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The Houston Area offers a variety of entertainment options. From museums and theatre, to exciting bars and nightspots.



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Downtown Houston, the city’s central business district, contains the headquarters of many prominent companies. There is an extensive network of pedestrian tunnels and skywalks connecting the buildings of the district. There are also many entertainment opportunities in downtown Houston. Restaurants, bars, clubs, theater, and sports venues are all here and create a very lively scene. You must venture into the city to see and experience them all, but we will list some mentionable spots here.


This upscale live entertainment venue and restaurant is located right in the mix of Main Street in the historic Post Rice Lofts, formerly the Rice Hotel. Guests can enjoy live music every night of the week in this unique and eclectic environment. The plush interior and elegant design makes for an amazing location. Enjoy your favorite drink and music inside, or hang outside on the patio and people watch the downtown crowd. • 909 Texas St. • 713-224-5299


Grooves of Houston
Grooves of Houston is one of Houston’s premier, upscale nightspot and entertainment venue boasting two lavish bars, full service restaurant, hip nightclub, and luxe private rooms all embellished in a chic décor. With hot DJ’s and live music, elegant menus and VIP lounges, Grooves is conveniently located at the cusp of midtown and downtown Houston. • 2300 Pierce Street • 713.652.9900 •


Bayou Place
Dining and entertainment in the heart of the Theater District. Angelika Film Center, Verizon Wireless Theater and Hard Rock Cafe call it home as well as an assortment of bars and restaurants. • 500 Texas • 713-227-0957


Venue is a large, 11,000 sq ft, upscale, nightclub with Latin Grooves on Fridays. Saturdays feature a live band and DJ, playing hot top 40. Great diverse place for large groups with plenty of seating with couches and tables. • 719 Main Street. • 713-236-8150 •


Houston Pavilions

Houston Pavilions is the premier entertainment, dining, retail and office hub in Downtown Houston. Bordered by Dallas Street to the north, Polk Street to the south, Main Street to the west and Caroline Street to the east and connected by two signature “Sky Rings,” Houston Pavilions spans three city blocks. The pedestrian and dog-friendly, open-air retail entertainment center is comprised of 300,000 square feet of retail space, 260,000 square feet of office space and a 1,600-space parking garage. Houston Pavilions is home to House of Blues, Lucky Strike Lanes, Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar, and Scott Gertner’s.


Houston Pavilions is located at 1201 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77002


House of Blues
The cornerstone of the Houston Pavilions, with three stages, two restaurants, special event rooms, and the legendary Foundation Room (an upscale private lounge), visitors enjoy a combination of Southern-inspired signature cuisine and live music. House of Blues is located at the corner of Dallas and Caroline. • 832.667.7732


Lucky Strike Lanes
The only one of its kind in Texas, Lucky Strike lanes is the epitome of luxury entertainment. A DJ, delicious cocktails, bottle service, pool tables, a swanky VIP lounge, and gourmet snacks create this extraordinary bowling alley experience. • 713.343.3300


Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar
Listen to a live piano performance of your favorite hits and don’t be afraid to sing along! It’s the singing, laughing and clapping along that causes the infectious excitement each night and keeps people coming back time and again. • 713.337.7383



City Centre

CITYCENTRE is a thoughtfully planned and meticulously executed self-contained community of sophisticated retail, elegant dining, Class-A office space, corporate penthouse residences, luxurious brownstones and lofts, upscale apartments and the 255-room Hotel Sorella, a world-class hospitality and conference facility. Surrounded by European-style open-air plazas and beautifully designed green spaces, CITYCENTRE is also home to Life TimeAthletic, a state-of-the-art urban fitness facility and spa, and Studio Movie Grill, an eight-screen premier cinema. There are lots of open air restaurants and bars surrounding the grassy plazas with fiery torches, which hosts frequent concerts, markets and outdoor activities. There is always sure to be a lively mix of people day or night. Right off of I-10 near the Beltway a short distance from the Memorial City mall, this gem is truly the center of the city.


City Centre is located at 800 Town and Country Blvd. Ste 100 • Houston, TX 77024


Monnalisa, a European-inspired bar, on the second floor of Hotel Sorella features an outdoor lounge and adjacent pool. Serving specialty wines, cocktails and a delicious light-fare menu, Monnalisa stuns its guests with an alluring ambiance, which includes a dreamy starlit ceiling and a central fireplace as the bar’s focal point. The open-air courtyard with a rooftop infinity pool and draped cabanas overlooks the plaza. • 713.973.1600


Straits Restaurant
This lively restaurant features a great bar environment, and a large plush outdoor patio seating area right in the heart of the plaza. The four major culinary cultures-Malaysian/Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, and Nonya-are in fact, a blend of each other, creating a new cuisine that is unique and more complex in flavors and fragrances. Straits Restaurant offers a menu that includes all four Singaporean cuisine groups, plus a few others. • 713.365.9922


