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WON’T YOU BE OUR NEIGHBOR? Making the move Downtown is easier than you think

BUILDING ON SUCCESS Focus on livability informing redevelopment


Remember those �ll-in-the-blank word games you did as a kid? We sure do. Grab a cocktail and a friend already and re-discover Downtown Houston.

Oh yeah, we’re giving away prizes for the funniest entries and you can share your prize with a friend… maybe the same friend you’re with right now. Just snap a pic of your results and tag us @downtownhouston. We just might send you a gift card for a dinner for two in Downtown Houston. /visitdowntownhouston @downtownhouston @downtownhouston #DowntownHouston MeetDowntownHouston.com

Spring is my favorite season to experience Downtown Houston. I can’t wait to grab my best friend, and head to

(name of your favorite Houston Rocket)

(name of favorite Downtown food hall or restaurant)

a delicious meal of

(adjective)

(an exotic animal)

theater. A new Downtown musical called is playing, and we can’t wait.

for dinner. After

, we will head to the

(favorite color) (childhood nickname)

On the way, we’ll pass Market Square Park and meet a named

(military rank)

And, if there’s time, we can take a shot at

(favorite Downtown bar)

performance, we’ll shout

(type of dog)

. There’s a good chance

(breakfast food)

we’ll see a mini mural with a portrait of

,

(name of H-town celebrity)

(adjective)

.

(favorite country music singer)

before going into the show. After the (a motivational phrase)

from the top

of the Aquarium Ferris wheel and head o� to our next adventure. Downtown Houston is the

(noun)

to my

(noun)

and I love that there’s always something new to discover here.


inside.

SPRING 2020 VOL. 12, NO. 3

MANAGING EDITOR/CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Angie Bertinot, Downtown District

COPY EDITOR

Barbara Linkin Mendel, Mendel Creative Solutions

DESIGN

CORE Design Studio

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Amber Ambrose Holly Beretto Lauren McDowell Lauren Patterson Victoria Reid Shelby Roth

ADVERTISING INFORMATION

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QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? Drop us a line at dtmagazine@downtowndistrict.org

Downtown magazine is published quarterly and is free of charge. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Downtown District, 909 Fannin, Suite 1650, Houston, Texas 77010. Published by:

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REVITALIZED! There was a time Houston couldn’t get enough parking garages and surface lots. But those days seem to be over when it comes to Downtown redevelopment. Driven by demand for a more livable city core, developers are focusing their efforts on residential and mixed-use projects that enhance Downtown’s livability. BY HOLLY BERETTO

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The number of people choosing a Downtown Houston lifestyle has grown dramatically over the past few decades. And it’s no wonder. With so many options (and advantages), making your home here has never been easier. We’ve got the scoop on everything you need to know if you’re considering a move. BY AMBER AMBROSE, LAUREN MCDOWELL, AND LAUREN PATTERSON

BACKSTAGE

Rec Room is redefining Houston’s theater scene with innovative, groundbreaking productions in an environment that encourages risk-taking, nurtures the artist and challenges audiences. BY SHELBY ROTH

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DATEBOOK

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EASY LIVING

PUBLISHERS’ NOTE

Understory, Downtown’s latest food hall venture, is about more than great dining (although we know you’ll love every foodie option there!). The underground hangout features a dynamic calendar of events that lead to social interaction in its beautiful space. BY VICTORIA REID

Shake off the winter blahs by filling up your spring calendar. Houston’s Art Car Parade, superstars in concert, theatrical premiers and plenty of outdoor festivities make Downtown the perfect spot for fun!

DESTINATION DOWNTOWN MAP


PUBLISHERS’ NOTE

At home When we talk about Downtown, we talk A LOT about its livability and just what it means for the future of Houston. More and more people are choosing a Downtown lifestyle. In fact, the number of residents has more than tripled over the past decade, and that number will continue to grow. It’s critical that we keep pace with the demands of these residents—and potential residents. Varied housing MORE AND MORE PEOPLE options, walkability and diverse retail ARE CHOOSING A choices are just a few of the factors that people consider when moving DOWNTOWN LIFESTYLE. Downtown. So if you’re thinking that settling in our neighborhood might be right for you, our feature starting on page 12 is a great place to start. And the feature on page 7 takes an even deeper dive into what’s driving the evolution into a more livable city center. More than 30 development projects have been completed since 2010, including new hotels and the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Developers credit the Downtown Living Initiative, which created incentives for the building of residential units. But it’s more than that. As several executives note—we seem to have reached a critical mass when it comes to projects that encourage livability. Success breeds more success. Speaking of success, we’re thrilled to profile one of Downtown’s newer, more innovative theatrical companies—Rec Room Arts starting on page 3. In just a few short years, Rec Room has evolved into an important force in the Houston theater scene. Meet one of its founders, Matt Hune, and learn how he and partner Stephanie Wittles Wachs ensure a unique experience for audiences. Don’t forget to check out our extensive listing of restaurants starting on page 27 and use our calendar of events and activities in datebook on page 38 to plan for the holidays. 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!

Bob Eury

Angie Bertinot

PRESIDENT DOWNTOWN DISTRICT

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING DOWNTOWN DISTRICT

ON THE COVER The historic 1915 Texaco Building has been spectacularly transformed into The Star—a new residential high-rise.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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backstage.

STEALING A SEAT AT THE ADULT TABLE

R E C R O O M A R T S C O - F O U N D E R M AT T H U N E HAS BIG DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE OF H O U S T O N T H E AT E R On the corner of Commerce and Jackson, in a somewhat nondescript addition to the Wagon Works complex, lies Downtown Houston’s most unique theater, Rec Room Arts. The dream of co-founders Matt Hune and Stephanie Wittles Wachs, Rec Room opened its doors in 2016 as a place where audiences could experience thought-provoking productions and where rising artists might feel at home.

Portrait by Morris Malakoff

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The partners, who both graduated from the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, wanted to transform Houston’s conventional theater scene by championing aspiring artists and playwrights. Fate led the two back to their alma mater to teach a new generation of HSPVA students, while seeking a place to produce and create their type of high-quality theater.

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THEATER IN THE LIVING ROOM

The evolution of Rec Room can be traced back to Hune’s rather unique Living Room Series. In his first year of marriage (to an extremely patient and supportive wife), he converted the second floor of their Montrose townhouse into a black box theater. “The stage was 11 by 11 feet and it sat 22 people,” Hune said. “Saint Arnold gave us free beer to serve and it became more than just seeing a play, it was a whole experience.” The Living Room Series consisted of four productions that ran several weeks each and gained a collection of positive reviews. Regardless of the praise, capacity began to exceed the space, and the series eventually came to an end.


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... it’s not just about seeing a play... “We want people to come early and stay late, which I think is unique.”

Hune and Wittles Wachs had no future plan in place, but they had plenty of determination and began looking for spaces to fit their unique brand of theater. Annette McBride, a longtime Downtown resident, introduced them to Stefan Azizi. Azizi’s family manages the Wagon Works building, which also happens to be McBride’s home. Everything fell into place. Rec Room had a home and Azizi joined the team as managing director. Rec Room was initially a space made to house all performing arts in one building. There have been dance productions, operas, comedy acts, concerts and of course plays. As Rec Room’s mission has evolved however, the programming has become more focused. “My inspiration are

those Downtown New York theaters, who are scrappy, but the work is professional,” Hune said. “We’ve fallen into a niche that is right for us, and people and audiences are responding to it. We’re growing and we’re presenting work that I think might be hard to do at other companies in town.”

A SEAT AT THE TABLE

Hune knows Rec Room is still looked at as the new kid on the block but he doesn’t mind. That perspective gives them the freedom to take artistic risks. From interacting with a marketing piece and purchasing tickets, to parking the car and walking in the door, it’s not just about seeing a

play—it’s about the entire experience. “We want people to come early and stay late, which I think is unique,” Hune said. Rec Room has a dedicated bar in the lobby, which may be modest but is comfortable. “It’s someplace to just hang out in. Our artists, the people in the shows are here hanging out after every show.” Aside from the cozy atmosphere, Rec Room’s programming stands out. Each play the company acquires is either a world premiere or a Houston premiere. Rec Room’s production of The Children in late 2019 was the largest sell-out to date. The production, directed by Alley Theatre’s Brandon Weinbrenner, starred well-known Houston actors John Felch and Susan Koozin. Thanks to its success and word of mouth, Rec Room has

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playwrights who are now asking to premiere their work at the venue. “We have extreme talent interested in us producing their work and that’s exciting to me considering we didn’t exist four years ago,” Hune said.

BRING IN THE KIDS

While Rec Room is Hune’s dream project, his day job consists of working with students at HSPVA, where he is the theater department’s full-time acting instructor, a position previously held by Rec Room co-founder Wittles Wachs. Being an alum of HSPVA, Hune never dreamed he would one day return to teach at the place that helped shaped him. “Teaching at HSPVA … helps me be a better producer and director … because one, you’re directing students and you have to be so clear with them, and two, you learn what’s hip with teenagers which, I think, is important to know because it tends to be what is going to be trendy soon.”

HSPVA’s Downtown campus is only a few blocks from Rec Room, which means many of Hune’s students have the opportunity to work as interns at the company doing everything from working the box office to helping build sets and make costumes. “It’s good for us, and it’s good for them to get experience in a theater our size. The students at HSPVA, for their age, are just so highly skilled, precocious and mature,” he said. “We love having them.” Hune’s students are also able to audition for Rec Room’s performances. Appropriate, opening March 28, has two roles for teenagers that will be filled by students. “They’re some of the busiest kids I know. The academics are pretty rigorous at HSPVA. Students usually stay until 6 and then if they’re in a show they probably won’t get home until 10 or 11, and then they wake up and do it all over again,” Hune said. “I don’t know how they do it, but it’s dedication.”

“I think the term community gets thrown around a lot in the nonprofit world, especially in nonprofit theater. But we are truly creating a community. It’s smaller, but people are here.”

WHAT’S NEXT?

Rec Room has big dreams for their future. “Theater is an absurd thing to undertake and pursue, but it’s even more absurd to not,” Hune said. He continues to reflect daily on what our city would be like without the arts, especially what it would be like without theater. “I think the term community gets thrown around a lot in the nonprofit world, especially in nonprofit theater. But we are truly creating a community. It’s smaller, but people are here. I know our audiences by name for the most part.” It all harkens back to the Living Room Series, where a group of friends sat in a room together and shared an experience, establishing a connection that’s hard to achieve at the big theaters in town. “Houston is a great food town, but theater to me is a lot like that. We’re nourishing you, not with food, but with a story.”

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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REPURPOSED & REVITALIZED:

How the Face of Downtown is Changing BY HOLLY BERETTO

Most people of a certain age recall the refrain, “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” The song, Joni Mitchell’s (and Tracy Chapman’s cover) Big Yellow Taxi, is, among other things, a lament about tearing down trees and demolishing historic buildings in the name of progress. For nearly half a century, people could look at Downtown parking lots and garages across the country and say, “That’s where something else used to be.”

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT But if the parking lot was vilified for taking the place of beloved landmarks, there’s a new Downtown trend sweeping the U.S.: those surface lots are giving way to residential towers and mixed-use developments and changing the face of the city center along the way. A recent New York Times story cited research that indicated there were 200 surface lots sold for residential and mixed-use development in 2016; compare that to the fewer than 100 such transactions that happened between 2006 and 2014, according to numbers from the CoStar commercial real estate agency. Houston certainly isn’t immune to that trend. Since 2010, 21 projects building on surface lots have been completed, creating spaces such as the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Partnership Tower, Marriott Marquis, Hampton Inn and Suites and Aris Market Square. Meanwhile, the Sunset Coffee Building at Allen’s Landing, the Hotel Alessandra and eight other developments were restored or repurposed. Together, the 32 residential, hotel and mixed-use projects account for 1,599,900 square feet of land. “I think there’s a really positive momentum Downtown,” says Jim Casey, senior managing director at Trammell Crow, one of the largest development companies in the country, which oversaw the building of Downtown’s Hess Tower and the 18-story parking garage at Wells Fargo

HSPVA

Plaza. “People are moving Downtown. There is a sector of the population that wants that Downtown living experience at points in their lives, or maybe they’re used to living other places and they look for it when they come to Houston. But it’s a cumulative effect.” Casey points out that the trend in Downtown development is one that built upon itself, and many components needed to align to bring the city core to the population center it is now. Among those were the addition of sports

HOW ADJACENT CAN MEAN AMENITIES

stadiums like Toyota Center and BBVA Compass Stadium. But there was also the Downtown Living Initiative that created incentives for developers to build residential units, and the addition of convention center hotels. With those came a steady stream of people, and those people needed restaurants and nightlife. As more and more of the varied pieces of what makes life in a city came together, Casey says, it created a critical mass. “There’s a synergy to it,” he says. “There was this spurt of maybe 3,300 units delivered in about three years under the Downtown Living Initiative, where maybe there has been only about 1,000. Would those new units fill up, as you basically triple the supply? It turns out there was good absorption, and now occupancy is over 90 percent. That’s prompting additional development. The success of Downtown is really building on itself.” That trend, says Casey, is very likely to continue. Need proof? Just look around Downtown.

“I think there’s a really positive momentum Downtown.” ­— Jim Casey, senior managing director at Trammell Crow

SKANSKA COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT Skanska Commercial owns the parcel of land that sits directly east of the Four Seasons Hotel, a full city block. It also owns two neighboring properties, a large portion of a site to the hotel’s south, and the parcel that surrounds the Embassy Suites Hotel that fronts Discovery Green Park. “We looked at those sites for a long time,” said Matt Damborsky, an executive vice president with the company. From a development standpoint, Skanska loved that the pieces of land were in such an active part of the city. Since the completion of the park, Discovery Green has become a hub of city life, hosting everything from flea markets to concerts to the annual Ice at Discovery Green. And all of that made Damborsky and his colleagues see a lot of potential in their purchase. “Currently, we’re just scratching the surface on what do there, but we’re discussing multifamily, an office component and street level retail,” he says. “Retail is important to the city, and it offers a great experience for people

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walking around the building. It’s intriguing to control three adjacent sites and determine how they work together.” Having spaces that complement each other is important to the development of the three lots, Damborsky says, because it means his company can develop concepts that not only build on the current energy in the city center, but also provide tenants and clients with engaging spaces. “We can mix the uses of each site,“ he says. “And allow the adjacencies to actually benefit the other sites. For example, one might have a certain mix of retail that augments a different mix of retail in another site. We’re thinking of how all of these properties can interconnect.” Geographically, the space is a sweet spot. Discovery Green is basically its front door. But so is Phoenicia, the upscale grocery store and café. Toyota Center and the George R. Brown Convention Center are within very short walking distance. Xochi, Brasserie du Parc, Grotto and The Grove offer places for business lunches, but also dinner dates, whether Skanska

chooses to construct a high-rise residential tower or a new office space. The built-in amenities of that section of Downtown mean that Skanska can market its properties on many levels, pointing to the vibrancy of the area as proof it’s a place people want to be. “Tenants want to be close to activities, retail and programs,” says Damborsky. “It’s really about the customer; that’s a huge part of our business.” He says he expects the company to finish its master plans for the sites by April, after which it will determine which project to begin first, and how the concept should move forward. He’s also excited for the changes he’s seen in how Downtown has developed over the last decade. “So much has changed in the past 15 years, compared to the 1980s and ‘90s where everyone left after 5. I love that in the summer I can walk over to a baseball game, or I can go to a basketball game in the fall. I love all the restaurants. I love the amount of energy we have now.”


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

MAKING HISTORY IN DOWNTOWN HINES Reaching skyward and cutting a sleek figure on the Downtown landscape is 609 Main Street. The 48-story, glass-and-steel tower is one of the most recognizable in the city core. And before Hines built it, the spot on which it stands was a surface lot. “I think there was even a McDonald’s on it at one point,” says John Mooz, senior managing director for the firm’s southwest division. Mooz works primarily with the firm's commercial, institutional and medical acquisition and development projects. “We purchased that space in 2008, and began developing it seven years later, with the intention that it would be a roughly 1 million-square-foot, next-generation office building. What we ultimately constructed was exactly that.” And 609 Main was certainly a game changer. In addition to its modern footprint, it was the first building in Texas to incorporate an under-floor air distribution system. Having the HVAC underfoot instead of having the air pushed entirely down from the ceiling was an innovative proposition. “It’s a far more efficient way of distributing air,” explains Mooz. “And what it means for our clients is it make reconfiguring an office space much easier. In a more traditional setting, if you wanted to go from offices with walls to a more open workspace, you’re looking at tearing down walls, changing electrical distribution; it can take months. Because our HVAC is under the floor in 609 Main, reconfiguring an office can happen in a weekend, and look as good as anything that’s a new build.”

