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.
Home to the Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park (also known as The Juice Box) sits in the center of downtown and within walking distance to the fun-loving hood of EaDo, making it an ideal place for a Sunday Funday during baseball season or year-round.
Whether you’re brunching or bar hopping, here’s how to make your Sunday by the stadium a fun one.
Sunday Funday near Minute Maid Park
Catch a game at two-level sports bar named for an Astros legend
Stationed at the sleek Marriott Marquis Hotel (the one with the Texas-shaped pool) just across from Minute Maid, Biggio’s is exactly where you want to get into the baseball spirit.
Named after Houston Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, the sports bar features awesome things like a duo of 30-foot tall high-definition screens plus 30 more screens, VIP booths and lounge seating, 20 beers on tap and a full list of cocktails, plus homerun pub grub from ballpark pretzels to smokehouse chili dogs.
Go bar hopping across Downtown & in EaDo
Around the stadium, you’ll find a stellar lineup of nearby watering holes, including but not limited to bourbon loving Bayou & Bottle (which features TopGolf Swing Suites), whiskey soaked hangout Reserve 101, rock n’ roll lounge The Dirt Bar, local brewer Frost Town Brewing, and barcade Eighteen Twenty Lounge.
Or stroll over to the Main Street strip, rocking favorites like craft beer oasis Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, seriously fun dive bar Sunny’s, quintessential Irish pubs Shay McElroy’s and Molly’s Pub, Southern spot The Moonshiners, and all of the awesomeness near Market Square Park.
You can also walk right on over to EaDo for some fun, with Sunday Funday bars including cult favorite Little Woodrow’s; indoor-outdoor soccer bar Pitch 25 Beer Park; nerdy video game dive Neil’s Bahr; local icon 8th Wonder Brewery; and sprawling adult playground Truck Yard, to name a few.
See what’s going down at Discovery Green
One of Houston’s most beautiful urban parks is the live oak–lined Discovery Green, sitting just a short three-block walk from Minute Maid.
The park’s programming varies seasonally, with a bevy of pop-up art installations, music and food festivals, concerts and arts performances, free exercise classes, flea markets and pop-up vendors, in-season kayaking, ice skating and roller skating, and more.
Check out its upcoming calendar to see where your Sunday Funday can bring you.
Ball out at brunch
Just off the ballpark, Osso & Kristalla rocks an Italian style Sunday brunch with things like roasted oysters with charred artichoke and parmagiana, omelets filled with Italian sausage and roasted red peppers, and Texas shrimp linguine.
For a French brunch affair, head over to Brasserie du Parc overlooking Discovery Green to nosh on smoked salmon crepes, crab omelette, and creme brulee french toast with berries and chantilly cream.
Nearby at the Marriott Marquis, chef and restaurateur Hugo Ortega’s Xochi is one of the most exciting restaurants in the city, offering a taste of Oaxaca and a bountiful Sunday buffet brunch with live music, micheladas and sangria.
And Avenida spot Kulture brings the soul to Sunday with comfort eats from smothered shrimp and grits to bananas foster french toast, plus boozy cocktails to match.
Toe tap & take down ranch waters at a country music bar
Sitting on the other side of the George R. Brown Convention Center, around a 10-minute walk from the ballpark, The Rustic rocks a Texas country feel with live music, refreshing cocktails, and Lone Star worthy pub grub.
You can get the full Sunday Funday experience here, starting with a Jam n Toast brunch and followed by ranch waters, good drinks, and good times from day to night.
Check out the live music calendar to see the lineup.
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