where to live in houstonMidtown is often the first home for many newstonians. It’s packed with nightlife, pedal parties, and apartment complexes with crazy pool parties, and legendary turtle races.  Midtown is a great neighborhood for those who want to live that big city life–you can easily walk Downtown and to the light rail to get to many key places in Houston. Plus, if you’re a socialite your home is likely going to become the go-to pregame spot for all your friends.

Where you Need to Go

  • Best Yoga: YogaWorks
  • Best Breakfast: Cafe Poetes
  • Best Breakfast: Breakfast Klub –– worth waiting in line for
  • Best Brunch: Weights + Measures
  • Best Margs: Gloria’s – after two you’ll be drunk
  • Best Tacos: Tacos A Go Go
  • Best Salad: Freshii
  • Best Coffee: Retrospect Coffee Bar
  • Best Pizza: Luigi’s – conveniently located next to Axelrad
  • Best Hangover Cure: Jus’ Mac Montrose
  • Best Italian: Damian’s Cucina Italiana
  • Best Fried Pickles: Natachee’s Supper ‘n Punch
  • Best Sandwich: Dögarz Döner
  • Best Dive Spot: Lankford Market
  • Best Brewery: Under the Radar Brewery
  • Best Sushi: Kura Sushi– conveyor belt sushi!!
  • Best Spiked Coffee: Double Trouble –– when you gotta rally
  • Best Bang for your Buck: Les Grival’s Sandwich & Café – mmm banh mi
  • Best Late Night Munchies: Mai’s Restaurant– open to 4am on weekends!
  • Best Sunday Funday: Cle
  • Best Patio: Axelradthey have hammocks!
  • Best Wine: 13 Celcius – legendary first date spot
  • Best Juice: One Love Juice & Smoothie Co.
  • Best Beer Spot: Social Beer Garden
  • Best Cocktail: Mongoose versus Cobra – get the gin and tonic with the homemade tonic!
  • Best Work Happy Hour: Wooster’s Gardenbe prepared to wait for your drink 
  • Best Dimly Lit Date Spot: Nouveau Antique Art Bar
  • Best Challenge: The Escape Hunt Experience — do the Apollo 13 room !!
  • Best Way to Save Money: Real Simple Energy
  • Best Event: Turtle Races happens every Thursdays March – October at Little Woodrow’s
  • Best Karaoke: Spotlight
  • Best Shots: Shot Bar — you gotta spin the wheel at least once
  • Best Piano Bar: Howl at the Moon
  • Best Game Watch Spot: Holeman Draft House
  • Best Rooftop: 77 Degrees
  • Best Skyline View: Third Floor
  • Best Park: Buffalo Bayou access it via the Pedestrian bridge near XYZ street
  • Best Liquor Store: Spec’s – this is the granddaddy of all liquor stores, visit on Saturdays for tastings!
  • Best Live Music: Continental Club
  • Best Home Décor: High Fashion Home – even if it’s just window shopping
  • Best Way to Get Around: B-Cycle pick them up at Baldwin Park
  • Best Park for a Picnic: Midtown Park — consider ordering one from Picnics in the City

What you Need to Know

Parking in Midtown is very strict. Don’t park within 30 feet of an intersection or on a street with residential only signs. You will get ticketed and towed.The trifecta of bars—Third Floor, Pub Fiction and Irish Cowboy—band together regularly to throw legendary parties for events like St. Patrick’s Day. Get your wristbands ahead of time to save some cash money.

Midtown doesn’t really have a good grocery store. There’s a Randall’s, but its rather overpriced with small selection. Your best bet is to hop in the car and head over to H-E-B (personal fav) or Kroger in Montrose.

Take advantage of the McGowen METRO Rail stop! It’s clutch to not have to drive or deal with traffic when going to major sporting events downtown (Astro, Dynamo, Rockets) or heading to NRG for a Texan’s game or the Houston Rodeo in March.

If you know anything about Midtown, you know it as a place to go out. Literally every Thursday (hello, turtles), Friday and Saturday night is BUMPING with everything from college kids and tourists to Midtown residents and out-of-the-loopers. It’s a great go-to for a good night out, but also, everyone thinks that. Expect crowds. Get to know the different bars as each day of the week they typically have something special going on: game-watch, bingo, steak night, etc.


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