The Montrose District
The Montrose District, located just west of Downtown, is one of, if not the most lively and original areas of Houston. With it's many small eclectic stores, numerous music shops and tattoo parlors, and diverse population, "Montrose" is a great area to experience a different side of the city. The district takes it name from Montrose Blvd., which lies at it's center and runs from north to south through it. It's beginnings date back to the early 1900's, when it began as a small suburb of the then much smaller City of Houston. Many mansions and Victorian style houses were built here, though unfortunately most of them have been torn down over the years. Now the area is home to a large diverse group of residents, including a one of the city's biggest gay and lesbian communities. There are a slew of wonderful antique shops along Westheimer, and many of Houston's most popular restaurants are located here. Also in the area are a number of great bars, nightclubs, and lounges. The Montrose District was the site of the Westheimer Street Festival, one of the city's most popular festivals for almost 30 years. It was cancelled, to much of the city's dismay, in 2000 after much disorganization and complaints from local residents. So if you are looking for an alternative vibe in the city, check out "Montrose".
Live 60's Dancing
A hole in the wall bar, that is housed in some old house. The men's room is partly a converted shower. This is the first place that I take friend who come to visit from out of state. The clientel is mostly anglo, but the owners and staff are african-american and they love watching us whities dance. This place reminds me of the club from "Animal house" ... "you boys mind if we dance with yo dates?" if you've seen the movie.
Where else can you dance around like an idiot and drink $2 can beers. Gimme a break, dress however you want but mind you there are alway barchlorette parties there and it get pretty crazy sometimes!
St Pete's Dancing Marlin
Located on Main Street in central Houston, St Pete's was a great place for us to stop and grab a cold one on a hot day in the city. At 3pm, the place was almost completely empty except for the bartenders and waitresses who appeared to be somewhat bored. We had a few beers in this relaxed atmosphere, then were on our way.
Though we didn't eat here, St. Pete's specializes in seafood (as the name implies) but also has a variety of steaks, salads, and sandwiches.
Discovery Green Park
New park that just opened up downtown. They have a lot of different daily activities you can participate in or sit back and enjoy. See their website and calendar for more details.
Yoga, other excercise, recycling, concerts, games and more
The Rocket Park
Probably the most spectacular part of my visit to Houston, this is totally FREE!! If you are in the area and don't have too much time or don't want to pay 20$ for a visit of the Space Center, this is defintely a must see!!
You first have to pass through a small security check and you may then park your car close to the park.
You can then walk along this Saturn V rocket, this is the kind of rocket that has sent the Apollo missions to the Moon. Try to imagine the fury of the fire out of its huge reactors...