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.
While you may think of Midtown as a place where rowdy young professionals live and play, the trendy ‘hood has more than just a killer party scene (though don’t worry, we’ll get to that, too).
The popular residential district houses mixed-use developments, has a fantastic restaurant and arts scene, is home to “Little Saigon”—a section of town that housed a large Vietnamese community in the 1970s and where you can find a lineup of banh mi shops to this day—and welcomes up-and-coming projects like innovation hub The Ion.
See what kind of fun this vibrant neighborhood brings with our five ways to explore.
Note: For the purposes of this list, Midtown is defined by this map.
5 Must Do Things in Midtown
Go from brunch to date night
Ease into the day with one the city’s best fried wings and waffles plates at the uber-popular morning spots, The Breakfast Klub and Taste Bar + Kitchen, or get traditional diner eats and endless hot coffee at Harry’s Restaurant & Cafe.
For expertly-crafted cocktails and standout brunch plates, hit Weights + Measures (the dukka-spiced carrot pizza is an absolute must order).
For killer Vietnamese (who said banh mi and pho aren’t brunch?), check out Cali Sandwich, Thien An, Simply Pho, and Pho Saigon in the aforementioned Little Saigon; not to mention longtime favorite Mai’s.
When you’re looking for the perfect date night, head over to Midtown’s unofficial restaurant row, where you can get authentic Italian pies at Piola, incredibly good ramen at Jinya Ramen Bar, tableside grilled Korean bbq at Gen Korean BBQ House, and Creole-style fine dining at the beloved Midtown institution, Brennan’s of Houston.
Just a few blocks away near the Mid-Main development you’ll find fiery Sichuan at Spicy Girl, perfectly crafted po’boys and cocktails at Winnie’s, conveyor belt sushi at Kura Revolving Sushi Bar, and more.
Experience the arts
Located just off the cusp of the Museum District, this area of town has no shortage of culture.
At Ensemble Theatre, you can catch an enriching program of dramas, comedies, and musicals from one of the largest African American professional theater companies in the U.S.
Or head to MATCH, a cool destination for visual and performing arts where you’ll find artists collaborating in creative and exciting new ways.
Get your drink & sweat on with a Pedal Party
We’re sure you’ve seen one of those giant bicycle-trolleys riding around town. The ones with the group of people that look like they are having way more fun than you?
That would be a Pedal Party, and one of the best places to take one is in this bar-heavy, easily-traversed ‘hood.
The party bikes hold up to 16 passengers, with 15 seats and one standing spot for your designated “bartender” in the center.
Since you’ll probably work up an appetite, finish off with some seriously big burgers from Christian’s Tailgate.
Stay classy with cocktails & wine
Though Midtown’s party bars are certainly a good time, there are plenty of other, let’s just say more adult-like atmospheres.
Get caffeinated and boozed up at Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails, the cool coffee shop and bar that offers killer brews and refreshing tiki drinks.
At Wooster’s Garden, the brews come in the form of hoppy local suds and the drinks packed with syrups, bitters and flames.
Jam to live music
Live music fans can find an awesome lineup of bands and artists at local favorites like the raucous Continental Club and adjoining Showshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge; or get moving at high-energy dance bar Barbarella.
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