Where to Celebrate Sunday Funday in Houston: Arts District Houston

Sip on specialty cocktails, draft beer and enjoy the outdoor vibe at Spring Street Beer & Wine Garden | Courtesy of Spring Street

Houston is a great place to unwind. In this new series, we’ll hop from neighborhood to neighborhood, diving into the fun and tasty ways to join in on the time-honored tradition of Sunday Funday, from brunch to live music and more.

The newly reimagined Arts District Houston has become a focal point of the city, offering a 55-acre creative campus in Sawyer Yards alongside dining and shops, art installations and murals, and businesses and entertainment venues.

All that said, the enriching, walkable slice of Houston is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely Sunday Funday.

Where to Celebrate Sunday Funday in Arts District Houston

  • Enjoy an al fresco brunch at B&B Butchers & RestaurantRestaurateur Benjamin Berg brings NYC energy to Houston with this handsome steakhouse, and that energy gets a supercharge during Sunday brunch, when you can enjoy things like Carpet Bagger on the Half Shell, Wagyu Steak & Eggs, and Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast out on the rooftop patio along with flowing drinks and the occasional live music. Get directions to B&B Butchers & Restaurant. And for patio brunch under the canopy that’s equally as appealing, check out slightly more casual sibling establishment B.B. Lemon, which sits across the way off Washington Ave. 
  • Take in local art at Sawyer Yards While the open studios at The Silos at Sawyer Yards are typically closed on Sundays, you can still snap a selfie as you explore the district’s murals and graffiti art, including the 800-foot collaborative mural dubbed Art Alley. Get directions to Sawyer Yards. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for the Flea at Silver Street pop-up markets.
  • Hit the rooftop at Buffalo Bayou Brewing CompanyBack in 2019, the beloved BuffBrew moved out of its cramped Washington Heights space to open up a 28,000-square foot, three-story space in the Arts District. With the bigger digs came way more production capacity, and awesome stuff like a full-fledged restaurant and rooftop patio with gorgeous views of the Downtown skyline. It’s the kind of place Sunday Funday dreams are made of, with flowing craft brews like the flagship 1836 Copper Ale and eats from Smoked Birria Nachos to Mini Chicken Fried Steak Eggs Benny for brunch. Get directions to Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company.
  • Continue your brewery hop, then hit some bars – In addition to Buff Brew, two other awesome breweries call the Arts District home. Holler Brewing Co. sits right in Sawyer Yards, featuring an indoor taproom and outdoor patio space on which to enjoy its righteous craft suds. The fun-loving brewery is known to host food trucks and events, from chili cook-offs to pet adoptions. Get directions to Holler Brewing Co. Over on Washington Ave, Platypus Brewing is the brainchild of two Aussie blokes and a Texas gal, featuring suds crafted with rare Australian hops (like the Bobby Dazzler Aussie Blonde Ale) and interesting pub grub like Cauliflower Pakora, Lamb Meatballs, and Fish n’ Chips. Get directions to Platypus Brewing. You can also take in the scene at the indoor-outdoor Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden, sip on adventurous brews at Urban South, throw a few back at the chilled out Sawyer Ice House, or get charmed at one of the city’s finest cocktail bars, the Southern-kissed Julep.
  • Eat, drink, and golf at Loft 18This interactive sports bar and lounge is indoors and climate controlled, meaning you can play an enjoyable round of simulated golf no matter the Houston weather. Book a bay and hit some balls while you sip on boozy craft cocktails, local brews, and take down eats from Chicken Waffle Skewers to Big Texan Burgers. Get directions to Loft 18.
Art Alley at Sawyer Yards | Courtesy of Fresh Arts

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .