So if the things that come to your mind when you think of H-town are NASA, oil, humidity and football — think again.
Yes, this is Texas, but Houston bucks many rules and gay-hating trends seen in other Southern cities. Just north of Montrose, the Heights is full of beautiful historic restored Victorian homes and an increasingly trendy variety of boutiques, shops, galleries, bars and restaurants.
On really hot, crowded nights, they will blast everyone with super cool laser nitrogen jets, which feels amazing. A little piece of Miami in the middle of Houston. This is a great location for Sunday Funday and karaoke. Venus Venus Fannin St Though Venus is the new kid in town, this lesbian club is making a name for itself with its huge dance floor, nightly drink specials, fun drag shows and live music.
Poison Girl Westheimer Rd, Montrose Poison Girl is a low-key, dive-y hipster bar in the heart of Montrose with a solid, inexpensive beer selection and a decidedly chill atmosphere.
The back patio is the place to be and you can impress your friends or gf with your rad gaming skills on their pinball machines. This is a very chill bar with a serious craft beer selection and a distinctively lesbian clientele. I love relaxing on the patio on the weekend it does get hot, admittedly and enjoying some local brews.
As a dog lover, I love that The Usual is animal-friendly and the dark, cozy ambiance inside is nice. Guava Lamp Guava Lamp Waugh, Montrose Set back inside a semi-unexpected strip center, Guava is known as a great starting point for fun, boozy nights.
College Scene Houston is chalk full of universities and higher education. The University of St. Thomas Montrose is a well-regarded, small Catholic liberal arts school located, strangely enough, in the middle of the gayborhood. Restaurants El Tiempo Montrose Blvd Another amazing thing about Houston is the freaking awesome selection of quality Mexican food. El Tiempo has a huge menu of great, albeit expensive food go with a group and split a few entrees and the best margaritas in town. They have an open outdoor seating area and are located in the middle of a bunch of super cool antique shops that are fun to peruse.
The cafe mocha is to die for. It was seriously a love affair. The place is exceptionally sterile, the staff is very easygoing and all are talented artists and good piercers. Filled with unique, fantastic art for the art-minded and regular folk alike, the collection features interesting modern pieces mixed with some centuries-old African carvings. The admission is always free. When you visit, be sure to pack a picnic or bring a soccer ball as the Menil is smack dab in the middle of a gorgeous green neighborhood park surrounded by cool, vintage bungalows and beautiful trees.
I once visited the park and happened upon a group of shirtless, guitar-slinging hippies who serenaded passers-by with Beatles tunes. With a beautiful art deco design inside, you can see the authenticity of the circa theatre in all its glory whether viewing a foreign film, indie flick, or attending the interactive Rocky Horror Picture Show the theatre and an acting troupe put on the third Saturday of every month at midnight. It normally runs during the absolute dog days of summer, late June.
Expect zero parking and tens of thousands of drunk, rainbow and scantily-clad beautiful people.