While the showers are pouring down and getting it all out of their system, you can turn a cloudy day into an opportunity to try something new in Houston. And there’s still plenty of excellent things to do in the city even with a little rainfall. You can have a bite at an 80’s themed diner and bar or visit a fascinating exhibition. Read on to discover our list of things to do on a rainy day in Space City.
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.
While Houston is home to many sports bars, Irish pubs, and Southern-inspired establishments, the real fun is in the nuance of a themed bar. Get a look at our list of our 9 favorite Houston themed bars and restaurants to plan your next cosplay night out.
3. Check out an exhibit
Keep your mind stimulated by using stormy weather to check out a vibrant mix of ongoing exhibits throughout the city. You can enjoy an afternoon at the impressive Lone Star Flight Museum viewing the aircraft on display. Choose between the Children’s Museum, Space Center, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum, and many more.
4. Get your fix of comfort food
A row of rainy days can take a toll on the spirit, one sure-fire way to get your spirits back up is by noshing on good eats.
- Hungry Like The Wolf ’80s Diner: Sink your teeth into 1980’s nostalgia at this Houston diner and bar complete with 80s-themed cocktails, dishes, and vibes.
- Best Kolaches in Town: 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.
- Brunch Like You Mean It: If Benadryl isn’t doing the trick on your allergies, you can see how the mimosas fare at one of our top 10 favorite brunch spots in Houston!
- Fuku: David Chang’s Fuku specializes in seasoned chicken sandwiches and waffle fries.
- Get Your Hands Dirty On Some Crawfish: Yeah, we love the holidays, but when it comes to food it’s really hard to beat peak crawfish season in the Bayou City.
Need a pick-me-up? Houston has plenty of coffee houses scattered about the city for residents to take refuge, re-energize, and maybe eat a scone or two.
- Wolfsmiths is in fact a fully operating motorcycle repair shop – one that happens to wheel out top notch tacos and coffee.
- In addition to their siphon-made coffee, Siphon Coffee offers a crafted assortment of other brewed and espresso-based beverages.
6. Go to a paint ‘n’ sip class
There are plenty of places in Houston where you can try your hand at painting while sipping on a glass of wine. This is the perfect plan if you’re looking for something to do with friends or a loved one. While the rain is falling outside, you’ll be splashing some colors on your canvas. Check out Painting with a Twist, for example.
7. Game on
Escape into the carefree virtual world of gaming this week at East Downtown’s greatest hangout. Cidercade offers a ton of games, ciders on tap, and 18,000 square feet of fun to be had. And whether your idea of gaming is Pacman, shooting hoops, ping-pong, or drinking cocktails over a game of cards, Houston’s speakeasy, FAO HTX, has got you covered.
8. Escape the rain at Water Drop Teahouse
Look out on the Chan garden view while sipping on a comforting cup of tea. The peaceful environment at the Water Drop Teahouse creates an ideal atmosphere if trying to unwind during a surprise downpour. From chilli soup to pot-stickers, this charming spot in Houston provides the perfect solution to an unavoidable problem.
If you feel you haven’t familiarized yourself enough with French dishes, then why not book a table at one of Houston’s finest French restaurants. From the slow-cooked braised beef at Brasserie Du Parc tole canon d’agneau poêlé at Artisans, you won’t regret hiding from the rain inside an elegant eatery guided by French traditions.
Sip on a delicious espresso martini while taking advantage of a fantastic deal. If the unexpected rainfall has messed up a weekday for you, fear not, Citizens of Montrose, a local neighborhood cafe, serves up this cocktail concoction of British bartending guru Dick Bradsell for only 99 cents a pop!