Having that design gave the developer an advantage, and Mooz said it’s what helped the company quickly lease the space through the soft real estate cycle that followed the dip in the energy economy of 2014–2017. The mighty building on the once humble parking lot was a success story. So was another project, a short 5-minute walk away located in the heart of the Historic District neighborhood. Hines Residential was responsible for Aris Market Square, known not only for its posh apartment homes, but also as the address for Bravery Chef Hall, which opened last fall to immediate acclaim. “We were attracted to that area because the northwest quadrant was really meshed in the fabric of Downtown,” says Kevin Batchelor, senior managing director of Hines’ multifamily developments. “A large office population edges up to that area. The courts and legal system are on the north and east side of the area. So, there was a healthy supply of businesses to support future development.” Batchelor notes that residential life in the Historic District had primarily focused on refurbishing historic properties. Aris is brand new. But for its massive glass corner soaring to sky above Preston and Travis Streets, its light-colored façade is a postmodern version of the warehouses and small businesses that once lined the streets around Historic Market Square. “It really sits in the heart of the district,” he says. “And we wanted it to reflect its surroundings. Right now, it’s almost fully occupied.”

Bringing nearly 400 residences into the area has further enhanced what Batchelor believes is a neighborhood vibe. When Hines first targeted the location as one ripe for development, the company’s research showed there were only about 30 restaurants within walking distance of Market Square Park; today there are more than 90. Those restaurants have sprouted up in concert with other residential space, and all of the energy has added to the area. “A project of this quality attracts others of quality,” says Batchelor about Aris. “And as more residents come into that Historic District, there will ultimately be more restaurants and cafes, more retail, more security as those residents come to know each other. It really is like a little village.” “There is a resurgence in Downtowns across the country; that’s a trend that’s ongoing,” says Mooz. “And it’s because people are looking for a more authentic experience that touches every part of their lives, whether it’s the ability to live around people in a number of diverse professions, or they want to be able to leave their homes and walk to work. People are seeking a living experience that’s rich with amenities, and Downtown has that.”

“People are looking for a more authentic experience that touches every part of their lives ... People are seeking a living experience that’s rich with amenities, and Downtown has that” ­— John Mooz, senior managing director for Hines' southwest division

ARIS MARKET SQUARE

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IT STARTED WITH A PARK BUILT ON A PARKING LOT: TRAMMELL CROW While Trammell Crow had its eye on Downtown for several years, Jim Casey says the company likely wouldn’t have built the Hess Tower, which was built on the site of a former surface lot, without Discovery Green. “That park was a game changer,” he says. “We bought the Hess site on speculation, and we leased it on speculation and were fortunate when Hess leased it. But if we hadn’t seen how well Discovery Green had done, the social center the park created, we wouldn’t have developed that space.”

Casey believes Downtown is fortunate to have several centers that serve as vibrant social scenes; in addition to Discovery Green, he points to the Theater District and Historic Market Square. He says having these environments mean that there’s increased walkability, there are places for businesspeople and residents to go when the office day is done, and all of it has meant the entire fabric of Downtown is more vibrant. “There’s such a positive momentum to Downtown,” he says. “And we want to build something that people will want to be in.”

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By Amber Ambrose, Lauren McDowell, and Lauren Patterson

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART

(of the city)

IS

A L L YO U N E E D TO

K N OW A B O U T T H E

DOWNTOWN LIFESTYLE

The Downtown landscape is a study in evolution. Through trials, tribulations, celebrations, booms, busts, floods, droughts, rain, sunshine and the inevitable passage of time, it’s ebbed and flowed into—and out of—various seasons of development. As of 2020, Downtown is no longer simply a physical location. It’s a heartbeat, a hub, and when it comes to over 9,000 residents living in the boundaries of the District—a lifestyle. The number of people calling Downtown “home” has more than tripled in the last decade, with the residential population expected to more than double in the next few years. And it’s not just young professionals moving in. The inner core of residents is a microcosm of Houston’s diversity, with families,

empty nesters, people from all age groups, backgrounds and ethnicities. People are opting into lives of convenience and culture, cocktails and coffee, all (and so much more) of which converge Downtown. For a neighborhood with change in its DNA, the start of a new decade is one brimming with opportunity, redefining what it means to be a Downtowner.

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THE RESIDENTIAL RUNDOWN From 1990–2020, residential units have increased from 618 units to 7,496,

over 1200%

growth.

In 2023, it’s projected that low-rises, mid-rises and high-rises will make up 19%, 30% and 51% of residential buildings in Downtown, respectively.

65%

of Downtown dwellers rent while

35% own.

Over 65,000

residents live within a 2-mile radius of Downtown.

2,000+ units

are either under construction or planned additions to the Downtown living scene.

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LOOKY-LOOS W ELCOM E :

Downtown Home Tour

BACK FOR A 2ND YEAR

Curiosity is your ticket to interesting experiences, and the 2nd Annual Downtown Home Tour welcomes those willing to follow theirs. It’s a single-day event open to the public, featuring self-guided tours through the spectrum of residential options in Downtown. Move at your own pace, uncovering stories from Houston’s past inside meticulously renovated buildings, moving onto the “wow” factor of the newer, top-of-the-line amenities of new construction.

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when :

Saturday, March 28, 2020 10 am–5 pm

cost :

Purchase tickets in advance for $25 at livedowntownhouston.org or $35 day-of at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, 214 Travis.

extra fun :

Restaurants and bars along the tour will be offering special discounts, plus attendees can get in on tours of the historic Esperson Building, live music in Market Square Park and go for a roller skate at Discovery Green.

who should come :

Singles, couples and families in the Greater Houston area, folks that commute into Downtown for work, anyone looking to move to Houston from another city, people wanting to get a better feel for what it’s like to live in Downtown, real estate agents and brokers

where you ’ ll be touring : Bayou Lofts Camden Downtown Commerce Towers Franklin Lofts Kirby Lofts St. Germain The Star

Ticket proceeds benefit Coalition for the Homeless of Houston, whose mission is to provide leadership in the development, advocacy, and coordination of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness.

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EASY TO LOVE, EASY TO LI V E :

6 Reasons Downtown Residents Love Their Neighborhood Over 9,000 people call the Downtown District home, with those numbers expected to continue to grow. While each has personal reasons for choosing the city’s center as their primary abode, there are common themes continuing to draw new residents into Downtown year after year. Here are just a few.

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1 Diversity

Like moths to flame, culture-seekers, urbandwellers, empty-nesters, singles, families and everyone in between are drawn to Downtown’s density of art, entertainment, dining and access to easy routes into the Museum District and beyond. Their common ground—aside from a desire to live the culture-rich lifestyle—is their lack of homogeneity. The plenitude of perspectives is a concentrated broth from Greater Houston’s larger melting pot.


2 Walkability Experiencing the city from a feet-on-the-actualground view is one of the biggest benefits of living in a pedestrian-friendly, dense area like Downtown. Not having to rely on a vehicle to get you where you need (and want) to go in your daily life is a freedom like no other. The time, energy and money you save walking can be redirected toward local businesses like that cute neighborhood coffee shop.

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Accessibility & Proximity Access is everything and Downtown has it all. The aforementioned culture and walkable areas are just pieces of a larger puzzle. The convergence of all Houston’s major highways: U.S. 59, Interstate 10, Interstate 45 and S.H. 288 mean access extends far into Greater Houston and beyond.

R EV ERS E C O M M U TERS definition :

People who live Downtown and drive into areas like The Woodlands for work, going the opposite flow of normal rush hour traffic, essentially reversing their commutes.

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4 Sociability

Next-door neighbor has a different meaning when you live in a high-rise. It means you’ll get to know your neighbors on a social level facilitated by proximity and consistency. Because you’ll be coming and going through common areas and frequenting close neighborhood haunts (and so will your neighbors), the likelihood for a friendly conversation—and perhaps even the chance for genuine connection and friendship—is greater. SOCIA L C OL L IS IONS definition :

Moments of organic connection occurring between people in a neighborhood or building, leading to opportunities for more genuine social interaction. The density of an area or community increases the likelihood for more collisions. More collisions increase the likelihood for authentic human interactions on a consistent basis.

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Affordability According to Zillow, the median home value in Downtown is hovering around $310,000. For comparison, other in-the-Loop neighborhoods came in higher using the same metrics with the Heights averaging $470,000 and NeartownMontrose at $500,000. Maximum walkability creates the potential to eschew vehicle ownership altogether, creating additional financial flexibility of up to thousands of dollars per month taking into consideration the costs of car payments, insurance, maintenance and parking.


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LO C K -A N D - L EAV E L I F ESTY L E definition :

The ability to leave your home for longer periods of time—planned or unplanned—without having to worry about maintenance (like mowing the grass, mail piling up and more) or upkeep.

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Convenience When everything you need is downstairs or down the street, life seems a little easier, a little freer, a little more fun. And ultimately, this is why people love living in Downtown. Life is just more convenient here: Take an elevator up four floors to swim laps on the rooftop pool on a hot summer morning. Drop off dry cleaning downstairs and pick it up the next day in time for that big pitch meeting. Walk to meet friends at a neighborhood bar for happy hour to wind down from the day. Spend weekends exploring new exhibits in Discovery Green instead of mowing the lawn or raking leaves. Ride the METRORail to your office every morning (or heck, maybe even walk!) and spend the time catching up on a podcast instead of melting down in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Convenience is important because it opens windows of time that wouldn’t otherwise exist. Time that can be spent enjoying, experiencing and living a life that’s full of culture, friends, neighbors and connection to the heartbeat of Houston.

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W H E R E H I G H - R I S ES M E E T H I G H E X P ECTAT I O N S:

What to Consider Before You Buy in Downtown

Terry Stanfield and Kelly Pachar of the StanfieldPachar Team at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene don’t just sell the dream of Downtown living, they embody it. Stanfield and Pachar have focused on residential real estate sales in Downtown Houston for 18 and 13 years respectively, but they’re also leading by example. Both are Downtown residents and homeowners, practicing what they preach.

When not showing properties to clients or

organizing HOA mixers, you can find them out and about mingling with friends and neighbors, enjoying an al fresco breakfast at Niko Niko’s or hard at work in their Market Square office at 214 Travis alongside the two office cats.

With real-life and real estate experience, their

insight on making a big move to Downtown boils down to these five tips.

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Come with an open mind.

Visit Downtown after hours to get a feel for what it’s like to actually live here.

Educate yourself on Homeowners Associations (HOAs).

“Be willing to explore new avenues,” says Pachar. “We see people who enjoy it the most are the people that come with an open mind.” Like any new adventure or major life transition, being open to the possibilities is a must. If you’re flexible on the must-haves, it will allow you to appreciate the potential intangible benefits that may not have been on your radar. With a full spectrum of properties and amenities available in the area, comparing will help you get a better feel for what is right for your lifestyle and your budget. Leave preconceptions at the (condo) door and explore all the options.

“I’ve always felt like half of what I sell is a lifestyle as well as a particular property, because it is about the lifestyle,” says Stanfield, who recommends spending time in Downtown on Thursday and Friday evenings or during a weekend before scouting properties. Experiencing the social aspects of Downtown gives potential buyers a glimpse of what it feels like to truly live in the neighborhood before making a big decision.

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Explore the neighborhoods within Downtown (it’s not all the same).

You have to give to receive.

“People always lump Downtown into one area, but there’s the historic end, there’s the more central business area. It’s only a few blocks away, but it feels like different neighborhoods,” says Pachar. You might be surprised by the diversity of architecture, the access to nearby businesses and transportation options, how quiet or energetic the area is and even what landscaping or outdoor elements exist in these small, but significant pockets of real estate. Walking the different blocks will help uncover the spaces that feel the most like home, and give you a starting point on your search.

“If you want walkability, you can’t have three cars and want to park them all down here. If you want a different lifestyle, you have to compromise something to get all the benefits,” says Pachar. It’s no secret that parking in Downtown is a hot commodity, but access to public transportation is also dense and clustered, meaning...you have options. Sidewalks, bike shares, rideshares, proximity to bars, restaurants and cultural activities all help to balance it out. If you’re willing to sacrifice things, you’ll gain them in other ways.* It’s about being honest with yourself when it comes to what you want out of day-to-day life.

“Each HOA is based on a budget that is reassessed every year by a board of directors. It’s non-negotiable, but it’s also part of the lifestyle and the lock-and-leave factor of not having to worry about things like repairs and maintenance,” says Stanfield. HOAs are based on the square footage of each unit, which means small spaces will incur lower fees, and larger areas equal higher fees. HOAs are all nonprofit entities and costs can change from year to year, based on the needs of the building and its upkeep. “In Downtown, we have a variety of buildings that go from no amenities to full amenities, so you get to figure out what you will use and what you won’t and find what fits your lifestyle the best,” says Pachar. In other words—more amenities mean higher HOA fees, because the cost to keep them running is greater, but one thing they all have in common is the convenience factor. “It’s an ease of living,” says Pachar. “There’s nothing in them that you wouldn’t be paying yourself if you owned a single-family home. It’s just paid differently. It’s more like escrowing your repairs.”

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Shaped like the hull of a ship, the building’s modern architecture will dissect its lot diagonally rather than face Prairie, Preston or Milam streets straight on. This angle changes the physical skyline view, and residents at The Preston will look out onto a panoramic vista between buildings instead of staring at the exterior of adjacent properties. From the building’s expansive windows, tenants will enjoy 360° views of Downtown, including Market Square Park, Sesquicentennial Park and Buffalo Bayou.

THE PRESTON BY THE NUMBERS:

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penthouse residences (located on floors 44 and 45)

THE PRESTON IS IMPRESSIVE

The Preston, an in-progress luxury high-rise, will be the tallest residential building in Houston upon its completion in 2022.

The building’s unique design incorporates

30-degree angles, rather than standard boxy edges tenants can expect to pay anywhere from $1,916 to $13,700, depending on the apartment unit

Conveniently located between the Historic and Theater Districts, The Preston has a WalkScore of

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The building’s architects, Houston-based Muñoz + Albin Architecture & Planning, say the tower’s dramatic progressive modernist style is a first for Houston.


HOW TO MAKE YOUR (Downtown) HOUSE A HOME

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Lauren Parsons is a marketing and development executive turned interior decorator, whose vision for The Star's interior turned it into one of the city’s most memorable. Parsons sees design from a marketing perspective and works to create a cohesive brand for all of her projects. Here, she shares how to make your own apartment or condo a home.

On finding the right color schemes and matching

On working with what you’ve got

Unlike a lot of staged homes, people in real homes don't have a color that dominates an entire room—the rug doesn't need to match the sofa. A room should never be designed so that if you take out one thing—like a blue piece of furniture, for example— the whole room wouldn't make sense. Each piece should be able to stand alone. And neutrals are your friend.

Every space is different, so embrace what's there in the existing structure, and don't be afraid to repurpose old favorites in new ways. A dining table can become a desk, or an old desk could become part of a new breakfast nook. Don't be afraid to experiment—if you have a favorite chair that once sat in your bedroom, try it in another room surrounded by different furniture.

On furniture

On making a home your own

Furniture is so different today than it was in the past. There are lots of places to find affordable pieces that match your budget and are obtainable. If you don't find what you're looking for, keep looking. There are so many different pieces out there.

Everyone is going to have found pieces, like antiques from their grandmother, that they should feel comfortable mixing with contemporary and modern pieces they like. There are no set "rules" to design for you—everyone likes something different. There is no right or wrong.

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EXTRA SPECIAL EXTRAS:

Awesome Amenities Await Houstonians know that home is more than just a place to hang your hat. It’s a place to

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relax, recoup, and have fun. From entertainment and nightlife to exercise and greenspace, the amenities of Houston’s Downtown high-rises were made to enrich a variety of lifestyles. Check out these extra special offerings at some of the city’s top-rated residential high-rises.

Cantilevered glass-bottom infinity pool at Market Square Tower Have the swim of your life 500 feet up in the Houston skyline. A truly resort-style residential community, Market Square Tower invites tenants to splash among skyscrapers on the building’s 40th floor, LED-lit rooftop infinity pool with an overhang not for the faint of heart. Other amenities include a sky gym, arcade game room, movie theater, sauna, and bicycle storage with a bike fix-it station.

