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SUNDAY FUNDAY: MIDTOWN CULTURAL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

SUNDAY FUNDAY: MIDTOWN CULTURAL ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

CONTRIBUTOR: 
Janine Arostique, Communications Intern


For the third installation of Sunday Funday, we bring you the Midtown Cultural Arts and Entertainment District. Midtown is predominantly known for its nightclubs and rambunctious sports bars, but there is SO much more to do! Here are some of my recommendations.

I have a love/hate relationship with Midtown, mostly due to parking. If you are okay with spending half an hour trying to find a parking spot, or willing to pay ten to twenty dollars on valet parking, then head on down (or take an Uber) to Midtown.

Fluff Bake Bar | 314 Gray St, Houston, TX 77002
Ever since Magnolia Bakery in New York City started selling cupcakes, it seemed that cupcakes were the only dessert worth talking about. Not that I have a problem with cupcakes, but I’m “cupcaked out” by Houston’s cupcake empires. Instead, make a stop by Fluff Bake Bar and pick up a Cup Cake. It’s not a cupcake, but literally a cake in a cup. You’ll actually need a utensil to eat this. It’s revolutionary.

All jokes aside, Fluff Bake Bar is a magnificent place to grab expertly crafted cookies and pastries. Of the all cookies on display, get a “Couch Potato,” which is made with potato chips, pretzels, cornflakes, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. It sounds that this cookie shouldn’t work, but it does. The desserts at the Fluff Bake Bar are an absolute delight.

Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston | 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
If you’re going to see a theater or dance performance that is not in Downtown Houston, it will most likely be at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH). MATCH is the preferred place for many companies to have their shows, and for good reason: it is a beautiful venue. There are four “boxes” at MATCH, varying in size and seating capacity. The last time I was there, there were three plays and a book reading going on all at the same time. The energy that bustles through MATCH is incredibly infectious.

Mongoose versus Cobra | 1011 McGowen St, Houston, TX 77002
Mongoose versus Cobra (MvC) is my preferred place to share a meat and cheese plate bucket. Yes, a bucket. An order of the “Ploughman’s Pail” includes meats and cheeses, pickled vegetables, black bread, olives, eggs, and nuts. Aside from this mammoth of a meat and cheese bucket, there is a huge selection of beers on draft and full bar attended by knowledgeable bartenders.

Photo courtesy of Mongoose Versus Cobra

Photo courtesy of Mongoose Versus Cobra

Walk toward the restroom and you’ll find a bookshelf filled with board games. Food, drinks, and board games? What’s not to love?

The Place Upstairs | 3708 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
This is, without a doubt, the coolest shop in town. If you have any interest in anything creepy, vintage, or strange, owners Michael Hildebrand and Laura Levine will definitely help you out. They know every little detail about each item in their store, which makes browsing around their shop feel like an art museum tour.  Items for sale include dental instruments, petticoats, jarred animals, and empty medicinal jars. To find The Place Upstairs, take the mysterious staircase next to the Continental Club. Be prepared to be weirded out in the best possible way.

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