s (Xochi, 1777 Walker) Street Food of Mexico, Chris Shepherd’s (Georgia James Tavern, 737 Preston) Cook Like A Local or Recipes From A Home Cook by Christina Ha (The Blind Goat at Bravery Chef Hall, 409 Travis).
Houston Welcome Center
Looking for a Houston-centric tchotchke? Look no further than the George R. Brown Convention Center. Whether it’s an Htown hoodie, a boot-shaped shot glass or the definitive Texas condiment, they’ve got you covered. 1001 AVENDIA DE LAS AMERICAS
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It’s no secret that Phoenicia is the city’s go-to spot for a dizzying array of gourmet international foods and hard-to-find ingredients.
by Lauren McDowell
Every trip to the two-story location at 1001 Austin Street yields new discoveries and culinary possibilities, and that’s never been more needed than this holiday season when families and friends are ready to celebrate together with renewed excitement. Whether you’re stuffing stockings or simply stuffing your guests, there’s a lot to love about the offerings at the impressive Downtown emporium. Phoenicia’s second-generation owners, siblings Haig and Ann-Marie Tcholakian, work together to present lots of products year-round, but the holidays are particularly ripe for new and unique products. With the help of Ann-Marie, who oversees buying plus creative and retail operations, and Haig, who heads up wine, beer, and Phoenicia’s social media/PR, this guide will give you plenty of ideas for celebrating the holidays in style.
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Housemade honey pepper goat cheese
This soft and spreadable favorite marries slightly sweet honey with a touch of pepper for a little kick. The Tcholakians suggest serving it on Phoenicia’s homemade Madnakash bread, along with Cortas baked fig preserves from Lebanon.
These spice-covered cheese balls originate in Syria and are difficult to source outside of the Middle East. When they couldn’t be sourced on the market, Phoenicia did the next best thing: started making them in-house. A mixture of double cream feta and Gorgonzola cheese is rolled into balls, then covered with oregano, zaatar, and Aleppo pepper. The balls are then aged for several days to harden prior to packing for shelves.
This cured pork sausage’s vibrant red color comes from the paprika used in the spice mix. The end result is a smoky, slightly spicy and sweet flavor that pairs wonderfully with cheeses like Queso Iberico, olives, or crunchy Marcona almonds. Basterma
This delicious sausage can be found in several countries, but it’s thought to have originated in Armenia. To make the sausage, artisans take beef and cure it with fenugreek, paprika, and other spices, then hang it to age. It’s best served thinly sliced, and paired with Armenian string cheese and Phoenicia’s fresh pita bread. For a taste of this favorite pairing, head to MKT BAR and order the charcuterie board.
Coarse pepper coats this Italian classic, which adds textural interest to the spicy pop of black pepper. Not only does this fly from a charcuterie board and pair well with cheese, it also spices up any sandwich, which makes it a must for all those holiday leftovers. It’s such a crowd-pleaser that it’s also served on the MKT BAR charcuterie board.
This cheese from central Spain is less well-known than its Spanish counterpart, Manchego, but no less delicious. Made from a blend of goat, cow, and sheep’s milk, the flavor is a combination of nutty, fruity, and floral. Often a centerpiece of Spanish tapas, it’s outstanding with Mediterranean pairings like olives and fruit jam. This cheese from Egypt is made from full cream cow’s milk, in a style that’s reminiscent of Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano. Like its Italian counterparts, it’s especially good when paired with sweet dried fruits and nuts.
Cheese and charcuterie boards are an excellent way to feed (and impress) holiday guests. From the board itself to the condiments and accoutrements, Phoenicia is a one-stop shop. This lavish spread is just one example of the many combinations available.
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NUTS AND SPREADS Fresh green walnuts
This sweet treat is a delicacy that makes an excellent accompaniment for salty cheeses. Young, still-green walnuts are placed into a sugar syrup, and over time the fresh nuts soften and turn a dark mahogany brown. The rich, datelike flavor of the final product can be tasted in the walnuts and the syrup, which also makes a great ice cream topping.
Known as the “queen of almonds,” these Spanish salted almonds are sweeter, softer, and more buttery than their California counterparts. They are a guest favorite on their own but also make a great addition to any cheese plate and a glass of wine. Rose petal jam
Fruit isn’t the only thing that makes a wonderful jam. Rose petals offer a soft floral flavor that makes a great counterpoint to stronger flavored cheeses on a crisp cracker. The jam’s beautiful pink coloring also lends a festive feel to a spread.
One housemade specialty that should always make its way into the shopping cart at Phoenicia is halva. Made of sesame seed paste—also known as tahini—Haig likens this delight to a dense, crumbly Middle Eastern cotton candy. Pistachio and chocolate (or marble) represent two amazing traditional flavors that are house favorites. Haig suggests scooping these up in a hot and fresh pita with coffee or tea. Pajama Sweets pistachio brittle
Within this eye-catching tin, you’ll find beautiful cardamom and saffron-infused pistachio brittle from a Dallas-based company. The brittle makes a delicious and unique gift, especially when paired with a nice bottle of wine.
You’ll find a variety on Phoenicia’s shelves, but if you can only choose one to sample this holiday season, buy the Zahra Lebanese black and green olive mix marinated in thyme, lemon, and roasted red pepper chunks. Zaatar seasoning
Don’t leave without this tangy and smoky seasoning mix of thyme and sesame. In addition to adding to olive oil, Haig recommends sprinkling on labne (kefir cheese spread) and drizzling with olive oil to top it off. To dip, a fresh-cut baguette is the perfect vehicle.
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Keush Origins Brut
Delicate bubbles, traditionally made in the Champagne method in Armenia. A delightful aperitif or pairing with holiday spreads. Great wine and conversation starter.
Domaine de La Bastide Cotes du Rhone Rosé
Delicious, complex rosé that has plenty of fruit to match with turkey or glazed ham.
STOCKING STUFFERS AND GOURMET GIFTS The Tcholakians recommend these thoughtful gifts when you’re on the hunt for stocking stuffers, holiday party offerings, and shareable office treats.
Whether you’re toasting, sipping, or pairing with food, good wine can make any gathering happy and bright. Check out these picks from Haig, who curates the beer and wine selection at Phoenicia and MKT BAR.
Chateau Bel-Air Pomerol
Angelo Negro Bianco Unfiltered
Wine buyer’s favorite region of Bordeaux, France. This region offers some of the most elegant wines for reasonable prices. Soft enough for the pinot lover, but hearty enough for those who like more complex wines.
A favorite boutique white from Piedmont, Italy. Uniquely, unfiltered with plenty of fruit, stone, and mineral touches to make white wine drinkers smile at your holiday party.
Wonderful, smooth red that is a perfect sub for Pinot Noir, often served with those big holiday birds. Spice up the season with something different!
Ticket hot chocolate on a stick
Phoenicia mixed baklava gift box
SRSLY chocolate, cranberry orange, Party! (vanilla, white chocolate)
Vergani nougats – cappuccino, lemon & orange, almond
Assorted Christmas-themed cooking goodies
Phoenicia nougat gift box – apricot and pistachio-filled
Prairie Artisan Ales Christmas Bomb! Stout Roots extra virgin olive oil
Bodegas Marta Mate “El Holgazan” Tempranillo
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Even those who find it hard to get into the holiday spirit can appreciate that part of the season’s magic comes from special items that are only available between November and January. Phoenicia’s international smorgasbord makes it easy to travel the globe by taste, if not by plane ticket. These items are only available for a limited time, so don’t miss out.
Buffalo Bayou German Chocolate Cake stout from Houston
Kuchenmeister classic stolen cake from Germany
From the local brewers at Buffalo Bayou, this stout takes the flavors of German chocolate cake and distills them into a hearty, malty dark beer.
This classic Christmas cake from Germany features raisins and orange peels. Serve plain or with a generous dab of butter.
Hammond’s classic fantastic candies from Colorado Schluckwerder marzipan covered in chocolate from Germany
Sweetened almond paste and milk chocolate create a chewy, sweet snack.
These holiday classics from the Hammond’s family include mini ribbons candy, art candy, and peppermint straws. The colorful tin makes this a great gift, whether it’s for yourself or someone else.
Reber Mozart kugeln
Mixed nuts in chocolate from Germany.
La Florentine almond bar from Italy
This traditional Italian nougat bar is made with crunchy almonds, golden honey, pure cane sugar, and fluffy egg whites. Bauducco classic mini panettone from Brazil
Candied fruit and raisins dot this airy, moist cake made in the Italian tradition by the Bauducco family in Brazil. Fresh seasonal chestnuts
Roast them on an open fire, in the oven, or on your grill.
Butlers Christmas fudge from Ireland
The flavors of a Christmas pudding are distilled into this raisin-studded fudge from Ireland, packed in a festive red box, and all tied up with a ribbon.
Zaitoune Sweets mixed baklava from Turkey
Keyifce Antep Fistikli pistachio, date molasses rolls from Turkey
A variety of the sweet and crispy desserts Turkey made famous, in one lovely gifting box.
These sweet, Turkish rolls represent a thinner version of Turkish delight, with pistachio and date fillings, respectively.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF US AT GREENSTREET
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HOUSTON HOTELS Celebrate THE HOLIDAYS Whether traveling from out of town or embarking on a family staycation, there’s no place like a hotel for the holidays! Downtown visitors have a variety of lodging options ranging from world-class luxury to cozy and historic.
Ooh, la la at Le Méridien 112 1 WA L K E R At Le Méridien, guests enjoy an elegant, sophisticated atmosphere accompanied by room views that overlook the city. Starting Thanksgiving weekend, the first floor and public areas are dressed for the holiday season. Housed within Houston's first skyscraper, Le Méridien blends contemporary styles with touches of Southern hospitality, a style that carries through in its holiday decor. ZUTRO Restaurant and Lounge is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m., including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Both ZUTRO and Z on 23 rooftop lounge offer special craft cocktails throughout the holiday season starting Nov. 1. And did we mention pumpkin spice lattes and peppermint mochas are available at their Illy coffee bar?
Celebrate in style and enjoy the art of entertaining in the heart of Houston with a La Fête by Le Méridien exclusive offer. The package includes a deluxe guest room, daily breakfast for two at ZUTRO, and one seasonal cocktail per person at ZUTRO. The offer begins Nov. 1 and is available online at lemeridienhoustondowntown.com using the promo code: HOL.
STAFF PICK Stop by to sample ZUTRO Restaurant and Lounge’s Chef’s Choice nightly specials, including craft cocktails and holiday-themed appetizers.
DID YOU KNOW...? The building at 1121 Walker is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It claims the title of Houston's oldest skyscraper with modern architectural attributes. The 21-story building was constructed in 1952 as the Melrose Building and in 2015 was rescued and redeveloped into Le Méridien. The developer sought to restore its original 1950s vibrancy.
Hang Your Hat at Hotel Icon 220 MAIN Hotel Icon, a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel, has stunning holiday decor planned for this winter season. A brand new, 14-foot, LED-lit tree will be the focal point of the hotel’s opulent lobby. A nod to its first life as the Union National Bank of Houston built in 1911, Hotel Icon still prominently features the bank's original vault in its lobby. Also notable is the in-depth period detail and impressive architectural features, including Grecian columns and a likeness of the Greek god Hermes. With its historic exterior and classic-contemporary finishings, the hotel boasts blue-chip hospitality and offers 135 guest rooms styled with a blend of local charm and upscale glamour. Hotel Icon’s restaurant Line & Lariat is led by head Chef Laura Trigo and is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The wrap-around L&L Bar is located in the center of the hotel’s
historic lobby and serves regional draught beers, an extensive wine list and a mixologist curated house cocktail list. Guests can also enjoy room service, 6 a.m.–11 p.m. daily.
Hotel Icon borders Downtown’s historic Market Square Park and offers nine signature penthouse suites, including a two-story presidential suite— the only triplex suite in Houston.
STAFF PICK Hotel Icon is the place to be for annual executive holiday parties! Also, guests should be sure to check out the hotel’s Beauty and Beyond Spa which offers massages, facials and relaxation packages.
