SUNDAY FUNDAY: EAST END DISTRICT
Janine Arostique, Communications Intern
Growing up in the suburbs of Houston, I had no idea what the East End was or who occupied it. Come to think of it, I didn’t know much about the East End until a couple of years ago. This side of town is booming with new businesses, restored houses and freshly built apartment complexes (to say the least!). Here are a couple of my favorite places to visit in Houston’s East End Cultural District.
8th Wonder Brewery | 2202 Dallas St, Houston, TX 77003
8th Wonder Brewery is the self-proclaimed “craft beer for the home team,” and I certainly agree. 8th Wonder oozes Space City love with their affectionately named brews. For example, “Dome Faux’m”, a cream ale, is an homage to the foamy beers once served at the beloved Astrodome. Now that’s H-Town pride. Their delicious craft beers can be found in grocery stores and bars around town, but a trip to their taproom is especially exciting. Drink a beer or two from “8th Wonder’s Imagin8ion Series,” which includes test batches and limited releases. At fifteen dollars for three beer tokens and a souvenir glass to keep, this brewery is definitely a Wonder.
Moontower Inn | 3004 Canal St, Houston, TX 77003
I was first introduced to the glory of Moontower Inn before I achieved legal drinking age status. Fear not – I did not participate in underage drinking (although, I was very intrigued by their 40+ beers on tap), but I did participate in gorging wild game hotdogs, decadent hamburgers, and tasty sandwiches. The intensity and range of Moontower’s wild game hotdogs vary from lamb seasoned with Middle Eastern spices to pheasant marinated in cognac. When asked what to top on your encased – meat concoction, ask for the “Chef’s Choice.” You’ll thank me later.
Smither Park | 2444 Munger St, Houston, TX 77023
Smither Park opened to the public on September 30th, and is by far one of the most exciting places to visit in the East End. The park is adorned with recycled material, including bottle caps, seashells, and tiles. My favorite feature is the Memory Wall, which is a four hundred foot collaborative art installation, designed by over sixty artists. The Memory Wall is still a work in progress, with artists working on sections every Saturday morning, to commemorate the lives of loved ones. Have a picnic with family and friends, or meditate solo. Smither Park is a creative place for all.
Watch a short documentary on Smither Park below.
Texas Art Asylum | 1719 Live Oak, Houston TX, 77003
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This quote rings true at Texas Art Asylum. When you step into their shop, you’ll find everything, from vintage buttons and handkerchiefs, to plumbing materials and lab equipment. Donate your unwanted items to Texas Art Asylum, as your donation is eligible for a tax deduction through the Center for Recycled Art. Visit this store and be bewildered at what you can find.