The once-illegal art form of spray-painting art on the sides of old buildings grew so popular in Houston that about six years ago, the city started commissioning local artists to use public spaces as their canvases. Take a walk down Saint Emanuel Street to see the dozens of graffiti pieces and painted murals that line the walls of an entire block of unused industrial space.
Graffiti Park, 2102 Leeland St., Houston, Tex. 77003
Everything at Nancy’s Hustle just whispers cool, from the effortlessly chic staff that glides through the dimly lit dining room to ’90s hip-hop playing from the in-house speakers. This isn’t a hurry-up-and-eat kind of spot. You’ll want to try every dish, savor every course and start planning your return trip the second you finish.
Nancy’s Hustle, 2704 Polk St. Ste. A, Houston, Tex. 77003
Indianola/Vinny’s/Miss Carousel complex
Opened in 2018, these three spots are connected in a 10,000-square-foot complex, but they’re all different concepts. Indianola is a sit-down restaurant for American cuisine; Vinny’s serves New York-style pizza; and the low-light lounge Miss Carousel offers up classic cocktails, small bites and desserts.
Miss Carousel, 1201 Saint Emanuel St., Houston, Tex. 77003
It’s hard to imagine a space that offers more to do when the patio weather is just right than Truck Yard. The indoor-outdoor “adult playground” has Skee-Ball machines, a food truck park, Hawaiian-themed luaus and an on-site Ferris wheel complete with skyline views and a beer included for $10 a ride.
Truck Yard, 2118 Lamar St., Houston, Tex. 77003
True Anomaly Brewing
Fermentation exploration is the ethos of this imaginative brewery founded by a group of friends with backgrounds in rocket science. The local selection rotates frequently, but expect palate-diverse beers like Berliner weisses, saisons and wild ales. On Sundays you can join a pay-what-you-can mural and brewery tour starting at 6 p.m.
True Anomaly Brewing, 2012 Dallas St., Houston, Tex. 77003
The Secret Group
Styled as a bar and multipurpose venue, Secret Group hosts comedy shows, musical acts, drag shows and decade-themed dance parties. When nothing is on the events calendar, it acts as a club on a busy corner in EaDo with a rooftop patio and a rotation of late-night food trucks.
The Secret Group, 2101 Polk St., Houston, Tex. 77003