HOUSTON & S. TEXAS RJ MEMBERS: Great places to see in Houston....

  • HndsmKansan

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    May 02, 2013 3:36 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I'll be seeing a very good friend of mine in Houston later in May and since I haven't ever been in Houston, I was curious as to good restaurants.. the gay area (which I know nothing about). My friend is new to tje city and doesn't know too much about good nightspots. Suggestions as to "must sees"?

    He lives in NE Houston I believe.

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    May 02, 2013 5:20 AM GMT
    I know locals will probably be able to give some local hot spots or off the beaten path kind of places, but until then, thought maybe you could start here. Kind of helping me find stuff in Kansas City and around.

    http://houston.gaycities.com/
  • slimnmuscly

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    May 02, 2013 3:55 PM GMT
    Houston's getting hyped a lot these days for its food and arts scenes. I've had great meals at Uchi (sushi), Indika (Indian fusion), Underbelly (draws from an eclectic mix of ethnic cuisines), Haven (seasonal farm/Southern) and Reef (seafood). And, of course, we're Tex-Mex heaven

    Must-sees include the Menil Collection, a gem of a museum that art lovers in Europe literally make pilgramages to visit, located in a beautiful park on a residential cul-de-sac in a neighborhood filled with bungalows and trees. (It's also free.) For a truly eccentric, only-in-Houston museum, visit the National Museum of Funeral History - it's a hoot.

    If you're into the performing arts, Houston has everything from touring Broadway shows to homegrown avant-garde dance troups plus classical music and opera companies, and you can often get a ticket even at the last minute. There are also dozens of openings at art galleries any given week. CultureMap (http://houston.culturemap.com/) has lots of listings and info about goings-on.

    You could do a lot worse than to follow the recommendations in this Wall Street Journal article, EXCEPT that neither I nor most locals I know would recommend El Real, which has a great p.r. machine behind it but not-so-great food.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323452204578288471825815826.html

    Most of the gay nightlife is in the Montrose area (which has a lot of gays but is mixed). South Beach is the main nightclub. Nearby bars include JR's and the Montrose Mining Co., Crocker (all neighborhood-type bars); George (country sports bar), Ripcord (leather), TC's Showroom (karaoke). A free shuttle runs from South Beach to Meteor (a 10-15 minute walk away), a lounge-type bar that often has go-go dancers (so do JR's and the Mining Co.). A short walk further east is F bar. The Eagle, a leather bar, is located downtown and can get busy on the weekends.

    Hope this helps.
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    May 02, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    I-10 W and TX-71 W
    165 mi, 2 hours 35 mins
    In current traffic: 2 hours 35 mins
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    May 02, 2013 4:28 PM GMT
    dustin_K_tx saidI-10 W and TX-71 W
    165 mi, 2 hours 35 mins
    In current traffic: 2 hours 35 mins


    Ha ha ha!

    But, this is one of my favorite things (gay or not): http://activerain.com/blogsview/1095306/one-wrong-turn-look-where-you-end-up
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 02, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    dustin_K_tx saidI-10 W and TX-71 W
    165 mi, 2 hours 35 mins
    In current traffic: 2 hours 35 mins


    Ha ha ha!

    But, this is one of my favorite things (gay or not): http://activerain.com/blogsview/1095306/one-wrong-turn-look-where-you-end-up



    Mike, if you endorse it, you know I'll have to check it out!

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  • calibro

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    May 02, 2013 5:52 PM GMT
    houston is the most miserable city on the planet. booze. lots of it.
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    May 02, 2013 9:03 PM GMT
    there are a lot of unique things in Houston and the surrounding areas but need to know what sort of things you like. Beach and seafood in galveston, the bars and clubs in the montrose area, walking around a saturn IV rocket at NASA, or the gator farms and air boat tours out toward beaumont and louisiana to name a few
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    May 02, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    dustin_K_tx saidI-10 W and TX-71 W
    165 mi, 2 hours 35 mins
    In current traffic: 2 hours 35 mins


    Ha ha ha!

    But, this is one of my favorite things (gay or not): http://activerain.com/blogsview/1095306/one-wrong-turn-look-where-you-end-up



    Haha. have you been here?
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    May 02, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    Qin Dynasty = best Chinese food outside of California. (it's a nice and somewhat expensive restaurant).

    The Hobbit is a cool restaurant too. Lord of the Rings-themed restaurant. Chicken Caesar burger is yummy.

    If you're a "Real Jock," so to speak, you'll love the Hay Merchant. 100 different beers, great food, good Western feel, and some odd food choices like pig ears and such if you're into that sort of thing. They serve water in whiskey and vodka bottles. You'll see nothing but men in there. Don't expect to run into a lot of gay guys there though - it's not feminine enough to be a "gay" place.


