Things To Do in Houston
Web site: www.houston.sidewalk.citysearch.com – definitely a place to check out, very eclectic.
Marq*E (I-10 just outside the 610 loop) Huge complex. Has movie theatre, glow-in-the dark putt-putt, black-light bowling and multiple places to eat and hang out. Gets very crowded with kids.
Galleria 4 (in the Galleria 713-626-4011 & 713-626-0140) discount matinees
Landmark Greenway 3 (5 Greenway Plaza East, 713-626-0402) foreign and artsy flicks
AMC MeyerPark 16 (4730 W. Bellfort at the corner of West Loop 713-721-1105) student discounts, matinee discounts
AngelikaFilm Centre and Café (510 Texas@ Bayou Place, 713-333-FILM) Free parking by showing your ticket at the box office. Show Hollywood and foreign/art films $8 general admission/$6 students
Edward’s Greenway Grand Palace 24 (3839 Weslayan @ Richmond, 713-871-8880) great new theatre with state-of-the-art everything $7.00 (student discount) – you have to pay $3 to park
Landmark River Oaks Plaza Cinema (1450 W. Gray at Waugh, 713-524-8781) discount matinees, big screens, sort of a high tech movie theatre, student discounts
River Oaks Theatre (2009 W. Gray, 713-524-2175) more foreign and artsy movies
Spectrum 9 (2660 Augusta at Westheimer, 713-781-3233) ditto
Dollar Cinema ( 12121 Westheimer Rd, 281-920-9900) A movie for $1.25 regularly and $1.00 on Tuesdays. A good theatre to watch some nice movies and save money. Free parking
Cinema on the Rice University campus – shows obscure movies
Museums and Visual Arts:
Contemporary Arts Museum (5216 Montrose at Bissonnet 713-284-8250 www.camh.org) Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m. -9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday, noon -5 p.m. Free
Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden (1001 Bissonnet at Montrose) outdoor sculpture garden.
Houston Museum of Natural Science at Burke Baker Planetarium (1 Hermann Circle Dr. in Hermann Park 713-639-4629; www.hmns.org) Houses the IMAX theatre.
Menil Collection (1515 Sul Ross 713-525-9400; www.menil.org) art from prehistoric to modern times, including tribal art.
Museum of Fine Arts (1001 Bissonnet 713-639-7300; www.mfah.org) encyclopedic collection ranks among largest in Southeast; more than 18,000 works from antiquity to modern. Highlights include Renaissance and impressionist collections. The $40 membership gets you invited to lectures, exhibit openings, etc. and is well worth it to have something different to do.
Museum of Health & Medical Science (1515 Hermann Dr.; 713-521-1515; www.mhms.org)
Rothko Chapel (3900 Yupon at Sul Ross, 713-524-9839) "a sacred place open to all" created by the painter Mark Rothko.
Houston has one major daily paper: the Houston Chronicle (morning and evening; www.chron.com). We also have home delivery for the New York Times (1-800-631-2500).
- KUHF 88.7 FM - run by U of H, this is Houston's Classic Choice
- KPFT 90.1 FM - oldest public station in Houston - pacifica
Rock, Top 40, and Contemporary:
- KTSU 90.9 FM (jazz) Texas Southern University
- KTRU 91.7 FM ( Rice University station, great rock and underground)
- KKRW 93.7 FM (Rock Oldies)
- KTBZ 94.5 FM (alternative rock), "The Buzz"
- KKMX 96.5 FM (Adult pop rock) 70,80,90s)
- KLOL 101.1 FM (rock)
- KRBE 104.1 FM (top 40)
- KHPT106.9 FM (all 80’s and early 90’s all the time)
- KLDE 107.5 FM (oldies)
- KILT 100.3 FM/610 AM
- KKBQ 92.9 FM/790 AM
- KLTN 102.9 FM
- Ch.2 KPRC (NBC)
- Ch.8 KUHF (PBS)
- Ch.11 KHOU (CBS)
- Ch.13 KTRK (ABC)
- Ch.20 KTXH (UPN)
- Ch.26 KRIV (Fox)
- Ch.39 KHTV (WB)
- Ch.51 (local, Astros and Rockets games!)
**Watch out for all the famous Texas fire ants**
The Arboretum (4501 Woodway Dr., 713-681-8433) is a quiet, small wooded area with a nature trail in Memorial Park. When you're walking on the trail you can't believe you're next to the freeway. FREE!
