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If you’re moving to Houston, it’s not a surprise. The benefits of moving to this inviting city are plentiful. Houston is the country’s number one city for job creations and has an unemployment rate of 3.8%, which is significantly lower than the national average. Maybe you’re moving there to work for one of its 26 Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe you’ll be joining the team at the Texas Medical Center, which is not only the largest single employer in Houston, but also the largest medical center in the world. Whatever the reason may be, Houston is quickly becoming one of the best cities in America to live in. Therefore, it’s the perfect time to become a citizen in the country’s fourth largest city!

From viewing over 400 space artifacts at the Space Center to 128 miles of hiking and biking trails across the bayou, the list of fun activities in Houston is endless. With this ultimate guide for moving to Houston, you’ll find that navigating the city is a breeze.

All sections covered in this guide are below. Click the links to skip ahead.

Essentials

Transportation

Food

Culture

Family

Nightlife

Nature

ESSENTIALS

Houston Skyline
Photo by Katie Haugland

Before you get to the fun stuff, make sure you take care of the necessities first. Below are the need-to-know essentials of Houston, such as energy companies, Internet providers, hospitals, and grocery stores.

Energy Companies

Let there be light! Contact Bounce Energy, Reliant Energy, or CenterPoint Energy for your energy, gas, and electric needs.

Cable & Internet Providers

Don’t risk the chance of not having WiFi your first week in Houston and sign up with an Internet provider located in Houston. Companies like Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Comcast, Directv, and Dish Network can help you get connected with just a phone call.

Grocery Stores

Whether you like fresh and unique, overseas specialties, or your typical supermarket chain, Houston has all three to fit your needs.

H-E-B

With over 40 locations in and around Houston, you won’t go too far without stumbling upon an H-E-B. Beginning in Kerrville, Texas in 1905, H-E-B is now one of the largest independent food retailers in Texas and Mexico.

Phoenicia Specialty Foods

If you’re moving here from overseas, Phoenicia Specialty Foods is the place for you. It is the international headquarters for good eats. Founded in 1983, there are now two market locations where you can find over 15,000 products from 50 countries including artisan bread, European treats, wine, and cheese. Phoenicia also owns and operates a coffee shop, a bar, and a restaurant.

Central Market – 3815 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027

Twenty minutes west of Downtown Houston, you will find Central Market. They pride themselves on freshness and tradition. The employees are knowledgeable and have a genuine love for food. As their website states, “Whether you’ve just boiled your first pot of water or you own your own restaurant, you’ll find that Central Market is the destination for new food experiences and delights.”

Hospitals

Houston is home to the largest medical center in the world with over 21 hospitals, eight research facilities, medical schools, and nursing programs. It’s safe to say that you’re in good hands. Below are just a few hospitals in Houston that are recognized as the best of the best.

Houston Methodist – 6565 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030

St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital – 6720 Bertner Ave, Houston, TX 77030

Texas Children’s Hospital – 6621 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030

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TRANSPORTATION

Metro Rail
Photo by Ed Shipul

Make sure you’re prepared to get around Houston, whether it be by plane, train, or automobile!

Subway System

The METRORail is Houston’s light rail system that opened in 2004. The 23 miles of track can take you virtually anywhere in central Houston. You can hop on for $1.25 (one-way) or invest in a Q Card, which acts just like a debit card, if you plan on using METRORail as your main way of transportation.

Bus System

Aside from the METRORail, Houston also has an extensive bus system. Click here to view all of the stations and their schedules. Most routes begin at 5 a.m. and go until midnight.

Airport

Need to get out of Houston? Hop a plane at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport or the William P. Hobby Airport. The airport system in Houston is the fourth largest in America, serving over 50 million people annually. That being said, be sure to arrive a minimum of two hours ahead of flight time for domestic flights and three hours for international flights.

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FOOD

bbq ribs
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There’s a lot more to Houston than its barbecue, although there is a lot of awesome barbecue. Houston has been called the most exciting place to eat in the country and is becoming a national hub for authentic ethnic cuisine, including Vietnamese and Mexican. Trying out the popular restaurants in town helps make Houston feel like home!

BBQ

Gatlin’s – 1717 W 22nd St, Houston, TX 77008

In 2010, Gatlin’s opened and re-introduced “old school” Texas barbecue to the Houston community. Being native to Houston with strong ties to both Texas and Louisiana, the Gatlin family knows how to incorporate regional flavors to many of their dishes, making their ribs and brisket some of the best in Houston! Previously a food truck, Gatlin’s is currently in the process of opening a full-service restaurant.

