BRUNCH @ THE HONEYMOON CAFÉ & BAR
Start your day off in Downtown Houston with brunch at the quaint Honeymoon Café & Bar. Enjoy a cup of coffee from Houston’s own Boomtown Coffee makers or an artisanal cocktail (we won’t judge). Choose from the New Orleans influenced menu with plates like fried shrimp po-boys, duck and sausage gumbo, and, of course, bread pudding. Wait times can be long, so call ahead or try to arrive before 10 a.m. If you do find yourself waiting for a table, take a stroll through the historic buildings around Market Square, or snap a pic of the restaurant’s iconic flower wallpaper—considered to be the most photographed wallpaper in Houston. Brunch is held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
300 Main St. // 281.846.6995 // thehoneymoonhtx.com
BRUNCH @ BISTRO MENIL
Before you head over to see the latest exhibit at the Menil or immerse yourself in the Rothko Chapel murals, grab a bite to eat at Bistro Menil. Adorned with elegant and fresh décor like the museum itself, the café offers a light brunch menu with items such as mixed berry crepes, salmon with potato latkes and spring vegetable omelet. Start with a carafe of blood orange mimosa and be sure to order some of their famous eggplant fries. Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
1513 W Alabama St. // 713.904.3537 // bistromenil.com
HAPPY HOUR @ PELI PELI
South African food with a twist graces the Houston Galleria. Take advantage of the happy hour deals from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and enjoy $5 wine, cocktails and bites–daily. Expand your palates and nibble on appetizers like stuffed peppadews, Dutch fusion chicken kebobs, and traditional South African sausage called Boerewors. The menu transports you to a world away while not blowing your budget. Access Peli Peli from the patio outside or from inside the mall by Saks.
5085 Westheimer Rd. // 281.257.9500// pelipeli.com
LATE NIGHT @ THE BLACK SWAN
Don’t want the night to be over? Head to The Black Swan in the OMNI Hotel for a night of dancing. Newly renovated at the bringing of the summer, The Black Swan offers a refreshed cocktail menu and sleek décor. A destination for girl’s night out, bachelor parties, and post-wedding hangouts, the Black Swan has been pumping crowd-pleasing hits for hotel guests and Houston locals for over 30 years. Start off your evening with one of their signature cocktails, like the Black Diamond, made with black cherry, Rose and Belvedere or the Black Swan made with Tito’s and fresh blackberries. Doors open at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Crowds pick up around 11 p.m.
4 Riverway // 713.871.8181 // jomnihotels.com/hotels/houston/dining/black-swan
HAPPY HOUR @ PART & PARCEL
Located in the Whitehall Hotel in Downtown Houston, Part & Parcel is the perfect escape to the Houston heat. The outdoor patio is always shady with a consistent breeze. Relax under the twisted vine trellises, play a friendly game of corn hole and enjoy live music most weekend nights. Order the Pamplemousse cocktail to cool off with a fresh grapefruit kick or sip a taste of history with the Mott’s Manhattan, named after one of the hotel’s regular’s. If you’re hungry, try the fried oyster street tacos or share the queso flameado. Stop by after 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
1700 Smith St. // 713.495.7807 // partandparceltx.com