Yard House
Yard House is an upscale-casual eatery known for great food, and 100 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales & lagers. The many large screen televisions also make it a great sports watching venue. Whether you’re in the mood for a grilled burger and a pint of your favorite ale, or seared ahi and a chilled martini, Yard House has something for everyone. • 713.461.9273


Studio Movie Grill
Dinner and a movie? At Studio Movie Grill a full food service, drink, beer, wine, and liquor menu is available before and during the movie. Purchase your ticket and relax in your comfortable individual leather chair that swivels, rolls, and tilts, and servers will take your order like any restaurant. Your food will be brought to you inside the theater, usually before the movie starts, so you can enjoy your meal during the show. • 713.461.4449


The Tasting Room
The Tasting Room offers an expansive selection of unique wines from around the world, gourmet brick-oven pizzas and other delicacies, a casually elegant European-style atmosphere, live music most nights, an expansive outdoor patio, private/corporate event spaces and superior service from its knowledgeable and highly trained staff. • 281.822.1500


Houston Texans Grille
The Houston Texans Grille, a unique, national sports restaurant chain is located on the south end of CITYCENTRE, upstairs and across from Eddie V’s, in an expansive 11,000 SF space. With beautiful interiors, a plentiful patio, and a sophisticated menu sure to please a plethora of palates, CITYCENTRE is proud to play host to the home team – in a super swanky atmosphere! • 713.461.2002


Eddie V’s
Sitting on the upper level at CITYCENTRE with valet parking and striking aesthetics Eddie V’s Prime Seafood blends great classic seafood restaurants of New Orleans, San Francisco and Boston with a swanky, cool elegance. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. Get in rhythm in the V-Lounge with dining and live music nightly. • 832.200.2380


Cyclone Anaya’s • RA Sushi • Bistro Bar • Bistro Alex • Flora and Muse • BRIO Tuscan Grille



Washington Avenue

Washington Avenue’s strip of exciting clubs and bars is one the most popular entertainment areas, due to its location near Downtown Houston and the Houston Heights, as well as it’s diverse trendy crowd that keeps the street alive.


This trendy hotspot has become one of the hottest places to see and be seen. Relax on the outside patio area, check out the rooftop bar, or get inside as the dj spins dance music. • 5102 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007 • 281.989.3467 •


The Drake
The Drake is a luxurious two-story, 10,000+ square-foot cocktail lounge. Encompassing exposed brick, warm candlelight, elegant chandeliers, luxe leather banquettes and rich fabrics throughout create a very luxe environment. Three beautiful bars and a secluded alcove create great atmosphere. • 1902 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007 • 713.869.8333 •


4500 Washington Avenue
4500 Washington Avenue has a nice large patio with fountains, two bars, a VIP area, big dance floor, DJs, valet, massive parking and more. House, Hip Hop and Mash Ups. • 4500 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007 • 832.356.9847 •


This hot dance spot will keep you moving with a great selection of blazing tunes, hot people, and fun atmosphere. • 1815 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007 • 832.296.6220 •


Kung Fu Saloon
This very cool, fun spot on Washington is part arcade, part sports bar, and part late night dance party. • 5317 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007 • 713.864.0642 •


Reign Lounge
One of Washington Ave.’s hottest trendy spots to see and be seen, Reign is reminiscent of a Miami club. The modern luxe hotspot features crystal chandeliers, VIP areas, an open roof bar. • 4105 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007 • 713.869.0404 •


Manor located on Washington Avenue’s West End has a cozy atmosphere and expansive patio. DJs spinning the hottet keeps the crowd going. • 4819 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007 • 713.426.0123 •


Check out the trendy NOx with it’s “caved booths,” for those desiring bottle service, beds that overlook the dance floor, or the loungey rooms that let you relax and enjoy yourself. • 4701 Nett St., Houston, TX 77007



Marq*E Entertainment Center

This fun, open 360,000 square foot entertainment center features a 22-screen state-of-the-art Edwards Cinema and IMAX screen, a variety of quality restaurants and retail shops, a 5 in 1 club, and the Improv comedy club.


The Marq*E Entertainment Center is located on I-10 and Silber Road, just west of Loop 610


Improv Comedy Club
Come and laugh the night away at the premier comedy club in the world and see the funniest comedy acts! The nations top acts are here nightly. The Improv features a restaurant and full bar and serves dinner at each show. • 713.333.8800 • www.improv/houston


Drink Houston
One of Houston’s hottest dance, retro & hip hop club adventures. it’s like five clubs in one awesome multi-venue setting. • 713.290.0041 •


Dave and Busters
Come eat, drink and Play! From the classic video games to the latest in cutting-edge action games, there are hundreds of games to play in our Million Dollar Midway. Happy hour is twice a day at Dave & Buster’s! Great specials on your favorite drinks. Enjoy half price games on Wednesdays! • 713.263.0303 •


Edwards Cinema
22 screens and an IMAX with the latest movies. What better place to watch a movie but in a center surrounded by other entertainment options. • 713.263.0808 •



Richmond Ave. and Westheimer Area

The strips of Richmond Ave. and Westheimer offer a collection of entertainment options including many bars, clubs, and restaurants.