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Architectural details at The Star The historic Texaco Building, constructed in 1915, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, and was given a second life as high-rise luxury apartments in 2013. The building’s renaissance revival-style interior features beautiful vaulted ceilings and Tuscaninspired columns sure to please residents with an eye for architectural detail. (The Star also features a covered dog run and pet washing station for four-legged residents.)

Rooftop putting green at Commerce Towers Fore! Tenants can practice their golf game on the Nicklaus-designed putting green located, along with the rooftop gardens, on the 25th story of Commerce Towers, a luxury high-rise of condominium homes in the heart of Downtown Houston. The building also offers a 24/7 concierge, an indoor jacuzzi, and a dedicated pet service elevator.

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Quirky history at the Houston House One of the city’s oldest residential high-rise buildings, the 31-story Houston House was originally built in 1966 and has welcomed upper echelon guests throughout the years, including royalty ranging from the King of Spain to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Amenities include a fully renovated rooftop deck with grilling stations, a pool and lounge area, and breathtaking balcony views.

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Big city feel at One Park Place

Houston’s version of the formidable structures found in New York, Boston and Chicago, One Park Place is a more traditional residential high-rise that offers incredible non-traditional amenities. Residents enjoy convenient access to the award-winning two-story Phoenicia Specialty Foods located on ground floor, in addition to the 1,500-square-foot Brasserie du Parc French restaurant, poolside cabanas and a gorgeous 12-acre front yard known as Discovery Green.

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Rooftop deck at Bayou Lofts Drink in some of the best scenes of Houston’s historic district from these spacious lofts. Originally built in 1910, the Southern Pacific Railroad Building was converted into Bayou Lofts in the late 1990s. The ninth floor rooftop terrace includes a pool and lounge area (and a behind-the-scenes view of the building’s iconic namesake sign).

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Room service and five-star treatment at the Four Seasons Billed as Houston’s living room, the Four Seasons Hotel Houston is a five-star hotel that offers residential and corporate living on floors 21 through 25. Among other amenities like the firstever TopGolf Swing Suite, which accommodates up to eight players at a time, and the Four Seasons’ 24-hour fitness center and room service, the hotel’s lobby bar, Bayou & Bottle, serves 160 varieties of bourbon and whiskey.


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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. v RECOMMENDED NEW! JUST OPENED B Breakfast BR Brunch L Lunch D Dinner LN Late Night

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For a searchable database of downtown Houston restaurants by cuisine, location and price, visit downtownhouston.org and click on Guide.

outdoor dining with its festive twinkle lights, great music and stellar views of the Historic District and Market Square Park. batangahouston.com. 908 Congress, 713.224.9500. 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, 713.659.8231. L & D Daily. $$$

v Biggio’s American Biggio’s is not your average sports bar. The two-story 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, 713.654.1777. L & D Daily. $$

BirdDog Saint American The spacious two-story bar is 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 just-picked 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, 713.739.8000. B, L & D Daily. $$ NEW!

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 post-work 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, H, Daily. $$

a great place to enjoy live music, sports, and mingle with friends. Opt for any of their savory gourmet pizzas, the BirdDog Burger, or sit at the raw bar and indulge in fresh ceviche. birddogsaint.com. 711 Main. 832.767.5574. L, D & LD Mon–Sat. $$

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, 713.224.9494. L, D & LN Daily. $$

The Bistro American The Bistro is a full-service

restaurant serving up breakfast and dinner in a casual atmosphere. Courtyard by Marriott, 916 Dallas, 832.366.1600. B & D Daily. $

v Andalucia Restaurant & Bar Tapas/Spanish Dim lighting, large wooden tables and heavy iron accents provide for a cozy, rustic atmosphere. The menu features large dishes, such as paella for up to 16 people, and tapas that range from the traditional such as gambas al ajillo (shrimp cooked in olive oil and garlic) and empanadas, to veal tongue and oxtail. andaluciatapas.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto, 832.319.6675. L Mon–Fri, D Mon–Sat. $$

v Blue by Massa Seafood This upscale and elegant restaurant offers up a fine selection of American and Seafood cuisine. Among the esteemed list of favorites, the Lobster Bisque is a standout. Superior service and a great dining atmosphere allow guests to enjoy a memorable dining experience. Blue also offers occasional live entertainment and dancing is highly encouraged! massas.com. 1160 Smith, 713.650.0837. L Mon–Fri; D Mon–Sat. $$

v Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar Japanese/Sushi Voted “Best Sushi in Houston” by Citysearch.com, this new-age Japanese restaurant is anything but typical. The ambience is terrific, the sushi is innovative and fresh and the outside seating area provides great people watching. azumadowntown.com. 909 Texas, 713.223.0909. L & D Mon–Sat. $$

Blue Fish Sushi Japanese Not your typical Japanese restaurant. Don’t expect small, minimal décor. Be prepared for innovative sushi in a high-energy atmosphere at Bayou Place. thebluefishsushi.com. 550 Texas, 713.225.3474. L Mon–Fri; D Mon–Sat. $$

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, 713.228.1520. B, L & D Daily. $

v Bombay Pizza Co. Indian Fusion Fusing the cuisines of India with pizza, innovative creations are served on a homemade, dense, thin and crispy crust. Try the saag paneer, which is topped with fresh spinach and four cheeses or the Gateway to India topped with cilantro, tandoori chicken, garlic and artichoke hearts. bombaypizzaco.com. 914 Main, 713.654.4444. L Mon–Fri; D Mon–Sat. $

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, 713.226.8787. B & L Mon–Sat; D Fri–Sat. $

v Boomtown Coffee Main St. Coffee House Part coffee shop, part bar, Boomtown’s drink menu includes everything from specialty coffees and cocktails to healthier options like Kombucha. Satisfy your appetite day or night with their breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch options. boomtowncoffee.com. 300 Main Street. 281.846.6995. B, L, D & BR Daily. $$

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

Bouray’s Burrito Bar Fast Food Bouray’s offers

Ballpark Café American Enjoy the all-American cuisine

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made-to-order Mexican and Vietnamese food using ingredients that are prepared fresh daily. bourays.com. 609 Clay, 713.652.5999. 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, 832.742.5683. L Sat–Sun; D, LN Daily. $$ NEW!

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, Daily. $$$ v Brasserie du Parc French Located in the luxury high rise, One Park Place, the interior design and the menu at this beautiful French restaurant were inspired by classic Parisian brasseries and offerings include classic dishes like risotto, steak frites and crêpes, along with delicacies such as escargots and chicken liver pâté. brasserieduparc.net. 1440 Lamar, 832.879.2802. L & D Daily. $$$ 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, Cherry Block Craft Butcher & Kitchen and Kokoro. The chef hall also houses three bars including Bravery Wine Bar, Lockwood Station and Secret Garden. braverychefhall.com. 409 Travis. L, D, LN Daily. $$$

BurgerIM Fast Casual BurgerIM is an Israel-based

mini-burger concept known for serving 3oz. patties in a mix-and-match 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. $

Burger Theory American Located at street-level of

Downtown’s Holiday Inn, Burger Theory specializes in gourmet burgers, casual American fare and boasts a beer-centric bar. They also serve a mean breakfast! 1616 Main St. B, L, D & LN. $

Buzz Barista Coffee House 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. 811 Main, 713.228.3033. B & L Mon–Fri. $

The Cafe American Located in the lobby of the Hilton Americas. An elaborate buffet is offered for breakfast, with a la carte selections from the menu available for lunch and dinner. Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar, 713.739.8000. B, L, D & LN Daily. $$

Café Cosmopolita Coffee House Inspired by the

cultural and gastronomical diversity in European cafes, this local coffee shop offers a surplus of coffee, pastries made from scratch, breakfast items, and natural smoothies. cafecosmopolita.com. 1625 Main Street, Suite A-1. 708.890.2041. B Daily. $


plate. Cafe Express Fast Casual Need to grab a quick lunch? Cafe Express is an informal yet sophisticated choice. You can always find a variety of delicious entrees, salads and sandwiches. cafe-express.com. 650 Main, 713.237.9222. B & L Mon–Sat. $

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, 713.652.0745. L Mon–Fri; D Daily. $

Chipotle Mexican Known for its large portions,

this Mexican fast casual spot offers a variety of wholesome menu items. chipotle.com. 909 Texas, 713.225.6633. L & Early D 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, 281.556.1010. L, D & LN. $

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, 713.651.0673. B & L Mon–Fri. $

Coterie American Coterie brings a café-style dining

experience right to the Historic Market Square neighborhood. The luxurious cafe is located on the ground floor of Market Square Tower and offers on-thego pastry favorites, Neapolitan-style pizzas, burgers and other tasty menu items. coteriehtx.com. 737 Preston. B, L, D Daily. $$

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, 800.231.0336. B, L & D Daily. $$

Diana American Grill American Nestled inside the

Hobby Center, this upscale restaurant is an ideal place for pre-show dining and Downtown lunches. Menu items include a lobster cocktail, red snapper with gulf crab, ribeye steak and other delectable dishes created by James Beard Award-winning chef Robert Del Grande. hobbycenter.com. 800 Bagby, 713.315.2562. L & D Tue–Sun. $$$

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. $$

Domino’s Pizza 975 McKinney, 713.227.3030. $ v 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, 713.223.3474. 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, 713.223.3287. L Mon–Fri. $

Edgar’s Hermano Mexi-South Edgar’s Hermano is a

southern American restaurant with a Mexican-inspired twist located inside The Whitehall Hotel. It perfectly blends Houston’s native Tex-Mex cuisine with classic southern fare offering menu items like Texas corn cakes with pork chicharon and cotija cheese, mac and queso with chipotle-grilled Gulf shrimp, and award-winning southern fried stuffed chicken with masa grits and candied bacon jam. thewhitehallhouston.com. 1700 Smith, 713.739.8800. B, L & D Daily. $$

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, 713.375.4775. 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 gastrocantina-inspired menu is chock full of tasty tacos with fresh toppings like pomegranate salsa, charred scallions, pumpkin seeds and more. elbigbad.com. 419 Travis, 713.229.8181. L, D & LN Mon–Fri; D & LN Sat & Sun, BR Sun. $$

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. 713.227.0440. L & D Daily. $$

v Finn Hall Food Hall The upscale food hall serves delicious cuisine from 10 independently operated eating establishments including Craft Burger, Oddball Eats, Goode Co. Taqueria, Dish Society, Yong, Amaya Coffee, Pizza Square, Sit Lo and Low Tide. 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, 713.357.5115. B, L, D, LD 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, 713.337.7321. L & D Daily. $$$ v Guadalajara del Centro Mexican This familyowned restaurant consistently serves up tasty food in a new, very cool environment. It’s the perfect place to bring the family or a large group of coworkers or friends. Great happy hour specials. guadalajarahacienda.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto, 713.650.0101. L & D Daily. $$ NEW! 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 wood-burning 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. 346-326-0789. L,D, H, Daily. $$$

Hard Rock Café Classic American What do you

get when you mix a music-themed diner with an allAmerican menu? Hard Rock is a great family-friendly spot serving up items such as burgers,nachos and chicken varieties. hardrock.com. Bayou Place, 570 Texas, 713.227.1392. L, D & LN Daily. $$ v Hearsay Gastro Lounge New American Located in a beautifully refurbished historic building, this upscale restaurant and lounge serves up delicious sandwiches, salads and entrées. They feature an extensive wine list, numerous beers on draft and bottle and premium liquors with a focus on Scotch whisky. hearsayhouston.com. 218 Travis, 713.225.8079. L Daily; D Mon–Sat; LN Fri–Sat. $$

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, 713.228.7468. L, D & LN Daily. $

v 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, 832.377.3362. L & D Daily; LN Fri–Sat; BR Sun. $$

Foundation Room American Escape, indulge and

Home Plate Bar & Grill Classic American

Flying Saucer Pub Fare Offering more than 200 beers,

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, 888.402.5837. D Wed–Sat. $$$ v Frank’s Pizza Pizza Home of the “late-night slice,” Frank’s Pizza has built a quality reputation for itself serving up delicious food in a great atmosphere. Not only can you grab a slice of pizza, Frank’s also serves up darn good hamburgers, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, Buffalo wings, lasagna and salads. frankspizza.com. 417 Travis, 713.225.5656. L & D Daily; LN Fri & Sat. $ v Grotto Ristorante Italian This trendy Italian eatery is conveniently located on Downtown’s restaurant row— Avenida Houston! Enjoy spectacular views of nearby Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green as you experience a revolutionized take on Italian cuisine from small and sharable plates, to fresh salads and traditional dishes like Neapolitan thin crust pizzas and house made pastas. grottorestaurants.com. 1001 Avenida de las Americas, 713.658.0752. L & D Daily. $$$

A great hangout spot before or after an Astros ballgame. Enjoy a full menu of all-American favorites. homeplategrill.com. 1800 Texas, 713.222.1993. L & D Daily (may close earlier during off–season so call first). $

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 Southern-inspired 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, 888.402.5837. L & D Daily. $$ v Irma’s Mexican Irma Galvan has been crowned Houston’s Tex-Mex goddess. This authentic spot is a longtime favorite among Houston politicos and downtown business people. Traditional, home-cooked Mexican cuisine is served for breakfast and lunch on weekdays. 22 North Chenevert, 713.222.0767. B & L Mon–Fri; D Thu–Sat. $$

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How UNDERSTORY is paving its own way in the food hall game By Victoria Reid

When you think of the Downtown Houston dining scene, two words probably come to mind—food hall. We do seem to love them! And what’s not to love? Offering a variety of cuisines under one roof, the concept allows guests to mix and match their dishes, satisfying any and all cravings on each visit. What’s great is that each one seems to have its own unique and cool vibe and set of offerings. As one of the newest halls to hit the block, Understory isn’t just a good spot to grab a bite, it’s the ultimate underground hangout. Located at the tunnel level of the brandspanking-new Bank of America Tower, this expansive 40-foot atrium doubles as both a food hall and work/lounge space, and features a range of experiences in a bright, naturally lit environment. Designed by renowned Austin architecture firm, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Understory invites you to enjoy a coffee on the Great Steps, take a mental break with a game of ping pong or cornhole or take in a live performance from a local artist. By curating an event calendar that keeps the space activated throughout the week, Skanska and Transwestern, the groups

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behind Understory, have made sure the space isn’t known as a place to grab food, but is instead considered a place to work, gather and connect. “Both the working and living communities here in Downtown Houston can come and enjoy this fun and vibrant place where we celebrate art, culture and delicious food,” explains Kelly Wheeler, senior property manager with Transwestern. “Stop by for a Thursday trivia night, head over on Saturday morning for Sip & Stretch or attend a monthly pop-up market.” With six (soon to be seven) unique eateries, a stand-alone bar and a few retail tenants in the works, the beautiful new space has certainly set the standard for what it means to be a Downtown destination.


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“Both the working and living communities here in Downtown Houston can come and enjoy this fun and vibrant place where we celebrate art, culture and delicious food.’’

East Hampton Sandwich Co.

Pledging to bring you nothing but the best, East Hampton offers creatively flavorful, perfectly prepared sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads. They serve premium ingredients for a versatile menu that has something for everyone.

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Polo Club pesto with a side of sweet potato fries

­— KELLY WHEELER, senior property manager Transwestern

Seaside Poke Flip ‘n Patties Masterfully blending the worlds of Filipino cuisine and juicy gourmet burgers, Flip ‘n Patties serves up everything from rice plates to Flipanadas (that’s Filipino empanadas). Quality, creativity and food ethics are the main ingredients when it comes to making these handcrafted Filipino street foods and gourmet Akaushi burgers.

Texas-grown produce and sustainably caught fish make for a unique spin on the traditional Hawaiian dish at Seaside Poke. The menu invites you to choose from one of the delicious signature bowls or take the reins and create your own. MUST-TRY MEAL

Truffle yellowtail

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Flip ‘n Patties burger and Flip ‘n Fries

MONA Fresh Italian Food Serving up the best of Italian cuisine, MONA provides guests with an approachably sophisticated menu consisting of high-quality food for an unbeatable cost. Choose from their farm fresh ingredients to build your own dish or dig into an entrée created by Chef Sidney Degaine, the mind behind the fastcasual concept.

