As some of you already know, this summer I moved to Houston for a job opportunity. Although I miss New Orleans terribly, it’s been very fun to explore a new city with lots to offer; great food, fabulous areas for shopping, chic hotels, and many, many bars!
Part of discovering a new city, is finding friends who have never been to come visit you and explore it with you! Last month, Maggie came over to H-Town for a weekend of R&R!
Thanks to Spirit Airlines (don’t hate on them y’all, they are just as good or bad as any other airline – you just have to know how to appropriately book your flights), there are very cheap tickets year-round to travel between Houston and New Orleans. You can drive too, if you love a good road trip!
Maggie landed around 10:30AM and we were ready to start our girl’s weekend! After dropping off her bags at my house in The Heights and freshening up, we visited Superica for margaritas and their $11.99 lunch specials!
Next, we checked out Wicklow Heights for a few G&T’s, and Lei Low, the cutest little tiki bar, for their 4-7PM happy hour!
After a quick outfit change, we checked out a Houston institution, Tribute at The Houstonian Hotel. We cannot say enough good things about the amazing food and service. Fun fact: part of this hotel was once the residence of President George H.W Bush!
You guessed it, after dinner we were ready for a just a few more cocktails! We ventured to Monkey’s Tail, a super cool yet casual Tejano bar with amazing craft cocktails!
Friday included a lot of drinking, so we were ready for food as soon as we woke up. We drove over to Montrose, a neighborhood known for its gay bars, vintage stores and eclectic restaurants; here you’ll find anything from cute cafés to Mexican cantinas and old world bistros like Bar Boheme.
Bar Boheme was the perfect spot to start our Saturday eating adventures. I mean, the photos speak for themselves! This spot offers plenty of seating, an eclectic wine selection, full bar with craft cocktails and beer, and worldly bites!
After eating the hundreds of the fries pictured above, we went shopping believe it or not! We checked out my favorite boutique in Houston, Emerson Rose.
Houston gets just as hot as NOLA in the summer, so pool time was definitely needed. We checked into Hotel Alessandra in Downtown Houston so we could relax and (hopefully) get a tan!
Aside from having a fabulous pool with skyline views + delicious cocktails and pop-tails, Hotel Alessandra also features luxury guest rooms with lounge seating, huge closets, tons of natural light, a Nespresso machine, and more!
Hotel Alessandra has a full service restaurant called Lucienne, and a bar & lounge called Bardot that features craft cocktails and light bites. We loved the hotel’s sophisticated yet modern feel!
We ended our day in the best way possible: fajitas and margaritas at El Tiempo! If you’ve never been to El Tiempo Cantina, you have NO idea what you’re missing y’all. Thankfully, they have multiple locations because the restaurant is very popular and does not take reservations. But eating and drinking here is definitely worth the wait.
Our nightcap featured cocktails and a ferris wheel ride at Truck Yard. According to Maggie, she had “the time of her life” on the ferris wheel, so y’all definitely need to check this place out for a fun night out with your babes!
After a great night’s sleep at Hotel Alessandra‘s luxurious beds, we were ready for a few more hours of exploring my new city!
We checked out of the hotel and went straight to B.B Lemon in Montrose to try the brunch menu they had just rolled out. We loved B.B Lemon as soon as we walked in, it felt like a cozy eatery in New York – and they had blue crab beignets!
After micheladas and many eats, we had time for some much needed retail therapy on West 19th in The Heights – we visited Emerson Rose’s second location and Man Ready Mercantile, and we had to pose in front of this gorgeous mural, of course!
After that, I sadly had to take Maggie to the airport and our fun girl’s weekend in Houston came to an end!