Houston is a great place to unwind. In this 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 strip along Washington Avenue stretching from Downtown through Memorial Park is a jungle of bars and restaurants, mixed-use developments, art studios, and shops, making it a fun and vibrant spot for Sunday Funday.
Note: For purposes of this list, Washington Corridor and Memorial Park are defined by this map.
Sunday Funday on Washington Avenue
Brunch on Fried Chicken & Champagne
Wine and bubbly-fueled comfort food favorite Max’s Wine Dive is famous for pairing fried chicken and Champagne, which just about makes for the perfect Sunday brunch experience.
Pop a bottle for mimosas and get the jalapeño-buttermilk marinated fried chicken in classic breakfast plates, Nashville-style hot, atop honey butter biscuits with poached eggs and sausage gravy, or paired with a Belgian style waffle.
Embark on an epic bar hop
Looking for a low-key good time?
Unwind with a cold one at chill patios Memorial Trail Ice House, Little Woodrow’s Shepherd, FM Kitchen & Bar, and Porch Swing; grab cheesy bar pies and stiff cocktails at Betelgeuse Betelgeuse; or meet the locals at grungy dive bar Darkhorse Tavern and laidback sports bar Underdogs Pub.
If you want to totally pump things up, party bars include beer garden and nightlife spot Bottled Blonde, rowdy sports bar Clutch Bar, retro-themed bar and patio HandleBar Houston, arcade bar Kung Fu Saloon, DJ-fueled patio bar Lincoln Bar, Houston’s fun-loving lesbian bar Pearl Bar, scenester spot The Sporting Club, sweet late-night favorite Sugar Room, and neon-lit Todo Santos.
Enjoy a rooftop dining with a view
Bespoke butchery and New York–style steakhouse B&B Butchers & Restaurant boasts a rooftop dining space with views of the downtown skyline. That’s exactly where you’ll want to brunch, dining on items like fried oyster and filet mignon–loaded Carpet Bagger on the Half Shell, prime rib B&B Hash, and granny-style Monkey Bread.
For a more casual but equally pleasant feel, try the courtyard at all-American sibling establishment B.B. Lemon, where you can enjoy Corned Beef Benedict, Cornbread Waffles, and Crawfish Hash.
Get some Southern comfort via classic bourbon cocktails
Alba Huerta’s James Beard Award–winning Southern cocktailery, Julep, is one of the city’s finest cocktail bars, hands down. Starting at 4pm on Sundays, you can head on over and see why.
Sip house cocktails like the Mission Julep hit with fig-infused bourbon, turbinado and mint, or the classic Cherry Bounce Sour kissed with bonded corn whiskey, house cherry bounce, turbinado, lemon, angostura bitters and frothy egg white.
Hit up Arts District Houston
There’s an entire roster of Sunday Funday shenanigans over in nearby Arts District Houston, which houses sprawling art complex Sawyer Yards and more just off Washington Ave.
Check it all out in our Sunday Funday Arts District Houston guide, highlighting awesome stuff like a climate-controlled golf arcade and bar, pop-up art markets, and a brewery hop.
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