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Old 01-20-2010, 12:41 PM
 
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I'm in town for a conference, and I want some fun stuff to do. In particular the evenings of the 2nd and 5th are my freest, what are some must-do music and foodie type things that I shouldn't miss? Thanks!
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:46 PM
 
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Houston Symphony is having a concert on Feb 5th, Houston Opera (http://www.houstongrandopera.org/tickets/calendar/view.aspx?id=1158 - broken link) is doing Tosca on the 5th too. You might also want to check out the Kemah Boardwalk (http://www.kemahboardwalk.com/flash_content/flash_content.html - broken link) for food and activities.
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:34 PM
 
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What part of town is your hotel in and will you have a car? I would say you definitely need to have some Texas BBQ and some Tex-Mex while you are here.
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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no car, I'm staying near MD anderson...
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:44 PM
 
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no car, I'm staying near MD anderson...
You can get on the light rail (there's a stop on Fannin St near M. D. Anderson) and take it a few stops to the Museum District. (http://www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org/default.asp?id=70 - broken link) Visit some of the museums in the Houston Museum District. (http://houstonmuseumdistrict.org/default/museumpages/districtmuseums.asp?MID=888 - broken link) Then get back on the rail, head toward downtown and there's some nightlife in Midtown. Go further, and check out the Houston Pavilions (http://www.houstonpavilions.com/dining.php - broken link) area and perhaps Main St up near Bayou Place (but don't expect to see a lot of nightlife crowds... apparently the nightlife scene has moved about a mile west.)
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:46 PM
 
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So what's like a good blues place that I can go to after dinner for a few drinks? :
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:05 PM
 
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Oh where to begin! Houston has so many fabulous restaurants and MD Anderson Cancer center is reasonably close to many of them. Here are a few to wet your appetite (you can read detail information and reviews on them at yelp.com but I can promise you they are all good):

1) Da Marco...my fav Houston restaurant at the moment...fine italian dining in Montrose area
2) Vinoteca Poscol...great place for a few glasses of wine and some Italian tapas...run by the owners of Da Marco...montrose area
3) Ruggles Green...all "green" and organic locally sourced Texan foods available here...had the axis deer steak last week and it was awesome!! Always a packed house here....great place for some wine as well.
4) Mockingbird Bistro...French and Texas fusion (if you can believe that)...little further north in River Oaks area but wonderful food and great ambiance
5) Block 7 wine company...probably the most popular wine bar in Houston at moment...packed most nights...great wine selection, fun crowd
6) Taqueria del Sol...I'll throw this one in if you are feeling adventurous and looking for a bit of culture...probably the most authentic mexican food (not tex mex here) that I've had outside Mexico...very close to Hobby airport. I've been here many many times and always enjoyed my food

1-5 are probably within 5 miles of MD Anderson...easy cab rides. Hope this helps...I think there are some restaurants within walking distance of MD but I don't make it that far in that often. Have a great time in Houston!
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:10 PM
 
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So what's like a good blues place that I can go to after dinner for a few drinks? :
There's the House of Blues in the Houston Pavilions

Check out this site: Houston Music and Nightlife : Houston Bars and Clubs: Blues & Jazz Clubs

It looks like Red Cat Jazz Cafe and Sammy's at 2016 Main are the closest ones. I wouldn't know if they're good or not, but its a start. Both are in Downtown, and it looks like Red Cat Jazz Cafe is actually next to the LRT stop, and Sammy's is a block away from the LRT stop, but it requires you walking under the freeway, but I'm sure theres no problem there.

Even found their sites:

Home | Sammy's at 2016 Main
Red Cat Jazz Café | Live Jazz & Entertainment | Downtown Houston Texas

Actually, The Big Easy is closer, but its on Kirby Dr. so it will be a long walk, or a really short cab ride. Also looks more "blues-ey" than the other ones, so i'd keep this in mind as well.

site:The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club - Houston's Finest Blues Venue

Also in the area, you might also want to check out Etta's Lounge. Closer than the Downtown spots, but no LRT access, so you'd have to get a cab. But again, closer. It's on Scott St, but dont think that means anything to you.

Im sure you'll have a great time here.

Don't know if it's your thing but the Administaff Holiday Balloon will be in operation through the end of February, so you could try that. Takes you 35 stories up in the air at Discovery Green.
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