Nightlife in Houston, TX
A fab spot for date night with your hubby, 13 Celsius is a midtown wine bar that has a cool, relaxed vibe. The space offers a warehouse-like atmosphere with exposed brick, high ceilings and concrete floors. The wine selection is fantastic and the candlelight creates a cozy environment. For girls' night out, 13 Celsius is the place to be on Tuesdays for cupcake and wine pairings. Yes, cupcakes and wine -- heavenly!
If you are looking for a large place to kick back and let loose, check up the 11,000 square foot Venue. What's cool about this club is that it has plenty of cozy lounging space right near the dance floor. The posh mega-club offers a welcoming atmosphere, two long bars, plasma TVs, a DJ booth, video, dancers and more. On Friday and Saturday, you'll love the live music, which ranges from the house band to famous touring performances. This club is popular among pro athletes and celebs when they are in Houston. For a private party with your girlfriends, reserve space in one of their four posh private areas. If you love the Latin sound, get your groove on every Friday at Venue.
As the name says, this tiny bar is a terrific place to chill out. The drinks are cheap, the staff is friendly, and the food doesn't suck for a dive bar. Kick back on the gigantic cushioned bench with its dozens of pillows. For cheap drinks, live music and casual conversation, this place is perfect for a cheap date or just hanging with friends. Keep in mind, this bar is really small -- so don't tell too many of your friends about it.
If you have never been to a dueling piano bar, you don't know what you're missing. It's loud, lively and a whole lot of fun. The performers at Pete's are top-notch and know almost all the crowd's requests. You'll be so into it that you'll sing-along even when you don't know the words. Though this isn't the best place for a date, it's a blast to go with a group of girlfriends. Drink prices are actually decent for being downtown. Check out their Facebook page to get discounts on drinks and the cover charge.
Lucky Strike is a lounge and bowling alley in one, offering 14 lanes, 10 big screens, billiards, bottle service and more. Their Luxe premium suite is perfect for a private party with your friends. This suite features four private lanes, a separate bar and a huge HD projection screen. Lucky Strike is open until 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and until midnight the rest of the week. The best deal is their late night happy hour (after 10:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday). You get half off the food menu, $5 Cosmos and other drink specials. If you aren't a great bowler, don't worry -- you'll still have a lot of fun with a group of friends or a casual date.