Killen’s BBQ – 3613 E Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77581

If you are craving pork belly, fried mac and cheese, or pecan pie, come to Killen’s! The aroma of pecan, oak, and mesquite smoked beef and pork ribs will easily suck you in, and once you have a bite, you’ll never want to leave.

Goode Company – 5109 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

Goode Company opened its first restaurant in 1977 in the heart of Houston, and hasn’t looked back since. Goode Company never forgets where they started and stay true to their roots. Their vision was to serve Texas barbeque the way it ought to be: fresh food at an honest price, made to please and made to order.

Mexican

Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe – 4624 Irvington Blvd, Houston, TX 77009

If you’re looking for a traditional Mexican restaurant, look no further! Homemade tortillas and daily freshly squeezed orange juice is what to expect at Teo’s. This restaurant serves amazing, authentic Mexican cuisine at a very reasonable price. The margaritas are hard to beat, too!

Pappasito’s Cantina – 10005 FM 1960, Humble, TX 77338

Although the Pappas brothers’ first restaurant didn’t open until 1976, the vision of Pappasito’s has been around for over 100 years. The history behind the restaurant is rich, and the food Pappasito’s serves is even richer. A focus on innovation and attention to detail is what makes this Tex-Mex spot so popular. Be sure to try the fajitas, a house favorite.

Lopez Mexican Restaurant – 11606 Wilcrest Dr, Houston, TX 77099

When you stop at Lopez’s, expect to see familiar faces and a lot of smiles. Whether you are getting the El Rey margarita or chicken enchiladas, Lopez’s will always make sure you’re having good time! The Lopez family has always focused on service, value, and cleanliness to ensure that each and every guest is always happy.

La Mexicana – 1018 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006

Since 1982, La Mex has transformed from a small grocery store into an incredible restaurant and bar. Voted the best Tex-Mex in 2012 by the Houston Press, La Mexicana goes above and beyond to ensure that each guest has exactly what they need. You can find hearty soups, delicious tacos, unbelievable guisados, salsas, and seafood. There’s something for everyone at La Mexicana.

Burger Joints

Stanton’s City Bites – 1420 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007

With their reputation in every bite, Stanton’s City Bites holds themselves to a high standard with some of the best burgers in Houston. Whether you get a plain cheeseburger or the Luke Skyburger with all the works, you will be in burger heaven at Stanton’s.

Hubcap Grill – 1111 Prairie, Houston, TX 77002

The Hubcap Grill dubs itself as the king of burger joints, and rightfully so. Recognized by all local Houston magazines and papers, Hubcap is definitely a Houston favorite.

Lankford Grocery – 88 Dennis St, Houston, TX 77006

Lankford Grocery is the dive bar for burgers in Houston. Featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives”, Lankford Grocery is a no-frill restaurant committed to their burgers and their customers. Their mission statement reads, “We have nothing small, nothing healthy, and nothing fast. We have great food, but its not fast food.

Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack – 5230 Westpark Dr, Houston, TX 77056

Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack is a tiny burger joint located right outside the loop in west Houston. Bubba’s prides itself in crafting the most flavorful bison burger in Texas. Even if you’ve never tried it, go with the bison! It’s legendary.

Vietnamese

Huynh – 912 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003

Huynh is a family-ran restaurant that has arguably the best Vietnamese food in Houston. Try the spring rolls, duck salad, and cafe sua da (Vietnamese iced coffee) to experience a tasty meal at a reasonable price.

Pho Saigon – 2808 Milam St, Houston, TX 77006

Pho Saigon specializes in pho noodle soups. Remember Mr. Ping’s noodle soup in “Kung Fu Panda”? Yeah, it’s something like that. You choose your broth, type of noodle, and your steak cut before you are presented with your dish. The flavor and prices at Pho Saigon are unmatched!

Chinese

Heights Asian Cafe – 2201 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008

If you are searching for a delicious American-Asian fusion restaurant, Heights Asian Cafe is the spot for you. Whether you are ordering off of the Vietnamese or Chinese menu, you will be pleased with the quality of this great restaurant!