Prospect Park
One of the hottest casual spots in town. Prospect Park Sports Bar is the rare fusion of sports bar, live music venue, and lounge, that creates a hybrid hub of entertainment. Saturday nights feature live music by great bands • 3100 Fountain View Drive, Houston 77057. • (832) 623-6909 •


Diablo Loco
Houston’s hottest sports bar serves up exceptional food including wings, tacos, burgers and more! Great place to watch the game and chill with amazing drinks. • 6025 Richmond Ave, Houston 77057. • 713.266.4244 •


Houston Sports


Houston has a great sports scene and the best sports fans in the country. Houston has a NBA team, NFL team, Major League Baseball team, NHL team, and a MLS soccer team. There is a always a game for you!


Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets are Houston’s National Basketball Association team. The Rockets play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference. The team currently plays its home games in the Toyota Center downtown. The Houston Rockets won the franchise’s only two NBA Championships in back-to-back seasons in 1994 and 1995. • Toyota Center • 1510 Polk St. •


Houston Texans
The Houston Texans are the exciting NFL team that has the city on fire on Sundays at Reliant Stadium. Reliant Stadium has a seating capacity of 71,054, a natural grass playing surface, and retractable roof. • Reliant Stadium • 1 Reliant Park • •


Houston Astros
Minute Maid Park, with it’s242-foot high, retractable roof, downtown has become a welcome home for the Houston Astros and has ushered in a new era of Major League sports in the city. Minute Maid Park’s retractable roof technology brought open-air baseball to Houston and the natural grass surface and classic architecture provided Minute Maid Park the atmosphere of the great ballparks of baseball’s Golden age. • Toyota Center • 501 Crawford • 713-259-8000 •


Houston Aeros
The Houston of the American Hockey League have won two hockey titles – the International League’s Turner Cup in 1999 and the AHL’s Calder Cup in 2003. The Aeros have been to the post-season in all but one of their 13 previous seasons.

The Aeros play at the state-of-the-art Toyota Center in downtown Houston. • Toyota Center • 501 Crawford • 713-259-8000 •


Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo won back-to-back MLS Cup championships its first two seasons of existence. The Dynamo play in the new BBVA Compass Stadium downtown • 713-276-7500 •





THE THEATER DISTRICT is an impressive cultural and entertainment center. The district features nine renowned performing arts organizations, and many smaller ones, in four venues. Jones Hall, Wortham Theater Center, Alley Theatre and Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

You’ll also find Bayou Place which includes the Verizon Wireless Theater, a variety of restaurants and clubs and family-favorite Landry’s Downtown Aquarium which is just a short walk away from the major theaters.


Alley Theater
The Alley Theater provides audiences with the highest quality theatre, offering a wide variety of work including new plays, classics, the re-discovered and the rarely-performed, and new musical theatre, with an emphasis on new American works – to provide the inspirational and the provocative. • 615 Texas St. • 713-220-5700 •


Bayou Music Center
Bayou Music Center keeps Houston’s Theater District rocking. Voted “Best Live Music Venue” three years in a row, this flexible Bayou Place venue hosts concerts, theater, comedy, and more! • 520 Texas Ave. • 713-230-1600


Bayou Place
A dining and entertainment hub in the heart of the Theater District. Angelika Film Center, Verizon Wireless Theater and Hard Rock Cafe call it home as well as an assortment of bars and restaurants. • 500 Texas • 713-227-0957


Houston Ballet at Wortham Theater Center
Houston Ballet is America’s fourth largest ballet company. The company performs a wide variety of ballets, ranging from classics like The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Swan Lake to exciting new ballets commissioned from some of the world’s most prestigious contemporary choreographers.

Houston Ballet serves as a cultural ambassador for the city of Houston on its many international tours. Over the last decade, Houston Ballet has performed in London, Moscow, Beijing, Hong Kong, Toronto, Los Angeles, New York City, Canada, and Washington, D.C. • 501 Texas Ave • 713-227-2787 •


Houston Ballet at Wortham Theater Center
Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is one of America’s oldest performing arts organizations, with a distinguished musical history. Maestro Hans Graf, who took the podium in September 2001, is the Houston Symphony’s fifteenth music director.

The orchestra moved into Jones Hall, its current home, in 1966, and in 1971, the Symphony signed its first 52-week contract with the musicians. Today, the Houston Symphony is widely acclaimed as one of the top orchestras in the world. Each year the Houston Symphony performs approximately 170 concerts for more than 350,000 Houstonians. • 615 Louisiana St. • 713-224-4240 •