It’s spring festival season. American poet ee cummings wrote, “sweet spring is your / time is my time is our / time for springtime is love time / and viva sweet love!” Viva Houston!
Margaret Z. from Manhattan, New York, says in her 5-star Yelp review, “Highly recommend and this would be one of my first stops if I’m ever back in the Houston area!”PUBLIC SERVICES WINE & WHISKEY Public Services Wine & Whiskey is located in downtown Houston next to the historic Houston Cotton Exchange Building. Built in 1884, the bar is listed on the National Register of Historic Places! If you get a hint of sweetness with your spirits it’s because their extensive selection of whiskey has been finished in Sherry casks. Yum!
Jordan T. of Lexington, Kentucky, was very impressed. In his 5-star Yelp review, he says, “Randomly found this gem while walking around Houston. Great bar. Fantastic whiskey selection that’s reasonably priced. Service was excellent and the staff was knowledgeable.”Distinctive, strong, yet laid back—this describes both a fine glass of whiskey and the city of Houston. Order yourself a nip at some of the best whiskey bars in H-Town!
Yelper Morgan R. is impressed by the creative variety of ice cream “ Cloud 10 is a unique ice cream parlor with many unique, changing flavors.”CAFEZA Cafeza is not only the cutest little Latin American cafe this side of the Rio Grande, they host live music several nights a week. The cafe draws its inspiration from the cafés of Barcelona and Buenos Aires, as well as the neighborhood cervecerias and refresquerias around downtown Houston.
Yelper Yvette H. agrees that the romantic vibe of Cafeza is intoxicating: “I recently attended one of the jazz nights at Cafeza and it was truly magical! Fun lights, cool drinks and still serving churros past 9 pm!”GEORGE OBSERVATORY An outing beneath the stars is classic romance. And, with our well-known connection to the aerospace industry, Houston is about as close as you can get to the heavens here on Earth. The George Observatory’s “Starry Night: A VIP Experience” is hosted by the Director of Astronomy. View the sky through their 36″ Gueymard Research telescope. And who knows? Maybe somewhere out there on the other end of the telescope, on some other world, there’s a pair of lovers staring back at you. It’s cuffing season, H-Town! Winter will be back before you know it. Live in the moment this spring with the best date ideas around Houston. Viva sweet love!
Yelper Em K. asks, “What more is there to say about the cool dark little place behind the blue door in the River Oaks Shopping Mall?”Marfreless is among Houston’s oldest and most iconic speakeasies. It’s had a loyal cult following since their distinctive blue door swung open for business in 1972. It’s certainly kept Em K. coming back for more:
“I came all the way back from the SF Bay Area to visit and make sure the planet was still in balance. It was!”MONGOOSE VERSUS COBRA A good bar like Mongoose Versus Cobra can be like a beautiful woman—they both inspire love-struck bards to write poetry. Here’s a sampling of the verse:
“Through the windows a century breathes / Sit and feel how history feels / Here inside the Auditorium Grocery / This place is the only bar for me.”More than a place for a top-shelf cocktail, MVSC hosts the Mongoose Versus Cobra Reading Series showcasing area writers and poets belting it out live on stage every second Monday. Yelpsters recommend the Bloody Mary and the pumpkin seed pretzel. CAPT. FOXHEART’S BAD NEWS BAR & SPIRIT LODGE Capt. Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge scores two points right off the bat for its cheeky name (a name that invariably brings a smile to bloggers paid by the word). And here’s the good news—Capt. Foxheart pours some of the best cocktails in Houston. Its unmarked entrance might be upstaged by the law offices of Tucker Graves, Esq. next door, but this lovable watering hole is already on the map for its’ Old Fashioned, which are discounted at happy hour. It takes some looking, but if speakeasies were so easy to find, they wouldn’t be so cool. Good thing Houston’s best speakeasies are a guaranteed good time. Cheers!
- The Galleria. With local vendors and large shopping outlets alike, this is your one-stop-shop in our area for completing your holiday shopping list. Whether you’re looking for cool style, quirky fashion, health and beauty products, or even gift cards, you’ve got somewhere to shop for someone you love.
- French Cuff Boutique and Karma Couture Boutique, two of our favorite clothing boutiques have many options for the fashion icons in your life. From accessories to main eye-catchers, you’ll find something “fitting” for the season. See what we did there?
- The Monogram Shop is one of the premier places in this area to get personalized gifts with a local touch. Engravings, thoughtful gifts, and individual, personalized knick-knacks for friends and family in your life have never looked this good. And this holiday season, the people you’re buying for are sure to feel loved. Isn’t it great what you find when you shop local?!
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