5 Must Do Things in Bryan

Bryan, TX is serving up five must do things for your Texas getaway | Courtesy of Destination Bryan

In our Must Do Things Around Greater Houston series, we take a look at Houston’s vast array of communities, neighborhoods and destinations to bring you five fun, tasty, surprising and enticing reasons you should give each one a visit.

About 100 miles from Houston, the city of Bryan sits in Brazos Valley. Together with College Station, it makes up the Bryan–College Station metropolitan area.

Take a trip to explore the relaxed town’s boutiques, restaurants, museums and arts; and while you’re there, check out neighboring hood College Station to cheer on the Aggies, visit a presidential library, and more.

5 Must Do Things in Bryan, Texas

Explore Historic Downtown

Hit Downtown Bryan for market events, historic buildings, and delicious eats | Courtesy of Destination Bryan

Bryan’s Downtown is lined with quaint shops, restaurants and bars, galleries and more.

Shop for unique gifts at Alice’s Attic, Bird’s Nest Gifts & Antiques and Sweet Pickin’s Boutique; get boutique chocolates and candies at The Chocolate Gallery; check out the working glass studio and retail store at Brazos Glassworks; and catch a classic film or show at The Queen Theatre.

When you’ve worked up an appetite, fill up on beer, bbq, and bourbon at All the Kings Men; get Wagyu chicken fried steak and beignets with wild boar caramel at Ronin Restaurant; feast on German fare and biers at Bavarian Brauhaus; treat yourself to vintage Tex-Mex at Casa Rodriguez; have a late night at 3rd Floor and 5 Knocks Speakeasy, or sip suds and drink wine at Blackwater Draw Brewing Co. and Downtown Uncorked. And that’s just a taste.

Check out the lineup of annual events

The annual Fiestas Patrias parade in Bryan | Courtesy of Destination Bryan

From art walks and holiday light parades to farmers markets and festivals celebrating wine and art, Bryan is chock-full of fun events year-round.

On Saturdays, the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market rocks locally-grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, jellies and jams, honey, herbs, garden crafts and more. 

Hit the wine bar and tasting room at Messina Hof Estate Winery

The ornate Vintage House Restaurant at Messina Hof Winery | Courtesy of Messina Hof Winery

Brazos Valley staple Messina Hof got its start in 1977, helping to pioneer the growing wine industry in Texas.

Today, you can visit the grounds to sip wine flights at the bar, take tours and go shopping at the tasting room, enjoy fine dining at The Vintage House Restaurant and weekend getaways at The Villa Bed & Breakfast, and check out specials events and festivals. The winery is also a stop on the famed Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail.

Experience its arts and museums

Check out the West 31st Street Murals in Downtown Bryan | Courtesy of Destination Bryan

In Downtown Bryan, the West 31st Street Murals bring bold and bright art to the side of the Conlee-Garrett Moving and Storage building. Check out the outdoor gallery and be sure to snap a pic or two. Be sure to also check out the super cool Arc De Luna on the 600 block of South Texas, and look out for other art happenings in the Texas Cultural District.

At Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, you’ll find fossil exhibits, sculptures, antique farming and survey equipment, discovery rooms and more. Explore the past at the Brazos Valley African American Museum, which hosts a lineup of rotating exhibits and events as well as a library of books on African American history. And the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley is the perfect place to bring the kiddos, with interactive exhibits like the Giant Piano, Rocket Ship, Train Table, and High Flying Wind Tunnel.

Go full cowboy at The Cowboy Club

Hit up an old school saloon before you hit the honkytonk dance floor at the Cowboy Club | Courtesy of the Cowboy Club

Break out the boots for local honky-tonk The Cowboy Club, a Bryan institution since 1976. Part sports bar and dance hall, the club offers a friendly atmosphere, a full bar of whiskey, spirits, beer, and wine; open mic nights and live jams; and no cover charge for the 21-and-up crowd.

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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 .