Tis the season
The hotel is offering a limited-time ‘Tis The Season package, which includes parking, one ticket to the ice skating rink at Discovery Green, and a holiday treat upon check-in. Use the promo code: P9.
Winter WOW at Hilton Americas 1600 L A M A R The chic holiday decor at Hilton Americas is sure to dazzle, with more than 80,000 sparkling lights and 14-foot champagne trees illuminated with 10,000 to 15,000 mini lights. Festive wreaths adorn the windows and lit garland arrangements line the registration desks. The ambience is complete with cheerful holiday music welcoming guests into the warm glow of the lobby. Holiday hotel guests can dine at four on-site restaurants and eateries: 1600 Bar + Grille, Lobby Bar, Pappasito’s Cantina, and Starbucks. Hilton Americas offers a special Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as a prefixe dinner on Christmas Eve, pre-fixe breakfast on Christmas Day, and pre-fixe dinner for New Year’s Eve. To top it off, beginning Dec. 4, every Saturday and Sunday in December families can enjoy Breakfast with Santa at 1600 Bar + Grille from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are available via OpenTable.
HANUKKAH IN HOUSTON The hotel celebrates Hanukkah from Nov. 28 to Dec. 6 with the lighting of a menorah in the main lobby area. A CHOCOLATE-LOVER’S DREAM Hilton Americas’ iconic chocolate display is back and better than ever. This year’s theme is the classic Nutcracker. The chocolate scene depicts the young girl, Clara, befriending a heroic nutcracker who comes to life on Christmas Eve and battles the evil Mouse King.
WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN...CHOCOLATE! The massive display at Hilton Americas uses a whopping 1,350 pounds of dark chocolate, 850 pounds of white chocolate, 700 pounds of gingerbread, 560 whole eggs, 500 pounds of butter and 350 pounds of icing. Talk about a Texas-sized masterpiece! The entirely edible display weighs in at over two tons of chocolate—that’s around 6.5 million calories. Pastry Chef Mahesh Weerasinghe and his pastry team, along with the hotel’s property management and operations team, plan to log over 2,500 hours creating this holiday pièce de résistance.
STAFF PICK Be sure to take a dip in Hilton America’s world-class indoor infinity pool with breathtaking city views from the 23rd floor.
Arts & Culture at the Lancaster Hotel
A PIECE OF HOUSTON HISTORY This lavish-but-intimate two-story hotel includes just 93 rooms with nine suites, and is the longest continually operated hotel in Houston. It was added as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1984 and was known formerly as the Auditorium Hotel in reference to its location in the Theater District. It was designed by architect Joseph Finger, who also designed Houston’s City Hall.
701 T E X A S Celebrating its 95th anniversary, the Lancaster Hotel opened in November of 1926 and welcomes guests to charming upscale suites overlooking the Theater District and the Downtown Aquarium. Frequently hosting professional groups on tour at the Alley Theatre, Wortham Center, and Jones Hall, this ‘20s era boutique hotel is styled with an impressive contemporary art collection including more than 200 pieces from Texas artists. This year, the hotel has nine-foot holiday trees staged above the front entrance, flanked by wreaths installed over the lobby windows facing Texas and Louisiana streets. Inside the lobby, Lancaster Hotel visitors enjoy decorated trees and festive music throughout the season to get into the holiday spirit. The Lancaster’s restaurant, Cultivated F+B, is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and offers lunch and dinner specials. The restaurant will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, however it remains open on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Hotel guests will still be served a complimentary breakfast on the mezzanine when the restaurant is closed.
STAFF PICK Don’t skip the weekend brunch menu, available every Saturday and Sunday. It’s a real treat.
This season guests receive a special holiday package that includes a hot toddy kit, a decorative stocking filled with candy, and festive-flavored Nespresso pods. Book directly at thelancaster.com to receive 15 percent off of in-restaurant food and beverage purchases throughout your stay.
Festive Fun at Marriott Marquis 1 7 7 7 WA L K E R
Best rates of the season Book your holiday getaway in advance for the best rates of the season plus access to our exclusive Texas Winter Lights event at Altitude Rooftop & Pool. Book online at MarriottMarquisHouston.com with promo code: HOL.
STAFF PICK During December, Marriott Marquis invites guests to cozy up with a nostalgic holidaythemed movie every Thursday evening (showings at 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.). 14
Texas Winter Lights at Marriott Marquis is back for the second year in a row, open from Nov. 11 until Jan. 3. This interactive light experience takes place nightly at Altitude Rooftop & Pool on the 6th floor from 5–10 p.m. Guests are invited to explore light displays, walk-through experiences, and endless selfie stations under a dusting of artificial snowfall—all poolside, because, this is Texas. (Don’t worry, the hotel keeps the lazy river heated to a toasty 80 degrees all winter long.) High Dive, Marriott Marquis’ poolside bar and grill, offers a special menu for Texas Winter Lights, including a variety of shareable favorites
and an assortment of unique desserts. High Dive also serves signature cocktails and has partnered with the local roasters at Greenway Coffee to create the specialty blend featured in their Irish coffee. Cueva, the hotel’s lobby bar, features classic cocktails with a winter flair—all your favorites with a fun holiday twist. Meanwhile, Walker Street Kitchen offers flavored mimosas, Irish coffees, and spicy Bloody Marys for breakfast and brunch.
SEE THE SIGHTS AT TEXAS WINTER LIGHTS Marriott Marquis’ must-see holiday activations plus its iconic pool deck and Texasshaped lazy river will give your Instagram feed FOMO. Thanks to more than 20 new social media-worthy elements, guests can enjoy festive photo-ops as they walk under the lights, through the grove of trees, among the archway of lanterns and more. Follow @themarquishou for highlights of new programming and festive experiences, and be sure to tag the hotel in your photos!
All wrapped up
This package includes overnight accommodation, a holiday-inspired welcome cocktail, chauffeured car service to nearby shopping, gift wrapping services and a $50 FedEx credit to ship packages.
The perfect night out on the town—overnight accommodation with in-room champagne, two orchestra seat tickets to The Nutcracker by the Houston Ballet, pre- or post-ballet dinner at Rosalie, plus chauffeured car service to Wortham Center.
Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus
The hotel is welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 9–11 a.m. for photos and a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Afterward, enjoy breakfast with the family including a hot cocoa station and mimosas for Mom and Dad. The C. Baldwin culinary team will also have a cookie decorating session for guests.
Celebrate the Season at C. Baldwin Hotel 4 00 D A L L A S Winner of CVENT’s Best Hotel Renovation 2020 and Houston Business Journal’s Landmark Award 2020, the C. Baldwin Hotel is housed in Allen Center. Its holiday décor is crisp and classic, accompanied by a full slate of seasonal offerings. Reopening after an 18-month closure, C. Baldwin’s restaurant, Rosalie Italian Soul, is thrilled for guests to dive into new holiday
offerings. They’ll be serving festive libations like Naughty or Spiced, Mrs. Claus's Cosmo, Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer and Santa-gria Brandy. Rosalie offers a special Thanksgiving menu on Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Nov. 26 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. The restaurant also offers a New Year's Eve menu on Dec. 31 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests can keep the party going at the Lobby Bar, open until 1 a.m. with a live DJ.
WHAT’S IN A NAME? The C. Baldwin Hotel is named after Charlotte Baldwin, a.k.a. the Mother of Houston. Baldwin was the wife of Augustus Chapman Allen—one of the Allen Brothers who founded Houston. But it was Baldwin’s inheritance money that was used to finance the whole endeavor. At the time she received little credit or recognition for the large role she played in Houston’s origins. Allen died on Aug. 3, 1895 at the age of 90 and is buried in Houston. In 2009, the Texas State Historical Association commemorated her grave site with a historical plaque.
HOliDAY GUIDE The holidays are here and it’s time to Unwrap Downtown and celebrate a little more merrily than you ever have before. Explore Downtown’s lights and sights, snuggle up with your special-someone under Texas’s biggest mistletoe ball, take a twirl on The Ice at Discovery Green and eat, drink and cheers to your hearts content.
CITY LIGHTS AT AVENIDA
LIGHTS & sights WINTER WANDERLAND ON BAGBY STREET
CITY LIGHTS AT AVENIDA HOUSTON
Discover the magic of the season by embarking on a festive adventure under the stars and lights. You won’t want to miss Houston’s newest holiday destination, a series of unique illuminated attractions along Bagby Street from Lamar to Franklin—over 100,000 twinkling LED lights! Signature elements include giant angel wings on the side of the Central Library, constellation arches at Sam Houston Park, an 80-foot light tunnel across from Hobby Center and more! downtownhouston.org
What better way to kick off your holiday season than with the lights and trees of City Lights at Avenida Houston? You'll find that and much more at the George R. Brown Convention Center in the Avenida Entertainment District. Houston First is again partnering with Alley Theatre to display Deck the Trees, their designer-decorated signature trees in the grand holiday window of the convention center. avenidahouston.com
MAIN STREET LIGHTS
Stand beneath the towering holiday tree at City Hall (tree will be lit on Dec. 4)! Glowing with energy-efficient LED lights, shimmering ornaments and a stunning star topper, the tree lights up the streets of Downtown Houston year after year. City Hall/Hermann Square. 901 Bagby. houstontx.gov
Stroll along Main Street and take in the twinkling lights that bring the holiday spirit to Downtown! From the larger-than-life “NOEL” at Main Street Square to the sparkling trees and banners guiding you from Dallas to Commerce through the Historic District, there’s no place like Downtown Houston for the holidays. downtownhouston.org
HOLIDAY TREE AT CITY HALL
TEXAS WINTER LIGHTS The Marriott Marquis Houston presents a new poolside tradition with their annual Texas Winter Lights Event, an interactive walk-through or floatunder light experience available on the 60,000 square-foot Altitude Rooftop & Pool. Every night the hotel’s iconic Texas-shaped lazy river will be surrounded by Insta-worthy light displays, providing an interactive experience 110-feet above street level, complete with stunning views of the Downtown Houston skyline. General admission tickets required. Marriott Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker. marriottmarquishouston.com
THURSDAY NIGHT DIVE-IN MOVIES Cozy up near the fire pit with a cocktail and popcorn and enjoy holiday movie favorites poolside every Thursday night. Two showings each night at approximately 6:20 pm and 8:10 pm. 11/11 Elf 11/18 A Christmas Story 11/25 The Last Holiday 12/2 Last Christmas 12/9 Four Christmases Photo by Morris Malakoff
12/16 Scrooge 12/20 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 12/21 The Santa Clause
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NUTCRACKER CHOCOLATE DISPLAY Hilton Americas—Houston’s iconic lobby chocolate display is back this year with a Nutcracker theme. Their pastry chefs will build a chocolaty scene depicting a girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve and wages a battle against the evil Mouse King. Free. Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar americashouston.hilton.com
NUTCRACKER CHOCOLATE DISPLAY
THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
72ND ANNUAL H-E-B THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
THING-A-MA-JINGLE ON MAIN STREET
Nov 25 The Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade is a 72-year-old holiday tradition showcasing the Houston community and entertaining thousands of paradegoers who line the streets on Thanksgiving morning. Decorative floats, talented marching bands, high-flying balloons and other uniquely artistic entries will take over Downtown for this special day of celebration. The parade route begins at Lamar and Smith. Free. 9 am. houstonthanksgivingparade.org
Nov 26 We’re shutting down Main Street for this new holiday tradition, which promises a night of gallivanting through Downtown Houston’s Historic District and beyond. The giant block party will feature a night market presented by HTX Boss Babes, carol-oke, art and art cars, a mechanical reindeer ride, photo ops with hipster Santa, lighting projections and much more. Eventgoers can enjoy food and drink specials and entertainment at neighborhood bars and restaurants. Recommended for ages 21+. Free. 5 pm–midnight (night market 5–10 pm). Main between Commerce and Rusk. downtownhouston.org
RELIANT LIGHTS MAYOR’S HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR
THING-A-MA-JINGLE ON MAIN STREET
Dec 4 This spectacular event is a holiday tradition of music, Santa, fireworks and family fun, leaving behind a towering holiday tree, glowing with lights, shimmering ornaments and a stunning star topper to light up the streets of Downtown Houston this holiday season. Free. 5–8 pm. City Hall, 901 Bagby. houstonspecialevents.org
Photo by Morris Malakoff
holiday fun ADULT GINGERBREAD HOUSE DECORATING HAPPY HOURS
UNCLE JUMBO MUSICIAN - FAMILY HOLIDAY SHOWS
Through Jan 31 A perfect way to let loose with friends, family or office mates. Book your time at MKT BAR ($55). Also, inquire about other custom private party options and take-home kits for kids and adults. MKT BAR at Phoenicia Foods, 1001 Austin, mktbar.com
Through Dec 18 Treat your squad to holiday brunch and enjoy a free groovacious holiday family performance by musician Uncle Jumbo. Saturdays. Free. MKT BAR at Phoenicia Foods, 1001 Austin. mktbar.com
YUMMY! KID’S GINGERBREAD COOKIE DECORATING CLASSES Dec 4, 11 & 18 Sprinkle the power of creative cheer into the holidays with a decorating class! As a special treat after each class, there is a brunch party and family entertainer. Uncle Jumbo will perform live to deck our holidays with more groove. The class runs approximately two hours and is geared to kids 4–10. If your child is older, give us a shout! Pre-order boxed cookie kits and virtual party options also available. Phoenicia Specialty Foods, 1001 Austin. mktbar.com
BUFFALO BAYOU CHRISTMAS CRUISES Dec 2, 4, 5, 11 & 12 Cruise Buffalo Bayou on a pontoon boat this holiday season. Enjoy festive boat lighting, holiday treats and time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Advance ticket purchase required; hours vary. Allen’s Landing, 1019 Commerce. buffalobayou.org
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT HILTON AMERICAS Dec 4–19 Enjoy a tasty breakfast with the big man himself! On weekends throughout December, bring your family to 1600 Bar + Grille to enjoy a delicious meal and personally give Santa your Christmas list! Enjoy cookie decorating, holiday décor around the hotel (including a life-size chocolate replica of the Nutcracker), and tons of holiday cheer! Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar. americashouston.hilton.com
FAMILY WINTER FESTIVAL
Dec 11 Don't miss Unsilent Night, a festive and interactive holiday event. Enjoy music, holiday treats, and nature. Buffalo Bayou Park, 1019 Commerce. buffalobayou.org
Dec 18 Let it snow! Join us for winter-themed crafts and activities, caroling, live reindeer photo op, and the man in the red suit! An interactive screening of the holiday classic Elf (PG) starts at 3 pm; the first 50 movie watchers will receive a bag of props for the film. Houston Public Library, 500 McKinney. houstonpubliclibrary.org
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM Dec 11, 18, 19, 22-24 Bring your family to the most wonderful breakfast buffet this holiday season. Get your picture taken with our Santa and keep a close eye on the aquarium tank; you may see him swimming with our fish! Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. downtownaquarium.com
CHRISTMAS CRAFT & SIP WITH PINSPIRATION AT MARKET SQUARE PARK
HAVE A NICE DAY MARKET Dec 5 Dine and shop for your holiday gift list at Houston’s newest market celebrating the city’s culture and diversity. Have a Nice Day is boasting a lineup of the hottest food pop ups, bakers and makers. Discover your new favorites and join us at GreenStreet for a day of music, shopping, and of course plenty of eating. Located on The Lawn and adjacent lobby. Noon–4 pm. Green Street, 1201 Fannin. haveanicedayhtx.com
Dec 16 Crafts, hot cocoa, rosé and sweet treats from Common Bond? Yes, please! Design your very own holiday craft at Market Square Park, led by our creative partners at Pinspiration. Tickets include two drinks of your choice, a holiday treat and a guided DIY crafting class. Advance ticket purchase required. 7 pm. 301 Milam. marketsquarepark.com
MOVIES AT MARKET SQUARE PARK: GREMLINS Dec 10 Join us for this campy holiday classic from 1984. Just remember—don’t get it wet, keep it away from light, and whatever you do, never, ever feed it after midnight. Grab your blanket or lawn chair and join us at Market Square Park under the stars! Free. 7 pm. 301 Milam. www.marketsquarepark.com
discovery green Discovery Green comes alive for the holidays for kids of all ages! 1500 McKinney. discoverygreen.com
GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY ICE AT DISCOVERY GREEN Nov 12 – Jan 30 Glide beneath the glittering lights of Downtown Houston while skating on Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green! It’s a magical winter tradition. Admission $15 + tax, skate rental included. Non-motorized wheelchairs are welcome. Sales support the Discovery Green Conservancy. The ice rink may be closed or delayed at times due to weather conditions. Mon–Thu, 5–10 pm, Fri 5–11 pm, Sat (and HISD school holidays) 11 am-11 pm, Sun 11 am–8 pm.
CHEAP SKATE NIGHT Mondays On select Mondays this winter, glide around Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green for just $8 + tax per person (includes skate rental.) 5–10 pm.
SKATING WITH THE STARS Tuesdays and Sundays On Select Tuesdays and Sundays, Houston’s top figure skaters perform demonstrations on Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green®. 7–7:15 pm.
CLUTCH CITY WEDNESDAYS Wednesdays Skate to music by Houston artists and wear any Houston sports team gear to receive $2 off admission. Discounted tickets must be purchased in-person. If the desired time is fully booked, there may be a wait. 5–10 pm.
SANTA AT THE GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY ICE Thursdays Children of all ages are invited to visit with Santa Claus and enjoy a night of ice skating and holiday bliss! 7–8 pm.
FLASHBACK FRIDAYS Fridays Whether you remember exactly where you were when you heard your favorite song or you are experiencing it all for the first time, DJ Mohawk Steve will connect you to the power of some of the greatest hits through time. 7–9 pm.
DANCE/SKATE PARTY SATURDAYS Saturdays Listen to the coolest pop hits by DJ Boris while skating on the ice. 7–9 pm.
FLEA BY NIGHT SPONSORED BY GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY Nov 20 & 27; Dec 11 & 18 Discovery Green helps Houstonians shop local at Flea by Night supported by Green Mountain Energy. Set in the park’s vibrant green space in the heart of Downtown and along Avenida de las Americas, Flea by Night is an open-air market featuring local artisans and small business. 6–10 pm.
BANK OF AMERICA SCREEN ON THE GREEN Thursdays Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and enjoy a family movie (including some holiday classics) under the stars in the city’s coolest park. Free. 7 pm. 12/2 A Christmas Carol 12/9 A Christmas Story 12/16 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 12/23 Elf 12/30 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
can’t miss art installations
CAROLS ON THE GREEN
MOSAIC OF LIGHT BY HYBYCOZO
Dec 11 The popular holiday sing-along event, Carols on the Green, by the Houston Grand Opera returns to Discovery Green. It just doesn’t feel like the holidays without gathering to celebrate in song. 7:30–8:30 pm.
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performing arts & concerts A CHRISTMAS CAROL Through Dec 29 Houston's seasonal favorite, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas returns this year with a re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic story, which follows Ebenzer Scrooge's journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Chistmas Eve. Alley Theater, 615 Texas. alleytheatre.org
THE NUTCRACKER Nov 26–Dec 22 Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker is a grand spectacle of opulence and one of the most splendid versions of this holiday classic ever staged. With hundreds of roles and a myriad of exquisite details, you can discover something new in every performance. Rejoice in the return of this time-honored tradition! Wortham Theater, 501 Texas. houstonballet.org
BOB SCHNEIDER & THE MOONLIGHT ORCHESTRA Nov 26 Start your holiday season this year at the beautiful Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center when the Mucky Duck presents Bob Schneider and his annual Moonlight Orchestra holiday show. Join Bob for a magical evening that will kick off your holidays in style. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite holiday standards, but don’t worry, you’ll also be dancing in your seats to Bob’s other hits! With special guest Lex Lund and other surprises! Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. hobbycenter.org
THE GRAND OL' CHRISTMAS SHOW Nov 27 Will Hearn’s Grand Ol’ Christmas Show is a raucous, rollicking, one-of-a-kind musical comedy featuring Americana standout, Blue Water Highway! A live retro radio show bringing sketch comedy antics and your all-time favorite Christmas classics to in a traditional Christmas eve broadcast at the 1225 N-O-E-L studios, led by Nick Brown’s Radio Orchestra and Gospel Singers, and the best entertainers in Texas. Made for music and comedy lovers from boomer to millennial this tribute to American Christmas traditions cleverly and progressively blurs the lines between heartfelt nostalgia, and contemporary pop-culture satire. Don’t miss this inspiring holiday program, come experience a tradition that gets better every year. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. hobbycenter.org
A LITTLE DAY MUSIC Dec 1 Enjoy a holiday jazz concert presented by The Jalen Baker Trio, a DACAMERA Young Artist Jazz Ensemble-in-Residence. Listen to the sounds of the vibraphone, bass and drums as you enjoy your lunch during this DACAMERA free signature program. Noon-1 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. dacamera.com
THE GRAND OL' CHRISTMAS SHOW
ARTISTS OF HOUSTON BALLET IN STANTON WELCH’S THE NUTCRACKER Photo by Amitava Sarkar (2019), Courtesy of Houston Ballet
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
TCHAIKOVSKY’S THE NUTCRACKER + GIL SHAHAM
MUSICAL TREATS FROM THE NUTCRACKER - FOR KIDS!
Dec 3–5 To celebrate the holidays, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the orchestra share music from Tchaikovsky’s iconic Nutcracker score. Experience the full sonic color and splendor of this treasured masterpiece as never before in this special performance featuring the entire Houston Symphony. Running the gamut from radiant lyricism to jaw-dropping fireworks, Barber’s Violin Concerto is one of the most beloved in the repertoire, and no one plays it better than international superstar Gil Shaham. Shaham also joins Principal Bass Robin Kesselman for the dazzling Gran Duo Concertante by double bass virtuoso Giovanni Bottesini. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org
Dec 4 The Symphony’s popular holiday family concert returns! Delight in the magic of the holiday season and treat your family to a morning of musical fun they’ll remember for years to come as Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada leads treasured selections from The Nutcracker, plus other holiday favorites. Presented in a casual, family-friendly setting, this 50-minute concert will have your little ones picturing sugar plums and sparkling snowflakes, and comes complete with fun interactive activities and a visit from Santa himself! Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org
COMPANY Dec 3–19 This hilarious Tony Award winning musical with a score by Stephen Sondheim surrounds confirmed bachelor Robert on and around his 35th birthday. Through a series of dinner parties, drinks, weddings, and dates, Robert weighs the pros and cons of staying single with his zany group of closest friends. Including beloved songs like Being Alive, Another Hundred People, The Ladies Who Lunch and Getting Married Today, and a sidesplitting book by George Furth. ART Factory, 1125 Providence. artfactoryhouston.com
KSBJ PRESENTS: FOR KING & COUNTRY’S A DRUMMER BOY CHRISTMAS Dec 4 Christmas has arrived … early! This winter, Grammy award-winning duo for King & Country will be embarking on a drummer boy Christmas. From holiday staple Little Drummer Boy to No. 1 smash God Only Knows, this concert event will feature Christmas classics and brand-new songs performed in the exuberant, high-energy fashion for which the duo has become known. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. toyotacenter.com
CHRIS MITCHELL PRESENTS: WHITE CHRISTMAS Dec 5 Grammy Recording Academy saxophonist Chris Mitchell delivers renditions of Christmas classics such as White Christmas and Let It Snow, along with fan favorites from all six of his albums. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. hobbycenter.org
FOR KING & COUNTRY'S A DRUMMER BOY CHRISTMAS
POTTED POTTER: THE UNAUTHORIZED HARRY EXPERIENCE - A PARODY BY DAN AND JEFF Dec 7–Jan 2 Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. It includes all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a firebreathing dragon, endless costumes, jokes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic plus lots of mayhem! Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org
THE LITTLE MERMAID Dec 7–24 Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this Broadway gem will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl and Part of Your World. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. tuts.com
THE SNOWY DAY Dec 9–19 Jack Keats’s award-winning, everpopular work from 1962, The Snowy Day, was the first mainstream children’s book to feature a Black boy as its protagonist. The story comes to life for the holidays in this anticipated Houston Grand Opera world premiere opera from the brilliant creative duo of composer Joel Thompson and librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney. $20–$210. Wortham Theater, 501 Texas. hgo.org
HANDEL'S MESSIAH Dec 10–12 The glorious holiday tradition of Handel’s Messiah returns! The Houston Symphony, chorus, and guest soloists fill Jones Hall with joyous refrains and exultant arias, including the iconic Hallelujah Chorus, in this moving and powerful presentation of the greatest story ever told. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org
VERY MERRY POPS
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Dec 12 The multi-platinum, progressive rock group return to the road to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their landmark album Christmas Eve and Other Stories! Certified three-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, Christmas Eve and Other Stories is one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time. Don’t miss this great holiday tradition this December! Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. toyotacenter.com
VERY MERRY POPS Dec 18–19 Gather with loved ones in a warm and cozy winter wonderland for a sleigh-full of holly, jolly musical cheer! Broadway’s Rodney Ingram (The Phantom of the Opera) joins the Symphony and Chorus for heartwarming favorites and treasured carols. Complete with sparkling decorations and a visit from Santa, there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit! Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org
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�A THE GUIDE TO EATING DOWNTOWN
PLEASE NOTE! Due to COVID-19, individual restaurants may have modified hours, service and menus. We recommend you check online before making plans.
These listings are not reviews but are a guide to Downtown dining spots. “Recommended” restaurants are selected by downtown editors and are based on food quality, menu selection, service, ambiance and value.
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For a searchable database of downtown Houston restaurants by cuisine, location and price, visit downtownhouston.org and click on Guide. 1600 Bar + Grille American Located on the lobby-level of the Hilton Americas–Houston hotel, 1600 Bar + Grille brings farm-fresh ingredients to the menu for a justpicked flavor. Featuring locally-sourced seasonal fresh produce, plus Certified Angus Beef and Gulf seafood dishes prepared from scratch, you can guarantee farm-to-fork freshness. hilton.com. 1600 Lamar. B, L & D Daily. $$ v Adair Downtown American Located at the tunnel level at Wells Fargo Plaza, Adair Downtown is a sophisticated, yet casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and a postwork happy hour. Breakfast options include avocado toast and chicken & waffles, while the lunch menu features a variety of fresh, vibrant salads and deliciously stacked sandwiches. adairdowntown.com. 1000 Louisiana, B & L Mon–Fri. $$ Ballpark Café American Enjoy the all-American cuisine and a nostalgic atmosphere for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just across the street from Minute Maid Park, Ballpark Café is a great place to have a pre/post-game meal. westin.com/Houston-Downtown. The Westin Houston Downtown, 1520 Texas. B, L & D Daily. $ v Barnaby’s at Market Square American A local favorite, Barnaby’s serves up oversized sandwiches, salads and burgers, putting a Southwest spin on traditional deli dishes. Colorful murals adorn the walls of the restaurant along with large windows for a perfect view of the park. barnabyscafe.com. 801 Congress. L Mon–Sat. $ v Batanga Tapas + Drinks Latin This tapas joint whips up delicious dishes inspired from Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Chile— anywhere that sangria is served. The spacious patio is as good as it gets when it comes to outdoor dining with its festive twinkle lights, great music and stellar views of the Historic District and Market Square Park. batangahouston.com. 908 Congress. L & D Daily, BR Sat & Sun. $$
Benihana of Tokyo Japanese While some restaurants allow their guests to view the kitchen, this Japanese grill brings the kitchen to you. Benihana chefs set up shop right in front of your table. The meal is made from scratch, and you can witness the entire show. benihana.com. 1318 Louisiana. L & D Daily. $$$
Brown Bag Deli Fast Casual Located in the Houston Club building, Brown Bag Deli serves up tasty, fresh sandwiches “just like you like it.” Known for its fluffy, soft bread you won’t be disappointed and neither will your wallet. thebrownbagdeli.net. 702 Main, 713.224.7000. L Mon–Fri. $
v Biggio’s American Biggio’s is not your average sports bar. The twostory sports haven named after the Houston baseball legend, Craig Biggio, boasts a large drink selection, upscale bar food, and seats that come with views of flat screen TVs as far as the eye can see. 1777 Walker. L & D Daily. $$
BurgerIM Fast Casual BurgerIM is an Israel-based mini-burger concept known for serving 3oz. patties in a mix-andmatch format. Choose from options like dry-aged beef, chorizo, turkey, salmon, veggie and more. The unique eatery also offers two different bun options, nine sauces and 10 different toppings making for an extremely customizable burger experience. BurgerIM also offers chicken strips and wings, milkshakes, family boxes and a variety of sides including onion rings and sweet potato fries. burgerim.com. 800 Preston. L, D & LN, Daily. $
Birraporetti’s Italian This Italian restaurant/Irish bar is a Theater District staple. Their delicious pizzas continue to hit the spot, while items such as the chicken picatta and La Dolce Vita have become standouts. Enjoy a signature dessert to finish the meal. birrarestaurant.com. 500 Louisiana. L, D Daily. $$ Bouray’s Burrito Bar Fast Food Bouray’s offers made-to-order Mexican and Vietnamese food using ingredients that are prepared fresh daily. bourays.com. 609 Clay. L Mon–Fri. $ Bovine & Barley American Bovine & Barley is a beautifully designed urban bar and eatery with a heavy focus on beef and beer. The space has an industrial feel which is complimented by warm wood accents and huge HTX letters that hang illuminated on an exposed brick wall. Highlights from the menu include brisket tacos, meatloaf muffins on top of jalapeno mash, 1836 beer can chicken and a variety of burgers. Not to metion over 42 beers and six hand-crafted cocktails on tap! bovineandbarley.com. 416 Main. L Sat–Sun; D & LN Nightly. $$ Brasa’s Brazilian Steakhouse Steakhouse Open for lunch and dinner, Brasa’s Brazilian Steakhouse brings an authentic churrascaria dining experience to Downtown. In keeping with tradition, the menu comprises various types of meat including beef, pork, chicken and seafood. brasashouston.com. 705 Main, L & D Mon–Sat. $$$ v Brasserie du Parc French Located in the luxury high rise, One Park Place, the interior design and the menu at this beautiful French restaurant were inspired by classic Parisian brasseries and offerings include classic dishes like risotto, steak frites and crêpes, along with delicacies such as escargots and chicken liver pâté. brasserieduparc.net. 1440 Lamar. L & D Mon–Sat. $$$ v Bravery Chef Hall Food Hall The first of its kind, Bravery Chef Hall is a next generation food hall with five chef-driven concepts and a Gaggenau Concept Kitchen with a rotating roster of guest chefs. Culinary options include Atlas Diner, The Blind Goat, BOH Pasta & Pizza and Kokoro. The chef hall also houses three bars including Bravery Wine Bar and Secret Garden. braverychefhall.com. 409 Travis. L, D & LN Daily. $$
Burger Theory American Located at street-level of Downtown’s Holiday Inn, Burger Theory specializes in gourmet burgers, casual American fare and boasts a beercentric bar. They also serve a mean breakfast! 1616 Main St. B, L, D & LN. $ China Garden Chinese A popular Chinese restaurant, China Garden has been serving downtown for more than 30 years. Their egg rolls and lemon chicken have become favorites. 1602 Leeland. L & D Tue–Sat. $ Chipotle Mexican Known for its large portions, this Mexican fast casual spot offers a variety of wholesome menu items. chipotle.com. 909 Texas. L Mon–Fri. $ Christian’s Tailgate American Christian’s Tailgate has arguably one of the best burgers in town and now you can enjoy them Downtown! The notable Houston burger joint in Downtown’s Historic District boasts daily food specials, 30 beers on tap, 40+ TVs, a pool table, shuffle board, video games and an awesome outdoor patio! christianstailgate.com. 1012 Congress. L, D & LN Daily. $ NEW! Common Bond Brasserie American The delicious baked goods and coffee you know from their new location in the Bank of America Tower. Enjoy a sophisticated full-service experience in a colorful and sleek dining room. The French-inspired fare curated by Chef Jason Goud can be enjoyed in the brasserie or on the expansive outdoor patio. From smoked duck rillettes to delicious sandwiches and shoestring fries, you'll find fresh and amazing cuisine any time of the day. commonbondcafe.com. 800 Capitol. B, L & D Mon-Fri. $$
Corner Bakery Fast Casual A bakery cafe, offering fresh breads, salads, sandwiches, soups and sweets in a casual atmosphere. Located right on Main Street Square, you can’t beat the people watching or just relax and watch the rail line and Main Street Square’s jumping fountains. cornerbakery.com. 1000 Main. B & L Mon–Fri. $
plate. Cultivated F+B American Cultivated F+B is the perfect spot for a meal with friends, a power breakfast or post-performance nosh. Dine al fresco on the patio or soak in the contemporary art indoors as you indulge in a sophisticated American menu that features braised short rib tacos, Fernando’s chilaquiles and other exquisite items. thelancaster.com. 701 Texas Avenue. B, L & D Daily. $$ Diana American Grill American Nestled inside the Hobby Center, this is an ideal place for preshow dining. hobbycenter.com. 800 Bagby. D Show nights only. $$$ The District American The District offers classic American cuisine in a modern setting. Perfect for lunch or dinner before a show! The menu includes a variety of options like burgers, salads, pasta and small plates. There’s definitely something for everyone! thedistricthtx.com. 610 Main St. L & D Daily. $$ Domino’s Pizza dominos.com. 975 McKinney. $ The Downtown Aquarium Seafood The menu features a huge variety and offers something for everyone. While dining, guests are surrounded by a 150,000-gallon aquarium. Enjoy the sights and a great meal at this family-friendly spot. aquariumrestaurants.com. 410 Bagby. L & D Daily. $$ Eats Mesquite Grill Classic American Craving a burger downtown? Popular for its juicy burgers and great-tasting fries, Eats makes for a great lunchtime stop. Guests can make their burgers exactly how they like them. 804 Milam. L Mon–Fri. $ Einstein’s Bagels Deli Known as a great place to grab freshly-baked bagels and coffee for breakfast, they also serve up delectable lunch choices that include paninis, melts and pizza bagels. Be an office hero and use the catering service to treat your work pals. einsteinbros.com. 1200 Louisiana. B, L & LN Mon–Sun. $ El Big Bad Mexican Brought to you by the El Gran Malo crew, this casual Tex-Mex restaurant brings hand-crafted tequila infusions, specialty margaritas and craft beers to the table. The gastrocantinainspired menu is chock full of tasty tacos with fresh toppings like pomegranate salsa, charred scallions, pumpkin seeds and more. elbigbad.com. 419 Travis. D & LN Nightly.. $$ Fabian’s Latin Flavors Latin Looking for dinner with a side of salsa dancing? If so, Fabian’s Latin Flavors is the place for you! From carne asada tacos and empanadas to popular Salvadorian beer and salsa nights, you’ll get a taste of Latin America at this Downtown hotspot. fabianslatinflavors.com. 301 Main. D & LN Thu–Sun. $$
v Finn Hall Food Hall The upscale food hall serves delicious cuisine from 10 independently operated eating establishments including Craft Burger, Dish Society, Lit Chicken, Papalo Taqueria, Pizza Zquare, Pho Binh, and Yong. Come eat your heart out during breakfast, lunch, and dinner or enjoy a cocktail at either of Finn Hall’s elevated bars during happy hour. 712 Main. B, L & D Mon–Fri, L & D Sat. $$ Flying Saucer Pub Fare Offering more than 200 beers, almost half on draft, Flying Saucer is a beer drinker’s paradise. Excellent staff and tasty eats give the place an identity all its own. beerknurd.com. 705 Main. L, D & LN Daily. $ Foundation Room American Escape, indulge and elevate your nightlife in Foundation Room at House of Blues, Houston’s luxe downtown hideaway. Foundation Room features an elegant private dining room and plush lounge perfect for after-dinner drinks and socializing. From starters like seared jumbo shrimp in a Cajun lemon beurre blanc to the 16oz. cowboy ribeye, the inspired menu draws from seasonal and international flavors with a distinctively Texas twist hob.com. GreenStreet, 1204 Caroline. D Wed–Sat. $$$ v Frank’s Pizza Pizza Home of the “late-night slice,” Frank’s Pizza has built a quality reputation for itself serving up delicious food in a great atmosphere. Not only can you grab a slice of pizza, Frank’s also serves up darn good hamburgers, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, Buffalo wings, lasagna and salads. frankspizza.com. 417 Travis. L & D Daily, LN Thu–Sat. $ NEW! Georgia James Tavern This casual offshoot of Georgia James Steakhouse features dishes you want to eat every day—salads, sandwiches, burgers, and yes, castiron seared steaks, along with entrees cooked in a wood-burning oven and simple desserts. Indulge in their fun cocktail menu at happy hour or peruse the extensive wine list, which features small producers in a wide variety of regions. georgiajamestavern.com. 777 Preston. L Fri-Sun, D Tue- Sat & BR Sun. $$$
