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Brunches, Bars & Snappy Hours: Spring Edition

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Every issue we round up the best brunches, bars and happy hours from around the city! If you haven’t had a chance to flip through our Spring Issue, we highly suggest it and hope you get to check out all of these amazing spots this season!

TRIBUTE at The Houstonian 

Photo Courtesy of The Houstonian

TRIBUTE, The Houstonian’s newly renovated restaurant opened this past fall and the city was thrilled!  “TRIBUTE is a name that reflects the past, present, and future of The Houstonian brand” said The Houstonian Hotel General Manager, Steve Fronterhouse. TRIBUTE is coining a new term for the type of food they are offering, “Tex-Lex” to account for the inspiration that comes from Texas, Mexico, and Louisiana. The Houstonian has been a staple hotel in Houston since 1980, a place where visitors continue to fall in love with the 18 – acre wooded oasis. The decor and ambiance may be new, but it honors the hotel’s deep history Guests are greeted by a grand backlit and glass wine locker, that houses 3,500 bottles.  Where local sommelier hosts the most intimate wine tastings in a space that seats up to four and are not to be missed.  

Hungry’s

Photo Courtesy of Hungry’s Concepts

Hungry’s has been a Houston go – to for more than three generations in both the Rice Village and Memorial neighborhoods. The space and atmosphere are the perfect blend of a laid back neighborhood café and an unpretentious elegant bistro. This is what makes it the perfect place for both date night and a boozy Sunday brunch! The menu includes everything from indulgent Croissant French Toast and Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict to delicious lighter fares like Organic Veggie Quinoa Eggs Benedict and an array of omelets. Brunch would not be complete without a mimosa and bloody mary which Hungry’s makes with their house-made mix and kettle one vodka.  

La Lucha

Photo Courtesy of Ralph Smith

La Lucha is an ode to owner Ford Fry and Houstonians beloved San Jacinto Inn- known for gulf seafood and fried goodness. Fry, the man behind State of Grace, created the space in the greater heights that is perfectly dark and moody. Inspired by a 70’s living room, you’ll enjoy “First Things First” made with genepy, gin, kina and club soda presented in a collins glass with an orange horse neck twist while lounging on a worn leather sofa. The atmosphere and friendly service make you want to relax for hours eating their famous made – to – order fried chicken basket and caviar onion dip served with Pringles.   

Miss Carousel

Photo Courtesy of Julie Soefer

Miss Carousel is the newest upscale bar from Agricole Hospitality in the heart of East Downtown. Both the space and the menu were created with two things in mind, high-quality cocktails, and exceptional service. The team has come up with over 25 cocktail options organized in categories like Spirituous and, Morgan’s favorite, Extremely Interesting, Non-Conforming and Original Concoctions. The décor and flow of Miss Carousel are unique in the fact that there is no formal bar. You’ll cozy up in mid-century modern chairs and worn leather sofas while ordering one of the finest gin & tonics, made with clarified lime, suze, tempus fugit quina, opal basil, and fever tree bitter lemon. There is a large double-sided fireplace that separates the chicest pool table that sits on top of antique Moroccan rugs from the dimly lit and romantic sitting room.  

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

Photo Courtesy of Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill

The first inner loop Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille opened this past February and the city is buzzing. Perry’s has been delivering Houstonians with award-winning steaks and exceptional service since 1979.Perry’s will create an energetic setting at the corner of McDuffie and West Gray, providing a new destination in the inner loop for local consumers and travelers to enjoy.” said Patrick Manchi, VP, Regional Director of Leasing for Weingarten Realty. The 12,000 square – foot River Oaks location is luxurious and inspiring with each floor having its own unique identity. At the top of the grand ivory staircase is the main dining room with 4 private rooms, a secondary bar, and wine cellar. Upon entering you will be greeted with a welcoming island-style bar and plenty of high-top tables. Social Hour at Bar 79 occurs Monday – Thursday, 4 – 7 pm and Sunday, 4 – 9 pm, where you can enjoy a selection of signature bar bites like their Signature Pork Chop Bites, Steak Tartar and cocktails for $9 each.  


Feature Photo Courtesy of La Lucha

Local Houstonian and Editor of Houston Hotel Magazine. Follow her on Instagram for her latest adventures around the city, @emilylunstroth.

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