65 Truly Excellent Things To Do In Houston This January

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65 Truly Excellent Things To Do In Houston This January

Start your year off with a bang!

Despite all odds, we made it through another year. As we say goodbye and good riddance to 2021, we want to start off 2022 on a positive note. Thus, we’ve compiled a list of 65 excellent things to do in Houston this January to get your year off on the right foot!

1-5. Experience Magical Candlelight Concerts

Experience a magical winter here in Houston thanks to the amazing indoor and outdoor venues the city has to offer. Luckily, Fever Originals has brought its popular Candlelight concert series to beautiful venues for the season with concerts.

6. Get Your Tickets to this Blockbuster Van Gogh Exhibition

Artwork from the iconic post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh will come to life in a 360-degree digital spectacle that’ll illuminate and transform the physical space into a fully immersive exhibit. You’ll see Van Gogh’s work take over the walls and encompass your surroundings through the lenses of several dozen projectors, hyper-realistic VR headsets, or a mix of both.

7. Dine in the Dark

Ever wondered what it is like to eat in the dark? Eminent psychologists have been advocating dining in the dark as the ultimate taste experience for many years. Studies show that 80 percent of people eat with their eyes; with that sense eliminated, the theory is that the other senses—namely taste and smell—take over to elevate your meal to a whole new level. After donning your blindfold in the darkened, candlelit room, you’ll soon realise that focusing on taste and smell alone can be a truly enlightening experience—provided you’re not afraid of the dark!

8. Visit the Hidden Slice Of Mexico in East End

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In this glorious city of ours, we’re proud of our widespread prevalence of Latin culture. The people, the art galleries, the celebrations, and of course, some of our all-time favorite restaurants. Old Town Harrisburg in Houston’s East End offers a Latin oasis featuring vibrant architecture, indoor and outdoor markets, weekend art fairs, and more!

9. Blast Off at this NASA-Inspired Exhibition

From its obvious history, stellar observatoryintergalactic exhibits, and stunningly evocative sunset-gazing, Houston is known as Space City for a reason. The city continues to live up to its name with the opening of Infinitean immersive, NASA-inspired Virtual Reality exhibition.

10. Transport Yourself To Madrid at this Clubby Restaurant

If you’re looking for a taste of Spanish cuisine, with the sight, sound, and feel of madrileño nightlife, MAD Houston is your ticket.

11. Plunge into a Sea of Tacos and Margaritas

Birria beauties, El Roli’s Bites, are ready to set sail on their newest venture: a brand-new, under-the-sea-themed restaurant in East Houston: Ostineria El Roli’s.

12. Take a Culinary Trip to Thailand

Experience a traditional Thai cuisine meal with dynamic duo Chef Jett and Chef Jira. This experience is a sensory trip through Thailand thanks to two exclusive tasting menus on offer. These menus offer top grade meat and seafood, making this a dining experience you will never forget! This is the perfect experience for something special, whether it is a romantic date night or celebrating.

13. Uncork On Thai and Bottomless Wine

Grab your friends or co-workers and come enjoy some mid-week fun at Yi Peng’s Bottomless Wine Experience! Delight your senses with a unique taste of Thailand as you demolish some delicious Thai food made from quality, seasonal ingredients. Choose from a selection of authentic appetizers, entrées and desserts, each washed down by free-flowing wine. Soak up the relaxing and majestic atmosphere as you embrace the culture of Northern Thailand, the land of smiles. Honestly, Wine Not

14. Putt Putt Pixar Style

Experience your favorite Pixar movies like never before at this brand new imaginative putt-putt pop-upPixar Putt recreates scenes, stories, and characters inspired by the animation studio’s iconic movies in the form of an interactive mini-golf course!

15. Knock Twice at This Historical Concert Venue and Tex Mex Cafe

Don’t let the locked doors turn you away. Just knock twice to get in to the Mexican restaurant and oldest live music venue in Houston. No, you don’t really have to knock twice – at least, not anymore.

