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: YogaOne on Travis
  • Best Breakfast: Coco’s Crepes
  • Best Brunch: Weights + Measures
  • Best Margs: Gloria’s – after two you’ll be drunk
  • Best Park: Buffalo Bayou access it via the Pedestrian bridge near XYZ street
  • Best Wine: 13 Celcius – legendary first date spot
  • Best Juice: One Love Juice & Smoothie Co.
  • Best Dimly Lit Date Spot: Nouveau Antique Art Bar
  • Best Cocktail: Mongoose versus Cobra – get the gin and tonic with the homemade tonic!
  • Best Event: Turtle Races happens every Thursdays March – October at Little Woodrow’s
  • Best Club: Rooftop at Proof
  • Best Salad: Freshii
  • Best Sunday Funday: Cle
  • Best Patio: Axelradthey have hammocks!
  • Best Pizza: Luigi’s – conveniently located next to Axelrad
  • Best Bang for your Buck: Les Grival’s Sandwich & Café – mmm banh mi
  • Best Karaoke: Spotlight
  • Best Piano Bar: Howl at the Moon
  • Best Late Night Munchies: Mai’s Restaurant– open to 4am on weekends!
  • Best Work Happy Hour: Wooster’s Garden
  • Best Hangover Cure: Jus’ Mac Montrose
  • Best Italian: Damian’s Cucina Italiana
  • Best Liquor Store: Spec’s – this is the granddaddy of all liquor stores, visit on Saturdays for tastings!
  • Best Live Music: Continental Club
  • Best Fried Pickles: Natachee’s Supper ‘n Punch
  • Best Sandwich: Dögarz Döner
  • Best Dive Spot: Lankford Market
  • Best Home Décor: High Fashion Home – even if it’s just window shopping

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.

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