The holidays in Houston are always filled with unknowns: 1) will it be 70 degrees on Christmas day?; 2) will you ever find parking in the Galleria; and 3) where does one take their cool out-of-town cousins for evening entertainment? The answers to 1) and 2) above are virtual uncertainties. But as for 3) Houston’s options are surprisingly endless.
After a long night of Christmas turkey, playing with new toys, and watching The Christmas Story, it will inevitably be time to put the kids to bed and for the young-adult generation to step out on the town. Try these three places for a unique experience sure to make your out of town family members put Houston on the map for best places to visit family.
1) Saint Genevieve – 2800 Kirby #A206 Houston, Texas 77098 www.saintgen.com
A posh new West Avenue lounge and eatery, this establishment feels as much like a New York City staple as it does your southern grandmother’s renovated country kitchen. This place boasts “devout drinks” and “divine food”, but leaves out its most important descriptor: “delicious atmosphere.” Try small plates ranging from crab cake sliders to an Indian-inspired fried chicken dish sure to send your pallette on vacation. Toast your family with a pitcher of the bartender-favorite “Grape Expectations” and make lasting Christmas memories.
2) Anvil Bar & Refuge – 1424 Westheimer Road Houston, Texas 77006 www.anvilhouston.com
You may drive past it twice before you finally make the right turn, but it is worth getting a little lost for. A minimalist lounge and bar where the wall of colorful liquors and specialty beers on tap takes center stage, Anvil is sure to be a conversation starter. The wall of windows allows guests to view the must-see foot traffic on the busiest (and longest) street in Houston. The drink menu consists of 101 specialty cocktails skillfully made by bartenders whose memories of the drink recipes are as awesome as the drinks themselves.
3) Rajin Cajun – 9600 Westheimer Rd. Houston, Texas 77063 www.rajin-cajun.com
For a more relaxed and unassuming night out, try taking your football-loving cousins to Rajin Cajun (the original). Sit in the bar area for a prime seat to view the football game du jour, sip on a frozen Hurricane, or brush up on your cajun history. Try the boudin balls and you are sure to get a flavor of the swamp. At Rajin Cajun, it is Mardi Gras 365 days a year, so stop by…don’t forget to bring your beads.