16. Boogie Down at Houston’s New Mega Club

Billed as “the largest indoor/outdoor space of its kind in the city”, Sekai Night and Day is elevating East Downtown’s nightlife with top notch DJs, dancing, lounging, and private events just in time for the festive season.

17. Staycation in Texas’s Amazing Airbnbs

It’s with a tinge of guilt that we find ourselves traveling nationally and/or internationally knowing that the state of Texas has so much to offer. Whether it’s to save money on airfare, get closer to local nature, or simply getaway without all the fuss, here are 10 Texas Airbnbs that make for a sublime staycation!

18. Have Second Breakfast at the Hobbit Cafe

You don’t have to journey all the way out to Mordor to enliven your Tolkien-esque fantasies. Here in Houston, just southwest of Montrose is The Hobbit Café. Since 1972, the café has served all the hobbits, elves, wizards, and dwarves the best food Middle Earth, Houston has to offer.

19. Dance All Night at this Twin Peaks Nightclub

The public can now see what’s behind the red curtains at the new, Lynchian-inspired nightclub, Cherry. The darkly lavish new nightclub is a concept from Hospitable Viking the group behind The Commoner + The boulevardier, Rosemont, and the 006 Bar. It’s set in the two-story space formerly occupied by the Nightingale Room – which is rather appropriate all considering.

20. Laugh Your Face Off

If you’re looking for an evening of side-splitting comedy, The Riot Comedy Show is the place to be! Join fellow comedy-hungry fans at Rudyard’s for a hilarious experience.

  • Prepare to laugh until you cry as you witness new comedic talent being born. If you’re hungry, this night is Steak Night. Tuck into a yummy steak while the night unfolds. The Riot is hosted by Houston comedians Brian Gendron & Drew Jordan.
  • Come and listen to some of the best storyteller comedians in Space City. Prepare to laugh until you cry at these hilarious confessions!

21-25. Cozy Up at Houston’s Best Coffee Shops

Thankfully, there are plenty of coffee houses scattered about the city for residents to take refuge, re-energize, and maybe eat a scone or two.

  • Rev up your mornings at the motorcycle and coffee garage.
  • Secret Garden offers various international coffees with options in the form of Vietnamese, Greek Espresso, Greek Freddo Cappuccino, Turkish Coffee, and more.
  • Husband-and-wife caffeine team, Manuel and Martha Gil, have recently opened Segundo Lab inside Ironworks near downtown, bringing rich, creative java flavors to the Second Ward.

26. Visit The Hidden Castle in Texas

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A short drive outside of Houston in the small town of Bellville Texas lies a  medieval castle equipped with a 3,000-pound drawbridge, moat, and a knightly guest quarters.

27-30. Sweeten Up at a Speakeasy

There’s something special about speakeasies. The secretive, vicarious forbidden feel of transporting back to the prohibition make imbibing cocktails all the more tantalizing. Stow away in wonderful hidden bars that Houston has to offer!

  • So Clutch, the owners of the Concrete Cowboy, Clutch Bar, and a host of establishments in other US cities, opened the doors of the Sugar Room on Washington Avenue. The cocktail lounge hidden inside a local bakery features a glamorous selection of drinks as well as tasty treats.
  • Tucked away in the corner of Cantina Barba’s back patio is a scanty, nondescript, somewhat rusty container. The door on which advertises “Mijo’s Mezcal Bar” – which, to our knowledge, lays the smallest bar in Houston.
  • Relive the ’20s and all of its splendor at the Daisy Buchanan Lounge, from the group behind Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse. The flashy new 52-seat lounge, located at what was once Bar Victor on 4321 Montrose Blvd, is made in the image of the era infamously captured in Scott F. Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby. 

31. Unwind Inside This Cozy Beer And Wine Bus

Parked on Montrose Blvd., Bacco Wine Garden is an intimate, fire-lit, two-story bar and patio that serves wine, beer, and an assortment of Italian comfort food. Beyond the wraparound balcony, there lies a dazzling wine and beer bus for patrons to share an even more intimate experience.

32-34. Hit the Dive Scene

Houston thankfully has plenty of places to take shelter in a flurry of rain: whether to escape the weather, shoot a round of pool, grab a cheap beer, or to play a song on a jukebox, consult this list to discover where to go.

