Category : Houston Entertainment

Indoor Houston Fun for The Cooler Months

We must admit, we are pretty excited that the heat is coming to an end and that we are staring the cooler months in the face and walking right towards them! During the summer months, Houston outdoor activities are hustling and bustling around and you can find just about every Houstonian outside having fun. However, once the summer months come to an end and winter is upon us, things start to slow down outside and those of us who live in HTown start looking for indoor activities to fill our time. Alta City West wants to provide you with indoor Houston fun for the cooler months so you have some options to escape the oddness of a cool Houston.

Downtown Aquarium

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The Downtown Aquarium, Houston is so much more than just any old aquarium. Here you can learn about anything from the Louisiana Swamp life to the White Tigers of the Maharaja’s Temple. There’s a stingray petting zoo and an adventure through the shark tan to satisfy those who want to live on the edge a little, too.

Space Center Houston

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If you’re fascinated by outer space and all that we know about it so far, this is the place for you. From meeting an astronaut to a simulator that lets you feel what it’s like to be in space, The Space Center is filled with all sorts of educating exhibits. But don’t let that education fool you, this place is a blast!

Alta City West

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One of our favorite options (unbiased, of course) is taking the day to sit and relax at Alta City West. We have a pool table, a clubhouse, a cyber café, a gym, a community kitchen for parties, and a lounge. Plus, you don’t have to drive at all and at the end of your fun you can call it a night and head up to bed.

While it may not necessarily get cold in Houston, per se, its still just not as fun to be outdoors when it’s grey and gloomy. Besides, we spend so much time outdoors in the summer months that winter is the perfect time to get indoors and learn all the things you’ve been meaning to the past few months! Besides, who doesn’t love a good learning day?

       

Favorite Houston Fall Traditions

Every year around September we start anxiously awaiting fall, which comes in full force in October. It’s not just the cooler weather, beautiful scenery and most importantly the football, there are a few events right here in Houston that we count down the days until. The absolute best part of these fall traditions is that they are all right here in our very own HTown and even a couple right around the corner in West Houston. Alta City West wants you to enjoy your fall as much as we do so we’ve put together our favorite Houston fall traditions. Whether you go to all of them or even only one of them, we guarantee you’ll have a blast because honestly anywhere you go in Houston is fun.

Texas Renaissance Festival

This one is just a little outside of Houston but worth every mile traveled. Between the food and the costumes and the live shows, there’s no shortage of entertainment here. (http://www.texrenfest.com/)

Wings Over Houston Airshow

This event is perfect for those few who are still clinging on to the absolute last little fragments of summer. The outdoor airshow is the perfect time to grab a few friends, a picnic and some drinks and sit out and watch the cool planes fly by and do aerial tricks. (http://www.wingsoverhouston.com/)

Day of the Dead

Sure, this event is celebrated all over the world but when Houston has a Dia de los Muertos event, we spare no expense. Learning the culture behind the event and seeing the beautiful creations behind it while ringing in Halloween makes for a spooky and fun filled night. ( More info here.)

Alta City West hopes you get out and take advantage of all our city has to offer this fall and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Grab your sugar skeletons and your renaissance outfits and let’s get started.

 

Planning Your Fourth of July in Houston

Here in West Houston we take The Fourth of July very seriously. Our plans need to be set in advance, our grocery lists must be written and our schedule needs to be set. With busy work schedules we understand that time can slip away from us. Don’t worry about the stress of planning, writing and scheduling this year, because Alta City West has it all figured out for you! We’ve got activities, recipes and parties all ready for you, so sit back and enjoy your Independence Day! You’ve earned it.

Fourth Festivities

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During the day you can grab some friends or family and head over to the 4th of July Celebration at Bayou Bend. It’s free entry, and not only is it jam packed with fun activities and a fair, but it’s also educational with readings of The Declaration of Independence starting at 3pm.

Food and Fun

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Next, you can head on home to the BBQ and create some festive Fourth of July recipes.  From fruits to cakes to drinks, it’s fun and easy to follow the red, white and blue theme.  Allrecipes.com has a bunch to choose from so pick one or pick ten; no one’s complaining about too much food! http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/4th-of-july/

Finally: Fireworks

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Lastly, how could we forget about fireworks? A long standing Independence Day tradition continues on in Houston with the Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas Fireworks Show. At $5 per person, it can’t be beat to watch the fireworks burst with the Houston skyline in the background.

