Houston Texas, in late October, will be filled with screaming Astros fans, and a lot of orange. As the baseball team takes on the L.A. Dodgers, there will be much to cheer for, and celebrate in Downtown Houston. Whether you're watching the game at a bar, or cheering in Minute Maid Park, here's your top 10 things to do downtown:
10. Get gear'd up
Open daily and with the second shop open three hours before game time, the Astros Team Store is your destination for post season merchandise. The Union Station Entrance can be found at the corner of Crawford and Texas, while the other location can be found near the crossing of Texas and Avenida de las Americas.
9. Pre game with the hometown fans
Whether you'll be inside Minute Maid Park or not, the area around the ballpark is the place to start the home games. All around the ballpark, you'll find excited fans - head to Home Plate Bar & Grill or next door at HTX Tavern, where many locals will be watching and enjoying other Astros fans before the first pitch. If you want to stay close, head to Biggio's Sports Bar, Lucky's Pub or Little Woodrows. All within walking distance and havens for Astros fans. Get there early, they fill up quickly!
8. Drive in along Buffalo Bayou
Do you need to be inspired for the game? Need to feel the city in your blood? Take a drive along Memorial Drive into Downtown Houston. The bayou, along with the gorgeous skyline, will fill you with excitement and passion.
7. Dine out in the city
In and around Minute Maid Park, there are excellent dining options. Find Italian cuisine at Grotto Downtown, or get the baseball feel with hot dogs and more at Biggio's Sports Bar. To be closer to the gate, check out Home Plate Bar & Grill, with drink specials and pub food that will fill you up before the action. Inside, you'll find ShakeShack and Torchy's Tacos, two new additions to Minute Maid Park in 2017.
For those watching the game at a local bar, Lucky's Pub offers a wide-range of food options, and other locations like Biggios and 8th Wonder Brewery (Eatsie Boys food truck out back), are hot spots to catch the game and dine on tasty food.
6. Street art
From the "Houston is Inspired" mural in the Historic District, to the multitude of creations in EaDo, surround yourself with the colors of local, national and international artists. Explore Avenida Houston art with Wings Over Water, Synchonicity of Color, murals and more! Also in Avenida, experience 'Arcade' by The Color Condition - this temporary art piece provides sights and sounds that will make the perfect Astros-themed photo. Created by the duo from The Color Condition, thousands of fabric strands, made from household materials, wave in the wind in various dynamic forms.
What's more Texan and nothing like California? BBQ. Fuel your stomach and your spirit at Bud's Pitmaster BBQ, Pappa Charlies Barbeque, or Jackson St. BBQ, all near the stadium.
4. Stay downtown
With thousands of hotel rooms, make your Astros watch party or game an experience with a stay downtown. Near the ballpark, you'll find the new Marriott Marquis, where you can float in the Texas-shaped lazy river, just be steps from your seat. Be even closer at the Westin, where you can dine in luxury at Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse. Find other Downtown Houston hotels.
3. Light rail-travel
2. Be a Houstonian, love other Houstonians
Houstonians love their city, they love their teams, and they love the people around them. Before and after the game, celebrate with your fellow Astros fans and Houstonians.
1. Celebrate downtown
Just because the game is over, doesn't mean the night is. Head to Main Street and the Historic District, where an array of bars and other nightlife options await! You'll be sure to find thousands of other Astros fans celebrating at bars like Boots & Shoots, Okra, and Bovine & Barley. Stroll under the city lights and check out Shay McElroy's Irish Pub, Prohibition, Dean's and more. Finish the night off with a late-night slice at Frank's Pizza.