SUNDAY FUNDAY: HOUSTON'S THEATRE DISTRICT
Janine Arostique, Communications Intern
For the final installation of Sunday Funday, I bring you Houston’s Theater District. I recently took a job working part-time in Downtown Houston, and really started exploring the area. There are the big establishments like the Alley Theatre and Jones Hall that attract thousands of visitors a year, but don’t forget the other attractions the Theater District has to offer. Here are my personal recommendations.
The Conservatory | 1010 Prairie St, Houston TX 77002
I usually don’t like food courts, but this is an exception. The Conservatory is home to El Burro and the Bull, Melange Creperie, Myth Kafe, and Samurai Ramen: a diverse selection of food vendors that reflect the diversity of Houston. In addition to the wide selection of restaurants, the Conservatory boasts a large beer and wine selection. The Conservatory can be a little difficult to locate, because it is literally underground. However, once you find the entrance, prepare to be received by good food and good company.
Houston Ballet | 601 Preston St, Houston TX 77002
I’m biased. I work at the Ballet part-time, but the Houston Ballet Center for Dance is an architectural feat. It is the Houston Ballet’s costume shop, rehearsal studios, administrative offices, and dormitory all in one building. Sign up on their website to take an awe inspiring tour, or take a drop in adult ballet class taught by one of their amazing teachers. The creative energy that flows through this building is infectious. Ballet productions are not held at the Center for Dance, but at the Wortham Theater Center across the street. When outside, admire the bridge that connects the Wortham and Center for Dance. It’s pretty cool.
Honeymoon Café & Bar | 300 Main St, Houston TX 77002
As stated in my Washington Arts District blog, I am self-proclaimed coffee addict. Honeymoon Café & Bar has wonderful coffee. At Honeymoon, they take pride in using coffee and espresso beans from Boomtown Coffee Roasters, which is another great Houston institution. Aside from their excellent coffee, Honeymoon has delicious cocktails crafted by knowledgeable bartenders. If you feel adventurous, or just want a little “kick” in your coffee, order a “coffee cordial” at the bar. If coffee or alcohol isn’t your thing, they also have an exceptional food menu. Honeymoon is the trifecta of coffee, alcohol, and food. Go!
Sundance Cinemas | 510 Texas Ave, Houston TX, 77002
A night at the Theater District doesn’t have to feel so stuffy and stressful. At Sundance Cinemas, they take care of you. Sundance has a policy where you have to reserve your seats beforehand, either online or in person, so you control your destiny in where you sit in the theater. Also, Sundance will pay for those hefty downtown parking fees when you watch a movie in their facility. So grab some buttered popcorn, and enjoy the show!