Tan Tan Restaurant – 6816 Ranchester Dr, Houston, TX 77036

Tan Tan has been a staple to the Chinese restaurant community in Houston for decades. With reasonable pricing and an expansive menu, there isn’t anything not to love about this delicious, no-frill restaurant.

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

Little Sheep specializes in the Mongolian dish known as hot pot. Served in a metal pot, this meal is the focus of your dining experience. With meats, fresh broths, and organic herbs to choose from, the eating experience at Little Sheep is like any other. Go here for an adventurous date night!

 

Italian

Paulie’s – 1834 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

This superb restaurant in Montrose serves Italian‑inspired sandwiches and fantastic homemade pastas, soups, and salads. Finish off your meal with some of the best shortbread sugar cookies you will ever have! They’re almost too pretty to eat, almost.

Dolce Vita – 500 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Dolce Vita brings the taste of true Neapolitan pizza to Houston! With margherita, prosciutto, and romana pizzas, Dolce Vita aims to bring authentic food to your table. Don’t like pizza? No problem! Try the spaghetti with clams or the rigatoni alla carbonera.

Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino – 3215 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098

Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino is a great Italian restaurant with a fun atmosphere. There are plenty of intriguing true Italian meals that pair well with their terrific wine list. Even though the pasta dishes are always a go-to, the gnocchi is fantastic, as well!

Breakfast

The Breakfast Klub – 3711 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002

Recognized as one of the “best breakfast restaurants in the nation” by Good Morning America and Forbes Magazine, The Breakfast Klub is known for its classic Southern comfort food. Order the Wings & Waffle or Katfish & Grits for a taste of true southern breakfast. Your idea of breakfast food will forever change once you leave this eatery.

Blacksmith – 1018 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Not only do they have some of the best breakfast in Houston, but Blacksmith also has some of the best java. If you are looking to get your mind blown, order the Vietnamese steak and eggs. Blacksmith is a little pricey, but it’s definitely worth every penny.

Barnaby’s Cafe – 604 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006

Named after the owner’s former dog, Barnaby’s Cafe is a dog-friendly eatery you don’t want to miss. Bring your pup to the patio and enjoy a cup of organic coffee on a nice day. Order the red velvet pancakes or huevos rancheros for yourself, and a complimentary bowl of water for your pooch.

Fountain View Cafe – 1842 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX 77057

Looking for a breakfast place with great food, without the frills? Fountain View Cafe is the place for you. Enjoy their home-style dishes like the croissant sandwich or the biscuits and gravy.

Coffee Break

Black Hole Coffee House – 4504 Graustark St, Houston, TX 77006

If you’re looking for a low key coffee spot in Houston, Black Hole may be the place for you. Take a break from life to enjoy a delicious cajeta latte, a popular favorite, and freshly made cupcakes.

Southside Espresso – 904 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Southside Espresso is the coffee jack of all trades. With their artisan coffee beans, homemade syrups, and savory snacks and treats, Southside has stolen the hearts of coffee lovers all over Houston.

The Nook Cafe – 4701 Calhoun Rd #150, Houston, TX 77004

The Nook is a cozy cafe located on University of Houston’s campus. Become inspired with fantastic espresso and chill music as you study the night away at this popular hangout.

Paper Co. Cafe – 1100 Elder St, Houston, TX 77007

Everyone has a place at the table at Paper Co. Whether you go for the Vietnamese iced coffee, the French press, or a bite to eat, Paper Co. will treat you like you’re a part of the family.

Upscale Dining

Da Marco – 1520 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Escape America for an evening and immerse yourself in Tuscan cuisine at Da Marco. Dine on ricotta ravioli and veal chop with a nice glass of imported Italian Spumante. Save room for the warm chocolate ricotta cake!

Mockingbird Bistro – 1985 Welch St, Houston, TX 77019

Texas food meets French flare at Mockingbird Bistro. In 2010, Mockingbird was named one of the best new restaurants in America by Esquire magazine. Appointed “Chef of the Year” at the Houston Culinary Awards, Chef John Sheely brings innovative dishes and a charming ambiance to this must-try for Houston locals.

Brennan’s of Houston – 3300 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006

Houston can’t be called the Bayou City without some classic creole cuisine. New Orleans character is key at this decadent eatery serving turtle soup, oysters, and crawfish étouffée.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse – 5839 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057

Treat yourself to some traditional Texas beef at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. With more than 10 cuts of meat to choose from, Pappas Bros. knows how to prepare a steak exactly the way you like it.

