1. Charming old taverns
The oldest haunt in Houston, La Carafe is a beautiful candlelit tavern that has been serving locals for more than 125 years. It is said to have its own phantom pint-puller, Carl. You won’t find any elaborate cocktails on the menu here though: It’s still just wine and beer, settled in cash at the old-fashioned register.
2. Authentic Mexican food
Legend has it that the fajita was invented in Houston, and the Tex-Mex restaurant that came up with the concept is still serving them here today. Original Ninfa’s has been around for so long, its slogan is “The best Mexican food in Texas since Texas was in Mexico”. Its margaritas are world class too.
3. Space travel begins here
The first word spoken on the moon was “Houston”, so it’s fitting the city is home to one of the finest interstellar museums on the planet. NASA’s Space Center Houston boasts many out-of-this-world attractions, including the new Independence Plaza exhibit – a Boeing 747 plane mounted by a full-sized replica of the space shuttle, Independence.
4. Cocktails with fine art
What better way to experience one of the finest art museums in the world than with a cocktail in hand? Every Thursday evening, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts offers free admission, plus a cash bar and resident DJ. There’s also a collection of curated food trucks to fuel your artistic exploration.
5. What lies beneath
Twisting tunnels, measuring a total of 12km, run beneath Houston’s surface and feature dozens of quirky restaurants, shops and services. Join Discover Houston Tours’ ever-popular TunnelWalk trip, which runs from Mondays to Fridays, to explore what lies beneath the city’s concrete skin.