  • Those who leave up their festive decorations year round, like the people over at Grand Prize Bar, are complete freaking lunatics – and we love them for it.
  • La Carafe Wine Bar is a historic haunt housed in a building that’s stood for over a century and remains to be the oldest in the city of Houston.

35-36. Or, Hit a Patio Bar

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One surefire way to capitalize on the weekend, weekday, weeknight – really just any time – is to have a couple drinks amongst friends in the open air of a patio. Get out and about this season at some of our favorite watering holes in town

  • Nestled on 1239 W 19th St. among a familiar crowd of patio bars – Preslee’s, McIntyre’s Heights, and Bungalow Heights– is a newcomer known as Moonshine Deck, a throwback Americana-inspired bar and kitchen with moonshine and whiskey to boot.

37-39. Cheer For Sports

Houston is a sports town, plain and simple. Even if you don’t care nor follow any of the teams, you can’t help but get a kick from the energy and passion of Houston’s loyal fans. See for yourself at the many lively sports bars the city has to offer.

  • Popular Heights sports and patio bar, McIntyre’s, has opened up a second location with their three-story facility in Downtown, Houston overlooking Buffalo Bayou.
  • With a plethora of patio games, a mega pool table, and an indoor soccer field that allows you to go toe-to-toe in a game of bubble soccer, Pitch 25 Beer Park in Houston fits the bill.

40. Drink Endless Margaritas on this Bayou City Booze Cruise

What could be better than floating the Buffalo Bayou? Floating the Bayou with a buzz, of course. Cuchara is bringing back their Xochimilco boat tour: a booze cruise that serves ceviche, party favors, and all the margaritas you can drink.

41. Saunter Through Railway Heights

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Railway Heights is now open on Washington with two stories of vibrant businesses, food stalls, local vendors, and an art gallery on the second floor.

42. Post Up At The Post

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Behold, the former USPS warehouse as a new a cutting-edge, multi-purpose, multi-layered facility with a complete technical re-design. Featuring multiple double-helix staircases, a trio of skylit atriums, and a FIVE-ACRE ROOFTOP PARK AND FARM, the complex will go down in history as one of Houston’s most innovative projects to date.

43-45. Elevate Your Lifestyle at these Houston Rooftop Bars

Nothing quite says “living the highlife” like clinking glasses on a city rooftop. Touch the sky this season with a brunch, evening, or nightcap on the most jaw-dropping rooftops in Houston.

  • Opened this December, Cielo XLIII offers a lavish new hangout in the sky with unparalleled, 360-degree views of the city from the tallest bar in the city Houston.
  • Starting off with Texas Winter Nights at the Marriot Marquis Houston, who’ve converted their legendary downtown rooftop into a full-scale Winter Wonderland with movie nights, festive lights, and one heated lazy river.
  • The Coffee House at West End is now open at 802 Shepherd Dr., that is, a three-story coffee shop that features top-notch joe, a cozy interior, and a stunning rooftop with sweeping views of the Houston skyline.

46. Tiki Your Way to the Top

Summer is on its last legs, Houston. As the season turns, that feeling might give some up of you what’s known as summer-separation anxiety. Alas, there’s still plenty you can do to hold on to that feeling of beachside sunshine, fruit-flavored rum, and entirely too colorful libations that come in all shapes and sizes by coasting into one of Houston’s top tiki bars.

47-53. Eat Your Heart Out

Houston’s culinary scene is a vast, rich landscape populated with delicious eateries, scrumptious bakeries, and Tex-Mex as far as the eye can see.