Places Open Late

BB’s Cafe – 2701 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77009

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, BB’s cafe is fantastic no matter what time you come eat. BB’s features authentic New Orleans-style po’ boys and Tex-Orleans cooking.

Pho Binh By Night – 12148 Bellaire Blvd #101, Houston, TX 77072

Indulge in this traditional Vietnamese-fusion food any time of the day! Pho Binh by Night is a pho-noodle restaurant open until midnight on weekdays and until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Pi Pizza Truck – (713) 478-0374

The Pi Pizza Truck is open any time you can catch it! This Houston favorite is known for its gourmet pizza, without the gourmet price. Catch the pizza truck by following them on Twitter.

House of Pies – 3112 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

House of Pies is a classic American diner with enough pie to put your grandmother out of business. Open 24 hours, House of Pies serves the city of Houston breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day long!

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CULTURE

Chariot of Apollo
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The rest of the country is slowly coming to understand what the locals have known all along: Houston is an incredible city filled with art, sports, music, and shopping. You can catch one of Houston’s four professional sports teams, venture downtown and discover a thriving professional arts scene, or become a part of the music scene where Beyonce and ZZ Top emerged.

Museums

Space Center Houston – 1601 Nasa Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058

Learn where the phrase “Houston, we have a problem.” came from by visiting Space Center Houston. Since 1992, Space Center Houston has welcomed more than 17 million guests through their doors. The center features more than 400 space artifacts, permanent and traveling exhibits, attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program.

Houston Museum District

The Houston Museum District is comprised of 19 museums within a 1.5-mile radius in Hermann Park. A few of the museums you can visit are the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Children’s Museum of Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Let your imagination run wild as you immerse yourself into some of the finest museums in the nation.

Rothko Chapel – 3900 Yupon St, Houston, TX 77006

The Rothko Chapel, located in the museum district, is a non-denominational sanctuary available for people of any faith. A meditative environment inspired by mural canvases and abstract sculptures, the Chapel welcomes over 80,000 visitors from all parts of the world each year. Their mission is to “inspire people to action through art and contemplation, to nurture reverence for the highest aspirations of humanity, and to provide a forum for global concerns”.

Sports

Houston Rockets
Toyota Center
1510 Polk St, Houston, TX 77002

The Houston Rockets have been Houston’s NBA team since 1971. Lately, the Rockets have had incredible success. In 2015, the Rockets made it to the semi-finals with the help of stars James Harden and Dwight Howard. Find tickets for next season here.

Houston Texans
NRG Stadium
Reliant Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054

Houston’s football team, the Houston Texans, is relatively new to the NFL circuit. Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the Texans were founded in 2002. In 2011 and 2012, they were AFC South division champions and made it to the playoffs. You can find tickets here.

Houston Astros
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002

In 1962, the Houston Colt .45s, now known as the Houston Astros, joined the MLB. Since moving to the Minute Maid Park, the Astros have won three National League Division Series, two National League Championship appearances, and one trip to the World Series. Click here to purchase tickets and support the Astros.

Houston Dynamo
BBVA Compass Stadium
2200 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77003

Soccer is slowly but surely making a name for itself on American soil. Join the movement by supporting Houston Dynamo, Houston’s MLS team. Founded in 2005, the Dynamo have had remarkable success over the past 10 years. The Dynamo won back-to-back MLS Cups in 2006 and 2007. In 2015, they made it to conference playoffs, and finished 9th overall. Purchase tickets here.

Shopping

The Galleria – 5085 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056

The Galleria, quite literally, has it all. Spanning 2.4 million square feet of space, housing 400 stores and restaurants, two high-rise hotels, and three office towers, The Galleria is Houston’s most popular retail destination, meeting every style and taste. In addition to the array of shopping choices, The Galleria also has more than 50 dining options. If that isn’t enough for you, you can swing by the ice rink or one of their two swimming pools.

Rice Village – 2526 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005

Rice Village is a collection of more than 300 eclectic boutiques and shoppes located near Rice University and just a few minutes away from the Museum District. Rice Village has been one of the hippest locations in Houston since the 1930s. Whether you want a boho-chic outfit or an exotic happy hour menu, Rice Village is the place for you!

