Need a little help planning a weekend in Houston with the guys? We've put together an itinerary for a great time. Mix it up, swap things out, and don't forget to have fun!
Getting around: Traveling from Bush Intercontinental or Houston Hobby Airport, take Super Shuttle or a Metro bus to Downtown or a cab anywhere you need to go. In the city: Take a cab or use the MetroRail to travel between downtown, the Museum District and other neighborhoods. For more information about how to navigate the city, click here.
Zooming Around: You don’t have to break the bank to drive some of the world’s most exotic cars. Head to Fittipaldi Exotic Driving, LLC for a driving experience unlike anything else. Choose from a variety of cars including a Ferrari 430 Scuderia, Nissan FT-R, Porsche 911 Carerra S, Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni or a Lamborghini Superleggera LP570-4. Reserve your spot online, put on a racing suit, helmet and hold on.
NOON: After you’ve checked into your hotel, you’ll probably want to grab lunch. Head over to Lankford Grocery for a juicy burger in the middle of one of Houston’s trendiest neighborhoods, Montrose. It’s ranked as one of the best in town and was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Looking for a little Texas-style barbecue? Try Goode Co. on Kirby Blvd. near Rice Village - a Houston institution.
2 PM: Pay a visit to Texas National Outfitters which offers handmade cowboy boots by over 50 local artisans. In fact, Texas National Outfitter's Master Bootmaker has made boots for seven Presidents. Or, swing by Lucchese, the famous Western bootmaker that has been outfitting Texans and wannabe Texans for more than a century.
3 PM: Saint Arnold Brewing Co. is Texas’ oldest craft brewery. The operation is set in a 100-year-old space on the edge of downtown. At 3:30 p.m. every weekday (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays), the brewery opens its doors to the public for tours and tastings. Ten bucks gets you a behind-the-scenes peek at the tank farm and the entire brewing process, a logo-encrusted tasting glass and several fill-ups of whichever of the 10 brews are on tap. The biergarten-inspired tasting room is a festive place to spend an afternoon.
5 PM: Market Square is downtown Houston's historic area, on the shore of Buffalo Bayou where the city was founded in the 1830s. Buildings here have a lot of character and it’s a good spot to people watch. Several laid-back restaurants and bars surround Market Square Park, including Warren’s, OKRA Charity Saloon, Char Bar, La Carafe or Bad News Bar. Kick back on a patio with a pint and see Houston transition from work to play.
7 PM: After a change of clothes and a quick refresh at the hotel, it's time for dinner. In a town known for excellent food from all over the world, picking just one place to eat can be a challenge. Going the local route you'll want to check out the original Ninfa’s on Navigation. This was where Mama Ninfa started the restaurant that would spawn a chain concept. But the recipes here are wholly unique and very authentic. The revamped patio bar offers inventive cocktails you won't find anywhere else. For a different take on traditional Tex-Mex try celebrity Chef Bryan Caswell's El Real on Westheimer. The chili con carne and puffy tacos are amazing.
10 PM: Houston has a great live music scene. For a mix of fun local and Texas bands, ride on over to the Continental Club in Midtown. If country tunes and Texas two-stepping are more your style, check out Armadillo Palace on Kirby for live music or Rebels Honky Tonk on Washington Avenue where you’ll find a mechanical bull to test your manhood.
9 AM: Assuming you handled last night like a pro, pay a visit to Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber, the proprietors of Revival Market on Heights Blvd. These guys have developed an entire grocery store around mostly local, organic products—from meats raised down the road by Weber himself and displayed in the charcuterie case to produce and dairy products from Houston-area farmers. Have a cup of coffee and a homemade biscuit in the café to start the day’s adventure.
10:30 AM: Nothing beats a crisp new shirt made to fit your body just right. And that's exactly what you get when you visit Houston-based custom clothier Hamilton Shirts —where shirt-making has been an art form for more than 125 years. You can go the made-to-measure route for a superb fit, or you can get fitted for one of their bespoke custom shirts, where a paper pattern is created to match your individual body type and style. These are shirts frequently worn by celebrities and featured on the cover of magazines such as GQ and Esquire.
NOON: If you’re looking for a ballgame, you’ve come to the right place. Houston is home to pro-football (Texans), pro-baseball (Astros) and pro-basketball (Rockets) teams, not to mention competitive major league soccer (Dynamo/Dash). Whatever time of year you're here, there's always a game being played in H-Town. You'll definitely want to get in on the action! For lunch, pick up a hot dog at the game or stop by one of Houston's awesome food trucks along the way.
4 PM: You won't find a more civilized place for drinks than Anvil Bar & Refuge. This former tire store-turned-hotspot on Lower Westheimer serves up a wide array of creative cocktails developed by master mixologist Bobby Heugel. Everything about this place is inviting, from the warm woods and extra-long bar top to the expert bartenders who know their regulars by name. Craft beer fans can't miss Hay Merchant, with 80 beers on tap, 5 casks and a killer bar menu.
7 PM: When you think Texas, you think steak. And Houston is home to some of the best steakhouses in the Lone Star State. Try Vic & Anthony’s downtown for a perfect porterhouse and an award-winning wine list. Other downtown favorites include III Forks and Morton’s, but there are many more. If you leave any of these steakhouses with even an inkling of hunger, something is seriously wrong.
9 PM: After dinner downtown, head a few blocks south to Midtown for a little pub crawling. You’ll want to check out Little Woodrows for a smorgasbord of beer options in a traditional ice house vibe. Just a few blocks away is Pub Fiction where you’ll find a lot of live music, and Wooster's Garden, where an urban interior sets the scene for craft cocktails and brew. Get a kick out of German beer culture? Head over to Bar Munich. If you want a more alternative scene, Poison Girl on Westheimer has a kitchy décor, large patio and pinball machines for entertainment.
10 AM: Enjoy a late morning round of golf at one of the city's beautiful public courses. Set on 407 acres in the center of the Museum District, Hermann Park Golf Course offers a challenging 18-hole course. You’ll find another great round at Memorial Park Golf Course near the Galleria.
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