Armand Bayou Nature Center (8500 Bay Area Blvd, off I-45 South 281-474-2551; www.abnc.org) is an 18,000 acre preserve with woodland and prairie trails, and a neat place to go canoeing. $3 admission!
Brazos Bend State Park (1-800-792-1112) is a wonderful place to see alligators. They hide in the trees. Take I-59 South to park exit. Neat telescope for stargazing is open to public on weekdays.
Hermann Park (right next to the TMC; www.hermannpark.org) has 545 acres of picnic facilities, 18-hole golf course, jogging track, tour train, garden center, recreational center, the Museum of Natural Science, Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center, IMAX theatre, Miller Outdoor Theatre and Hermann Park Zoo.
Memorial Park (Loop 610 and Memorial Drive) has golfing, tennis, sand volleyball and a jogging trail among the tall pines. Some of the best people-watching territory in the city.
Mercer Arboretum is a neat place to go for hikes or picnics. Take I-45 to FM 1960, left on Aldine Baker Road.
Many of these places have web sites to check for schedules!
Alley Theatre (615 Texas Ave. 713-228-8421) Houston's only resident professional theatre company, presenting a varied repertoire of contemporary and classic plays. Half price tickets on Sunday if you buy them at the box office.
Chocolate Bayou Theatre (4205 San Felipe; 713-528-0119) small professional theatre.
Houston Grand Opera (615 Louisiana 713-228-6737; www.houstongrandopera.org) presents the finest traditional opera and innovative new works. Regular season runs from October through May. Students get in for $20 thirty minutes before show begins.
Houston Symphony Orchestra (550 Prairie; 713-224-7575) major orchestra performing year-round. Season includes classical, pops, and summer festival series. Plays at Jones Hall. Student Season tickets are available and reasonable.
Houston Ballet (501 Texas Ave; 713-523-6300) www.houstonballet.org season runs from September through June.
Miller Outdoor Theatre (Hermann Park) FREE performances all spring, summer, and fall. Includes country, symphony, bluegrass, jazz, and opera to ballet, dance, festivals, Shakespeare and more. The best thing to do is to go early and take a picnic supper. That way, you can sit out on the hill and eat and watch people. Really fun!! By the time the show starts, I'm usually ready to go home.
Society for the Performing Arts (615 Louisiana; 713-632-8100 ticket information; www.spahouston.org) presents the world's finest dance companies, orchestras, and solo artists.
Theatre Under the Stars (800 Bagby; 713-558-2600) www.tuts.com; Broadway in Houston since 1968. Five indoor musicals with major stars, season starts from October through April.
Verizon Wireless Theater (520 Texas Avenue; 713-230-1666); www.verizonwirelesstheatre.com
Seasonal Events/Other Things to Do:
The Waterwall at Transco Tower near the Galleria is a neat place for a picnic or a romantic rondezvous.
The International Festival (www.ifest.org) held throughout down town parks runs approximately 11 days in the spring each year. Entertainment is provided weekdays at noon, and events are held all day Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of food, music, people, and arts/crafts. Great opportunity for people-watching.
The Westheimer Colony Arts Festival is scheduled for two weekends each year, one in April and the other in October. Artists and craftsman show their stuff in a blocked-off section of town. Food and interesting people, too. Not sure if this one is going to continue. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for information.
Houston Astros (professional baseball) at Minute Maid park in downtown Houston. Tickets start at $5. Houston Texans (professional football) at Reliant stadium near the medical center. Tickets are rather expensive. Houston Rockets (professional basketball) at Toyota Center in downtown. Tickets start at around $20. Houston Aeros (American Hockey league) at the Toyota Center in downtown. Tickets start at around $11.
Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club – 5731 Kirby, 713-523-9999; Good place to see blues or zydeco.
Black Labrador – 4100 Montrose, 713-529-1199; Charming, quiet conversation bar. Now serving various entrees. British pub atmosphere. Good soup and salads.
Bongos Latin Grille – 818 Travis @Walker, 713-222-2254
Bronx Bar – 5555 Morningside, next to Gingerman, 713-520-9690; Young professional crowd. Good music in juke box.
Cezanne – 4100 Montrose, 713-522-9621; Jazz bar with a hefty cover charge. Pleasant if you plan on spending the evening.
Cecil’s Tavern – 600 W. Gray, 713-527-9101
Cody’s – 2540 University, 713-520-5660; Good jazz, dressy, surprisingly good food. Well worth the cover charge. Good happy hour.
Emo’s – 2700 Albany, 713-523-8503; Great bar, weird people. Drinks on Wednesdays are cheap.
