‘It’s every Texan’s right to hold a burger in one hand and a beer in the other.’ Uttered by the owner of one of Houston’s most popular bars, there couldn’t be a more accurate way to sum up pub culture in Houston.
The Historic Downtown Pub Tour will immerse you in the history of this lively Texas city by the best means possible – through its pubs! This Houston night tour will take you to four bars in the historic centre of Houston, giving you a variety of different atmospheres to relax in. Locations can vary each night depending on opening hours, but there are so many great Houston pubs in this neighbourhood that you are thoroughly spoilt for choice!
The tour starts at the Public Services Wine & Whiskey Bar, a gorgeous spot inside the old 1800’s Cotton Exchange building. You’ll meet your local guide and get the full scoop on how this building used to be the centre for cotton sales in Texas where businessmen would finalize the day’s dealings over a shot or two of whiskey at the saloon in the basement.
After some introductions, you’ll take a stroll through Market Square Park, a small urban oasis complete with restaurants, sculptures, memorials, and remnants from old Houston buildings and sidewalks. This spot is a hive of activity and full of Houston history, and with your local guide to show you all the points of interest, you’ll never miss a beat.
This park is ringed by bars and pubs inside historic buildings, including an award-winning wine bar inside the Kennedy Bakery Building, a tailor shop that becomes a bar at night, a local hangout with a jukebox featuring tunes from the fifties, a charity bar that believes in the connection between food, drink, and community, plus many more authentic Houston bars. With a selection like that, you’ll never be stuck for choice!
After you’ve sampled a drink in the square, you’ll head for a more elegant bar to try out pinball, or challenge your group to a game of pool. Finally, you’ll perch on cowhide seats and order designer drinks at the bar inside the 1912 Union National Bank Building, the perfect way to finish off a fun-filled evening in Houston.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide.
Exclusions: Personal food, beverages, tips and gratuities for local guide.
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. The weather from May-November can be hot and humid. The weather from December-February can be cold. Please check the local weather forecast and dress appropriately in case of rain and/or high winds.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: Parking is free downtown after 6 p.m. on Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. Otherwise, you can choose from on-street parking meters, indoor parking garages, and outdoor parking lots. For more information about parking downtown, go to www.DowntownHouston.org.
Child Policy: All participants must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid photo ID. Any travellers who cannot produce ID proof of age at the beginning of the tour will not be permitted to join the tour.