Music Scene

Throughout the last century, Houston has been home to a wealth of talented artists, both big and small. Artists such as ZZ Top, Paul Wall, and a little known group called Girl’s Tyme, later named Destiny’s Child, all emerged out of H-Town. Houston has been a prominent city for hip-hop, as well. Chamillionaire, Mike Jones, and Slim Thug all got their start here. Support Houston’s artists by visiting one of Houston’s local music clubs!

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck is a concert venue that offers “the livest music in Texas”. Open since 1990, this pub and music establishment is one of the best acoustic‑oriented live music havens in Texas that provides an awesome sound and an intimate vibe.

Warehouse Live – 813 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003

Warehouse Live is one of the best places for a concert in Houston. A diverse selection of artists ranging from bluegrass pickers to hip-hop MCs fill the roster at this live performance venue. Warehouse Live is known for their general admission policy, which allows everyone from all ages to see each band up close and personal.

Fitzgerald’s – 2706 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Fitzgerald’s is a music venue with an impressive history. Fitz first opened in 1977, and hosted musical greats like James Brown, Tina Turner, R.E.M., and The Ramones. Today they are known as being the place where many local bands get their first start. Fitzgerald’s is an old venue with a rustic charm that any music-loving Houstonian would know about. Live like a local and check it out!

Performing Arts Theatres

Miller Outdoor Theatre – 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre, located in Hermann Park, has offered the most diverse professional entertainment of any Houston performance venue. You can see classical music, jazz, ethnic music, dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, classic films, and much, much more. The best part? It’s all free, all the time!

Wortham Center– 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

The Wortham Center is home to the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera. The Wortham Center has been a host to over 5 million visitors since its opening in 1987. Aside from the ballet, this venue has been the backdrop for hundreds of galas, events, and weddings.

Jones Hall for the Performing Arts – 615 Louisiana St #102, Houston, TX 77002

The Houston Symphony is the main exhibit at Jones Hall. The Symphony was founded in 1913 and it has played a central role in Houston’s cultural and civic life ever since. They pride themselves in excellence and relevance, ensuring that the people of Houston are a part of an artistic masterpiece each time they visit the symphony.

Movie Theaters

Whether it’s a rainy day in Houston, or you just need a break from unpacking boxes, take some time off, kick back, and catch a flick at a local movie theater around Houston!

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FAMILY

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The only thing more stressful than moving to a new city is moving to a new city with your family. It can be tough to become comfortable in your surroundings in a place that is unfamiliar to you. Continue reading for help with finding school districts, colleges, and even dog parks as you make your move to Houston.

School Districts

The Houston Independent School District is the largest district in Texas with over 215,000 students and 283 schools to pick from. Houston’s school district is superior, and they have the statistics to prove it. For example, the average ACT score is 22.1 while the national average is 21.

Prefer sending your child to a private school? Houston has over 90 schools that are centered toward different education systems, religions, and beliefs. Challenge your children and send them to one of Houston’s impressive private schools to get a superior education that will benefit them for years to come.

Colleges and Universities

There are more than 315,000 students enrolled in either a college, community college, technical, or trade school in Houston. The Greater Houston area has 14 major institutions of higher education. Essentially, Houston is a pretty smart town. Below are just a couple of great schools located in the Bayou City, but there are plenty of other options, as well.

University of Houston – 4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004

Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in the city of Houston. Each year, U of H educates more than 40,000 students in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. With more than 500 student organizations and 16 sport teams, life at UH is active and lively.

Rice University – 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005

Set in the heart of Houston, Rice University is a private research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that helps produce the next generation of leaders in Houston’s, and our nation’s, community. Founded in 1891, Rice is now consistently ranked as one of the top-20 universities in the nation.

Community Pools

The average temperature in the summer months is 85 degrees, so be sure to stay cool by visiting one of the 37 outdoor swimming pools or one of the 24 water spraygrounds.

Country Clubs

Whether you need to practice your golf swing or tennis serve, Houston’s prestigious country clubs have you covered. Treat yourself and become a member at the Houston Country Club or River Oaks Country Club.

Youth Sport Leagues

Texas has a reputation for producing superb athletes. Houston has several sport leagues located throughout the city to help your child become one of the best athletes in the state. Whether your son or daughter wants to be the quarterback or the point guard, Houston’s leagues like JC Sports Houston, YMCA of Greater Houston, and the Greater Houston Youth Football League will set your child up for success.