  • Whether it’s a classic Neapolitan-style Margherita, a traffic cone-sized slice, or some warped creation piled high with everything and the kitchen sink – we don’t discriminate when it comes to pizza. Any way you slice it, here’s 10 of the best pizza parlors in the Houston area!
  • Not all buffets are created equal. When seeking out a local in which to stock up on calories to last you the winter hibernation, we recommend heading to one of our 10 favorite all-you-can-eat buffets in Houston.
  • Whataburger, Taco Bell, McDonald’s – the usual suspects when it comes to late-night munchies. Sometimes, though, you got to broaden your horizons, especially when a glorious late-night food scene of delis, pizzerias, taquerias await in the city of Houston.
  • Hot, cold, rain, or shine, ice cream is a good call on any day. Here’s the scoop on where to find the best ice cream in Houston
  • Like breakfast tacos, kolaches are synonymous with breakfast in Texas. Savory, comfortable, portable – perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, or bought-by-the-dozen hangover cure. Unlike similar handheld breakfast staples such as donuts, bagels, and croissants, it’s not so easy finding kolaches outside of Texas. We’d probably travel more if you could, but for now, we’ll stay here in Houston with our favorite comfort breakfast food on the go.

54. Get Up Close and Personal With Sharks

Without doubt, the ocean is full of alien life that continues to intrigue our wonder and fascination. Yet, there’s one creature that stands out. One in particular that’s as terrifying as it is beautiful: the shark. Take an underwater train ride at the Downtown Aquarium to get a closer look at this fascinating creature.

55. Visit Lucky Land

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On the Northside lies one of Houston’s enchanting hidden secrets, a three-acre attraction park showcasing Asian culture and history that includes a full-scale replica Terracotta Army, Koi fish ponds, a Panda village, and much more!

56-57. Glamp In The Stars

New resident Texan, Elon Musk, promises that humans will land on Mars by 2026. If you can’t wait that long, you can spend a few nights at Basecamp Terlingua, an other-worldly glamping experience that integrates the future with the past, giving its visitors the impression of luxury camping in the cosmos.

  • Horizon on the Hill in Marble Falls is a wedding venue like none other. The countryside venue offers sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, a majestic look over Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls, and a dazzling stardome that acquaints visitors with a magical view of the constellations.

58. Skate Under the Stars

Discovery Green in Downtown, Houston is returning their outdoor ice rink for the holiday season. From Friday, November 12, until January 30, Discovery Green will host public skates at the foot of Houston’s skyline.

59. Drink a Bubblegum Martini

The latest boozy hangout to grace the Houston bar scene is the Trash Panda Drinking Club in Lindale Park. TPDC is a Southern-inspired concept from bartender, Greg Perez, and chef, Lyle Bento, of Night Moves – the self-same group behind the newly opened Space Cowboy poolside bar.

60. Experience This Cocktail Laboratory

Ever wanted to spice up your breakfast? Well they have a bowl of Frosted Flakes topped with bourbon and cognac-infused milk. But that’s just a starter, see what else the chemists of Diversión have brewing in their laboratory of spirits.

61. Dine Down on Unlimited Brazilian Steak and Wine

You can sample the entire menu with this unlimited experience, testing out pork sausage and acquainting your taste buds with grilled pineapple and chicken drumsticks and much more. Countless trips to the salad bar, a wide selection of drinks and desserts, and unlimited servings ensure that stomachs are fully sated!

62. Smash into the New Year at Striking Bar

Furnished with shagadelic psychedelia complete with flashy neon signs and a cigarette machine straight out of the 60’s, new downtown hangout, Unicorn Disco, gives Houstonians the chance to blast into the past.

63. Nosh on Some Good Texas BBQ

East Downtown Houston is heating this late winter with the opening of the new craft meat maker, bar, and beer garden, J-Bar-M Barbecue on 2201 Leeland Houston.

64. Let It Fly at the Top Golf of Darts

Houstonians will soon be able to get a taste of UK pub culture, but with a modern twist on January 14. British-based gaming pub, Flight Club, is throwing itself into the Houston bar scene with its 21st century digitized dart boards, sharing boards, and bespoke cocktails.

65. Live the Lime Life

The weather can’t make up its mind in Houston. Either it rains for two weeks straight, or its lays down triple-digit temperatures, bitter frigidness, or outdoor-cancelling humidity. Be it frozen or on the rocks, salty, bitter, or sweet, when searching for the tequila-infused taste of the season in Houston, here are the 10 spots you have to check out.










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