For dinner, head to the popular Ritual in nearby Houston Heights. This restaurant sources ingredients from all around Texas for a fresh, local flavor. Steaks are the obvious standout, as are the lamb tips and “turf & surf” dish. For a more casual vibe, you might try out Edison. This gastropub’s grilled snapper is a must-try, as are the wide variety of cocktails.
Speaking of cocktails—end your first day with a nightcap at one of Houston’s many great bars and cocktail lounges. The Black Swan nightclub
at Omni Houston Hotel has plenty of libations on the menu, from their take on a whiskey sour (with Texas whiskey, of course) to their spicy pomegranate margarita. And the party doesn’t stop until 2 a.m. on the weekend, where you can enjoy bottle service and the city’s best DJs playing all of the hits.
Or head out to Wooster’s Garden, a rustic-meets-modern lounge and beer garden with fun cocktails and plenty of great brews. Try the charcuterie plate if you’re still hungry—the black truffle Gouda is a highlight.