Dog Parks

Millie Bush Dog Park – 16756 Westheimer Pkwy, Houston, TX 77082

Who is Millie Bush, you ask? Millie Bush was the English Springer Spaniel while George H.W. Bush was in office. Although she has since passed, her memory is honored by a 13-acre dog park with amenities including a large and small dog section, shaded seating, and swimming pools.

Bill Archer Bark Park – 3201 State Hwy. 6 N, Houston, TX 77084

This dog park, named after former Texas Congressman Bill Archer, is 20 acres of fun for your pet. It is equipped with doggie water ponds, walking trails, and even a shower for your pooch after a long day at the park!

Want to keep browsing the perfect park for your pup? Search here for a park near you.

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NIGHTLIFE

Downtown Houston
Photo by Alex

Bars

Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar – 307 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006

Located in Montrose, owner and Houston Native, Morgan Holleman, created this neighborhood bar to showcase the art, culture, and flavors he most adored from around the world. Take a seat in their open patio and enjoy artisan wine, cocktails, and pizza.

Poison Girl – 1641 Westheimer Rd suite B, Houston, TX 77006

If you’re looking for a good time, good people, and good beer, Poison Girl is the place for you. This bar is full of eclectic art, pinball machines, and a giant kool-aid man waiting to greet you. If you’re going on the weekend, get there early because this place fills up fast!

Anvil Bar & Refuge – 1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

At Anvil, they only care about the smile on your face and the drink in your hand. Anvil only makes its drinks with the highest quality ingredients and spirits available. With “The 100 List”, you have over 100 unique drinks to choose from. If none of those look appealing, flip through a 51-page menu of different spirits available. Anvil is an ideal bar for the spirits connoisseur.

Petrol Station – 985 Wakefield Dr, Houston, TX 77018

Looking to skip the glitz and the glam? Come to Petrol Station. A place with hundreds of craft beers and delicious burgers, Petrol Station is simple. They know that the formula to a good time is a good bar, a good beer, and a good burger!

Julep – 1919 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Come feel that Southern hospitality that Houston has to offer at Julep. Take it easy with a craft cocktail at a modest price and an experience that will keep you coming back. Julep will be sure to charm it’s way into your heart and keep you coming back!

Happy Hour

The Pastry War – 310 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Come get $5 margaritas, $3 beers, and bar snacks from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at this delicious Mexican-style restaurant.

OKRA Charity Saloon – 924 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002

OKRA Charity Saloon may be the coolest restaurant in Houston. Not only is the food delicious, but everything you buy is given right back to Houston non-profit organizations each month. Support local charities by drinking $3 beers, $4 wells, and half-priced glasses of wine during happy hour from 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Clubs

Numbers – 300 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Take a step back into the ’80s and dance the night away at Numbers. No matter who you are or where you came from, Numbers will take you in with open arms, as long as you’re dancing!

Barbarella – 2404 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX 77002

Barbarella is a club for everyone to enjoy. With a great mix of people, music, and drinks, Barbarella has become a favorite for several locals over the years!

South Beach – 810 Pacific St, Houston, TX 77006

One of Houston’s best LGBT-friendly dance clubs, South Beach is bound to be a good time. Come in for a drink, dance into the night with great music, and enjoy one of their laser light shows!

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NATURE

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You won’t have to worry about feeling trapped in the big city when you move to Houston. At 655 square miles, the city of Houston could contain the cities of New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Miami inside of it. With that much space, you will find hundreds of parks and trails located throughout the city.

Parks

In 2013, the Trust for Public Land declared that Houston had more parks than any other top-10 metropolitan area with 56,405 acres of land. That’s about 27.2 acres per 1,000 residents! Dedicate a weekend to exploring some of Houston’s most impressive parks, such as Memorial Park, Hermann Park, the Buffalo Bayou, or Discovery Green.

Animal Attractions

Become one with the animal kingdom and take the family to the Houston Zoo and Kipp Aquarium, located in Hermann Park. If you’re looking for a more authentic experience, take an hour drive to the Bayou Wildlife Park, located in Alvin, Texas. There you will find antelope, lemurs, rhinos, and even a petting zoo!

Hiking Trails

The city of Houston has more than 128 miles of hike and bike trails that loop within its parks and run along the bayou. Grab your bike and sneakers and discover a path that’s just right for you! Some of the best trails in the city are located in the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center and Terry Hershey Park. If you would like something a bit more scenic, take a trip 50 miles north of Houston to Sam Houston National Forest and explore the natural beauty that Texas has to offer.

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