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Houston's Neighborhood Guide

By Houston Bucket List

Our little slices of Heaven – well, Houston.


Don’t we love a city that can do it all? Sometimes we need a breath of fresh air in a nature filled suburb or a street full of nightlife to get the party started. Golf pros, hipsters and museum feins everywhere can find their own little slice of heaven in these fun suburbs of the Big H. We’ve picked out the best Houston hubs that are perfect for any mood, vibe or lifestyle. 

Midtown


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A night on the midtown. Becoming one of the hottest spots for upcoming nightlife and yummy bites, midtown has quickly grown into a Houston fan favorite. If you’re looking for something ranging between LIT and laid back, this may be your safe haven. 

The Dogwood

 
 
 
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Happy hour lovers, this one's for you. If you live for the perfect patio bar, you’ll love Dogwood. This two-story showoff not only has a sweet view of our Houston skyline, but also some of the best southern comfort food in the city. Trust us, the jalapeno mac and cheese is worth all the hype. Grab a drink, play a few games and watch the sun go down. But don’t fool Dogwood as being just casual. After hours, the night life begins and it can get a little rowdy. From the downstairs DJ to the rooftop bar, it has all the bells and whistles that make for a good night.

Where: 2403 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77006
When: Mon-Thurs. 4pm-2am, Fri. 2pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am 

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Brennan’s of Houston

 
 
 
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Not only does midtown rule the nightlife scene, it’s also known for its delicious food.  An iconic brand engraved into Houston’s food scene is none other than Brennan’s. With abilities to transform from a romantic restaurant to a whimsical wedding venue, this space can truly become anything. From berry parfaits to bloody marys, this h-town hotspot has all the ingredients for a good time and an even better meal. 

Where: 3300 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006
When: Lunch: Mon-Sat. 11am-2pm, Sun. 10am-2pm Dinner: Everyday 5:45pm-10pm 

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Heights

 
 
 
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Crammed underneath our favorite 610 loop, the Heights have taken the new title of hipster for our great city. With record stores, local ice cream and casual art throughout the streets, the Houston heights has become a one-stop, hipster spot. Although one may never find parking throughout the streets, it's worth a day trip.

Jeni’s Ice Cream

 
 
 
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Remember when life was as simple as taking a stroll to the corner ice cream shop for a sweet treat? Lucky for us, those days are not over. Off the corner of 19th and Ashland is the simple and sweet, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. This scoop shop may be the perfect way to cure that sweet tooth. 

Where: 375 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008
When: Sun-Thurs. 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat. 12pm-11pm 

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Julep 

 
 
 
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A star studded cocktail roster takes residence a little north of downtown. With a mint mojitos that is to-die-for, The Julep has quickly become an after hour must-do. This intimate seating venue has been filling quickly from the rest of downtown, making its way to a name needed in our cocktail hall of fame. 

Where: 1919 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
When: Sun-Thurs. 4pm-2am Fri-Sat. 3pm-2am 

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Memorial 

 
 
 
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Want to get away from all the hustle and bustle without going too far from the city? Introducing you to your new favorite zip code, Memorial. Home to an overflow of trees, parks, and all things green, Memorial is ranked as one of the best places to raise a family in Houston. However, there is much more than just the quiet life of the suburbs to this neighborhood.  

Memorial Park Golf Course 

 
 
 
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Home to the Houston Open, the Astros Foundation is proud to now have the Memorial Park Golf Course ready for all its Houstonians. Whether you’re a golf pro or just enjoying bloody marys on the cart, this fairway getaway is the perfect way to break up your weekend. It's hard to imagine pastures of green hills and perfectly cut grass this close to the city, yet here it is. 

Where: 1001 E Memorial Loop Dr, Houston, TX 77007
When: Closed Tuesdays & Sundays

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Buffalo Bayou Bike Trail

 
 
 
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Trail your way through the landscaping and water of Houston at Buffalo Bayou’s Bike Trail. Dust off your beat-up bike from the garage and saddle up for the best way to enjoy our favorite city. Whether you’re doing yoga on the lawn or training for the upcoming marathon, this spot is a perfect place to get out and enjoy a great view. Pro Tip: And why not lap around Houston’s beautiful landscaping with your new favorite running club. 

Where: Buffalo Bayou Bike Trail, Houston, TX 77019
When: 24/7 

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Downtown 

 
 
 
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Like Mackelmore, we’re headed downtown! This heartbeat of Houston houses everything from one of the state’s largest aquariums to World Series size stadiums. 

Minute Maid Park 

 
 
 
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Home to many events over the year, one takes priority to Houston’s favorite baseball team, the Houston Astros. With two visits to the world series in the past three years, this record breaking organization has made a ripple effect through the spirit and heart of Houston. From cheering alongside Biggio, Bagwell and Berkman to enjoying Crawford Bock in the Crawford Boxes, this ballpark will make you feel like a little kid again. Go Stros! 

Where: 501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002
When: Check event schedule for times and dates. 