v Grotto Ristorante Italian This trendy Italian eatery is conveniently located on Downtown’s restaurant row—Avenida Houston! Enjoy spectacular views of nearby Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green as you experience a revolutionized take on Italian cuisine from small and sharable plates, to fresh salads and traditional dishes like Neapolitan thin crust pizzas and house made pastas. grottorestaurants.com. 1001 Avenida de las Americas. L Mon–Fri, D Daily. $$$ v The Grove American Rustic This two-story, ultra-urban restaurant is found at Discovery Green. The menu features rustic American cuisine such as Gulf Coast seafood, steaks and signature rotisserie dishes. grovehouston.com. Discovery Green, 1611 Lamar. L & D Tue–Sat. $$$
v Guadalajara del Centro Mexican This family-owned restaurant consistently serves up tasty food in a new, very cool environment. It’s the perfect place to bring the family or a large group of co-workers or friends. Great happy hour specials. guadalajarahacienda.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto. L Tue–Fri, D Tue–Sat. $$ v Guard and Grace Steakhouse A take on the modern steakhouse, prominent Denver Chef Troy Guard’s first foray into the Houston dining scene features rows of woodburning grills with a bright, airy atmosphere that differs from the usual dark tone of a steakhouse. Guard and Grace boasts a menu offering everything from charcuterie and sushi to pan-roasted halibut and a filet mignon flight for one deliciously contemporary dining experience. One Allen Center, 500 Dallas. L Tue–Fri, D Tue– Sat. $$$ v The Halal Guys Fast Casual The Halal Guys is a fast casual restaurant franchise that began as halal carts on the southeast and southwest corners of 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. The Downtown outpost serves their famous lineup of sandwiches, gyros and platters. thehalalguys.com 609 Main. L & D,Mon-Sat. $ v Hearsay Gastro Lounge New American Located in a beautifully refurbished historic building, this upscale restaurant and lounge serves up delicious sandwiches, salads and entrées. They feature an extensive wine list, numerous beers on draft and bottle and premium liquors with a focus on Scotch whisky. hearsayhouston.com. 218 Travis. L & D Daily. $$ Hearsay on the Green American Located inside the Embassay Suites in Downtown’s Convention District, this upscale restaurant and lounge serves up the finest craft cocktails, New-American dishes and a chic dining experience. The drink menu features an extensive wine list, numerous bottle and draft beers and premium liquors. hearsayhouston.com. 1515 Dallas. L & D Daily. $$ House of Blues Restaurant and Bar American From daytime to playtime, House of Blues Restaurant & Bar draws inspiration from across the South, including iconic dishes, signature Southerninspired recipes, as well as a wide range of burgers, sandwiches and salads. Enjoy live music most nights and don’t miss Houston’s best Jazz ‘n’ Blues Brunch every Saturday! hob.com. GreenStreet, 1204 Caroline. L & D Daily. $$ v Irma’s Mexican Irma Galvan has been crowned Houston’s TexMex goddess. This authentic spot is a longtime favorite among Houston politicos and downtown business people. Traditional, home-cooked Mexican cuisine is served for breakfast and lunch on weekdays. 22 North Chenevert. B & L Mon–Fri, D Fri & Sat. $$
v Irma’s Southwest Grill Mexican Irma’s second location is a hip spot to satisfy a Mexican food craving. Enjoy tasty foods and great drinks for lunch or dinner. Only a few short blocks from Minute Maid Park. irmassouthwest.com. 1475 Texas. L & D Mon–Sat. $$ v Jackson St. BBQ Barbecue This laid-back spot by renowned Houston chefs Bryan Caswell, Bill Floyd and Greg Gaitlin offers smoked brisket, ribs, chicken, sausage and classic southern fixins like potato salad, baked beans, collard greens and cole slaw! Conveniently located across from Minute Maid Park, stop by this Downtown favorite before or after Astros games! jacksonstbbqhouston.com. 209 Jackson St. L Mon–Fri & Astros home games. Island 1515 Kitchen & Rhum Bar Caribbean A short distance from the Toyota Center, enjoy authentic Caribbean dishes like Rastaman Pasta or sweet plantains at Island 1515. At their bar, sip on cocktails that feature rums from various regions of the Caribbean. Feel like you’re sitting on a sandy Island beach as you enjoy flavorful and vibrant dishes for dinner! Island1515.com. 1515 Pease. L & D Tues–Sat. $$ Jason’s Deli Deli Order to please, Jason’s will make your sandwich or salad exactly how you like it. jasonsdeli.com. 901 McKinney. B & L Mon–Fri. $ Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches Deli All subs are served on your choice of freshbaked French bread or thick-sliced seven-grain bread or try the low-carb lettuce wrap: all the regular sandwich ingredients without the bread. jimmyjohns.com. 820 Main. L Mon–Sat. $ The Lake House Fast Casual Offering family-friendly food, featuring burgers, Kobe beef hot dogs, salads, shakes, wine and beer. Located on Kinder Lake, there is a large patio where you can watch model boats race across the water or listen to some live music from the nearby stage. thelakehousehouston.com. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. L Thu–Mon, D Thu–Sun. $ v La Calle Mexican Located in Downtown’s historic Market Square, this cozy restaurant serves authentic Mexican street tacos, tortas and tostadas. Your visit isn’t complete without an Agua Fresca or pit stop at the funky digs’ lucha libre themed bar, La Cantina! In addition to the savory tacos, you’ll find plenty of Mexican beers, drafts, and frozen margaritas. lacalletacos.com. 909 Franklin. L, D & LN Daily. $ v La Fisheria Coastal Mexican Located in Downtown’s Historic District, La Fisheria serves authentic Mexican Seafood such as sweet shrimp tamales, perfectly prepared fish tacos and a variety of crudos and ceviches. lafisheriahtx.com. 213 Milam. L & D Daily. $$ La Palapa Fast Food A Courthouse District favorite, there’s always a line at this free-standing pink concession stand for breakfast tacos and hamburgers. 1110 Preston. B & L Mon–Fri. $
Lone Star Taco Tex-Mex Fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurant, specializing in great tacos! Lone Star Taco quickly serves artisanal quality, made-fresh tacos at an affordable price. txlonestartaco.com. 1001 Texas St. B, L & D Daily. $ Mademoiselle Louise Bakery Coffee House In addition to a quaint European vibe, Mademoiselle Louise Bakery offers chocolate croissants, tarts, eclairs, a variety of freshly baked bread and other classic French pastries. Conveniently located on the first floor of Skyhouse Main. mademoisellelouise.com. 1715 Main, B & L Wed–Sun. $ Main Kitchen American Named Main Kitchen to reflect its location on Main Street and the hopes of becoming a staple in Houston’s culinary scene, the restaurant seats 120 and boasts an exhibition kitchen providing guests with an insight into the chefs’ creative process. jwmarriotthotelhouston.com/main-kitchen. 806 Main St. B, L, D Daily. $$ v McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood The extensive menu changes daily depending on each day’s fresh seafood deliveries. With more than 80 preparations on the menu each day, every guest is sure to find something to satisfy their palate. mccormickandschmicks.com. GreenStreet, 1201 Fannin. L Mon–Fri, D Daily. $$$ The Melt on Wheels American Located inside Craft Beer Cellar, The Melt takes a childhood classic and gives it a gourmet twist! From the birria grilled cheese with chuck and brisket on artisan Texas toast, monterey and chihuahua cheese and dipping broth on the side, to the mama mia featuring prosciutto, gouda, goat cheese and basil with a honey drizzle, all on potato bread, these sandwiches give you that classic cheesy taste you love with a hint of sophistication. meltonwheels.com. L & D Daily. $$ v Mendocino Farms American California-based Mendocino Farms is a one-stop shop for gourmet sandwiches and salads. The fast-casual concept offers twists on classics like a Vietnamese Bahn Mi, Cubano, tuna melt and more. Drawing inspiration from both its homestate and many cities across the nation, Mendocino Farms strives to introduce fresh, unique ingredients in approachable adventurous foods. mendocinofarms.com. 609 Main. L & D Mon–Fri. $ v MKT BAR International Part of Phoenicia Specialty Foods, it’s the perfect place to stop when you need a chill moment. The bar offers coffee, pastries, wine, beer, gourmet pizza and other yummy nibbles for which Phoenicia is known. phoeniciafoods.com. 1001 Austin. B, L & D Daily. $ v The Moonshiners American The Moonshiners Southern Table + Bar offers up a rebellious respite in the bustling urban backdrop of Downtown Houston. The restaurant celebrates and elevates southern culinary traditions serving up moonshine and whiskey
in mason jars alongside generous portions of southern comfort foods such as fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and pulled pork sandwiches. themoonshinershouston.com. 1000 Prairie. L, D & LN Daily. $$ v Morton’s Steakhouse This award-winning steakhouse offers an outstanding menu. The downtown location features its new bar concept, Bar 12•21, which includes an impressive wine and martini menu along with its specially priced “bar bites.” mortons.com. 1001 McKinney. L Mon–Fri;, D Daily. $$$$ Murphy’s Deli Deli Indulge in a variety of sandwiches and salads. Hot or cold, Murphy’s specializes in creating your sandwich any way it’s ordered. murphysdeli.com. 601 Jefferson. 1900 Main. 700 Louisiana. 1415 Louisiana. B & L Mon–Fri all locations. $ v The Nash American Located in the historic Star, formerly known as the Texaco Building, The Nash offers diners a dynamic, laid-back style in the heart of Downtown. The menu is an approachable mix of cold and hot small plates, pizzas, entrees, steaks and chops, and is a nod to Houston’s diverse and vibrant population. thenashhouston.com. 1111 Rusk. D Daily. $$ v Niko Niko’s Greek & American Houston icon Dimitri Fetokakis opened his cafe in 2010 at Market Square Park. Favorites such as the gyro and kebob are on the menu along with new items such as the breakfast pita. Specialty coffee drinks, beer and wine also available. nikonikos.com. Market Square Park, 301 Milam. B, L & D Daily. $ v Osso & Kristalla Italian Osso & Kristalla serves up authentic Italian fare in a modern, yet relaxed atmosphere. The casual trattoria features housemade pastries, pastas, wood-fired pizzas and more Italian eats, along with wine, beer, cocktails and local Katz coffee. Enjoy views inside their open concept kitchen or on their breezy outdoor patio. ossoandkristalla.com. 1515 Texas. B, L & D Daily, BR Sat & Sun. $$ NEW! The Palm Steakhouse The iconic steakhouse and Houston favorite, The Palm, now calls Downtown home! Enjoy delicious, aged steaks, seafood and Italianinspired dishes at this new two-story location. Located in GreenStreet, complete your dining experience with nightly live music from the piano bar and an array of delicious cocktails. thepalm.com. 1201 Fannin. L & D Daily. $$$$
v Pappadeaux Seafood This local favorite serves up some of the finest and freshest seafood with a Cajun twist! Start with the crispy fried alligator or a bowl of gumbo, try the Chilean Sea Bass or the pasta mardi gras, and top it all off with the praline bread pudding soufflé. pappadeaux.com. 1001 Avenida de las Americas. L & D Tue–Sun. $$$
plate. Pappas BBQ Barbecue Voted one of Houston’s best year after year, this barbecue joint offers an excellent selection with Texas-sized portions. Traditional favorites such as brisket, ribs, sausage and ham are served with Pappas’ flare. Delivery and take-out are available. pappasbbq.com. 1217 Pierce. L & D Daily. $ v Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Steakhouse Pappas Bros. Steakhouse puts immeasurable care into everything they do, all to provide their guests with a dining experience like no other. They buy the highest-quality ingredients, use a timeless recipe, and cook it flawlessly each and every time. pappasbros.com. 1200 McKinney. D Tue–Sat.