Mama Ninfa’s Tacos Y Tortas Legendary Houston restaurant group, Legacy Restaurants, has blessed us with a Downtown concept to consume all the Tex-Mex fare we love. Adapting several recipes from The Original Ninfa’s, Mama Ninfa’s offers Mexican street-style tacos and tortas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. MUST-TRY MEAL

Carnitas torta with chips and queso

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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, 713.247.9651. L & D Mon–Sat. $$

Boomtown Coffee Those familiar with this coffee shop’s Heights and Main Street locations know that if you’re looking for an excellent cup of coffee, Boomtown is the place to go. Featuring the same classic coffees, custom concoctions and house lattes you know and love, this local favorite is a great place to start or end your day. MUST-TRY MEAL

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Silver Lining Bar

The Isles Eatery & Rhum Bar Caribbean

The restaurant offers flavorful Caribbean dishes including Mofongo and Ensalada Calamari de Pulpo, along with an astonishing collection of 56 plus island rums used to create custom cocktails rooted in the regional rhythms of the islands. isleseateryandbar.com. 1515 Pease, 713.739.9039. L, D, LN Tue–Sun. $ 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, 713.224.2400. L & D Sat–Sun.

Jason’s Deli Deli Order to please, Jason’s will make your sandwich or salad exactly how you like it. jasonsdeli.com. 901 McKinney, 713.650.1500. B & L Mon–Fri. $

Boasting the title of “the only stand-alone bar in the tunnel system”, Silver Lining Bar offers wine, spirits, beer and signature cocktails. Grab a seat at the bar for a view of the vibrant art installations from Sawyer Yards, meet friends for happy hour or simply take the edge off a long week with some of the best bartenders in town.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches Deli All subs

are served on your choice of fresh-baked 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, 713.222.9995. L Mon–Sat. $ v Kulture Caribbean Dubbed “an urban komfort kitchen,” the restaurant explores food, spirits, art and music through cultural contributions of the African diaspora, including Caribbean and Southern cuisine and daily happy hour specials in a casually elevated, yet comfortable dining atmosphere. 701 Avenida De Las Americas. 713.528.8561. L & D. $$

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Any signature cocktail

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 & Early D Mon–Sun. $

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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, 832.735.8226. L, D & LN Daily. $

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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. lafisheriahouston.com. 213 Milam, 713.802.1712. L & D Daily. $$

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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, 713.228.9620. B & L Mon–Fri. $ v Last Concert Cafe Mexican Tucked away in the Warehouse District, this Tex-Mex cafe was born in 1949 and still supplies tasty food and local music today. Spend some time on the leafy back patio and you’ll swear you’re in your neighbor’s backyard throwing back a cold one. lastconcert.com. 1403 Nance, 713.226.8563. L Mon–Fri; D Mon–Sun; LN Fri–Sat; Bar & live music Tue–Sat. $


plate. Line & Lariat Modern American An award-winning

dining experience located in the historic lobby of Hotel Icon’s landmark bank building. The intimate dining room is extravagant, and the exquisite dishes from the Gulf Coast and South Texas emphasize fresh ingredients. A contemporary lounge with a modern setting for cocktails and an elegant after-work meeting place. hotelicon.com. Hotel Icon, 220 Main, 832.667.4470. B Daily; D Mon–Sat. $$$

Little Napoli Italian Theater and moviegoers can now

enjoy these southern Italian dishes before the big show! The healthy options, such as whole wheat pizza crust and low-fat cheeses, are a nice touch. littlenapoli.net. 540 Texas, 713.225.3900. $$ v Local Foods American Local Foods is a culinary expression of all things local. The scratch gourmet sandwich shop showcases seasonal salads, fresh soups, farmers market sides, home-made snacks for the taking, and a raw bar with ceviche and oyster shooters. houstonlocalfoods.com. 420 Main, 713.227.0531. L Daily; BR Sat–Sun. $$

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, 713.223.8226. B, L & D Daily. $

Louie Coffee Coffee House Louie Coffee is housed

at GreenStreet with a menu that includes a variety of coffees, teas, breakfast tacos, sandwiches, yogurt parfaits and other sweet treats. This cozy coffee shop is the perfect place to sit back, relax and escape the bustling Downtown streets. louie.coffee. 1201 Fannin, 713.255.2363. B & L Mon–Sat. $

Luby’s, etc. American Enjoy an incredible view of

downtown along with 10 food stations offering a wide variety of goodies: a build-your-own salad bar, madeto-order grill, pizza by-the-slice, delightful deli, global café and traditional Luby’s cafeteria line with all the classic dishes. lubysetc.com. 1301 Fannin, 13th Floor, 713.759.9954. B & L Mon–Fri. $ v Lucienne Mediterranean Not only will the chic brass accents throughout this glamorous gem impress you, but the French-inspired dishes like Gravlax with rye toast, caper berries, dill and mustard sauce will tempt your taste buds into coming back for more. You’ll find this glamorous gem sitting on the second level of Hotel Alessandra. hotelalessandra-houston.com. Hotel Alessandra, 1070 Dallas, Second Floor. 713.242.8555. B, L & D Mon–Fri; BR Sat–Sun. $$

Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge American Bowlers

and patrons relax on sleek leather couches and enjoy floor-to-ceiling video screens that flash movie clips and music videos as DJs deliver danceable grooves. Delectable munchies are available lane-side and in the lounge. bowlluckystrike.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto, Level 3, 713.343.3300. L, D & LN 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 Sun–Fri. $

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, 713.400.1245. B, L, D Daily. $$

Mango Tree Thai Bistro Thai A casual Thai joint that

keeps booths packed with hungry downtowners looking for eclectic dishes to satisfy their spice cravings. And there’s a pretty tempting happy hour for drinks and nibbles under $5. mangotreethaibistro.com. 914 Main Street, #125, 713.659.1600. L & D Mon–Sat. $$ v McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood The extensive menu changes daily depending on each day’s fresh seafood deliveries. With more than 80 preparations on the menu each day, every guest is sure to find something to satisfy their palate. mccormickandschmicks.com. GreenStreet, 1201 Fannin, 713.658.8100. L & D Daily. $$$

McDonald’s Fast Food 808 Dallas @ Milam, 713.651.9449. B & L Daily; D Mon–Fri. $

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, Daily. $. v Mia Bella Italian You’ll enjoy an eclectic variety of Italian cuisine blended with a Mediterranean feel. A longtime favorite, this intimate little bistro’s simple, yet appealing décor, makes it a downtown standout. bellarestaurants.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto, 832.319.6675. L & D Daily; BR & LN Fri & Sat. $$

Minuti Coffee Coffee House 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 fresh-baked pastries and smoothies, too. minuticoffee.com. 909 Texas, 281.265.3344. B, L, D & LN Daily. $ 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, 832.360.2222. 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. 1000 Prairie, 713.226.7717. L & D Mon–Fri; LN Fri & Sat. $$ v Morton’s Steakhouse This award-winning steakhouse offers an outstanding menu. The downtown location features its new bar concept, Bar 12•21, which includes an impressive wine and martini menu along with its specially priced “bar bites.” mortons.com. 1001 McKinney, 713.659.3700. L Mon–Fri; D Daily. $$$$

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, 713.652.4939. 1900 Main, 713.650.3354. 440 Louisiana, 713.247.9122. 700 Louisiana, 713.547.0660. 1415 Louisiana, 832.663.6113. 500 Dallas, 713.654.0033. B & L Mon–Fri all locations. $ 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, 713.221.6666. B Mon–Fri; L & D Daily. $$ v The Oyster Bar Seafood Housed inside Prohibition Supper Club, The Oyster Bar is a street-friendly, neighborhood-centric concept serving an extensive seafood menu including fried shrimp, fried oysters, Gulf Coast & East Coast oysters, pan roasted market fish, and roasted cauliflower & mushroom fettuccine. Get your seafood and burlesque fix all in the same place. prohibitionhouston.com. Prohibition, 1008 Prairie, 281.940.4636. D Daily. $$

Padthai Thai Restaurant Thai A traditional Thai

restaurant located at the ground level of the loft residence Hogg Palace. The warm and cozy atmosphere offers a great setting for a dinner escape and is a local favorite. padthaithairestaurant.com. 401 Louisiana, 713.225.4900. D Daily. $ v Pappadeaux 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, 713.654.5077. L Fri–Sun; D Daily. $$$v Pappas BBQ Barbecue Voted one of Houston’s best year after year, this barbecue joint offers an excellent selection with Texas-sized portions. Traditional favorites such as brisket, ribs, sausage and ham are served with Pappas’ flare. Delivery and take-out are available. pappasbbq.com. 1217 Pierce, 713.659.1245. L & D Daily. 1100 Smith, 713.759.0018. L & D Mon–Fri. $ v Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Steakhouse Pappas Bros. Steakhouse puts immeasurable care into everything they do, all to provide their guests with a dining experience like no other. They buy the highest-quality ingredients, use a timeless recipe, and cook it flawlessly each and every time. pappasbros.com. 1200 McKinney, 713.658.1995. D Mon–Sat. v Pappasito’s Cantina Tex-Mex One of Houston’s most popular casual Tex-Mex restaurants, Pappasito’s specializes in sizzling fajitas, creamy queso and tortillas that almost melt in your mouth! The Downtown location offers six unique ceviches and crudos that can’t be found at any of the other restaurants. pappasitos.com. Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St, 713.353.4400. L & D Daily. $$ v The Pearl Seafood The Pearl at the Sam Houston Hotel is a coastal-inspired restaurant with a passion for seafood and steak. The menu satiates guests with savory appetizers and salads, entrees like classic shrimp and grits, scallops carbonara and short ribs, and a la carte selections such as premium cuts of steak alongside simply grilled fish and shrimp dishes. pearlrestauranthouston.com. 1117 Prairie, 832.200.8800. B, L & D Daily. $$ 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, 713.224.2422. L Mon–Fri; D Thu–Sat. $

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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, 832.360.2222. B, L & D Daily. $$

Saltgrass Steak House Steakhouse Most famous for

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, 713.237.1515. 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, 713.224.5299. L Mon–Fri; D & LN Daily. $$$

its Certified Angus Beef steaks, Saltgrass is an awardwinning 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. 713-277-7375. L,D, Daily. $$

coffee fix at this espresso bar located inside Hines’ 609 Main building and pair it with your favorite breakfast and lunch options from local favorite, Morningstar. instagram.com/preludecoffee. 609 Main, 832.382.3466. B & L Mon–Fri. $

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, 832.491.0337. L, D , LN Daily. $$

v Quattro Contemporary Italian Vivid colors, creative lighting and a unique design create a sophisticated and inviting ambience for guests. Located in the Four Seasons Hotel, Quattro is one of downtown’s best restaurants. Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar, 713.652.6250. B, 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. $

Quizno’s Fast Food

The Shops at Houston Center Food Court

Prelude Coffee & Tea Coffee House Get your

1119 Commerce, 713.228.9000. L & D Mon–Sun. $

Rachel’s Café American Rachel’s Cafe 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, 713.229.7067. L & D Mon–Sat. $

Roma’s Pizza Italian Located just across from the

Preston Station on the METRORail, Roma’s Pizza offers New York-style pizza by the slice or pie, as well as a variety of salads, lasagnas, ravioli, and chicken dishes. 223 Main, 713.222.1184. L & D Daily. $ v Rosalie Italian Soul Italian Located inside the C. Baldwin Hotel, Rosalie Italian Soul is named after and inspired by Chef 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, housemade pastas and shared plates, Rosalie blends traditional Italian cuisine with the ingredients of Houston. rosalieitaliansoul.com. C. Baldwin Hotel, 400 Dallas. B, L, D, LN, Daily. $$.

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, 713.759.9800. 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, 713.275.1088. L & D Daily. $

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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, 713.759.1442. 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, 713.375.4777. B, L & D Daily. $$$

Skyline Deli Deli With their freshly baked bread, Skyline makes a great deli sandwich. 717 Texas, 713.571.0509. 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, 713.651.0049. 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 glass-walled 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, 713.375.4775. 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, 713.651.0227. B & L Daily. $

NEW! Starbucks Coffee Located in the new AC Hotel, this Starbucks location is accessible from both the street and the hotel lobby. Offering staples such as macchiatos, lattes and teas, the Main Street location also serves pastries, oven-warmed food and other light bites. starbucks.com, 723 Main. 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. 713.337.3530. B & L. $

Subway Fast Food 405 Main, 713.227.4700. Daily. $ 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, 713.227.4800. 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, 713.739.8352. L Mon–Fri; 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 dishes including their Crispy Shrimp & Spicy Tamarind Sauce and Kao Soi. thaicafe917.com. 917 Franklin. 713.228.8424. L & D Mon–Sat. $$ v Theodore Rex American Enjoy an intimate dining experience at James Beard Award–winning Chef Justin Yu’s modern American bistro, Theodore Rex. Expect fresh local produce in your dishes coupled with warm hospitality as you walk in. trexhouston.com. 1302 Nance St, 832.830.8592. D Mon–Thu. $$

III Forks American Upscale, warm atmosphere and

impeccable service sets the stage for the sophisticated steakhouse. New York Strip and Filet Mignon, Bone-In Ribeye, Rack of Lamb, and a full range of steakhouse sides served a-la carte. Seafood items include Chilean Seabass, Atlantic Salmon, Seared Scallops, and Lobster Tails. 3forks.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto, Level 1, 713.658.9457. Mon-Fri, D Mon–Sat. $$$$ 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, 713.228.2622. Cloisters at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas, 713.229.8248. L Mon–Fri. $

Trofi Restaurant Continental Trofi’s menu is described

as Continental with a Mediterranean and Latin flair and the ambience is simple, yet sophisticated. Lunch buffets are available Monday through Friday. 400 Dallas, Doubletree Hotel, 713.759.0202. B, L & D Daily. $$ v Understory Food Hall Located at the base of Bank of America tower, this expansive 40-foot atrium which doubles as a lively food hall is filled with natural light, an abundance of community gathering spaces and features diverse food and drink experiences such as Seaside Poke, Flip n' Patties, Boomtown Coffee, MONA Fresh Italian Food, Mama Ninfa’s Tacos & Tortas, East Hampton Sandwich Co and Silver Lining Bar. understoryhouston.com. 800 Capitol. B, L, D, Daily. $$


plate. 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, 713.228.1111. L Mon–Fri; D Daily. $$$$

Walker St. Kitchen American Walker Street Kitchen

serves the freshest offerings from the Gulf Coast, fusing cultural and geographical influences into a culinary feast. 1777 Walker, 713.654.1777. B, L & D Daily. $$

Wimpy’s Hamburgers Fast Food Wimpy’s serves up a pretty good burger but they also have many other down-home favorites. 632 Polk, 713.652.0123. B & L Mon–Fri. $

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Wokker at Craft Beer Cellar Asian Food truck

favorite, Wokker, is now housed inside CraftBeer Cellar. Combining spices and cultures that blend harmoniously, Wokker is known for creating unique dishes that incorporate the wok, proteins and Texas cooking techniques. wokkerhtx.com. 907 Franklin, 713.227.0199. L & D. $ 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, 713.400.3330. L & D Daily. $$$

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), 832.767.2544. L & D. $

Zero’s Sandwich Shop Deli A great little spot for a

freshly made deli sandwich. zerossandwichshop.com. 809 Dallas, 713.650.3333. 1110 Lamar, 713.655.7722. 507 Dallas, 713.739.9955. B & L Mon–Fri. $

Zutro Restaurant & Bar American

Nestled inside Le Meridien Hotel, Zutro Restaurant & Bar offers reliable quality in a relaxed upscale environment. Tasty dishes are made with locally sourced ingredients and include favorites like Duck and Andouille Gumbo, Crab Gratin and Chicken Fried Pork Tomahawk. 1121 Walker, 346.330.3446. B, L, & D Daily. $$ 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 po-boys, jambalaya and gumbo make Zydeco a great lunch stop. A casual atmosphere adds to the enjoyment. 1119 Pease, 713.759.2001. L Mon–Sat; D Tue–Sat. $

Looking for a spot to go after a long day or for a fun night out with friends? Check out some of our favorites!

