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.
Water 2 Wine has a deep understanding of the wine making process, which is apparent from the company’s collection of 50 medals won at various international wine competitions. With 10 locations across the U.S., the company welcomes guests from all over to come and see what all the buzz is about firsthand. Visitors can sip on the low-sulfite and histamine-free wines made on-site, create their own batches of vino replete with custom labels, and learn proper wine etiquette during education classes.
A large, old-fashioned porch surrounds Phil & Derek's creole-style cottage filled with food, wine, and sounds from the Big Easy. The BYOB restaurant's wine bar washes down catfish and prime rib with potables culled from wineries in Bordeaux, Spain, and Argentina. Every night, live jazz, zydeco, and blues complement the fresh Cajun dishes and the restaurant's antique accents, such as french doors that once acted as translators. On Sunday mornings, diners can devour a variety of ever-rotating brunch fare during what Citysearch called the Best Morning-After Brunch.
When The Tasting Room's founders Jerry and Laura Lasco organized the first Houston Cellar Classic in 2003, they imagined a handful of local chefs and vintners showcasing their finest creations. Their humble gathering grew quickly, expanding from a one-day affair to a multiple-week series of events. In recent years, individual events have hosted nearly 1,000 people, all eager to sip and sample the finest libations and culinary treats the city has to offer.
The 10th-annual event lasts from September 25 to October 12, organized around six wine and food events taking place at various Tasting Room locations. Oenophiles from all over the state descend upon Houston ready to sample up to 100 wines from the restaurant's ample bottle collection and extend long-dormant pinkies. Guests also have ample opportunity to satisfy their palates with delectable creations whipped up by chefs representing restaurants throughout the city.
This outdoor gallery features work by 300 artists in 17 mediums, including brisket, with the downtown skyline serving as a backdrop. This year's featured artist, Vic Lee, defies categorization or easy interpretation, blending religious narrative with dark colorations and demure, distorted figures. There will also be ongoing events, including music and dance provided by the Houston Arts Alliance, an interactive creative play zone for children, and a plethora of wine cafés and restaurants to pique what few senses remain untouched by art.
Tell us about your business.
360 Sports Lounge is an upscale yet laid back sports bar and lounge. Our chef-driven menu offers many housemade selections and special recipe items such as our famous Uncle Billy's wings. We have 360 degrees of TV screens, including three projector screens. We have a private lounge for special occasions and a great patio. We offer pool, foosball, darts, Golden Tee, and billiards. We also offer specials every day of the week and happy hour 3 p.m.–7 p.m., Monday–Friday with reverse happy hour 10 p.m.–2 a.m.
What kind of special events do you host?
We have special events such as foosball tournaments, Wild Wednesday bingo, and Paint Nite parties.
The decor in a restaurant can tip you off about the type of food—candlelight and crisp white linens are popular at romantic French restaurants, while crazy knick-knacks on the wall generally indicate family fun and hamburgers. How does your decor inform your culinary practice?
Rich wood and Italian granite bar and tabletops are accented by earth tones and indirect lighting. Our lounge seating, chairs, and upscale patio furniture invite you to linger and enjoy your favorite sporting events or games in comfort and style.
How would you describe your menu, in your own words?
Our menu is not average bar food. We make most of our items from scratch, from our pizza dough to our hand-battered onion rings. We also take pride in making the extra effort to bring our customers quality food prepared fresh daily.
Cuisine Type: Freshly Prepared Bar Fare
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: Uncle Billy's wings
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out: Yes
Outdoor Seating Available: Yes