Independence Day shouldn’t be a day filled with stress and over planning.  It should be a day spent celebrating the country we love. Alta City West is happy to do the planning and stressing for you so you can just sit back and enjoy the fireworks. Have a happy and stress-free Fourth of July, Houston.

5 Houston Events to Look Forward to in April

Hey y’all, spring is officially in Houston and there’s some exciting stuff happening around the city to celebrate. From barbecue to cars, look forward to some fun this month and please let us know if there are other must-attend events we should know about!

The events, in chronological order:

WorldFest International Film Festival

Apr 10-19

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Now in its 48th year, WorldFest is one of the oldest film competitions in the world. The festival honors a different country each year and includes selections from countries ranging from China, Eritrea, the Faroe Islands, Kenya and Germany to those of local Houston filmmakers. The 10-day fest includes short and feature film screenings and master classes, including an opening reception tonight. Tickets and passes are from $15 to $500. You can see the full calendar here.

The AMC Studio 30, Westheimer at Dunvale, 2949 Dunvale

Houston Art Car Parade

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Apr 11

This one is a good one to know about even if you’re not planning to attend, since it will block off a few streets. The parade starts tomorrow at 2 p.m. around Taft St., going eastbound along the Allen Parkway until Waugh St. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, food and plenty of good company for the ride.

Houston Improv Festival

Apr 16-18

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Comedy lovers, rejoice! With this improv fest in town, it’s going to be a month full of hilarious laughter at your service. You’d better hurry though, as some of the shows are almost sold out. You can get an all access pass for $55 or buy individual tickets starting at $15. For a full list of shows, visit this page.

Midtown Art Center, 3414 LaBranch St, Houston, TX 77004

Houston Barbecue Festival

Apr 26

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Mmm, beef! This year’s barbecue festival features 22 participating BBQ joints around the Houston area, each of whom will serve up to 2 ounces of sample portions so you can shop around at your pleasure. Entrance is free for children 6 and under. Dogs aren’t allowed. (Sorry, no treat for you, Buster.) Tickets are available for purchase here.

NRG Park – Green Lot, Parking entrance #13 off Lantern Point Dr., Houston, TX 77054

Dia del Niño

Apr 26

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This one’s for you, kids! The Day of the Child (el Dia del Nino) is celebrated in various countries in South America on slightly differing dates. The Children’s Museum of Houston is celebrating on the 26th with activities, performances and giveaways. See this page for hours and admissions.

Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz, Houston, Tx  77004-7112

The 5 Best Restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Houston



With Valentine’s Day around the corner have you figured out where in Houston you will be celebrating cupids favorite holiday? If not, don’t panic, we’re here to help. We’ve spent hours scouring the web to find you the 5 best restaurants for Valentine’s Day in Houston. From romantic dinner specials to boozier dining options, we’ve found a Valentine’s Day dinning experience for everyone.  Because after all, you just can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day without indulging in some delicious food.

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Bistro Provence

13616 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079
If you’re looking for an over-the-top romantic dining experience head to Bistro Provence. This elegant French restaurant will have you and your date feeling like you’ve left Houston and teleported to a quaint café on the Saone River. Romance will surely ensue as you feast upon an authentic French 3- course dinner starting at $65 a person. Oh, and did we mention that this Valentine’s Day special also includes a free glass of champagne? Score.



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True Food Kitchen

1700 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
If you’re trying to keep things healthy for Valentine’s Day or have certain dietary needs, True Food Kitchen is calling your name. Treat your mind and body to a delicious and healthy 3-course V-day menu for only $25 a person. This special Valentine’s Day menu features edamame dumplings, miso glazed black cod, flourless chocolate cake and more.



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Del Frisco’s Grille

2800 Kirby Drive, Suite A-132, Houston, TX 77098
Get your brunch on at Del Frisco’s Grille and enjoy their special Valentine’s Day red velvet waffle ice cream sandwich complete with a side of rich chocolate dipping sauce. If that doesn’t already sound heavenly enough, you can pair your ice cream sandwich with their phenomenal build-your-own Bloody Mary bar complete with delicious fixings for only $6. If you are more of a wine or champagne person they also have $10 carafes of Mimosas and $6 glasses of Sangria.