v Pappasito’s Cantina Tex-Mex One of Houston’s most popular casual Tex-Mex restaurants, Pappasito’s specializes in sizzling fajitas, creamy queso and tortillas that almost melt in your mouth! The Downtown location offers six unique ceviches and crudos that can’t be found at any of the other restaurants. pappasitos.com. Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St. L & D Wed–Sun. $$ v Perbacco Italian An adorable little spot located at street level of one of Houston’s skyscrapers, Perbacco serves up Italian cuisine in a modern and fresh atmosphere. Catering to downtown workers and the theater crowd, you always get quick and friendly service and tasty food. 700 Milam. L Mon–Fri, D Fri & Sat. $ v Phoenicia Specialty Foods International If you are in search of yummy food on the go, Phoenicia Specialty Foods is the place for you! This urban gourmet market boasts an incredible salad bar, made-to-order shawarmas and pizzas, grab-n-go sushi, sandwiches and various meat and seafood entrees. This is a one-of-a kind downtown destination where you can appreciate down-to-earth gourmet food prices and a unique variety of flavors. phoeniciafoods.com. 1001 Austin. B, L & D Daily. $$ NEW! Post Market Food Hall Located in the newly renovated historic Downtown Post Office, POST Market is a foodie lover’s dream with an array of Texas and International vendors. This food hall and market is the hub for delicious vendors like Andes Café, ChòpnBlọk, G'Raj Mahal, Roberta’s and more! posthtx.com/eat. 401 Franklin. L & D Daily. $$
v Potente Italian A sophisticated Italian restaurant, Potente is a dining experience like no other focused on using local products and only the highest quality ingredients. Menu items include daily seafood selections, steaks, homemade pastas and the signature veal osso bucco. potentehouston.com. 1515 Texas. D Mon–Sat. $$$ Quizno’s Fast Food 1119 Commerce. L & D Mon–Sun. $ Rachel’s Café American Rachel’s Café is an old-fashioned hamburger joint inside the historic Londale Building. This quaint little café has an extensive menu
with lots of simple classics like burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads—all made fresh! Rachelscafehouston.com. 421 San Jacinto. L & D Mon-Fri. $ Roma’s Pizza Italian Located just across from the Preston Station on the METRORail, Roma’s Pizza offers New Yorkstyle pizza by the slice or pie, as well as a variety of salads, lasagnas, ravioli, and chicken dishes. 223 Main. L & D Daily. $ v Rosalie Italian Soul Italian Located in the C. Baldwin Hotel, Rosalie Italian Soul is named after and inspired by Chris Cosentino’s great-grandmother, a first-generation Italian immigrant who he credits for his cooking career. With a menu featuring classic red sauce dishes, traditional Italian starters and other staples of this cuisine like pizzas, house made pastas and shared plates, Roaslie blends traditional Italian cuisine with the ingredients of Houston. roaslieitaliansoul.com. C. Baldwin Hotel, 400 Dallas. L & D Daily, BR Sat-Sun. $$ Russo’s New York Pizzeria Italian Inspired by the traditional Italian values of family, friends & food, this Houston original doesn’t disappoint when it comes to fresh, delicious, homemade Italian meals. And they serve more than just pizza—try one of their specialty calzones, sandwiches or pastas! nypizzeria.com. 604 Polk. L & D Daily. $ v Saint Arnold Beer Garden & Restaurant Saint Arnold’s Beer Garden & Restaurant is a must-go-to destination combining beer, food, architecture, and art. Guests can enjoy a pint of any Saint Arnold beer along with an expanded lunch and dinner menu that includes a variety of shareable dishes, pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and world-class entrées. saintarnold.com. 2000 Lyons. L & D Daily. $ Salata American This next-generation salad bar allows you to create your own, tossed-to-order salad or wrap complete with a variety of fresh greens, a large selection of veggies, fruits, nuts, cheeses and more. Top your order off with one of their signature dressings and your choice of chicken, seafood or tofu! salata.com. GreenStreet, 1201 Fannin. L & D Daily. $ Saltgrass Steak House Steakhouse Most famous for its Certified Angus Beef steaks, Saltgrass is an award-winning steakhouse with a menu featuring a variety of fresh seafood, chicken, burgers, sandwiches and more including favorites like BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Surf & Turf and Chicken Fried Steak. For delicious bar bites and beverage specials, swing by their No Bull Lounge during Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. L & D Daily. $$ v Sambuca New American A hip, trendy and upscale restaurant right in the mix of Main Street. The menu includes a wide variety of favorites and combined with the live music, Sambuca is Houston’s ultimate supper club. sambucarestaurant.com. 909 Texas. L Mon–Fri, D Mon–Sat, LN Thu–Sat. $$$
v Sapporo Japanese Sushi & Bar Asian Sapporo Japanese Sushi & Bar offers everything from sushi and yaki soba to shrimp vegetable tempura and smoked taipan yaki filet mignon. Daily happy hour favorites include hot sake, fried oysters and an assortment of house wines. sapporohouston.com. 801 Congress. L & D Daily. $$ v Shake Shack American East Coast burger chain, Shake Shack is heatin’ up Downtown Houston with cult favorites like the Shack Stack, Chick’n Shack, crinkle cut fries, creamy shakes and Texas-exclusive, the Lockhart Link Burger. shakeshack.com. 702 Main. L & D Daily. $ The Shops at Houston Center Food Court Bullritos, Chick-fil-A, Doozo’s Dumplings & Noodles, Great American Cookie, Leaf & Grain, Murphy’s Deli, Otto’s Barbecue & Hamburgers, Pho Huy Vietnamese Noodle House, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Pretzel Time, Quizno’s Subs, Salata, Simon’s Homestyle Café, Starbuck’s Coffee, Subway, Thai Basil, Treebeards, Wok & Roll. shopsathc.com. 1200 McKinney. Mon–Sat, hours vary. $ v Shula’s Steakhouse Dark wood, sports memorabilia and menus hand painted on official NFL game footballs makes Pro Hall-of-Famer Don Shula’s Steak House stand out from the rest. Become a member of the 48oz Club by finishing a 48-ounce Shula Cut. donshula.com. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1200 Louisiana. B, L & D Daily. $$$ Skyline Deli Deli With their freshly baked bread, Skyline makes a great deli sandwich. 717 Texas. B & L Mon–Fri. $ Sol Cafe Mejicano Mexican A family-owned cafe offering traditional Tex-Mex breakfast and lunch dishes made from fresh ingredients. 1205 Travis. B & L Mon–Fri. $ v Spindletop American A favorite Houston seafood restaurant and fine dining experience ideal for birthday parties, family reunions, anniversaries and engagements. Perched on the 34th floor of Hyatt Regency Downtown, this glasswalled restaurant makes one revolution every 45 minutes, ensuring you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of the city and all of its famous landmarks. houstonregency.hyatt.com. Hyatt Regency, 1200 Louisiana. D Tue–Sat. $$$ Stack Burger American This Downtown burger joint is far from ordinary. Serving more than just your everyday burgers, Stack Burger also offers coffee, breakfast, fusion sandwiches and a whole lotta Houston art. stack-burger.com. 703 St. Joseph Pkwy. B & L Daily. $ Sub Roc Fast Casual Located inside 1021 Main you’ll find Sub Roc, a quaint little space offering a diverse menu of breakfast and deli lunch options like soups and salads. Whether you’re taking a coffee break or a grab and go sandwich in hand, Sub Roc strives to make every guest’s experience pleasant with a smiling face and a relaxing environment. sub-roc.com. 1021 Main, Suite 200. B & L. $
BY SHELBY ROTH
INDULGE YOUR PALETTE AT BRASSERIE Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb
Common Bond’s flagship restaurant offers something for everyone.
Common Bond has long been one of Houston’s most beloved bakeries, calling patrons from near and far to their original Montrose location for weekday lunches and weekend brunches. They’re known for their gorgeous cakes and melt-in-your mouth croissants, but their latest expansion takes the Common Bond experience to a whole new level. Enter: Common Bond Brasserie & Bakery.
Shrimp & Grits
Their new flagship location, a 5,000 square-foot space at street level inside the sleek Bank of America Tower, is truly a feast for the eyes. The interior is filled with velvet textures in their signature jewel-toned palette—emerald and magenta—creating a decadent atmosphere, lavish in every aspect. But don’t be fooled by the richness of the decor, Common Bond Brasserie is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between—offering dishes at all price points, including a rather affordable dinner menu that’s unique to this location. Unlike any of their other locations, the Downtown flagship is part bakery and part sophisticated full-service dining restaurant, serving up French classics like coq a vin and steak frites, as well as southern staples like biscuits and gravy and shrimp and grits. In true Houston fashion, the dinner menu includes two seafood tower options, feeding anywhere from two to four people. We love a dinner menu with sharable sides, and truth be told, we had every single one. From their classic crispy brussels sprouts to the
unique chicken fried cauliflower, there’s a side for everyone at the table to enjoy. In fact, we recommend a tapas-style dinner, ordering each side and sharing among one another. Because choosing between baked ricotta gnudi and spinach and artichoke pot pie just isn’t possible. Dinner at the Brasserie is an experience and is the perfect spot before a show in the Theater District, for date night, or an early dinner with coworkers. The rumblings of a Downtown location first popped up in early 2020. As the world changed, so did Common Bond’s plan for the Brasserie. The location hosted several pop-ups at the counter space toward the end of 2020 but held off on opening for full-service until this past September. “It was worth the wait,” says George Joseph, CEO of Common Bond. “We are thrilled to open our first and only full-service concept and begin connecting with the residents, tourists and businesses in Downtown Houston. We hope that it becomes a gathering place for the residents, theatergoers and commuters alike.”
GRAB & GO
Adjacent to the Brasserie is Common Bond’s grab and go counter and coffee bar, which serves up a number of caffeinated drinks throughout the day. Here you’ll find all of their pastries, displayed beautifully behind a glass counter, as well as several of their standard lunch plates packaged for easy pickup. We’ve become frequent patrons of this counter space, picking up their spicy chicken bánh mi salad and a brown butter chocolate chip cookie while on the run.
CAKES & MORE
We can’t imagine Common Bond without their beautiful array of cakes, macarons and freshbaked bread, all of which are available at the Downtown location. Swing by on a weekday morning and you’ll find their cases stocked with treats for any occasion—looking for an office birthday cake? Common Bond has you covered. A mid-day macaron? Check. Pastry chef David Berg is truly one of Common Bond’s greatest assets and we’re thankful his works of art are
now within reach of our neighborhood. One of the most unique offerings has to be the Opera Cake—a sponge cake layered with espresso buttercream and chocolate ganache—created as a “pick me up” for patrons of the opera, or more relatable, for those long workdays where you need an extra kick of caffeine.
