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16 Can’t-Miss Downtown Houston Spots for After Work
March 15, 2022

16 Can’t-Miss Downtown Houston Spots for After Work

Not to toot our own horn, but working at The Square is pretty incredible. 

Our workspaces offer the most sought-after flex office & coworking space features, including versatility, privacy, flexible lease terms, atmosphere, and first-rate corporate amenities. 

But maybe best of all is our location: Our address at 717 Texas Avenue is in the heart of Downtown Houston, boasting a walkability score of 95.

So not only do we support our clients with the best of what flexible workspaces can offer, but we also provide them proximity to all the vibrant, varied offerings of our city.

Everything you need to work successfully is at your fingertips at The Square; then, when your business day is done, a unique after-work experience is right outside your door.

From world-class eateries and entertainment to sightseeing, these are our favorite after-work pursuits that are easily accessible from The Square.

Food and Drink

Houston is well-known for its culinary scene, and there’s no lack of exceptional restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, and bars to fit your tastes. 

Hearsay Market Square

Serving eclectic American cuisine in one of Houston’s oldest buildings, Hearsay Mart Square offers fine dining in a laid-back “chic antique” setting just a 6-minute walk from The Square. Marvel at the exposed handmade brick and vaulted ceilings while enjoying Wagyu beef, shrimp and grits, or mahi-mahi tacos. Sip on a Prohibition era-inspired craft cocktail, or a hard-to-find spirit like Macallan Rare Cask. 

The Moonshiners Southern Table + Bar

Get a little country in the city at this Southern-style bar and restaurant. A short drive or walk from The Square, The Moonshiners slings down-home drinks like Moonshine Mojitos and boozy peach tea alongside comfort food like pulled pork sandwiches, hot Nashville chicken, brisket, and po’boys.

Niko Niko’s

Just a 5-minute walk from The Square is some of the best Greek food in town. Since 1977, this fast-casual joint has been feeding Houstonians with fare like gyros, kebabs, falafel, and ​​souvlaki.

The Pastry War

With its quirky decor, pool table, and chill vibes, this mezcaleria — just a 6-minute walk away — may quickly become your designated stomping grounds. Boasting top-rate margaritas and a world-class agave spirit selection, The Pastry War sources its booze from family-owned distilleries in Mexico that the owners have personally visited. 

Day 6 Coffee Co.

A coffee shop open from 7 a.m. till 10 p.m. is a rarity, but Day 6 knows its audience. Catering to creatives, entrepreneurs, and businesspeople, it fuels the after-work crowd with traditional and specialty coffee drinks along with tasty treats like quiche, brisket kolaches, and pecan pie.

Pro tip: Ending the workday early? Check for happy hour specials at your locale of choice. Both Hearsay and The Moonshiners’ start at 4 p.m.

Music

Whether it’s an intimate show, a rockin’ concert, or a melodic symphony you’re after, Downtown Houston has something for everyone. 

Bayou Music Center

Only a 4-minute walk from The Square awaits a concert, a comedy show, or even a live podcast taping. Since 1997, this venue known for its top-notch sightlines and sound system has hosted guests like Coldplay, Sting, Zedd, Lauryn Hill, and Twenty One Pilots. 

House of Blues 

This classic institution holds concerts and events nearly every night of the week. It’s also home to a restaurant and bar with its own slate of live entertainment, as well as a VIP lounge for elevated nightlife.

Houston Symphony at Jones Hall 

Founded in 1913, the Grammy Award-winning Houston Symphony is one of America’s oldest performing arts organizations and the largest performing arts organization in Houston. 

Pro tip: Check venue websites for event calendars, and get up to speed on each spot’s COVID safety protocols and requirements. 

Shows

Catch a performance in Houston’s thriving theater district, which is up and running with shows for all ages. 

Hobby Center

Catch a play, a ballet, an orchestra, or a musical at this community-focused performing arts center.

Alley Theatre

Delight in everything from a musical written by Broadway artists and a classic adaptation of “Sense & Sensibility” to an off-the-wall comedy.

Pro tip: Check for group discounts or venue rentals to host an after-work event that impresses.

Sports

Take yourself out to the ballgame: Grab a snack and root for your favorite teams.

Minute Maid Park

Cheer on the Astros in this 29-acre stadium while enjoying an extensive selection of concessions — from barbecue, beer, and brats to wings, wine, and waffle cones.

Toyota Center

Rah-rah for the Rockets at this premier basketball stadium, which also hosts concerts, wrestling, and other entertainment events.

PNC Stadium 

More of a soccer fan? See the Dynamo and Dash crush the competition at one of Houston’s newest stadiums, which also hosts rugby and college football games.

Pro tip: Keep your car parked in our private garage and get your blood pumping: These stadiums are a 15- to 20-minute walk from The Square if you don’t feel like driving.

Sightseeing

Not feeling hungry or like sitting down? We’ve got you covered. Downtown Houston has green spaces and wildlife for those who want to get a little history or nature at the end of their workday. 

Historic Market Square Park

Dating back to the 1830s, this park was the original heart of community activity in downtown Houston. Now, it’s a hub for history, connection, and relaxation with events like outdoor movies, workout classes, and bingo nights.

Discovery Green

An 18-minute walk or 6-minute drive from The Square, Discovery Green is home to everything from cultural events, jazz concerts, flea markets, and fitness classes to kayaking, ice skating, and art walks. 

Downtown Aquarium

Trade the work world for the underwater realm and gaze at sharks, stingrays, squids, sunfish, and more. There’s even a tiger exhibit and a visiting sloth named Rudy.

Pro tip: If you haven’t found something to do after work yet, no problem. There’s always something going on in Downtown Houston. Check event calendars for the latest and greatest happenings.

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