    If you don't make it to one of these three restaurants, you will have failed in your trip down here. Montrose is the gay district, but I don't know much about anything there.

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    May 02, 2013 10:53 PM GMT
    I enjoy when people speak down on Houston. It is easily one of the most unique cities and it beats every other city in the entire country when it comes to food (Yes even NYC).

    Breakfast- Go to Henry's Restaurant and Cafe (Mediterranean and American Cuisine) Its right next to the gay bars.

    Lunch- You can't go wrong with Onion Creek in the Heights (Great food and wonderful patio environment)

    Dinner- Too many choices. Good Luck.

    As for going out, Houston is very repetitive it is basically the same every weekend. Fridays tend to be slow but Saturday everyone goes to Meteor around 11pm then every gay man in Houston ends up at F-Bar after midnight.

    Guava- Chill Lounge, Pool Tables (Far away from other gay bars)
    F-Bar- THE place in Houston
    Meteor- Lounge with pool tables as well as dances (Yuck)
    South Beach- Dance Club (pass)
    Georges Sports Bar- Pool Tables, Anytime I am there I am the youngest by a good 20 years and the bar is always empty.

    Hit me up if you need anything buddy.

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    May 02, 2013 10:55 PM GMT
    People probably talk down about Houston because it's a better place to live than to visit. It's not a tourist's dream the way that NYC is.
  • slimnmuscly

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    May 02, 2013 11:39 PM GMT
    Here's another free attraction (though it does require a reservation) well worth experiencing at sunrise or sunset at Rice University:

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    http://skyspace.rice.edu/about-skyspace/

    At sunrise and sunset, they play a 40-minute light show by the artist James Turrell -- you watch the sky change through an aperture in the ceiling, and those changes are dramatically enhanced by the light show.

    Some people find the experience spiritual; for others, it's more gee-whiz, but it's a fascinating exercise in perceptual psychology if nothing else. Photographs really can't capture what your eye sees.
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    May 03, 2013 12:58 AM GMT
    What area of EH? East of Houston mainly there's a lot of Mexican food (all fucking good) also try to go to Kelly's Country Cooking (bad ass breakfast and lunch). If you want to have a good time at night with lots of bars/good eating and such, come to the far northside of Htown (35 mins drice) The Woodlands there's lots of nice bars (rooftop clubs) next to the riverwalk(take a boat tour), good eating and drinking or shopping in Market St and Baker St. Movie theater right next to all that or The Woodlands Mall is right next, also. The Cynthia Woods Pavilion is right next to all that, as well. There might be some bands playing. Usually all the bars/clubs have live music playing. You'll like it a bunch if you come down here. Everything is walking distance.
    Or if you want to stay closer to downtown go to Washington Ave.
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    May 03, 2013 1:07 AM GMT
    KJSharp saidPeople probably talk down about Houston because it's a better place to live than to visit. It's not a tourist's dream the way that NYC is.

    This.

    What Houston has to offer is 1) super career opportunities 2) low living costs, and 3) amazing lifestyle options made financially possible by 1) and 2).
    What it doesn't have is much visual gloss to show visitors.
    Those who live here will know what I mean.
  • MikeVmax

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    May 03, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    msuNdc said

    Breakfast- Go to Henry's Restaurant and Cafe (Mediterranean and American Cuisine) Its right next to the gay bars.



    It's Harry's and it's awesome. I go there every weekend. The owner is a Greek ex-pat married to a Colombian. You'll find the entire family working on the weekends.
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    May 03, 2013 1:30 AM GMT
    MikeVmax said
    msuNdc said

    Breakfast- Go to Henry's Restaurant and Cafe (Mediterranean and American Cuisine) Its right next to the gay bars.



    It's Harry's and it's awesome. I go there every weekend. The owner is a Greek ex-pat married to a Colombian. You'll find the entire family working on the weekends.



    Their Chopped Steak is delicious
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    May 03, 2013 1:38 AM GMT
    Damn. Those are really nice pics.
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    May 03, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    I love Houston! It's the medical and energy capital of the world...Austin can keep 'live music'. Houston probably is the best large city in Texas.
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    May 03, 2013 3:39 AM GMT
    Hey mate,

    Having lived in New York for 18 years, I find Houston's bar/club scene to be pretty bland, but as people have said, F Bar is usually where all of the gay boys end up after 2300 hours.

    In regards to other things to do, you can check out the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (www.mfah.org), or even take a drive down to Moody Gardens in Galveston (www.moodygardens.com). Definitely hit me up when you visit if you need more info...

    Cheers,

    Sean
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    May 03, 2013 3:46 AM GMT
    If you bump into a naked Arian Foster, please take pictures for us....
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    May 03, 2013 4:27 AM GMT
    trex281 said Haha. have you been here?
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    Well, now I must.