Tours in Central Houston


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  • The Counter
    The Counter, on Washington Avenue in the Heights, has a handful of tables by the window that stretches the length of the restaurant, and, obviously, a large bar-like counter in the center. The beer, wine and milkshake menus are extensive, and there are a handful of sandwich and salad options. The focus here, however, is on the “build your own burger” concept. The menu provides spaces for patrons to check off whatever they would like in their burger, starting with their choice of patty: beef, chicken, turkey, bison, vegetarian or fresh ahi tuna steaks. Next, customers can choose from a dozen topping to put on their creation, and have it all piled on one of the eight types of buns, including a gluten-free option. There are more than 20 kinds of sauces, from roasted garlic aioli to traditional steak sauce to finish it all off.
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    4601 Washington Avenue
    Houston, TX US
  • Via Colori Street Scene + Scavenger Hunt
    Each year, more than 200 talented artists flock to downtown Houston, their minds filled with creative ideas and their arms full of pastel chalk. The reason for this artistic gathering? The Houston Via Colori Festival, presented by LINN Energy. During this free festival, local and guest artists sketch and smudge chalk into street art that explore themes such as sports, medicine, and energy. Some people work collaboratively, others work individually. Whatever their modus operandi, the artists transform Houston into a free, walkable art gallery that delights its visitors for two days. The vivid creations are fleeting however; they disappear with just a bit of water, much like a street mime. But that only serves to make the event more special. To complement the chalk murals, the Via Colori Festival also hosts free musical performances, a Family Zone and Via Bambini. Here, visitors can get their faces painted or design and create their own chalk art. Guests can further extend the free festivities with two separate ticketed activities. Guests may compete for prizes in the Ikea Scavenger Hunt or take part in five mini-events in the Kroger Mood Lounge. Entry to the latter includes a football game viewing, a collaborative art installation, an after-hours art stroll with beer tastings, and a visit with Keith Villa. All of the festivities and their combined revenue make for the largest annual fundraiser for the The Center for Hearing and Speech. For more than 60 years, this noble charity has helped deaf children learn to listen, speak and read.
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    3636 West Dallas Street
    Houston, TX US
  • Houston Beerathon
    Emulating the suds-filled bacchanalia of its New York counterpart, the Houston Beerathon challenges drinkers to a gauntlet running through 26 signature beers at an equal number of Space City alehouses. Kicking off at Blue Moose Lodge, the day's itinerary includes stops at Porch Swing Pub, toasts at BRC Gastropub on Shepherd, and Peter O’Toole impersonation contests on the way to Rice Village’s The Ginger Man. A fleet of The Wave shuttle buses will ferry drinkers from bar to bar, and a portion of all proceeds will be poured into the chilled steins of nonprofit and charitable organizations.
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    5306 Washington Avenue
    Houston, TX US
  • Flat
    Yes, The Flat is a bar, but with its leather couches, amiable staff, and eclectic local art, it feels more like a friend’s cozy-chic apartment. The drinks are like something you might make up in the comforts of your own kitchen, as with the very popular frozen mojito.
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    1701 Commonwealth St
    Houston, TX US
  • Bayou City Bike Tours
    Thanks to Bayou City Bike Tours, it's possible to learn about Houston's contemporary culture and rich history at the same time—all from the seat of a bicycle. During two different tours, the company's guides lead groups through the streets of downtown or down the tree-lined pathways of the historic Houston Heights neighborhood, all while sharing their knowledge of the area's early development and recommending their favorite restaurants and bars. It's all part of the company's mission to make Houston friendlier to bike travel and less dependent on environmentally harmful methods of transportation such as propelling yourself forward by littering.
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    1031 Stude St.
    Houston, TX US
  • Beer Can House
    After retiring from his upholstering job at the Southern Pacific Railroad, John Milkovisch spent his free time building structures around his house and drinking beers with his wife Mary. But when he ran out of space for building, he decided to use up his extra beer cans to create a shiny siding for his structures and his house. He began in 1968, and within 20 years he had completely covered his property with an estimated 50,000 aluminum and glass cans. The result was both fashionable and functional, with swaying garlands tinkling in the breeze, strings of cans adding a luster to all surfaces of the house, and the protective weight of the cans even helping cut the house?s energy costs. But you can?t have a house this striking and not get noticed. So pretty soon people began making trips to see this can-covered house, and in 2007, it was moved into the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. Now guests can peer inside the house and examine the structures without getting chased by the owner's beer can-covered dog. The house?s guided tours also feature a documentary that covers the history of the project since its inception forty years ago.
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    222 Malone St
    Houston, TX US
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