Engine Room – 1515 Pease, 713-654-7846
Ernie's – 1010 Banks, west of Montrose Blvd, 713-526-4565; Good. Cheap!
Fabulous Satellite Lounge – 3616 Washington; 713-869-COOL; Good place for bands.
Fitzgerald’s – 2706 White Oak, 713-862-3838; Live bands. Very laid back atmosphere with lots of locals from the Heights.
Gingerman – 5607 Morningside, 713-526-2770; Beer, wine, outdoor patios, smoky bar inside. In the heart of the Village, it’s a student hangout. Not cheap ($12 pitcher), CD juke-box. Smokiest bar around in the summer. Watch out for wayward darts.
Griff’s Shellelaghn Inn – 3416 Roseland, 713-528-9912; Irish and sports bar. Famous for their “Astro’s Army” pre-dome party and St. Patrick’s Day blow-out.
Hans’ Bier Haus – 2523 Quenby, 713-520-7474
Jr.’s Bar and Grill – 808 Pacific Street, 713-521-2519; Alternative lifestyle. Karaoke.
Kay’s Lounge – 2324 Bissonnet; 713-528-9858; Dive bar, student hangout.
La Carafe – 813 Congress, 3 blocks east of the Wortham Theater; 713-229-9299; One of the “Top 100 Bars in the United States”. Old brick bakery turned into a bar with enough bizarre conversation pieces to pull any clam clear of his shell.
Last Concert Café – 1403 Nance St., 713-226-8563
Lizard’s Pub – 2717 Sackett, 713-529-4610
Marfreless – 2006 Peden, 713-528-0083; Quiet, late-night couples place. Jazz or classical, sometimes live. There’s no sign outside; you just have to look for the blank door across the street from, but on the same side of W. Gray as, Birraporetti’s.
Mausoleum – 4111 Westheimer, 713-526-4648
McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999; Good place for eclectic music.
Orchid Lounge – 2415 Dunstan, 713-524-0228; Micro brewed beer, full bar, full restaurant, too. Swing dancing. Live music or DJ, most nights. Popular with students.
Ovations – 2536-B Times, 713-522-9801; Live classical, jazz which won’t drown out the conversation. Nice after concert or dinner.
Richmond Arms – 5920 Richmond, 713-784-7722; Good pub.
Little Woodrow's –2301 W. Alabama, 713-529-0449; 5611 Morningside, 713-521-2337
The Harp – 1625 Richmond, 713-528-7827
Two Rows – 2400 University, 713-529-2739
Valhalla – 713-348-3258; Rice Graduate Student Bar; Extremely cheap beer with lounging on the lawn outside. Run by graduate students, it’s non-profit, so beer is almost free. Ask any Rice student where it is exactly – it’s next to the chemistry hall. Good place for conversation and spiritual healing.
West Alabama Ice House – 1919 W. Alabama between Richmond and Montrose, 713-528-6874. Cheap beer. A good place to go talk politics with old men.
Bar Houston – 534 Texas Ave., Bayou Place, downtown, 713-227-5516
Bongos – Latin, Downtown at 818 Travis, 713-222-2254
Cabo’s – 419 Travis 713-225-2060; good eats-dance floor upstairs
City Streets – 5078 Richmond, 713-840-8555; Pop/Rock/Country
Club 511 – 511 Main, 713-224-8855; International Club music
Crystal – 6680 SW Freeway, 713-784-7743; Latin
Elvia's – Latin, 2727 Fondren 713-266-9631
Numbers – 300 Westheimer, 713-526-8338; live performances
Pollyesther’s – 6111 Richmond, 713-972-1970; 70’s/80’s/90’s Richmond outside 610
Prague – 402 Main, 713-223-2233; Club/Techno
Rich’s – 2401 San Jacinto, 713-759-9606; Alternative life style
South Beach – 808 Pacific Street, 713-529-7623; Alternative life style
The Roxy – 5351 W. Alabama, 713-850-7699
Tonic – 310 Main St., Downtown, 713-228-7978; Club/techno
Cat Daddy's – 6721 Bissonnet/Beechnut, 713-771-6630; Shady outside, good inside
Dave & Buster's – Richmond at Fountainview, 713-952-2233
Shooter's – 6306 Richmond, 713-952-9628; outside 610; Fun!
Slick Willie's –560 Texas Ave., 713-225-1277; 1200 Westheimer, 713-522-1704
Palace Lanes – 4191 Bellaire, 713-667-6554