40 Below | 520 Texas Ave. (inside Revention Music Center)

Located forty steps below Revention Music Center, this luxurious lounge has an exclusive entrance with access to the main music hall and a private bar offering premium food and beverages creating the ultimate pre-show hangout space. reventionmusiccenter.com/40below

BASE | 801 Congress

This underground basement club in Downtown’s Historic Market Square neighborhood boasts a highend nightlife experience with a sleek, mysterious vibe. Guests can expect signature cocktails, world-class DJ’s, high-end VIP bottle service and more. Tue, Fri & Sat 10 pm–2 am. basehouston.com

Bardot | 1070 Dallas

Perched on the second floor of Hotel Alessandra above the atrium, Bardot offers luxurious ambiance and menu options poised to please. Unwind with a hand-crafted cocktail at the end of the day, or start your evening with a glass of wine and a light bite sure to delight your taste buds. Sun–Thu 3 pm–midnight; Fri–Sat 3 pm–2 am. hotelalessandra-houston.com/bar-bardot

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 first-ever Topgolf® simulation golf experience, Angels’ Share private dining room, and personalized bourbon lockers. Mon–Wed 11 am–midnight; Thu–Sat 11 am–1 am; Sun noon–midnight. fourseasons.com

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! Wed–Sat 4 pm–2 am. bootsnshootshouston.com

The Boulevardier | 410 Main, Downstairs

This beautiful lounge provides an upscale yet comfortable respite to Main Street every Thursday through Saturday serving the finest craft cocktails. Thu–Sat 6 pm–2 am. thecommonerbar.com/#upstairs

Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge | 308 Main

Cottonmouth Club | 108 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. Mon–Sun 4 pm–2 am. twitter.com/badnewsbar

For guests of The Cottonmouth Club, the cocktail experience will start before the first drop of liquor is poured. A brainchild of Reserve 101’s Mike Raymond, the bar combines its come-one-come-all atmosphere with world-class cocktails and private barrel-blended whiskey. Daily 4 pm–2 am. cottonmouthhouston.com

Casablanca Lounge | 312 Main

Craft Beer Cellar | 907 Franklin

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. Tue–Sat 4pm–2 am, Sun 4 pm–midnight. casablancahouston.com

Cellar 7 Wine & Bar Bites | 610 Main

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! Mon–Sat 10 am–10 pm; Sun 11 am–7 pm. houston.craftbeercellar.com

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 4–11 pm. district7grill.com

Dean’s | 316 Main

Char Bar | 305 Travis

The Dirt Bar | 1209 Caroline

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. Mon–Thu 8 pm–2 am; Fri–Sat 5 pm–2 am. deansdowntown.com

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

The non-venue rock ‘n’ roll lounge is a popular preand 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. Daily 6 pm–2 am. dirtbar.com

The Commoner | 410 Main, Downstairs

A dive bar built for good vibes, you get the best of both worlds at this lounge with a mixture of free play arcade games, drinks and music by some of the best local DJs and international artists. Fri–Sat 9 pm–2 am. divehtx.com

Simple, straightforward. Cocktails, beer and wine. Mon–Sun 4 pm–2 am; Sun noon–midnight. thecommonerbar.com

Coterie | 701 Texas Avenue

The wine-centric bistro offers an extensive selection of wines, seasonal cocktails, coffee, and everything in between. Opt for a vintage wine from their walk-in wine tower, let the bartender fix you a cocktail at the bar, or get your espresso fix any day of the week. Mon–Wed 6:30 am–11pm; Thu–Fri 6:30 am–1 am; Sat 7:30 am–1 am; Sun 7:30 am–10 pm. coteriehtx.com

The Dive | 809 Pierce

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. Daily 4 pm–2 am. 1820lounge.com

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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

El Big Bad | 419 Travis

El Big Bad is a gastro-cantina that specializes in infused tequilas, fresh juice margaritas and cocktails, Mexican and Texan Craft Beer and scrumptious fare. Sun–Thu 11 am–midnight; Fri & Sat 11 am–2 am. elbigbad.com

El Segundo | 306 Main

Kick back at the bar with a spiked agua fresca, frozen mojito slush or any other delicious concoction at El Segundo for a fun night of boozing. If you get hungry, the bar’s $2.50 tacos along with their inexpensive burgers, fries, and quesadillas will fill you right up. Sun–Wed 10 am–Midnight; Thu 10–2 am; Fri–Sat 10–3:30 am

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. Mon–Wed 11 am–1 am; Thu & Fri 11 am–2 am; Sat noon–2 am; Sun noon–midnight. beerknurd.com

Frank’s Backyard | 413 Travis

Forget about ordering pizza to-go and enjoy a slice or two at Frank’s Backyard. Whether you take a seat at the beer garden’s nifty airstream trailer housing 40 beers on tap or enjoy a glass of bourbon on their upper level deck, this local hotspot will take your traditional “pizza night” to the next level. Daily 3 pm–2 am. franksbackyard.net.

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. Wed–Sat 4 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! Thu–St 4 pm–2 am. highanddryhtx.com

Houston Watch Company | 913 Franklin

Houston Watch Company is located in the lobby of the Bayou Lofts at 913 Franklin and gets its name from the former timepiece company that occupied the space over 100 years ago. From its name to its drinks, Houston Watch Company is the essence of old-school. We suggest trying one of their four different versions of an old fashioned or the strawberry shrub cocktail made with fresh fruit! Sun–Tue 4 pm–midnight; Wed–Sat 4 pm–2 am. houstonwatchcompany.com

HTX Fan Tavern | 1800 Texas

HTX Fan Tavern is a sports-centric bar conveniently located across from Minute Maid Park. It’s the perfect place to pre-game before cheering on the home team or to celebrate after a big victory! htxfantavern.com

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The Isles Eatery & Rhum Bar | 1515 Pease

LIVE Sports Bar & Grill | 407 Main

KiLand’s Live | 530 Texas Ave.

Lone Star Saloon | 1900 Travis

Immerse yourself in this Caribbean hotspot and choose from an astonishing collection of 56 plus island rums used to create delightful cocktails rooted in the regional rhythms of the islands. Tue 4 pm–2 am; Wed & Thu 4–11 pm; Fri 3 pm–2 am; Sat & Sun Noon–2 am. isleseateryandbar.com This underground basement club in Downtown’s Historic Market Square neighborhood boasts a highend nightlife experience with a sleek, mysterious vibe. Guests can expect signature cocktails, world-class DJ’s, high-end VIP bottle service and more. Tue, Fri & Sat 10 pm-2 am. $$ KiLandsLive.com

Kanaloa | 311 Travis

Bring on the mai tais, bamboo backdrops and vibrant island vibes! Kanaloa brings a full-on tiki experience to Historic Market Square. Lay back with a pain killer cocktail in hand or bite into any of the delicious KoreanMexican fusion menu items from Oh My Gogi. Tue 4–Midnight; Wed–Sat 4–2 am; Sun 2 pm–Midnight. kanaloahtx.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–Wed 3 pm–midnight; Thu–Fri 3 pm–2 am; Sat 11 am–2 am; Sun 11 am–midndight. 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. Mon–Fri noon–2 am; Sat & Sun 1 pm–2 am.

Last Concert Café | 403 Nance

Located in Historic Market Square, Live Sports Bar & Grill makes you feel like you’re sitting at the game amongst all the action! Watch your favorite team on a number of TVs while you enjoy good eats and a drink from their ever-evolving selection of beer on tap. Daily 11 am–2 am. livesportsbarhouston.com 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-hell-and-back stories. Daily noon–2 am.

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–9 pm; Thu 7 am–2 am; Fri & Sat 9 am–2 am; Sun 9 am–8 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. Daily 11 am–2 am. mollyspubs.com

The Nightingale Room | 308 Main

The Nightingale Room—named for the famous songbird—also references Houston music legend Sippie Wallace, known as the Texas Nightingale during her prime in the 1920s. This entertainment-focused bar is a casual, comfortable spot to listen to vinyl during the week and will turn up the energy on weekends with live music—dancing is encouraged! Expect a variety of music from all genres. The drink menu features a small selection of house drinks, shots, as well as beer, wine and champagne. Tue–Sat 4 pm–2 am. nightingaleroom.com

Noble Rot Wine Bar | 1010 Prairie

You have to knock three times on the red door to gain entry to the unmarked house in the Warehouse District (well, not anymore). With a backyard stage and sandpit, hoola-hooping and tiki bar, Last Concert has live music most nights. Tue–Fri 11 am–2 am; Sat 5 pm–2 am; Sun 3–9 pm. lastconcert.com

Noble Rot is a laid back wine bar inside the Conservatory with a list of fantastic & easy drinking wines. The bar staffs a superstar team of stewards who are there to guide anyone that may not drink much wine to a glass that’s their perfect fit. Sun–Wed 11 am–midnight; Thu 11–1 am; Fri–Sat 11–3 am. conservatoryhtx.com

Lawless Spirits & Kitchen | 909 Texas

Notsuoh | 314 Main

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. Daily 4–11 pm. 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! Daily 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. Daily 4 pm–2 am. twitter.com/LittleDipperBar

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. Daily 8 pm–2 am. notsuoh.com

One-Armed Scissor | 208 Travis

Chill vibes, tempting libations, and an intimate experience will keep you coming back to this hotspot located in the Historic Market Square neighborhood. Tue–Thu & Sun 3 pm–Midnight; Fri–Sat 3 pm–2 am. onearmedscissorbar.com

The Original OKRA Charity Saloon | 924 Congress

Houston’s first charity bar is a true collaboration from Houston’s finest, including owners from Anvil, Paulie’s, Grand Prize and more. Expect classic cocktails and brews in a gorgeous historic building. Every drink purchase earns you a vote that can go toward select charities to win the bar’s monthly earnings. Daily 3 pm–2 am. friedokra.org


sip. 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

The Pastry War | 310 Main

A Mezcaleria from Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta that serves up agave spirits along with classic Mexican cocktails and beers in a festive and intimate environment. This specialty tequila joint not only accepts pesos, but is on a brave mission to serve the best margaritas in town. Salud! Tue–Sat 4 pm–2 am. thepastrywar.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

Public Services Wine & Whiskey | 202 Travis

Nestled in the historic Cotton Exchange Building, lies Public Services Wine & Whiskey. Public Services isn’t just any cocktail bar, in fact, they’re the complete opposite. Here, patrons can find classic wines and a vast yet distinctive whiskey selection served straight, on the rocks, or with a small selection of mixers. Craft beer and cider help round out the carefully crafted drink menu. Mon–Sat 4 pm–2 am. publicservicesbar.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 5 pm–2 am; Mon–Sat 2 pm–2 am. reserve101.com

Saint Arnold Beer Garden & Restaurant | 2000 Lyons

Saint Arnold’s Beer Garden & Restaurant is a mustgo-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. Sun–Wed 11 am–10 pm; Thu–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 not-so-young merrymakers. Mon–Fri 11 am–2 am; Sat & Sun 1 pm–2 am. mcelroyspub.com

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–2 am.

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. Mon–Fri 11 am–2 am; Sat noon–2 pm, Sun 2 pm–2 am.

The Wine Cellar | 540 Texas

Unwind and relax with more than 400 varieties of wine and imported beers. Wine tastings Mon–Thu, 2–7 pm. Daily 11 am–midnight. thewinecellarhouston.com

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. Sun–Thu 4–10 pm; Fri–Sat 4–11 pm. lemeridienhoustondowntown.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.

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PERFORMING ARTS ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

Mar 1 TUTS is thrilled to bring the national tour of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical to Houston. Once On This Island is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org

UNFORGETTABLE: CELEBRATING THE NAT KING COLE CENTENNIAL

Mar 1 His warm, velvety voice is unmistakable. His

legacy is unforgettable. Join the world in celebrating legendary crooner Nat King Cole in his centennial year as Ryan Shaw performs all the songs that made us fall in L-O-V-E with Nat—When I Fall in Love, Mona Lisa, Stardust, Straighten Up and Fly Right and many more. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org

CAMP DAVID

Mar 1–15 Texas playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, author of God Save Texas and The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, offers a behind the-scenes look at a historical moment that continues to resonate 41 years later. During 13 days in 1978, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, with the powerful help of U.S. President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, hammered out an agreement that inspired the entire world. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. alleytheatre.org

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

Mar 1–8 The 50th anniversary season would not be complete without a signature Ben Stevenson production. Premiering in 1990, Stevenson’s The Sleeping Beauty is recognized as one of the supreme achievements of classical ballet. His is an exquisite interpretation of the classic French fairytale by Charles Perrault: a beautiful princess is cursed by an evil fairy and doomed to sleep for 100 years— only to be awakened by the kiss of the handsome prince who loves her. Stunning costumes and spectacular sets by Desmond Heeley help make the production as magical as the story it tells. Wortham Center, 501 Texas.

COME FROM AWAY

COME FROM AWAY

Mar 3–8 Broadway’s Come From Away is a Best Musical winner all across North America! This New York Times Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them after 9/11. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org

MARIAN’S SONG

Mar 5–6 Houston Grand Opera’s 68th world premiere is the HGOco-commissioned Marian’s Song, composed by Damien Sneed to a libretto by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Houston’s poet laureate emeritus. The opera is based on the life of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century, who broke racial barriers throughout her storied career. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. hgo.org

LILA DOWNS

Mar 6 Iconic Grammy and Latin Grammy Awardwinning singer Lila Downs is one of the world’s most singular and powerful voices. Her compelling stage presence and poignant storytelling transcend all language barriers. Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, this global music icon sings in Spanish, English and the languages of the Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya and Mahuati cultures. Her exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues and hip-hop. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. spahouston.org

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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

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1984

Mar 6–29 Based on George Orwell’s futuristic novel, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith and a stark vision of a world in which freedom of action, word, and thought are controlled by Big Brother. How far are we from realizing Orwell’s nightmare? Are we already there? Can there be more than one truth, more than one set of facts? As the story of Winston’s fight for individual identity unfolds, the vision grows increasingly terrifying as the world it depicts grows uncomfortably familiar. A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas.

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TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER ORCHESTRA— INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION CONCERT

Mar 8 The Texas Medical Center Orchestra is known as one of the finest community orchestras in the nation, winning the American Prize for best community orchestra in 2017 and 2018. Most of the members are health professionals who have a dedication to music. The mission of the orchestra is to provide fellowship for its members, contribute culturally to the community, and raise awareness for medical and other local charities through its concerts and other events. Zilka Hall, Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org

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LEGALLY BLONDE

Mar 19–Apr 5 Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture, Art Factory’s production of Legally Blonde tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who has it all. Wanting nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III, she’s pretty devasted when he tells her she’s too blond for him to marry. Determined to win him back, Elle rallies her resources and gets into Harvard only to find out there’s more to her than just looks. Art Factory, 1125 Providence. artfactoryhouston.com FORGED IN HOUSTON Principle Jessica Collado; photo by Amitava Sarkar

FORGED IN HOUSTON

Mar 12–22 Continuing its tradition of supporting

TRIXI MATTEL: GROWN UP

TRIXI MATTEL: GROWN UP

Mar 8 Trixie Mattel is a drag performer, singersongwriter and comedian. Wortham Center, 501 Texas.

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WHINE DOWN WITH JANA KRAMER AND MICHAEL CAUSSIN

Mar 9 At the end of a long day, nothing is better than winding down and decompressing with a good friend, especially one that’s seen it all. Jana Kramer is here to hang out and share her advice and experience from a pretty crazy life. She’s been there and done that, from acting to singing, divorce, motherhood and beyond. If you’ve got something to get off your chest, come over to Jana’s place, pour a glass or two and whine down! Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org

LOUISE ERDRICH

Mar 9 Louise Erdrich is one of the most revered novelists of our time. Influenced by a community of storytellers and rooted in Ojibwe myths and legends, Erdrich is the author of 15 novels, plus volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Erdrich comes to Houston to share her forthcoming novel The Night Watchman, based on the extraordinary life of Erdrich’s grandfather, who as a working man carried on the fight against Native dispossession. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas.

