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Our Favorite Things to Come to Houston in 2018

Whew, what a year, guys. So many new and exciting things happened in 2018 — new bars, music venues, happy hours, etc. Here’s what we got most excited about that either just came to town or that we discovered. Tell us your 2018 favorites in the comments!

Brunch spot



You may have forgotten, but this super fun bar and restaurant in Sawyer Heights is relatively new. You gotta go for brunch or drinks to admire the skyline view on the patio.

Close second: Vibrant

You’ll find loads of vegan and gluten-free options on this Montrose eatery’s menu. While the food is a bit pricy and parking is a bit tough during peak times, the decor and fresh flavors make up for it! We felt whisked away to Marfa as we brunched over soba noodles, rainbow carrot salad and gluten-free vegan mac and cheese! Would totally go again.

New bar

Present Company Montrose

Present Company

The funnest new bar came to Montrose this year — you and everyone everywhere knows this already. It really made a splash with its fun drinks and even funner bar art. Drink every time something’s “fun”.

Close second: Miss Carousel

We’re obsessed with this new dark and sultry bar in EaDo, where the drinks are strong and the fries are crispy.

Place for day drinking



Heck yes. This gem in Heights Mercantile has easily been my go-to spot for catching up with a friend. Monday and Tuesday nights you get a board and a bottle for $20 after 8 pm. And the place is bumping both nights! You can also get $5 glasses of wine or pitchers of beer (!!!) before 5 pm seven days a week! A pitcher of beer is like 2.5 beers. That is a STEAL!

Hidden gem restaurant

The Classic All Day

The Classic

Bengy’s on Washington very quietly transformed into The Classic this year. It sounds like it’s a diner-themed spot, but honestly the food is too nice to be really considered that. There are, however, candy containers at the front where you can get some hot tamales and other fun stuff for free!

Close second: Better Luck Tomorrow

You may think of it as a bar, but we think of it as our pasta Tuesday ritual. 

Food trend

Ono Poke


2018 was the year of the poke bowls for me and my banking account. Seriously, let’s not calculate how much I’ve spent on poke.

New entertainment

Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Cinema Club

Watch the stars on the big screen under the stars — while eating unlimited popcorn and sipping movie-themed cocktails.

Close second: The Rustic

Looking for a two-stepping, toe-tapping good time? Look no further than The Rustic and it’s right in the heart of downtown!

Instagrammable spot

Flower Vault Houston October

Flower Vault

Embrace your flower child and charge your phones and cameras!

Worth the drive: FOMO Factory

This one’s in Austin, but has to be the MOST FUN photo installation I’ve done. It totally took me back to the times of decorating your locker and summer break!

Houston discovery

Bayou Bend Gardens

MFAH Bayou Bend

MFAH’s Bayou Bend is far from new, however I discovered it this year! It’s the Versailles of Houston (let’s make that a thing!) — awesome gardens and historic house of one of Houston’s royalty.

New workout studio

Control Studios

Control Pilates

Semi-private pilates is such a treat! Hands-on instruction for classical pilates on a reformer. It’s so fun — and secretly tough!

Speaking of Pilates, click here for a full guide to pilates in Houston!

Art exhibit

MFAH Cloud Column

Concave side.

Cloud Column

Move over, Chicago! We got our own now! The same artist who did Chicago’s Cloud Gate also made Cloud Column, which is now standing in MFAH’s sculpture garden. It’s free to check it out!

Close second: Peacock in the Desert

A good exhibit makes you feel like you’ve left Houston for another world — this one did that for us in spades!

Road trip

Georgetown Texas


I fell in love with this small town in central Texas. The food, the drinks, the views — all so fun for a weekend getaway.

Travel guide

Portland Tram


Annual wine weekend continued this year with a trip to the Portland area’s Mt. Hood Territory and Willamette Valley. Had the best trip there — the city is so cute and the wine is so cheap!

Abroad: Morocco

Our first guide to Africa — did you catch it? Affordable traveling to a whole other side of the world.

One thought on “Our Favorite Things to Come to Houston in 2018

  1. For steak lovers, try out B&B Butchers on Washington Ave. They have certified Japanese Kobe and 28 & 55 day in-house dry-aged USDA prime. For sides try the hash browns and creamed spinach.

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