Block 7 Wine Company offers customers a concept-fusing combination of retail wine space, wine bar, and restaurant, the latter of which delights diners with a menu of elegant dishes backed by premium ingredients. Start by noshing on a Slow Dough Bakery pretzel with herbed honey mustard ($4), or opt for truffle popcorn with Italian black truffle salt ($4), the secret snack served to the Illuminati at movie-theater concession stands across America. Dry-aged fans of dry-aged beef might go for the 21-day dry-aged prime rib eye ($29) or choose the handheld convenience of the dry-aged patty on the Block 7 burger, which also sports gruyere cheese and smoked bacon "relish" ($12). Flatbreads, such as a "whole pig" option topped with Italian sausage, prosciutto, and smoked bacon ($12), defy Einstein's Law of Two-Dimensional Flavor Containment, and a "sloppy Giuseppe" with ground venison and wild boar confit ($10) exposes the inadequate sloppy sandwiches of childhood. A downsized lunch menu is also available to quash midday appetite coups, in addition to $9 lunch specials served Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and Saturday beginning at noon). With a different lunch special each day, you can opt for choices such as bacon-wrapped meatloaf on a Wednesday, whiskey-infused pork chop on a Thursday, or fish tacos on a Friday.
In its first annual festival, Houston Oktoberfest pays homage to the centuries-old German shindig by corralling more than 30 different beers from both local breweries and the Deutschland itself. German beers such as Hofbräu, Spaten, and Warsteiner swirl with crisp, effervescent flavors that pair deliciously with German morsels. Diners can also enjoy local seasonal pours and complement them by nibbling on autumn leaves. As participants mingle and sip, they can also swing their hips to the sounds of 10 different bands throughout the grounds. Louisiana’s Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys headline the fest with a Cajun set complete with a squeezebox, raspy vocals, and fiddle, and Houston’s own The ‘71’s churn out hard-rock anthems such as “Confession.” The strains of traditional German music bounce off the nearby carnival area, which features games and rides for children, adults, and sentient lederhosen.
At Spring Fitness Centers, friendly staffers greet members by name as knowledgeable trainers build personalized fitness programs. Trainers graciously dole out one free training session per month to each client, equipping athletes with the techniques and skills to successfully operate free weights and cardio machines without professional supervision. Memberships include complimentary childcare, unlimited tanning, and unlimited aerobics at each location. Like a spy's accent, classes vary by location, but may include cycling, Pilates, kickboxing, and Zumba.
Organized by the staff of Houston Beer Fest and Houston Sports & Social Club, the first annual Winter Beer Social celebrates the season while raising proceeds for the Texas Children's Hospital. Throughout the evening, guests clad in unsightly Christmas sweaters imbibe seasonal suds from an assortment of breweries, including Blue Moon, New Castle, Sierra Nevada, Karbach, Southern Star, Buffalo Bayou, and New Belgium. Live entertainment helps further lift spirits, as DJs spin records and Santa stops by for a visit.
When thinking of a wine collection, minds often spring to dark, dank caverns filled to the brim with dusty bottles deep beneath the earth. At The Corkscrew, however, potential pours are on full display out in the open, their labels proudly peering out from the sprawling wine wall. While oenophiles sip on their glass of chosen wine, they can dig into a menu of tasty snacks, including paninis, thin-crust pizza, and cheese plates. Resident pianist Nick Greer takes the stage every Thursday through Saturday to sweeten nights out with the dulcet strains of his keyboard ministrations.
Beer, bites, and music—for the fourth year in a row, Houston Beer Fest welcomes in summer with that winning combination. Guests enjoy samples from a selection of more than 200 craft brews both regional and national. At last year's sold-out celebration, beer barons such as Texas's Karbach Brewery, Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery, and Chicago's Goose Island Brewery supplied the suds, and food trucks such as Chi'Lantro BBQ and Zeapod Cakery kept plates piled to complement the array of ales and lagers. While next year's purveyors are still under wraps, guests can plan on complimenting their food and brew with a soundtrack of beloved Texas bands performing blistering sets across four stages.
Houston Margarita Festival’s organizers throw a party based on a combination almost as classic as tequila, salt, and citrus: drinks, music, and sunshine. In the crisp fall air, guests sample a variety of traditional and flavored margaritas, from samples to full-size premium drinks using top-shelf liquors. The fest also hosts salsa and limbo competitions with cash prizes and trophies for the winners. Although the winner of the limbo competition is determined by the deepest back bend, the organizers use an Apollo-style judging system for the salsa event, with the winners chosen by the loudest cheer from the crowd or the brightest spotlight from the sun.