The Brasserie’s wine selection is one of the most unique we’ve come across in our neck of the woods. Here you’ll find a variety of incredible wines from across the globe, at price points usually reserved at a premium. The reason? An eight-bottle wine preservation and dispenser system. Patrons can taste wines from labels like Caymus, Duckhorn, Kosta Browne and DuMOL, in 1-, 3- or 5-ounce pours, dispensed from a nomadic wine system that stores each wine at the proper temperature using nitrogen. Another worthy mention—the frose machine, which will undoubtedly be our favorite summer afternoon treat (frose Fridays, anyone?!).
Sweetgreen American With locally sourced greens + grains and a menu that follows Mother Nature’s lead, sweetgreen is making a sustainable impact on the future of food. Choose from their deliciously curated warm bowls and salads, or create your own. sweetgreen.com. 820 Main. L Mon-Fri. $ Table 7 Bistro American Table 7 Bistro is a combination of an upscale, yet casual atmosphere. Weekday happy hour includes $4 well drinks and $2 domestic beers, and it’s happy hour all weekend with $2 mimosas all day on Saturdays and Sundays. district7grill.com. 720 Fannin @ The Club Quarters. B, L & D Daily. $ Tejas Grill & Sports Bar American Located at The Shops at Houston Center, Tejas offers the perfect tailgate menu and full-service bar. tejasgrillandsportsbar.com. 1201 Lamar at The Shops at Houston Center. B Mon–Fri, L & D Mon–Sat $$ Thai Cafe Asian Make your way to the Historic District and treat your tastebuds to the authentic flavors of Thai fusion at this local hub. Menu favorites include a variety of Thai dished including their crispy shrimp & spicy tamarind sauce and kao soi. thaicafehoustontx.com. 917 Franklin. L & D Daily. $$ v Theodore Rex American Enjoy an intimate dining experience at James Beard Award–winning Chef Justin Yu’s modern American bistro, Theodore Rex. Expect fresh local produce in your dishes coupled with warm hospitality as you walk in. trexhouston.com. 1302 Nance St. D Thu–Mon. $$ NEW! Toro Toro Steakhouse Located in the Four Seasons Hotel, Toro Toro is an exciting new elevated dining experience. This pan Latin steakhouse features vibrant flavors and encourages the convivial dining culture rooted in Central and South America. The menu boasts signature dishes like the South Texas antelope tenderloin and the Toro Toro churrasco. torotorohouston.com. Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar. D Tue-Sat. $$$$
v Underground Hall American Located in the Historic Market Square District, Underground Hall is the latest food hall to hit Downtown Houston. Offering everything from pizza and beer to tacos and tres leches, this foodie paradise truly has a little something for everyone. The casual establishment features locally known dining spots including Wokker, Hotline Burger, Birdhaus, The Pho Fix and Treacherous Leches. undergroundhall.com 1010 Prairie. L, D & LN Daily. $ v Understory Food Hall Located at the base of Bank of America tower, this expansive 40-foot atrium which doubles as a lively food hall is filled with natural light, an abundance of community gathering spaces and features diverse food and drink experiences such as Seaside Poke, Farro, Flip n' Patties, Boomtown Coffee, MONA Fresh Italian Food, Mama Ninfa’s Tacos & Tortas, East Hampton Sandwich Co and Silver Lining Bar. understoryhouston.com. 800 Capitol. B, L, D Daily. $$ v Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse This world-class steak house is one of the most elegant dining locations in Houston. It boasts rich mahogany woodwork and one-of-a-kind hospitality. Located in the heart of the Ballpark District and across from Minute Maid Park, Vic & Anthony’s is the ideal spot for entertaining business clients, a special celebration or a pre/ post-game dinner. vicandanthonys.com. 1510 Texas. L Fri, D Nightly. $$$$ Walker St. Kitchen American Walker Street Kitchen serves the freshest offerings from the Gulf Coast, fusing cultural and geographical influences into a culinary feast. Marriot Marquis Houston, 1777 Walker. 713.654.1777. B, L & D Daily. $$
Looking for a spot for a caffeine fix or for a fun night out with friends? Check out some of our favorites!
3 Fibs Coffee & Wine Bar | 104 Main 3 Fibs serves up wonderfully aromatic single origin arabica beans and blends. Their innovative morning and lunch menu is all about the Liege waffles and will include not only sweet waffles, but savory twists on the classics such as Benedict, BLT, caprese and more. In the evenings, the vibe changes. Stop by for an espresso or glass of wine paired with a charcuterie board. 7 am–10 pm daily. 3fibs.com
v Treebeards Southern A downtown institution for more than 30 years, Treebeards offers tasty Cajun dishes that are sure to satisfy. Favorite menu items include the chicken and shrimp gumbo, red beans and rice and étouffée. For dessert, try the famous butter bar. treebeards.com. 315 Travis. Cloisters at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas. L Mon–Fri. $
Angel Share HTX | 924 Congress An incredibly unique bar, every drink or purchase earns patrons a vote that goes toward select charities. All of the charities benefit from increased awareness about their efforts and for some, financial support! You’ll find a creative cocktail menu along with beer, wine and light bites, including their baked-to-order chocolate chip cookies. Sun–Wed 4 pm–midnight, Thu–Sat 4 pm–2 am. angelsharehtx.com
Wimpy’s Hamburgers Fast Food Wimpy’s serves up a pretty good burger but they also have many other down-home favorites. 632 Polk. B & L Mon–Fri. $ v Xochi Mexican Named after Xochitl, the goddess of the flowers, Xochi specializes in the authentic cuisine of Oaxaca, the culinary capital of Mexico, and incorporates traditional Oaxacan herbs and ingredients throughout its menu. Highlights include the barbacoa de res de zaachila, lechon, and sopa de piedra, an ancient traditional fish and shrimp soup. ¡Buen provecho! xochihouston.com. 1777 Walker. D Tue–Sat, BR Sun. $$$ Your Pie Italian Your Pie is a “down-the-line” pizza concept offering customers the opportunity to build their own 10″ hand-tossed pizza which cooks in a gas-fired oven in less than five minutes! Their bar menu includes 25 taps of craft beer and a selection of boutique red and white wines. yourpie.com. 1625 Main (inside SkyHouse Houston). L & D Mon-Sat. Zero’s Sandwich Shop Deli A great little spot for a freshly made deli sandwich. zerossandwichshop.com. 809 Dallas. 1110 Lamar. 507 Dallas. B & L Mon–Fri. $ v Zydeco Louisiana Diner Cajun This cafeteria-style Cajun joint brings Louisiana dishes to the Hospital District of downtown Houston. Traditional Cajun items such as poboys, jambalaya and gumbo make Zydeco a great lunch stop. A casual atmosphere adds to the enjoyment. zydecolouisianadiner.com. 1119 Pease. L Mon–Fri. $
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Bayou & Bottle | 1300 Lamar Bayou & Bottle is a chic bourbon concept located in the lobby of Four Seasons Houston. The bar serves over 150 varieties of bourbons and whiskeys along with flavorful cuisine inspired by Houston’s melting pot of cultures. Unique features include the firstever Topgolf® simulation golf experience, Angels’ Share private dining room, and personalized bourbon lockers. Mon–Sat 5 –11 pm, Sun 3–11 pm. fourseasons.com
sip. Boots ’n Shoots | 506 Main This Texas-themed bar conveniently located right off the METRORail, features a wide variety of whiskey. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out the super fun larger-than-life PLINKO board which decides your fate when the time comes to take a shot! Fri & Sat 9 pm–2 am. bootsnshootshouston.com
CRU Lounge | 311 Travis CRU Lounge is a restaurant and bar known for its craft cocktails and CBD-infused offerings. In addition to hookah and crutails, the menu offers small plates including wings, lollipop lamb chops and baby burgers.Mon–Wed 5 pm–1 am; Thurs & Fri 5 pm–2 am; Sat 2 pm–2 am; Sun Noon–11 pm. crulounge.com
Buzz Barista | 811 Main This full-service espresso bar offers much more than caffeinated beverages for a morning fix. People on the go can grab fresh-baked pastries, Naked juices, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups along with their brewed delights. Mon–Fri 6:30 am–4 pm.
Day 6 Coffee Co. | 910 Prairie Street, Suite 100 Day 6 Coffee Co. is a family owned and operated business located in the Historic Market Square District. Serving up everything from coffee classics to specialty lattes, the brewhouse strives to serve the community and provide a platform to emerging artists. Mon–Thu 8 pm–10 pm; Fri & Sat 8 am–10 pm; Sun 9 am–10 pm. daysixcoffee.com
Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge | 308 Main A fun and quirky bar that doesn’t take itself too seriously (hence the name), but the cocktails are seriously good. Patrons enjoy the speakeasy vibe and the patio terrace for prime people watching. Nightly 5 pm–2 am, twitter.com/badnewsbar Casablanca Lounge | 312 Main This Guatemalan-inspired bar offers drink specials every day of the week, plenty of flat screen TVs to keep up with the latest sporting events and features live DJ’s on the weekends. Wed 5 pm–2 am, Thu-Sat 5 pm–2 am, Sun 6 pm–2 am. casablancahouston.com Cellar 7 Wine & Bar Bites | 610 Main From wine 101 classes and event tastings to enjoying cocktails with friends before a theater show, Cellar 7 is a go-to destination in the skyline district. Wind down after work with a glass of wine or a Texas brew and pair it with a side of grilled oysters or any of the delectable bar bits on their menu. Daily 11 am–11 pm. district7grill.com Cezanne Jazz & Blues Club | 500 Louisiana (inside Birraporetti’s, downstairs) Located in the heart of the Theater District, Cezanne is Houston’s only “listening room”—a cozy intimate place where people came primarily to hear amazing live jazz and blues music. Fri & Sat 8-11 pm. cezzannejazz.com Char Bar | 305 Travis Char Bar offers stiff drinks alongside custom suits. Drenched in nostalgia, Char Bar is proud of its history, as reflected in the old photos of family members who have worked in the space since the 1930s. Enjoy the second floor balcony or chat it up with Weldon Renfro, who has a permanent shoe shine booth at the entrance. Mon–Wed 10 am–midnight, Thu–Sat 10 am–2 am. twitter.com/TheCharBar Cherry | 308 Main From the minds that brought you The Commoner comes this ‘80s-themed nightclub and bar. Decked out with neon lights, vinyl records and vintage TVs, Cherry brings the all-night dance parties of the eighties to Main every weekend. Fri & Sat, 9 pm–2 am. cherryhtx.com Craft Beer Cellar | 907 Franklin Located in the Historic Market Square neighborhood, Craft Beer Cellar is a bottle shop and bar with a full wall of local, national and international beer options. Stop by and have a drink at the bar or fill up a growler and take one to go! Sun–Thu 11 am–10 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am–midnight. houston.craftbeercellar.com
Dean’s | 316 Main Under new ownership and with a new look and feel, Dean’s adds to the cool vibe found on the 300 block of Main. Great attention from the bartenders and the trendy crowd make it a unique place to socialize. Nightly 5 pm–2 am. deansdowntown.com The Dirt Bar | 1209 Caroline The non-venue rock ‘n’ roll lounge is a popular pre- and post-show destination spot that has become famous for its performer patronage. Drawing crowds and artists from every venue in the city has allowed The Dirt to host hundreds of memorable after-show events, including Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon. Nightly 6 pm–2 am. dirtbar.com 1820 Bar | 1820 Franklin This cozy little bar is located just one block north of Minute Maid Park. It’s the perfect place for a pre-game drink or a strong night cap during the week. Eighteen Twenty Lounge shares a door with Joystix Classic Games which is open on the first and last Friday of every month where $15 gets you all night access to practice your Pac-Man skills. Nightly 4 pm–2 am. 1820lounge.com Etro Lounge | 114 Main Follow the bright lights and fun music flowing along Main Street to Etro Lounge! Known as a longtime staple in the Houston club scene, Etro spins the best in 80s dance and hip-hop as well as, contemporary electronic music. Tue–Sun 9 pm–2 am. etronightclub.com Flying Saucer | 705 Main Offering more than 200 beers, with nearly half on draft, Flying Saucer is a great place to hang out and enjoy a cold one. Check out the website for information on beer tastings, trivia night and specials. Sun–Thu 11 am–10 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am–midnight. beerknurd.com Henke & Pillot | 809 Congress Where past meets present, and drinks and dining blend in flawless harmony. Henke & Pillot is more than a dynamic Downtown cocktail lounge. Named after the Houston grocery store chain that occupied the space in the 800 block of Congress over 150 years ago, the simple yet sophisticated setting offers patrons inspired cocktails that are paired with mouthwatering dishes. Thu–Sat 10 pm–2 am. henkehouston.com High & Dry Rum Bar | 306 Main, Suite 200 Offering more than 50 different types of rum behind the tiki-themed bar, High & Dry is your go-to destination for all your rum-based cocktail needs. Order a classic or try out the bar’s upgraded infusions of the Mai Tai and Hurricane, or maybe both! Wed–Sat 4 pm–midnight. highanddryhtx.com
