In our series of Must Do Things Around Greater Houston, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods to bring you five fun, tasty, and enticing reasons you should give each a visit.
Dating back to the 1890s, the bright and vibrant neighborhood of The Heights is filled with historic architecture, thrifts and mom and pop shops, and hip new bars and restaurants. From sugary treats to the city’s best antiques, check out our five Heights must dos.
5 Must Do Things in The Heights
- Stroll the streets of 19th – Lined with a jigsaw of boutiques, artsy stores, restaurants and thrift shops, historic 19th street is the shopping mecca of the Heights. Peruse through Chuck Roast’s vintage vinyl at Vinal Edge Records, get manly American-made goods at Manready Mercantile, and discover why old is better than new while thrifting at Replay on 19th. When you get tired, Boomtown Coffee can provide the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
- Get a sugar rush at Fat Cat Creamery and Hugs & Donuts – How do you choose between donuts and ice cream? Maybe you don’t have to, because these two sweet spots are neighbors. Fat Cat Creamery uses fresh, local ingredients to churn out small-batch ice cream in awesomely unique flavors, including an addicting Milk Chocolate Stout made with oatmeal stout beer and the swoon-worthy Bourbon Pecan Pie. Just next door, Hugs & Donuts delivers big time with made-from-scratch gourmet donuts and kolaches. Get incredibly airy donuts in flavors like Biscoff Cookie Butter and a classic sprinkled-and-strawberry-iced number named The Homer. Or go for the cakey variety, packed with things like blueberries and Fruity Pebbles. Click here for directions.
- Catch live music at the White Oak Music Hall – Just on the cusp of the Heights, this brand spanking new music hall boasts three gorgeous performance spaces, the 1,000+ capacity Music Hall, the 200+ capacity Stage at White Oak Music Hall, and the 2,000+ capacity open-air Lawn at White Oak Music Hall (set to open this summer). Pegstar Productions, the team behind booking the talent for Free Press Summer Fest, are in charge of the programming, so the lineup is sure to be stellar. After (or before) the show, head over to the Raven Tower, an outdoor patio bar with 24 taps and a swanky bachelor pad lounge in the sky. Click here for directions.
- Eat straight from the Garden at Coltivare – This Italian kitchen from chef Ryan Pera and beverage master Morgan Weber is seriously fresh thanks to the 3,000 square foot urban garden in the side-yard. Don’t come here expecting you’re Nonna’s gravy. Instead you’ll find inspired takes on classics, like oxtail sugo with slurpable housemade pasta, blistered butternut squash pizzas, and shareable whole wood-roasted fish. Just save some room for the refreshing cocktails and desserts. Click here for directions.
- Sip old school classics at Johnny’s Gold Brick – The Treadsack restaurant group perfectly shows off the The Heights’ vintage feel with this hip throwback bar. Beverage director Leslie Ross has concocted a flawless roster of classics, from Manhattans and Moscow Mules to the Boiler Maker, which is like a miniature Old Fashioned with a Lone Star chaser. Each is just $8. Click here for directions.