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Uchi

904 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Uchi is without a doubt one of Houston’s hottest restaurants and is well known for its sexy and vibrant atmosphere. Uchi’s dim lighting and culinary innovation will instantly set the tone for the ultimate night of romance. Uchi’s V-day cuisine is absolutely exceptional this year and will include seven-courses showcasing the greatest meals of famous Chef de Cuisine Kaz Edwards.  What’s even better is that you can enjoy this rich dining experience for two for $150.

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White Oak Kitchen + Drinks

5011 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056
Located in the Galleria, White Oak is well known for having delicious and boozy brunch specials. If you are looking to party down this Valentine’s Day, then their brunch specials are just for you! From $12 Eggs Benedict to $16 carafes of Mimosas or Sangria, White Oak is a great place to get the party started. If you’re more in the mood for a romantic dining experience than skip their brunch and make a reservation for their 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner. This V-day dinner includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and a champagne toast for $75 for two people.

We hope this list helps you plan out your Valentine’s Day whether you’re single or in a relationship and looking for a romantic night out on the town. Where do YOU plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day in Houston? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter at @AltaCityWest. Thanks for reading!

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Houston

The big game is just around the corner and, yes, I know our Texans aren’t playing. BUT, we still care a heck of a lot about football. We’d say, hey, come down to the Clubhouse and catch the game there (and you certainly can), however, it might be on your agenda to hit the town, get social, and watch the Pats and Seahawks battle it out in a cool spot in Houston. Here’s where you should watch the Super Bowl in Houston: super-bowl-houston-1

8th Wonder Brewery

2202 Dallas St. Houston, Tx. 77003
8th Wonder is busting open the doors at noon and tapping their new release Brewston Texas Pale Ale. Of course, the TVs will be showing the big game while the Eastie Boys food truck, Feges BBQ, Misc. A Mobile Store, and Urban Izzy set up outside. It’s your one-stop shop for Texas craft beer, good eats, and shopping. What more could you ask for? super-bowl-houston-2

Capone’s Bar and Oven

2303 Richmond Ave. Houston, TX 77098
Capone’s is doing one better and cracking the joint open at 11am and serving up the entire lot of food and drinks. Just wait until 4pm and then the Super Bowl really begins. The buffet and open bar opens up and runs until 9:30pm, where a $30 ticket ($50 for two) gets you access and 8 drink tickets per person, because hey, they need to be responsible in some capacity. Expect DJ Manu to be spinning some 90s beats throughout the night where the party will finally die down at 2am. The afterparty is up to you. Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 11.07.08 AM

D&T Drive Inn

1307 Enid Street, Houston, TX 77009
First off, they’re serving up a wing cook-off before the game, where notable chefs are coming out including chefs from Heights restaurant and restaurant group Treadsack. To try them all, it’ll cost you about $10 for 12 wings, but that should be good enough. When there’s a great craft beer selection to choose from, it’s hard to be disappointed. It won’t be just wings, however, as they regular menu items will be up for grabs including that killer Frito Pie topped with beef stew. super-bowl-houston-4

The Dogwood

2403 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77006
We’re calling out Dogwood because they are the spot on our list that offers up a good deal for those of you traveling in groups. And we know it sucks to watch the game alone. Their group package options cover 4, 6, or ten people with all the wings, sliders, Shiner beer, and Deep Eddy Vodka for you and your friends. Not only that, but Houston’s Hot 95.7FM will be broadcasting live during the game and there will be opportunities to win some prizes. Where are you guys catching the Super Bowl this year? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @AltaCityWest!

3 Awesome Dog Friendly Bars in Houston

You know that Fido likes to tag along everywhere you go. We’re no strangers to pet lovers being a pet friendly community and we figured our friends would like to know where they could take Fido while enjoying a nice libation. Here are three awesome dog friendly bars in Houston:

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Front Porch Pub/Porch Swing Pub

217 Gray Street, Houston, TX 77002
This is a great patio bar for you and the pup, but get there early if you want to snag a spot underneath some shade. The steak and trivia nights are great times to go, just don’t forget to set a water bowl down for your dog. You’re going to be here awhile. One thing we like about this joint is that they participate in steak and crawfish season, and for us Texans, we like that a lot. One drink they like to serve up is the Moondriver, which is a Blue Moon beer in a frozen screwdriver. Don’t knock it ’til you try it!