La Cantina by La Calle | 909 Franklin This authentic Mexican sports bar is draped in vintage lucha libre threads, and is the perfect hangout to throw back a few Micheladas, enjoy your fix of tacos and catch your facorite soccer, boxing or UFC match on one of their large 82″ screen TVs. If you get too carried away, drop by La Cantina’s sister concept, La Calle the next morning or the perfect hangover cure—a big bowl of menudo or caldo! Mon–Fri 7 am–2 am, Sat & Sun 9 am–2 am. lacalletacos.com La Carafe | 813 Congress The oldest building in Houston, this dark and cozy hideaway boasts a great jukebox, moody atmosphere and an extensive beer and wine selection. Sit on the outside patio or balcony and look up in awe at the amazing downtown skyline. Cash only. Daily 1 pm–2 am. Lawless Spirits & Kitchen | 909 Texas Lawless Spirits & Kitchen is an establishment with flair. A place that gives rise to the iconic visions of Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Frank Sinatra or Steve McQueen leaning on the bar with a stiff, well-crafted Rye Manhattan. Lawless is detailed with glitzy style, featuring revolutionary cocktails accompanied by comfortable finger foods and satisfying bites. Wed 5 pm–midnight, Thu–Sat 5 pm–2 am. lawlesspirits.com Lilly & Bloom | 110 Main St. Located in the historically chic Raphael Building, this beautiful two-story lounge is known for its specialty cocktails and guest bartenders every Tuesday night. Prepare to be amazed! Nightly 4 pm–2 am. lillyandbloom.com Little Dipper | 304 Main This spot is a cool, blue neighborhood bar with pinball machines, cheap bourbon and a bad-ass jukebox. Sun–Thu 4–10 pm, Fri & Sat 4 pm–2 am. twitter.com/LittleDipperBar Lone Star Saloon | 1900 Travis The Lone Star Saloon is a true classic Texas dive bar that seems misplaced in its urban setting. The crowd, half aging townies and half world-weary road dogs, are always willing to share have-been-to-helland-back stories. Daily 1 pm–2 am. NEW! McIntyre’s | 901 Commerce Situated in an early 1900s building, this three-story sports bar is home to food trucks, plenty of seating, three full-service bars and killer views of Buffalo Bayou. Blanketed with over 50 of the latest highdefinition televisions designed so every patron can watch multiple games simultaneously, McIntyre’s newest location is a destination for playing, game watching and having a great time in Downtown Houston. Mon–Wed 2 pm- midnight, Thu & Fri 2pm–2 am, Sat 11 am–2 am, Sun 11 am–midnight. mcintyresusa.com/downtown
Minuti Coffee | 909 Texas The coffee is created by a roast master in Italy, before making its way into the hands of talented baristas. This is the perfect place to bring the laptop and take advantage of Minuti’s free Wi-Fi. They also have beer and wine, which makes it a great pre/post theater spot. Be sure to sample some of the freshbaked pastries and smoothies, too. Daily 7 am–5 pm. minuticoffee.com
MKT BAR | 1001 Austin Part of Phoenicia Specialty Foods, MKT BAR is a hip wine and beer bar offering light bites and an urban, yet relaxed setting to hang out with friends on the weekend or unwind with coworkers after a long day. The bar is a local favorite with DJs, bands and fun theme nights. Mon–Wed 7 am–7:30 pm, Thu & Fri 11 am–8 pm, Sat 10 am–8 pm, Sun 9 am–6 pm. mktbar.com Molly’s Pub | 509 Main This classic Irish pub offers a variety of Irish whiskeys and international beers. Tables and coves lead you to the back, where pool and darts can be found and a second-floor balcony provides excellent views of Main Street and Downtown. Mon–Sat 11 am–2 am. mollyspubs.com Notsuoh | 314 Main The name is Houston spelled backwards. A bar full of random weirdness: Think grunge lounge and artsy. You’ll find people playing chess, and drinking beer, live music, lots of crazy, weird artwork and maybe walk in on a night of punk-rock karaoke. Live bands on weekends. Nightly 7 pm–2 am. notsuoh.com Part & Parcel | 1700 Smith Part & Parcel is a trendy patio bar located at The Whitehall Hotel—it’s the perfect place to mingle, sip and relax under the Texas stars. Their menu includes classic cocktails, original libations, and small plates with big taste! Mon–Thu 4 pm–midnight; Fri & Sat 4 pm–2 am. thewhitehallhouston.com Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar | 1201 Fannin at GreenStreet
Two dueling pianos and a sing-along, clap-along, drink-along, have-one-helluva-good-time-along bar! Wed–Sat 7 pm–2 am, showtime @ 8 pm. petesduelingpianobar.com
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Pris | 108 Main A stylish loungy atmosphere, fun music, friendly service and great drinks. With more to offer than a basic watering hole, Pris has a welcoming atmosphere for anyone. Thu–Mon 7 pm–2 am. prishtx.com Reserve 101 | 1201 Caroline A whiskey and martini bar touting more than 220 specialty liquors that will make any cocktail aficionados mouth water. Stop by on Tuesday for complimentary tastings of special selections. Order up delicious bites from the new, chef-driven menu featuring tasty flatbreads, appetizers and sandwiches. Sun 6 pm–2 am; Tue–Sat 4 pm–2 am. reserve101.com Saint Arnold Beer Garden | 2000 Lyons Saint Arnold’s newish outdoor space is a beerlover’s paradise with bocce ball courts, cornhole and a wide variety of seating options with breathtaking views of the Houston skyline. In the center of the Beer Garden, an upside down brewkettle top overflows with water adhering to its sides and a big screen is rolled out for the big games. Sun–Thu 11 am–9 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am–11 pm. saintarnold.com Shay McElroy’s Pub | 909 Texas Dublin native and owner John McElroy created this space around a richly detailed, 19th-century bar he had shipped from Ireland. The crowd is an inviting collection of young professionals and notso-young merrymakers. Daily 11 am–2 am. mcelroyspub.com Starbucks | 723 Main, 914 Dallas, 1600 Lamar Offering staples such as macchiatos, lattes and teas, pastries, oven-warmed food and other light bites. Daily. starbucks.com
Sunny’s Bar | 901 Capitol Laid-back place with a friendly atmosphere and great prices that keep the regulars coming back. Sunny will likely be behind the bar serving up the beer and cocktails and great conversation. Foosball, darts and shuffleboard are in the back of the house to keep you entertained. Mon–Sat 2 pm–2 am. Tongue Cut Sparrow | 310 Main (upstairs) Named after a Japanese fable, this 25-seat formal cocktail bar provides an extremely elevated experience from the tidy menu made up of 16 classic cocktails and a few select beer and wine options, to the bartenders clad in black bowties. Wed–Sat 4 pm–midnight. VAULT | 801 Congress This underground basement club in Downtown’s Historic Market Square neighborhood boasts a high-end nightlife experience with a sleek, mysterious vibe. Guests can expect signature cocktails, world-class DJ’s, high-end VIP bottle service and more. Sat 10 pm–2 am. facebook.com/VaultDownTownHTX Warren’s Inn | 307 Travis This tavern is long known for its top-notch jukebox full of American classics, strong mixed drinks and its diverse crowd of customers. Daily 2 pm–2 am. Z on 23 | 1121 Walker Sitting on Le Meridien’s 23rd floor, this gem offers a light menu, craft cocktails, specialty beers, a unique wine selection and 360-degree views of Downtown Houston. Tue–Thu 4–10 pm, Fri & Sat 5 pm–midnight. lemeridienhoustondowntown.com
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With a fusion of culture, lifestyles and commerce, life around here is anything but typical. Look up and discover soaring skyscrapers designed by icons like Philip Johnson and I.M. Pei. Turn a corner and bump into Houston’s historic past or uncover a piece of contemporary public art. Enjoy major league sports, world-class theater, innovative chefs, funky hotspots, movies in the park, sidwalk cafés, outdoor festivals, pontoon boat tours and more.
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Attractions & Sights
1. Buffalo Bayou Boat Tours 713.752.0314 2. Heritage Society Historic Homes Tour 713.655.1912 3. Minute Maid Park Tour 713.259.8687 4. Saint Arnold Brewing Company Tour 713.686.9494 5. Toyota Center Backstage Tour 713.758.7715
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Sports 6. Minute Maid Park 7. Toyota Center 8. PNC Compass Stadium
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Avenida Houston Bayou Place Buffalo Bayou Discovery Green Downtown Aquarium George H.W. Bush & James A. Baker, III Monuments George R. Brown Convention Center Historic District LBJ Monument Main Street Square Post Houston Saint Arnold Brewing Company Union Station at Minute Maid Park
Buffalo Bayou (hiking & jogging trail) 10. Discovery Green (exercise class, bocce ball & putting green) 11. Root Memorial Square (basketball court)
Shopping 12. GreenStreet 13. The Shops at Houston Center
26. Avenida Houston 27. Ballpark District 28. Bayou Place/Theater District 29. Downtown Aquarium 30. GreenStreet 31. Historic District 32. The Shops at Houston Center 33. Warehouse District Food Halls 34. Bravery Chef Hall 35. Finn Hall 36. Post Market 37. Understory 38. Underhall
Museums & Libraries A great way to get form point A to point B or just explore downtown! You can purchase daily, weekly or annual memberships. For more info, visit houston.bcycle.com
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Education 44. Incarnate Word Academy 45. Kinder High School for the Performing & Visual Arts 46. South Texas College of Law Houston 47. University of Houston– Downtown Medical 48. St. Joseph Medical Center Religious 49. Antioch Baptist Church 50. Annunciation Catholic Church 51. Christ Church Cathedral 52. First United Methodist Church 53. Holy Cross Church 54. Houston First Baptist Church 55. Islamic Dawah Center 56. Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral Spiritual 57. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer
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Houston Central Library Julia Ideson Library Heritage Society Museum Houston Police Museum Museum District (via METRORail)
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Allen’s Landing Discovery Green Halliburton Plaza Hermann Square Market Square Park Root Memorial Square Sabine Promenade & Buffalo Bayou Park Sam Houston Park Sesquicentennial Park Sisters of Charity Park Tranquillity Park
Groceries & Conveniences 69. CVS/Pharmacy 70. CVS/Pharmacy Market Square 71. Phoenicia Specialty Foods Grocery Store 72. Wolfe’s Cleaners
Alley Theatre Hobby Center Jones Hall Jones Plaza Rec Room The Landing Theatre Company Wortham Center
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Bayou Music Center House of Blues The Rustic 713 Music Hall
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City Hall City Hall Annex Bob Casey Federal Courthouse Harris County Court Campus
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Realtors 114. BHGRE Gary Greene
DOWNTOWN INTERACTIVE PARKING MAP Our new Google Map will help you find where you’re going, where to park and what’s nearby
METRORail Lines North/Main Southeast East End
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