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HARRY CONNICK, JR. TRUE LOVE: AN INTIMATE PERFORMANCE

Mar 11 While Harry Connick, Jr. is the virtual definition of a multi-talented star, with notable triumphs as a television personality and an actor, the foundation of his art remains his music. After 30 million albums sold worldwide and a music, film, television and Broadway career spanning three decades, he returns with a sensational new record, True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter. Join Harry for an intimate performance of songs from True Love as well as classics from his remarkable career. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. spahouston.org

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the world's most respected choreographers, Houston Ballet is pleased to present an uplifting program featuring two of the most successful ballets ever created in the company and a world premiere by a choreographer who grew up in Houston. Jorma Elo's One/end/One reflects the dance maker's quirky and unexpected playfulness. Christopher Bruce's Hush is a comic and moving celebration of life set to the music of Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. houstonballet.org

PAW PATROL LIVE! RACE TO THE RESCUE

Mar 13–15 PAW Patrol is on a roll with its hit live

tour! Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody’s favorite heroic pups race to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race. When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol will need to team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay’s mayor and stop Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger from winning the race. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org

SECRETS & ILLUSIONS

Mar 14 Set on the dark and deserted streets of Paris, you’ll enter the legendary Louvre Museum, where an enchanting musical muse escorts you through galleries, while Ivan uncovers life’s greatest mysteries deep inside the priceless artwork, one dazzling illusion at a time. Watch someone face their greatest fears. Witness a person find love in the most unexpected place, and another discover how the Laws of Attraction helps them discover their purpose in life. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org

WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’: SWING TO ROCK WITH DAVE BENNETT

Mar 20–22 Goodness gracious great hits of fire! Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready to rock as multi-instrument phenomenon Dave Bennett and his amazing band tear it up with hits of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Glenn Miller and more. This highenergy concert will have you in the mood to sing, sing, sing. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org

DAFNIS PRIETO BIG BAND

Mar 21 Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto returns to our stage having won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz album for his recording with his newest project, the Dafnis Prieto Big Band. Since making his Da Camera debut in 2009 and earning a MacArthur Genius grant in 2011, Prieto has racked up rave reviews, prestigious commissions and multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. dacamera.com

REGINALD DWAYNE BETTS & NATALIE DIAZ

Mar 23 Reginald Dwayne Betts comes to Houston

to share his new poetry collection Felon, a work that animates what it means to be a felon, while confronting the smear of post-incarceration and prison as a force that enacts a lifetime of pressure. Natalie Diaz, born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village, is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her debut collection When My Brother Was an Aztec, which won an American Book Award, draws upon reservation folklore, pop culture, fractured gospels, and her brother’s addiction to methamphetamine in a delicate balance of stark intimacy and gorgeous lyricism. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. inprinthouston.org

ADAMS’ EL NIÑO

Mar 14–15 Imagine Handel’s Messiah, updated for the 21st century. John Adams’ El Niño combines mesmerizing music with biblical verse and the words of Spanish and Latin American poets—trailblazing women writers, both ancient and contemporary, in particular—for a unique and captivating account of the story of Christ’s birth. Featuring a stellar cast of soloists alongside the awe-inspiring forces of symphony and chorus, this is music that invites you to reflect. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org

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Spring Calendar

BOOK CLUB

Mar 10 Do your reading tendencies lean toward the

All events free and open to the public. Central Library 500 McKinney

Julia Ideson Library 550 McKinney

classics? If you enjoy reading and discussing classic literature, please join us. Our March title is Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Published in the 17th century, this novel is considered one of the most influential works of literature from the Spanish literary canon. Free. Noon–1 pm.

ANDYROO & THE ANDYROONIVERSE

Mar 16 Join Andyroo on a musical journey to the

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Andyrooniverse—a magical place created by the ever-expanding landscape of children’s imaginations, where you’ll encounter swinging monkeys, Silly Sal the Salamander, and a big balloon that will whisk you away to a whole universe of exciting animated characters. Using storytelling, music making, and movement, this program teaches children about individuality, togetherness, and kindness through an active listening experience. Ages 3–10. Free. 10:30–11:15 am.

LEGO MANIA

Mar 25 Lego maniacs wanted! Let your imagination run wild and explore your engineering skills as you play with Lego at the library. We also have bigger Duplo for the younger kids. Ages 3–12. Free. 3:30–4:30 pm.

RETRO GAMES

Apr 7 Come on down for retro games like Donkey Kong

PORTRAITS OF COURAGE

EXHIBITS PORTRAITS OF COURAGE: A COMMANDER IN CHIEF’S TRIBUTE TO AMERICA’S WARRIORS

Mar 1–Apr 25 The exhibit is a collection of portraits by President George W. Bush and is on loan from the Ambassador and Mrs. George L. Arygros Collection of Presidential Art at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a nonprofit organization whose Military Service Initiative is focused on helping veterans and their families. The exhibit brings together 66 full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our Nation with honor since 9/11—and whom he has come to know personally.

POPS UP! MAKING IT: CREATIVE WOMEN IN HOUSTON

Apr 23 From painters to architects to musicians, Houston women have created work reflecting their lives and their city. Join us for this one-night-only exhibit to explore this history through photographs, letters, artwork, and an oral history listening station—all materials from HMRC's own collections. 6–7:45 pm.

Country, Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island, Super Mario Kart, Mega Man, Kirby Super Star, and more! Free. 5:30–7:30 pm.

FOUNDATION CENTER WORKSHOP: INTRODUCTION TO FINDING FUNDERS FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Apr 14 This workshop will introduce one of the

key online tools for finding funders, the Foundation Directory Online. Participants will learn how to create customized searches, how to develop lists of potential foundation and corporate donors, and how to match your nonprofit organization funding needs. Free. 4–6 pm.

AUTHOR TALK: DR. LEANDRA ZARNOW BATTLING BELLA: THE PROTEST POLITICS OF BELLA ABZUG

Apr 9 Dr. Leandra Zarnow, from University of

Houston’s History Department, will discuss her newly released biography of New York’s Bella Abzug, chair of the 1977 National Women's Conference. This biography highlights how, as 1960's radicalism moved protest into electoral politics, Abzug drew fire from establishment politicians across the political spectrum—but also inspired a generation of women. Free. 6:30–7:30 pm.

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

ARMENIAN DREAMS

Mar 24–29 A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra

Mar 28 Apollo blends East and West in a program

tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. Featuring the Broadway classics Tradition, If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise, Sunset, Matchmaker, Matchmaker and To Life, Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life! Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org

of soulful music by Reza Vali and Rauschenberg Award-winning composer Eve Beglarian, including the world premiere of a new commission for string quartet, duduk, percussion and electronics. Armenian duduk virtuoso Arsen Petrosyan and Iranian-born percussionist Pejman Hadad join Apollo for their first appearances in the Bayou City. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org

MOZART’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 20

HAYDN’S CELLO CONCERTO

Mar 26, 28 & 29 Mozart’s genius burns with brooding

Mar 28 Join Mercury for Haydn’s immensely popular

intensity in the darkly passionate Piano Concerto No. 20, a masterpiece long celebrated as one of his greatest musical achievements. Fearless French star Cédric Tiberghien brings boundless imagination and a poetic touch in his Houston debut. Then, indulge in evocative sound-paintings by music’s impressionist master, sensuous, softly glowing dreamscapes that drift through lively Spanish street fairs, brilliant spring days and sweet-scented nights. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org

C-major Cello Concerto performed by Beiliang Zhu, Mercury’s principal cellist and an early-music specialist. Hear this spectacular work as if you were attending its premiere at Esterházy in the 1760s. Also on the program, one of Haydn’s last Sturm und Drang works and Beethoven’s Twelve Variations on Handel’s See, the Conqu’ring Hero Comes! Wortham Center, 501 Texas. mercuryhouston.org

DRUM TAO 2020

Lafayette clan have returned to Arkansas and their crumbling old plantation home to settle the accounts of their recently deceased patriarch. As they sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, the discovery of a gruesome relic and a surprise visitor send the family into a spiral of explosive confrontations, repressed histories, and regret. Rec Room, 100 Jackson. recroomarts.org

Mar 27 Drum Tao, internationally-acclaimed percussion artists, return to Houston with another modern, high-energy performance that showcases the ancient art of Japanese drumming. Drum Tao has transfixed audiences across the globe with the combination of highly physical, large-scale drumming, contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals that create an energetic and unforgettable production. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. spahouston.org

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Salvant’s latest recording, The Window, topped best of the year lists everywhere from Jazzwise magazine and Rolling Stone to the 2018 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll and The New York Times—and she won the Grammy for Jazz Vocal Album. Be there for her triumphant return to the Da Camera stage, where she first appeared early in her career in 2014, accompanied once again by the Aaron Diehl Trio. Wortham Center, 501 Texas.

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APPROPRIATE

Mar 28–Apr 18 The estranged members of the CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT TRIO

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ANDRÉS CONDUCTS MAHLER 7

Apr 3–5 Instantly arresting. Brazenly theatrical.

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CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT TRIO

Apr 3 Three-time Grammy winner Cécile McLorin

Larger than life. To experience a Mahler symphony live is to know why it’s an experience unlike anything in all of art. In his Seventh Symphony, Mahler paints with every color in the orchestral palette—from clanging cowbell to strumming mandolin—to summon nocturnal worlds both nightmarish and serene, menacingly dark and lustrously moonlit. Night erupts into dazzling day in a riotous finale replete with blazing brass and pealing bells. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org


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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE IN CONCERT

BLACK VIOLIN

PURE COUNTRY

Apr 7 Black Violin is led by classically trained string

Apr 14–26 Theatre Under The Stars presents the

players Wil B. and Kev Marcus. Joining them onstage are DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. spahouston.org

world premiere professional production of the new musical, Pure Country. Based on the beloved 1992 film starring George Strait, the musical tells the tale of a jaded country music mega-star who suddenly walks away from his successful yet joyless career to return to his Texas roots and rediscover his passion for life, love, and music. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby.

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MIGUEL ZENÓN QUARTET

Apr 10–11 Relive the magic of year six in Harry Potter

Apr 17 Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón is a multiple

and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert. With this film, based on the sixth installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale of Harry’s obsession with a mysterious potions book accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen in HD! Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org

Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow and one of the most influential saxophonists of his generation. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón has built a distinguished career as a leader and has also toured or recorded with SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, among many others. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. dacamera.com

LETTERKENNY LIVE!

ARETHA: QUEEN OF SOUL

Apr 14 Letterkenny is a Canadian television sitcom

Apr 17–19 The late, great Aretha Franklin will

created by Jared Keeso and developed and primarily written by Keeso and Jacob Tierney, with Tierney as director. Beginning as a YouTube web series titled Letterkenny Problems and commissioned as a television series by Crave in March 2015, Letterkenny debuted in February 2016, later airing on The Comedy Network. The show stars Keeso and Nathan Dales as Wayne and Daryl, two friends living in the small town of Letterkenny, Ontario, a small community loosely based on Keeso's own hometown of Listowel, Ontario. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. worthamcenter.org

forever have our hearts and our respect thanks to her incredible voice and soulful refrains about love, pain and triumph. Vocalist Capathia Jenkins channels all the power and charisma of the Queen of Soul in an unforgettable tribute to one of music’s most iconic artists. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana.

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SALOME

Apr 17–May 1 R. Strauss’s powerful psychodrama Salome returns to HGO for the first time in 20 years in a production directed by Francisco Negrin. The revolutionary score reinvents Oscar Wilde’s biblical drama of a deeply disturbed princess who has fallen in love with Jokanaan (John the Baptist). After he denies her, she performs the infamous and seductive Dance of the Seven Veils for King Herod in exchange for John’s head. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. hgo.org

DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE

Apr 17–May 10 An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy by Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House). An off-the-wall play about the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. alleytheatre.org

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HEROES AND ADVENTURES

Apr 18 Heroes perform daring feats in the movies and on TV, but they also walk among us every day. Set out on an epic adventure as the Houston Symphony and a local high school gospel choir perform music from Disney’s Hercules. Then, celebrate the lives of Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, Matthew Henson and Katherine Johnson—real-world heroes who overcame adversity to achieve greatness. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana.

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NAT GEO LIVE: THE SEARCH FOR LIFE BEYOND EARTH

Apr 21 Astrobiologist Kevin Hand is searching for life beyond Earth. Working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, he designs instruments that will travel to Jupiter’s moon Europa to search for a possible subsurface ocean there that may support primitive forms of life. His work often takes him out of the lab to visit some of the world’s most forbidding environments—such as Antarctica and the deep sea—to investigate how microbes eke out a living under extreme conditions. Don’t miss this firsthand report on the search for real extraterrestrials. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. spahouston.org

ACADEMY SPRING SHOWCASE

Apr 24–25 They’ve performed on stages in Australia, Guatemala, Hungary and Mexico, and have been honored at the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. In fact, these young dancers are so exceptionally skilled, it’s hard to believe they’re students. Yet, they all train at the Houston Ballet Academy. These talented dancers represent the future of ballet, a future that looks to be very bright indeed. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. houstonballet.org

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EMILY ST. JOHN & COLUM MCCANN

Apr 24–25 Now more than ever, the world needs the

Apr 27 Emily St. John Mandel is author of the

power of dance to bring people together and connect us all by our common humanity. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to push the art form into fascinating new territory while still honoring signature classics like Ailey’s masterpiece of hope and redemption, Revelations. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. spahouston.org

bestselling novel Station Eleven, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, finalist for the National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award, and named a best book of the year by The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Buzzfeed, Time, and more. Mandel comes to Houston with her new novel The Glass Hotel, a story of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise. Colum Mccann comes to Houston with his new novel Apeirogon, set in Jerusalem, which tells an epic story rooted in the real-life friendship between two men—one Palestinian, one Israeli—who are united by loss. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. inprinthouston.org

THE MAGIC FLUTE

Apr 24–May 8 Mozart's classic like you have never seen before. Filled with captivating, interactive projections, this breathtaking production by Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade uses a silent-film aesthetic with 21st-century technology to deliver a Magic Flute unlike any that has been seen at HGO before. The classic story centers on the noble Prince Tamino’s quest to rescue Pamina, a beautiful princess. Along the way, he is tested by forces of darkness and must overcome evil to discover truth and the meaning of justice. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. hgo.org

AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS & J.R.R. TOLKIEN

Apr 25–26 They were lions of 20th century British fantasy, giants of a literary genre that reached millions of readers, young and old alike, with mystifying adventures to entertain and deep truths to move people’s hearts. C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) were also distinguished faculty members at Oxford University and participants in a literary group known as the Inklings. Their robust philosophical discourse served an uncommon friendship that was not without its differences. Life’s circumstances and, sometimes, unresolved disagreements forced an uncomfortable season of estrangement. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby.

CABARET

Apr 30–May 17 Set in 1931 in Berlin during the Weimar Republic, Cabaret follows American cabaret singer Sally Bowles as she meets and falls in love with British academic, Brian Roberts. The arrival of wealthy and decadent playboy, Maximillian von Heune complicates the situation entirely. Art Factory, 1125 Providence. artfactoryhouston.com

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

May 1–3 It shocked Parisian audiences in 1830, and almost 200 years later, Berlioz’ boundary-pushing, mind-stretching masterpiece remains classical music’s wildest ride. Enter a world where witches shriek, severed heads roll and imagination knows no limit when Karina Canellakis conducts Symphonie fantastique, and feel the lyrical beauty and lively rhythms of Bruch’s treasured masterpiece. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org

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VICKI LAWRENCE & MAMA, A TWO WOMAN SHOW

May 8 Celebrate Mother’s Day with Mama—Vicki Lawrence is a multi-talented actress, comedian and singer known for the many characters she originated on CBS’s The Carol Burnett Show. She has multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominations and won an Emmy Award in 1976. She approaches everything with her characteristic sense of humor, reminding us all that “Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!” Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. spahouston.org

AMERIKIN

May 8–31 Developed as part of the 2019 Alley All New Festival. Jeff Browning, a new father desperate for community, casually follows his buddy’s advice and tries to join a white supremacist group…but the results of his ancestry test prove surprising.  Amerikin follows Jeff as serious consequences come knocking and the line between "us" and "them" gets incredibly blurry. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. alleytheatre.org

MOZART’S PIANO CONCERTOS

May 9 A year after his memorable performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto on fortepiano, Alon Goldstein returns to perform two Mozart piano concertos. Take in No. 20—turbulent and exciting—and No. 21—with its dreamy, well-known Andante—in an intimate and exceptional concert experience. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. mercuryhouston.org

TEXAS MEDICIAL CENTER ORCHESTRA— CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES

May 9 The Texas Medical Center Orchestra presents Celebrating Anniversaries: Beethoven and TMCO with a program that includes Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (The Pastoral Symphony and Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major (The Emperor Concerto). Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org

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May 9 Whitney Houston had a powerful voice and unique delivery that touched our hearts and souls. A true diva, Guinness World Records named Whitney Houston as the most-awarded female act of all-time having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. Vocalist Amanda Cole joins the Houston Symphony to celebrate Whitney’s extraordinary talent with an evening of her biggest hits, including Saving All My Love, How Will I Know?, and, of course I Will Always Love You. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana.