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Lucky’s Pub

2520 Houston Avenue, Houston, TX 77009
The canines are in abundance at this sports pub, which means it’s playtime for both you and the furry friend. Go ahead and order another round. As long as you’re scratching his belly, he won’t mind. Lucky’s has a few different locations, but we totally dig the Houston Heights location. This spot is ideal for catching the games, but make sure you get here on the early side. It can get pretty crowded.

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Winston’s on Washington

5111 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
The name derives from the owner’s bulldog, which means the rest of this gastropub is super dog-friendly. They have treats for your dog (and for you in the from of good ol’ Texas brews), so waste your Saturday on the patio. A special bonus is that Winston’s donates a portion of their proceeds to local animal shelters.

Do you have a cool, dog-friendly bar that we should check out? Leave it in the comments below or tweets us @AltaCityWest!

Where to Watch the World Cup 2014 in Houston

While we patiently wait out the NFL’s summer hiatus, we were fortunate to fall into the World Cup this year making for some pretty exciting outings where we rally behind the USA and cheer on countries we didn’t even know we liked. But even if soccer isn’t your thing, it’s a great excuse to get out and hit the bars at weird times of the day. As long as you’re up for that, we’ve got a few Houston-area spots that are begging for you to patronize. world-cup-2014-houston-tx

1. Bar Munich (Midtown)

This Midtown favorite is your premier Euro-style sports pub that features $10 brats and half-liter Hofbraus on Mondays, $3 German pints on Wednesdays until 8pm, and $8 full liters on Fridays until 7pm. Keep up with them on social to find out when they open early for the games, and make sure you save some room for Das Boot. world-cup-2014-houston-tx

2. Richmond Arms Pub (Gulfton)

This is an old-school British pub that’s got every game on the big screen. Even when the doors open at 9am, it’s bound to get packed, so show up early to get a good seat. They are giving away prizes and paraphernalia every game, such as signed jerseys and soccer balls, providing you with some extra incentive to make this your World Cup 2014 spot.

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3. The Phoenix on Westheimer (Montrose)

In case you’re used to their old name Firkin & Phoenix, then this British sports pub is no strange place. “The Firkin”, as the loyals refer to it, will be playing ALL of the World Cup games. Another cool addition is that they are also playing World Cup trivia, so if you’ve got a knack for soccer, you could be deemed the most popular person in the bar. That’s after you order the entire place a round of beer while you callously eat their delish fish ‘n chips.

Did I leave your favorite Houston spot off this list? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter at @AltaCityWest.

Day Trips Near Houston You Need to Take This Summer

We’re well on our way toward summer vacation season, and we figured to offer a little inspiration for your upcoming day trips near Houston.

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Old Town Spring

It’s only 30 minutes from Houston, but a trip to Old Town Spring feels a bit like time travel. The walkable historic village bustles with more than 150 shops, cafes, galleries, and more. Make sure you stop by Thad’s for their unique gifts and home décor! The Steel Horse, in the old Spring bank building, sells custom wooden signs and other home goods. Ask to see the old vault and the bullet holes from a 1930s robbery by Bonnie and Clyde.

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Clear Lake

Get out of the city and try your hand at sailing on Clear Lake. You can partake in day and weekend sailing courses from “All Points of Sail”, or if the kids are in town, spend a few hours at Space Center Houston. The “Level Nine Tour” takes you behind the scenes to mission control, astronaut training, and the vacuum chamber. Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 10.49.10 AM

Galveston 

Just 45 minutes from Downtown, Galveston is tried and true for all Houstonians. You’ve got your choice of beaches along the seawall, or spend a day or two exploring the Rainforest and Aquarium. If the kids are at home, check out Galveston’s historic downtown district, the Strand, where beautiful old buildings house cute shops, galleries, restaurants, and homes. Just make sure you stop by La King’s Confectionary for their famous salt water taffy! Do you have any cool day trips near Houston to share? Let me know in the comments or join the convo on Twitter at @AltaCityWest!