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The Blue Fish

 
 
 
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Whether it's date night or an afternoon business lunch, this sushi spot is an easy fav for all of downtown. This award winning sushi house is home to the original ahi tower as well as some of the best chefs in the city. If you need us, you know where to look – probably with a sake flight in hand.

Where: 550 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
When: Mon-Fri. (Lunch): 11-2pm, Mon-Thurs. (Dinner): 5-10:30pm, Fri. (Dinner) 5-11:30pm, Sat-Sun: 12-11:30pm 

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River Oaks

 
 
 
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River Oaks can be summarized in a few words: grand, luxurious and elite. With the crisp smell of Cartier and Dior in the morning, feel like Carrie Bradshaw as you stroll through the elite shopping district of River Oaks. But not only has fashion taken a name here, style has overtaken restaurants, food and even flower shops. With homes as big as their reputation, this haute spot of Houston is the easiest way to shop our days away – or til you drop. 

MAD

 
 
 
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Putting a modern twist on spanish flavor under a dimly lit ambience of plush velvet seating, MAD has become the new definition for mad mystic decor and style. With tapas so good we could faint and infinity mirrors that stretch for miles, MAD presents us with our new favorite hotspot after a long day.  

Where: 4444 Westheimer Rd Suite C180, Houston, TX 77027
When: Closed Mondays. Tues-Wed. 5pm-10pm, Thurs-Sat. 5pm-1am, Sun. 11am-2:30pm 

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Avant Garden

 
 
 
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We hope flower walls never go out of style because we could spend all day walking underneath the sway of this petaled paradise. Spend the day in a flower child’s wonderland at Avant Garden. With rooms of floral bliss, we may never leave. 

Where: 4444 Westheimer Rd Suite F100, Houston, TX 77027
When: Everyday 10am-8pm

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Montrose 

 
 
 
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Although a popular spot for recent grads and college kids, Melrose has quickly become the part of town everyone wants to see. With apartments being painted in murals and thrift shops being tucked away in between streets, there is a little passion for everything within these city limits. 

Leopard Lounge 

 
 
 
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Let's throw a little vintage in our closets shall we. These fierce cheetah walls invite us to explore the unique style and necessary thrifting every Houstonian needs in their life. Find the fresh Champion shirt from your dad’s closet in the 90s or a selection of neon windbreakers that would make Olivia Newton-John jealous. 

Where: 1657 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
When: Mon-Sat. 10am-9pm, Sun. 11am-8pm 

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Montrose Paint Wall

 
 
 
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Let’s paint the town! Or at least the wall. Welcome to an iconic photo spot in the heart of Melrose. The Melrose paint wall has been a backdrop to almost every high school senior and Instagram flexer known to man. With a rainbow of color, this city mural is the picture perfect spot to remember an even greater day. 

Where: 1435 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
When: 24/7 

Southampton/ Museum District 

 
 
 
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It's hard to say what Southampton doesn’t have. Walking down the street, you can find simple food and shopping, but the major ticket is the art and museums within this district. 

Children’s Museum of Houston

 
 
 
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Need an excuse to feel like a kid again? Among all other museums in our city, the Children’s Museum of Houston has been a fan favorite for many years. Named as America’s #1 Children's Museum, this one is home to fun-filled events for kids of all ages. 

Where: 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
When: Closed Mondays, Tues-Wed; Fri-Sat. 10am-6pm, Thurs. 10am-8pm, Sun. 12pm-6pm

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Beer Can House 

 
 
 
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Who doesn’t love beer? Who doesn’t love art? So, who wouldn’t love when they come together to make a home? Literally. Introducing one of the most unique styles of curb appeal to date: The Beer Can House. According to Ripley’s Believe it or Not, this folk art home holds over 50,000 cans! What! Can this man build me a house? Maybe of wine bottles. 

Where: 222 Malone St, Houston, TX 77007
When: Only Open Sat-Sun. 12-5pm 

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Rice Village 

 
 
 
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Sometimes we don’t need an insane amount of shopping to cure our retail therapy. Giving us major L.A. vibes, Rice Village is home to the best boutiques and farm-to-table restaurants. Grab a juice smoothie and spend the day enjoying simple sweets, treats and shops at one of Houston’s favorite spots. 

Politician Row 

 
 
 
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This chef-driven food hall houses many foodie finds ranging from supernatural sushi to agape avocado toast. After a long day of shopping, you can relax and enjoy a westward cocktail from their one-of-a-kind sleek and golden bar. With food covering every corner of the globe, this is the perfect spot to enjoy all the world’s flavor! 

Where: Kirby and University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
When: Check individual restaurant and shop hours. 

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Main Street Theater

 
 
 
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Rice Village is home to so much more than just good food and shopping. Spend the evening with costumes, casts and classic theater at Main Street Theater, right in the heart of Rice Village. Whether it's Hamlet or Holiday camps, this drama destination is the perfect entertainment for all ages. 

Where: 2540 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
When: Check performance schedule for showtimes. 

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