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BRIAN CULBERTSON: THE XX TOUR

May 10 Over the course of crafting a 20-album catalogue and architecting more than 30 Billboard No. 1 singles as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, Brian Culbertson has charted his own unique course in music. Flash forward to present day, his aptly titled XX album—those X’s are Roman numerals—finds Culbertson making a record unlike any of his previous releases because of its diversity. Whether you’re listening to music from XX on record or live in concert, you’re hearing an eclectic, entertaining and engaging set from an artist at the peak of his power. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. worthamcenter.org

AN R-RATED MAGIC SHOW

May 15 This is not your grandfather’s magic show… Tricks, antics, wisecracks, buffoonery—all brought to you by one of the most compelling entertainers of his generation! Side-splitting comedy and mind-blowing magic are brought into the spotlight as comedy magician Grant Freeman brings his unique, raunchy show full of surprises to Houston! Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org

BEETHOVEN + LÓPEZ

May 15 & 17 Come together in Jones Hall for a concert that celebrates the courage, resilience and enduring strength of the human spirit. Featuring text by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, Jimmy López’ unforgettable Dreamers shines a spotlight on the immigrant experience. Shades of Ode to Joy echo throughout Beethoven’s resounding Choral Fantasy, which inspires and uplifts with its timeless message of unity, peace and hope. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org

EMN—ENSEMBLE MIK NAWOOJ

May 15 Led by composer/pianist, JooWan Kim, hip hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) creates new concert music based on the musical materials of hip-hop and by sampling compatible classical compositional techniques. Executed with MCs/ lyricists Do D.A.T. and Sandman, a lyric soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, drums and bass, the music is rigorous, nuanced, accessible, and free from the dogmas of Western European concert music aesthetic. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. spahouston.org

BACH GOES GREEK May 16 The 2019/20 season finale brings the full ensemble to the stage with six outstanding singers, for an evening of Bach cantatas with characters drawn from Greek mythology. Bach and his librettist turned the legendary competition between Phoebus (Apollo) and Pan into a lively singing contest, and so does Ars Lyrica. Tara Faircloth directs Bach’s comic masterpiece and Matthew Dirst conducts. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org

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BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET: CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

May 16 To celebrate his life and legacy, Dave’s sons, Chris and Dan Brubeck, who performed and recorded with their father since the 1970s, curated a multimedia show with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. Through stories told by his sons, video interviews with Dave and musicians he influenced and music performed by the quartet, the show invites audiences to travel along the timeline of Dave’s extraordinary life and career. Wortham Center, 501 Texas.

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DISNEY’S NEWSIES

May 19–31 Two-time Tony Award-winning show, Newsies is filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you won’t want to miss. Based on true events, Newsies tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right... and staying true to who you are. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby.

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GAME ON!

May 21 Featuring a live performance of selections from blockbuster video games, including World of Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed, Bioshock, League of Legends, and more, Game On! combines unrivaled, world-class symphonic arrangements with stunning in-game HD videos and never-before-seen concept art. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org

FROM HOUSTON TO THE WORLD

May 21–31 Recognized worldwide as a famously musical choreographer, Mark Morris created The Letter V for Houston Ballet in 2015 to audience and critical acclaim. Aszure Barton's Angular Momentum has notable Houston heritage. Not only was the choreographer influenced by the city's architecture including etchings on the windows at the Center for Dance, the third movement of Mason Bates's score was written about Houston and the moon landing. Arthur Pita has created works for San Francisco and for The Royal Ballet of London, but this program marks the first time the acclaimed choreographer has worked in Houston. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. houstonballet.org

THE BEST OF JOHN WILLIAMS—STAR WARS & MORE WITH CHORUS!

May 22–24 From actionpacked flicks to laugh-outloud comedies to the most touching dramas, the music of John Williams delights audiences of all generations. Join the Houston Symphony and Chorus for themes from all your blockbuster favorites—Superman, Star Wars, Harry Potter and more—in this musical celebration of the master-of-film scores. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. houstonsymphony.org

AN INTERVIEW WITH GOD

May 23 An Interview with God is about a God-fearing and close-knit family, whose moral values are tested to the limit because of the inevitable changing of morality; which tears the family apart. The rapidly changing of morality causes many of us to play Russian roulette with our souls and even religious leaders have turned a blind eye to the matter. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. thehobbycenter.org

THE WOLVES

May 23–30 Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls’ indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals. Rec Room, 100 Jackson. recroomarts.org

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PUPPIES FOR BREAKFAST DOG FEST

Apr 11 Puppies for Breakfast celebrates 10 years in Houston! This dog festival has proven to be the biggest "dog pawty" in the city where you and your pets can experience shopping, photo booth installations, music, good food and great drinks. 10 am–3 pm. Free.

DOOMSDAY WRESTLING LIVE

May 2 Join us for an evening of headlocks and hi-jinks with the wackiest wrestlers that you've ever seen. Described as being like the WWE but intentionally funny—and named “Best Comedy Show” by the Houston Press—Doomsday Wrestling has been entertaining Houston with its unique brand of over the top “comedy wrestling” since 2003. 7–10 pm. Free. DOOMSDAY WRESTLING LIVE

DIVERCITY PROJECT

May

blanket and friends and enjoy an eclectic concert on the lawn. This new bi-monthly music series showcases Houston's diverse cultural landscape through original compositions. The inaugural performance spotlights jazz with an emphasis on African roots. In partnership with Houston Brass Quintet and with a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. Noon to 2 pm. Free.

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Mar 14 Celebrate the luck of the Irish at Market Square Park with food, games and live music by Blaggards ! Then head out in your green attire to the neighborhood’s eclectic bars and restaurants for drink specials on all your Irish favorites. Noon–1 pm. Free.

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Be sure to follow Historic Market Square on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for special event announcements, weather-related updates and other happenings in the neighborhood’s eclectic dining and bar scene.

ROAD TO RIVER REVIVAL

DON’T MISS

SAINT PATRICK’S CONCERT

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Monthly In partnership with Splice Records, Market Square Park counts down to the popular River Revival Music Festival with themed monthly concerts featuring live music from regional talent along with food, drinks and lots of surprises. 7–10 pm. Free.

Mar 7 & 21, Apr 4 & 18, May 2 & 16 Bring your

Market Square Park is open daily from 6 am–11 pm. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase at Niko Niko’s. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. Metered on-street parking is available and free after 6 pm and all-day Sunday.

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Aug

(New Orleans): Colin Lake and Sweet Crude (Southern Roots): Folk Family Revival and Two Tons of Steel (Splice Records Bday): Maggie Belle and a surprise guest (Latin Night): Arthur Yoria, Money Chicha and Nico

BLANKET BINGO

May 21 This park favorite is back. Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of music and great prizes. $10 admission includes one bingo packet (approx. nine games). Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. Proceeds benefit Central Houston and Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Note: Blanket Bingo is a monthly event through October. 6–9 pm. Bingo begins at 7 pm.

MARKET SQUARE PARK PRESENTS THE QUIRKY & THE CLASSICS

Forget about trekking to the theater for your movie fix and come Downtown instead. Join us at Market Square Park for these fantastic films under the stars:

Mar 4 Anchorman (PG-13) 2004, 104 mins. 8 pm Apr 1 Lady Bird (R) 2017, 95 mins. 8 pm May 6 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (R) 2004,

88 mins. 8:30 pm

RECREATION BAYOU BIKERS

Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3 Bayou Bikers meet at Market Square on the first Sunday of the month for 25- to 40mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston's waterways. First Sunday of the month, 8 am.


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FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS 48TH ANNUAL BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP REGATTA

Mar 7 Join us for Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race— the 48th Annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta! Paddlers, ages 12 and up, are encouraged to participate in the 15-mile race along the scenic Buffalo Bayou. Whether you are entering competitively or paddling for pleasure, you won’t want to miss out on this longstanding Houston tradition! buffalobayou.org

ARCHITECTURE CENTER HOUSTON SKETCHING CLASS SERIES: URBAN PARKS

Mar 7 Join Kids & Architecture for a sketching class

at Discovery Green. The class will meet outside of the Lake House. Students will work one on one or in small groups with architects to learn and develop hand sketching skills. Registration includes a sketch book, pencils, bottle of water and a snack. The class is open to students age 12 and up. Adults are welcome to participate and parents are encouraged to stay for the class. $25 registration fee, materials provided. 9:30am–noon. aiahouston.org

ART CAR IPA 5K

TOUR DE HOUSTON

SIGHTS & SOUNDS FESTIVAL

MAR 15 Tour de Houston Presented by Apache

April 4 A family-friendly festival showcasing

Corporation, the annual fundraising bike ride which offers Houstonians and visitors a unique way to view the city with routes winding through Houston’s historic neighborhoods, scenic districts and parks while raising funds for the city’s Reforest Houston program. With three ride length options, the Tour de Houston is the perfect event for leisure riders or cycling enthusiasts. In addition, it is a BP MS 150 recommended training ride. Riders will start and end at City Hall located at 901 Bagby, Registration fees and start times vary. houstontx.gov

Houston’s hidden talent. Sights and Sounds is part of a year-long celebration of Bayou Greenways 2020. Experience the beauty of the bayou greenways while enjoying performances from local talent and Houston’s diverse cultures and communities. Free. White Oak Bayou from Stude Park to the University of Houston Downtown. houstonparksboard.org

SAINT PATRICK’S DAY AT SAINT ARNOLD’S

Mar 17 We’ll get right into the festivities block-party

style with live music, a Donegal beard contest, and of course, delicious beer. Free admission. Saint Arnold Brewing Co., 2000 Lyons. saintarnold.com

DOWNTOWN HOME TOUR

Mar 28 Discover why it’s great to live Downtown! This self-guided tour lets you explore six unique properties including apartments, lofts and condos. You’ll get a firsthand look at new projects, hotspots and amazing historic buildings. Tickets: $25 online; $35 on-site. Proceeds benefit Houston Coalition for the Homeless.

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ART CAR IPA 5K

APR 5 Get funky, get creative, and show us your artistic talent as we party and revel in the art of running and drinking beer! $25–$50. Saint Arnold Brewing Co., 2000 Lyons. saintarnold.com

BREAKFAST WITH EASTER BUNNY

April 11 Have more than just carrots with Peter Cottontail! Enjoy a delicious breakfast and take pictures with him. Reservations required. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. 713.223.3474. downtownaquarium.com

SUPER HAPPY INCREDIBLE TOY SHOW

Apr 11–12 A family-friendly showcase of some of the best toy vendors and and most talented artisans. Free admission. Saint Arnold Brewing Co., 2000 Lyons.

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HOUSTON WOMEN MARCH ON: CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE RIGHT TO VOTE

Apr 3 This exhibit is presented in partnership with

BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP REGATTA

the League of Women Voters and will celebrate the perseverance of women across America and here in Houston who fought for the right to vote. Exhibit runs through December. The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby.

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Spring Calendar The events listed are confirmed at the time of printing. For a full listing of Discovery Green’s spring events, please visit the calendar at discoverygreen.com Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase at the Lake House. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages permitted. Most events are free, unless noted otherwise. 1500 McKinney.

HOUSE OF CARDS

May thru August This spring, Discovery Green hosts House of Cards, by OGE Group in Israel. Oversized playing cards, each designed with a unique piece of artwork including 20 from Houston artists, form a one-of-a kind house of cards reaching toward the sky. Installation runs through August 2.

SPECIAL EVENTS THE RINK—ROLLING AT DISCOVERY GREEN

Mar 6–Apr 12 Houston’s first outdoor roller rink

returns! Enjoy five weeks of roller-skating fun at Discovery Green. Admission $10. Skate rental $4. Go online for special skate nights and promotions.

FLEA BY NIGHT PRESENTED BY GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY

Mar 21, Apr 18 & May 16 Treasure hunt for one-of-akind vintage, handmade, recycled and local goods. Plus, enjoy live music and food trucks along Avenida de las Americas and the park’s Grace Event Lawn. 6–10 pm

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GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY’S EARTH DAY

Apr 19 Discovery Green celebrates the 50th

anniversary of Earth Day in partnership with Citizens Environmental Coalition! Noon–5 pm

URBAN BIRD WALK

Apr 22 Bird authority Gary Clark, author of the Book of Texas Birds, and columnist for the Houston Chronicle will lead an urban bird walk. Noon–1 pm.

XFINITY CINCO DE MAYO

May 3 Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Discovery Green with the ballet folklorico, mariachis and more. 3–5 pm

ENTERTAINMENT UNPLUGGED AT DISCOVERY GREEN

Mar 22, Apr 19 & May 10 Unplugged at Discovery Green brings the best musical acts in town to perform an acoustic concert on the park’s main stage. This popular series challenges up to five bands to rethink and rearrange their songs using only acoustic instruments, resulting in a unique and intimate performance.

ON DECK! HSPVA LUNCH CONCERTS

Wednesdays in April Students from HSPVA present lunchtime performances at Discovery Green’s Hess Deck, with lunch specials from The Lake House and The Grove. Noon–1 pm


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FITNESS IN THE PARK PRESENTED BY SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET YOGA

Mondays Noon–1 pm UNPLUGGED

HEARTFULNESS MEDITATION

Mondays 1–1:15 pm copyright Janus van den Ejnden

JAZZY SUNDAYS IN THE PARK

Made possible by the Kinder Foundation, Jazzy Sundays in the Park is a series of free concerts to celebrate the great musical legacy of jazz in Houston. In partnership with Da Camera, the series celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) with performances in Discovery Green (April). Jazzy Sundays continues with concerts in Buffalo Bayou Park (May) and Emancipation Park (June). Sundays, 3 pm music workshops followed by concerts from 4–6 pm.

Apr 2 (Thu) Series kickoff with Mavis Staples at Apr 5 Apr 12 Apr 19 Apr 26

Discovery Green. 7–10 pm The Sam Dinkins, III Quartet; Boomtown Brass Darrell Lavigne Trio; Woody Witt Quartet Marlon Simon; Raquel Cepeda Jose-Miguel Yamal and Phase 1

THURSDAY CONCERTS PRESENTED BY UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON-DOWNTOWN

May 14, 21 & 28 These free, family-friendly concerts showcase the best music of the Gulf Coast. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside beverages. 7–9:30 pm.

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FAMILY & CHILDREN EVENTS YOUTH PERFORMANCE POETRY SESSIONS

Mar 6, Apr 3 & May 1 Writers in the Schools leads

free writing and performance poetry workshops for poets ages 13 to 19. 6:30–8 pm

YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP

Saturdays beginning Mar 7 Led by Writers in The Schools, this weekly workshop is Houston’s only free and open writing workshop for kids. 10:30–11:30 am

FUNOMENAL SPRING BREAK

Mar 16–20 Celebrate Spring Break with five days of fun for the whole family. Activities will include Mad Science shows, hands-on crafts with Girlstart, Touch a Truck Tuesday, WITS Young Writers Workshops with Houston Public Library Express and more. 11 am–4 pm

BE MY NEIGHBOR DAY

Mar 24 Meet Daniel Tiger! Enjoy music, crafts and activities while learning how to be a caring neighbor. 10:30 am–1 pm.

TODDLER TUESDAYS

Mar 24–Apr 28 Houston Public Library teams up with Discovery Green for a morning of fun with story time, activities and crafts. 10:30 am–Noon.

Tuesdays 6:30–7:30 pm

TAI CHI

Saturdays. 10–11 am

HATHA YOGA

Saturdays 9–10 am

OTHER EVENTS FRENCH CULTURES FESTIVAL

Mar 6 Concert showcasing bands from Frenchspeaking countries and Texas. 6–10 pm

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: ALEGRIA

Mar 27 Enjoy a special pop-up performance by Cirque Du Soleil! 12:30–1 pm.

SPRINGWORLD INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Apr 11 A variety of unique and emerging cultures in one place. Springworldfest.com. 1–6 pm

KAYAKS

Saturdays and Sundays Try out this water sport in view of the beautiful Houston skyline. Rentals are provided by Bayou City Adventures. 12–5 pm.

SUNDAYS IN THE PARK

Sundays Kick back and relax with friends and family while you explore Discovery Green! Enjoy music, lawn games and more! 2–5 pm.

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AVENIDA PARTY ON THE PLAZA

EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH

April 12 Celebrate Easter with an egg hunt, photos with the Easter bunny and a delicious buffet with over 40 items to choose from! Reservations required. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. 713.223.3474.

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ART CAR PARADE SNEAK PEAK

Apr 16 Gear up for some art car fun with an exciting sneak peek at the Beer Garden & Restaurant—just a few minutes from the parade route—as Saint Arnold hosts a few of the cars before the parade. Around 5 pm, art cars will begin to arrive and line up on Semmes Street between the beer garden and the brewery. You can check out all these crazy contraptions up close—while enjoying an art car IPA of course. Free admission. Saint Arnold Brewing Co., 2000 Lyons. saintarnold.com

33RD ANNUAL ART CAR PARADE

Apr 18 Watch 250+ originally decorated cars, bikes, and other wheel-based entries fill the streets of Downtown Houston in this impressive parade presented by The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. Participating vehicles include entries from all over the United States, Mexico and Canada, making this the largest art car parade in the world. City Hall/Hermann Square, 901 Bagby. thehoustonartcarparade.com

HEARTMADE ART MARKET

Apr 25 Back by popular demand! Heartmade Art Market will host its fifth market right in the heart of Downtown Houston. Spend the day exploring the works of local artists, crafters and creatives. The fun-filled festivities will host a little something for everyone with live music, food truck fare and special experiential activities. Celebrate the Houston art community and some of its best ambassadors, all in one place. Free. 10 am–5 pm. Main Street Square, Main at McKinney.

LATIN BEATS

JAZZY SUNDAYS IN THE PARK

May 24 Dance the night away with live music and

Foundation, a series of free concerts to celebrate the great musical legacy of jazz in Houston. In Discovery Green (April), Buffalo Bayou Park (May) and at Emancipation Park (June). Free. 2–5 pm. The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park. buffalobayou.org

salsa dancing every Friday night this summer from 7–10 pm! Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. 713.223.3474. downtownaquarium.com

ART BIKE PARADE

Plaza series continues on select Thursdays. Catch free performances of local and regional bands on the Bud Light Stage along Avenida Plaza, in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center. Enjoy craft beer specials, food, games and more! Avenida Houston, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. avenidahouston.com

May 9 Houston Parks Board has partnered with the

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Orange Show Center for Visionary Art to produce Houston’s inaugural Art Bike Parade. The parade begins along Allen Parkway, where event participants can cycle together to showcase their rolling works of art. Attendees can watch along the route or head over to Sam Houston Park for music, family activities, food and more. $20 adult registration fee, $10 child registration fee to ride in the parade. Free. houstonparksboard.org

printmakers from across the U.S. Free admission. Saint Arnold Brewing Co., 2000 Lyons. saintarnold.com

May 10 Show Mom you care and take her on an

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Apr 26 A showcase of work for sale by sought-after

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LATIN BEATS

May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Made possible by the Kinder

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

underwater dining adventure with the family! Reservations required. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. 713.223.3474. downtownaquarium.com

AVENIDA PARTY ON THE PLAZA

March thru May Avenida Houston’s Party on the

AQUARIUM LIVE

Thru May 30 Live every Saturday night from the Downtown Aquarium stage. They’ve got bands Rockin’ the Bayou all night from 6:30–9:30 pm. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. downtownaquarium.com


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TAI CHI TUESDAYS

Tuesdays through October Join Buffalo Bayou Partnership every Tuesday for Tai Chi to help maintain strength, flexibility and balance. All levels welcome. Tai Chi Tuesdays are presented in partnership with Tai Chi in the Park and Four Dragons Tai Chi. Free. 6–7pm. The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine Street. buffalobayou.org

SUNRISE YOGA

Every 1st and 3rd Friday, April through October 45-minute early morning yoga sessions with spectacular views of Downtown. For yogis of all levels and ages, the class is taught by BIG Power Yoga and benefits Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Bring your own mat and water bottle. Cost: Suggested $10 donation. 6:30–7:15 am. The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine. buffalobayou.org

Mar 7 Mar 8 Mar 13 Mar 14 Mar 24 Apr 2 Apr 3 Apr 4 Apr 11 Apr 28 Apr 29 May 2 May 7 May 15

Trippie Red Jill Scott Rufus Du Sol Excision Gregory Porter and Ledisi Ween Steve Aoki Dillon Francis x Yung Gravy Galantis The Avett Brothers Adam Ant Shinedown Die Antwoord David Foster

Revention Music Center’s online calendar is updated regularly. Visit their website for more info and to purchase tickets. Revention Music Center, 520 Texas. 800.745.3000. reventionmusiccenter.com

HOUSE OF BLUES

Mar 1 Mar 6 Mar 6 Mar 7

Mar 8 Mar 8 Mar 10 Mar 11 Mar 11 Mar 13

Los Lobos Nikki Glaser Verité Ladypalooza ft. Just Like P!nk, Nightbird and Alaniz Sofia Nino de Rivera SOB X RBE Nicole Bus Kamasi Washington Social House Reckless Kelly

Mar 14 Mar 14 Mar 15 Mar 16 Mar 19 Mar 20 Mar 21 Mar 22 Mar 22 Mar 23 Mar 24 Mar 28 Mar 29 Apr 1 Apr 2 Apr 3 Apr 3 Apr 4 Apr 9 Apr 10 Apr 13 Apr 15 Apr 16 Apr 16 Apr 21 Apr 23 Apr 24 Apr 25 Apr 26 Apr 28 Apr 30 May 2 May 2 May 6 May 6 May 7 May 10 May 14 May 18 May 19 May 22 May 27 May 29 May 30

HRVY Whitney Cummings G Herbo Keane SWV Buddy Guy Killswitch Engage Geoff Tate Lauren Sanderson Beach Slang Milky Chance Ally Brooke Yonder Mountain String Band Snoh Aalegra Bacilos Josh Kelley Brent Faiyaz Los Amigos Invisibles & Aterciopelados Coin Torres Girl in Red Lil Mosey Grieves + The Holdup Umphrey’s McGee Mikel Erentxun Blitzkid The Chats Eden Camilo Septimo Jinjer Jacob Collier NoMBe Sinbad Airbourne James Arthur Apocalytica The Jayhawks Astrid S Barns Courtney Alec Benjamin The Revivalists Mo Gilligan Circa Survive The Airborne Toxic Event

HOB’s online calendar is updated regularly. Visit their website for more info and to purchase tickets. House of Blues, GreenStreet, 1204 Caroline. 888.402.5837.

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WELLNESS WALKING TOUR

Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6 Join Buffalo Bayou Partnership

THE WHO

on a Wellness Walk led by Laura Conely, founder of Urban Paths Wellness Coaching. Anyone and everyone is invited to walk through the paths of Buffalo Bayou Park while discussing topics including mental and physical health as well as the benefits of being exposed to nature. Free. 9–10:30 am. The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine Street. buffalobayou.org

ARCHITECTURE CENTER HOUSTON BUFFALO BAYOU WALKING TOUR

Mar 14 Explore the city from a vantage point most

TOYOTA CENTER

Mar 6–7 Eagles Mar 9 Post Malone Apr 16 Five Finger Death Punch Apr 25 Luke Combs Apr 30 The Who May 2 Lit AF Tour: Hosted by Martin Lawrence May 16 James Taylor & Jackson Browne May 27 Elevation Nights May 31 Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour Toyota Center’s online calendar is updated regularly. Visit their website for more info and to purchase tickets. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. 713.4HOUTIX.

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EXPOS Mar 1 Quinceanera Magazine Expo Mar 4–8 45th Annual Fishing Show Apr 2–4 2020 USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo Apr 4–5 Texas Bridal & Wedding Expo May 3–4 The IMAGE Expo The George R. Brown Convention Center’s online calendar is updated regularly. Visit their website for more info and to purchase tickets. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas. 713.853.8000. grbhouston.com.

TOURS ART ON WHEELS

Mar 1, May 23 View the public art in Buffalo Bayou Park like never before on this exciting bike ride! During this tour led by BBP guide Andrew Groocock, you will learn about the various works of art along Buffalo Bayou that make this green space so unique. 9–10 am. $10/person. The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine Street. buffalobayou.org

BUFFALO BAYOU BOAT TOURS

people don't see: the waterway that gave Houston life and has been its backbone for 182 years. Stroll along Buffalo Bayou Parkway for an overview of Downtown Houston's history and architecture from its beginnings in 1836 to the efforts to revitalize the central city today. 10 am–noon. $5–$10. aiahouston.org

EXPLORE EAST: BUFFALO BAYOU BOAT TOURS

Mar 14, Apr 11, May 2 Spend an afternoon exploring Buffalo Bayou East by boat! Come out for a 30-minute boat tour and learn how BBP will transform Houston’s historic waterway east of Downtown with parks, trails and cultural destinations. Free but registration required. 2311 Runnels Street. Times vary.

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LOOKING BACK HISTORY BOAT TOUR

Mar 14, Apr 11, May 2 Aboard BBP’s pontoon boat, take a look back to the late 1800s when Houston was founded led by local historians. Hear stories of the Allen brothers and historical information about the people, places and events along the bayou that helped shape Houston. Time: 10–11:30 am, $40. Allen’s Landing.

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NATURE WALKING TOUR

NATURE WALKING TOUR

Mar 21, Apr 18, May 16 Enjoy a free walking tour in Buffalo Bayou Park highlighting the landscape and ecology of 19th century Texas that created Houston, as well as the importance of prairies in rebuilding this astonishing and all but vanished ecosystem. Free. 10:30 am–noon. The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine Street. buffalobayou.org

ARCHITECTURE CENTER HOUSTON TOWERS AND TREES WALKING TOUR

Mar 28 Towers and Trees explores the magnificent architecture and changing dynamics of our Downtown. We'll look at the partially realized civic center plan surrounding Hermann Square, the historic backbone of Main Street, the ambitious 1970 proposal that would become Houston Center, the internationally recognized icons from the skyscraper boom of the '70s and '80s and Discovery Green, the newest catalyst for downtown development in Houston. 10 am–noon. $5–$10.

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FROM PORT TO PORT BOAT TOUR

WAUGH COLONY BAT BOAT TOUR

Apr 11, 18 & 25, May 2, 16 & 30 Learn more about these thousands of magnificent Mexican free-tailed bats that share the city with us! Led by a “bat girl” docent, guests will enjoy an amazing view of the bats’ dusk emergence from the Waugh Drive Bridge on Buffalo Bayou. Time: 7 pm–8:30 pm, $30. Allen’s Landing, 1019 Commerce. buffalobayou.org

ARCHITECTURE CENTER HOUSTON URBAN ART & ARCHITECTURE WALKING TOUR

Mar 4, Apr 4, May 9 These 30-minute boat rides are a

Mar 28, Apr 25, May 30 Join bayou guide Andrew

Apr 25 This tour will look at public art, architecture,

great way to spend the afternoon or evening with your family. Escape from the city and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along Buffalo Bayou’s waters. Look for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even an occasional alligator sunning on the banks. 10 am–2 pm. Allen’s Landing, 1019 Commerce. buffalobayou.org

Groocock on a historical tour of the upper channel of Buffalo Bayou focusing on the historic significance of this industrial stretch and Houston, as you cruise the approximately seven miles from the old port of Houston to the new port of Houston. 10 am–noon, $45. Allen’s Landing, 1019 Commerce. buffalobayou.org

place making and urban planning in Houston. Tour stops include Market Square Park, Buffalo Bayou and areas west of Main Street. Artists featured on this tour include Mel Chin, Paul Kittelson, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg and Dean Ruck. 10 am–noon. $5–$10. aiahouston.org

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ARCHITECTURE CENTER HOUSTON BUFFALO BAYOU WALKING TOUR

May 16 Explore the city from a vantage point most people don't see: the waterway that gave Houston life and has been its backbone for 182 years. Stroll along Buffalo Bayou Parkway for an overview of Downtown Houston's history and architecture from its beginnings in 1836 to the efforts to revitalize the central city today. 10 am–noon. $5–$10. aiahouston.org

SPORTS 2020 NCAA MARCH MADNESS SOUTH REGIONAL

Mar 27 & 29 The Road to the Final Four® stops in Houston when the University of Houston hosts the South Regional of the NCAA March Madness Tournament! Toyota Center, 1510 Polk.

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2020 MCDONALD’S ALL AMERICAN GAMES Apr 1 McDonald's is celebrating the next generation

of basketball stars by bringing the event to Houston for the very first time. Fans will get a first look at some of the nation's top emerging players as they take their talents to the court. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk.

HOUSTON ASTROS

For schedule info and tickets, call or visit website. Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford. 713.259.8000

astros.com Mar 26–29 Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Apr 7–8 Astros vs. New York Mets Apr 17–19 Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels Apr 20–23 Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays Apr 24–26 Astros vs. Oakland A’s May 7–10 Astros vs. Seattle Mariners May 11–13 Astros vs. Kansas City Royals May 15–17 Astros vs. New York Yankees May 25–28 Astros vs. Oakland A’s May 29–31 Astros vs. Boston Red Sox

HOUSTON ROCKETS

For schedule info and tickets, call or visit website. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. 713.758.7200. rockets.com

Mar 5 Mar 8 Mar 10 Mar 17 Mar 19 Mar 21 Apr 2

Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers Rockets vs. Orlando Magic Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Rockets vs Cleveland Cavaliers Rockets vs Sacramento Kings Rockets vs Chicago Bulls Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors

Apr 5 Apr 8 Apr 10 Apr 13 Apr 15

Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs Rockets vs. Washington Wizards Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies

HOUSTON DASH

For Schedule info and tickets, call or visit website. BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas. 713.276.GOAL.

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HOUSTON DYNAMO

For Schedule info and tickets, call or visit website. BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas. 713.276.GOAL.

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Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers Dynamo vs. Inter Miami CF Dynamo vs. Minnesota United Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes Dynamo vs. Nashville SC

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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.

Welcome to Downtown Houston! Tours

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. BBVA Compass Stadium

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Avenida Houston Buffalo Bayou Discovery Green Downtown Aquarium George H.W. Bush & James A. Baker, III Monuments George R. Brown Convention Center Historic District Bayou Place Main Street Square Saint Arnold Brewing Company Southern Pacific Steam Engine 982 Union Station at Minute Maid Park

Eat & Drink Recreation Buffalo Bayou (hiking & jogging trail) 10. Root Memorial Square (basketball court) 11. Discovery Green (exercise class, bocce ball & putting green)

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Shopping 12. GreenStreet 13. The Shops at Houston Center

26. Ballpark District 27. Bayou Place/Theater District 28. Avenida Houston 29. Downtown Aquarium 30. Historic District 31. GreenStreet 32. The Shops at Houston Center 33. Warehouse District Food Halls 34. Bravery Chef Hall 35. Finn Hall 36. Understory

Museums & Libraries A great way to get form point A to point B or just explore downtown! You can purchase daily, weekly or 110 more annual memberships. For info, visit houston.bcycle.com

37. 38. 39. 40. 41.

Houston Central Library Julia Ideson Library Heritage Society Museum Houston Police Museum Museum District (via METRORail)

Institutions

Theater

Education 42 Incarnate Word Academy 43. Kinder High School for the Performing & Visual Arts 44. South Texas College of Law Houston 45. University of Houston– Downtown

73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. 79.

Medical 46. St. Joseph Medical Center Religious 47. Antioch Baptist Church 48. Annunciation Catholic Church 49. Christ Church Cathedral 50. First United Methodist Church 51. Holy Cross Church 52. Islamic Dawah Center 53. Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral 54. Houston First Baptist Church Spiritual 55. Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer

Alley Theatre Hobby Center Jones Hall Jones Plaza The Landing Theatre Company Rec Room Wortham Center

Music Venues 80. House of Blues 81. Revention Music Center 82. The Rustic

City, County & Federal 83. 84. 85. 86.

City Hall City Hall Annex Bob Casey Federal Courthouse Harris County Court Campus

Parks 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67.

The Acre 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 68. CVS/Pharmacy 69. CVS/Pharmacy Market Square 70. Phoenicia Specialty Foods Grocery Store 71. Wolfe’s Cleaners

Where to Stay 87. 88. 89. 90. 91. 92. 93. 94. 95. 96. 97. 98. 99. 100. 101. 102. 103. 104. 105. 106. 107. 108. 109. 110.

AC Hotel by Marriott Aloft Hotel Athens Hotel Suites C. Baldwin Cambria Hotel Club Quarters Courtyard by Marriott/Marriott Residence Inn/SpringHill Suites Embassy Suites Four Seasons Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites Hilton Americas Holiday Inn Holiday Inn Express Hotel Alessandra Hotel Icon Hyatt Regency Downtown JW Marriott Magnolia Hotel Marriott Marquis Lancaster Hotel Le Meridien The Sam Houston Hotel Westin Houston Downtown The Whitehall

Film 72. AMC Houston 8

Realtors 111. BHGRE Gary Greene

METRORail Lines

FREE DOWNTOWN CIRCULATOR Green Route Orange Route

Mon–Fri, 6:30 am–6:30 pm Mon–Fri, 6:30 pm–midnight Sat 9 am–midnight, Sun 9 am–6 pm

North/Main Southeast East End

ALWAYS BE AWARE OF PEDESTRIANS, DRIVERS, BICYCLISTS AND TRAINS WHEN NEAR TRACKS!

Visitor Information 112. Houston Visitors Center


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