Houston Hidden Gems: Simone on Sunset Wine Bar and Bistro

We love to share on our blog places that are some of Houston’s best kept secrets, and Simone on Sunset is just one of those places.  Let me start by saying that I am completely obsessed with their truffle/parmesan popcorn (although the blue cheese popcorn is equally fabulous).

Simone on Sunset is the kind of neighborhood gathering for spirits, wine and bites in the Rice Village area that we’ve been waiting for.  Inviting and friendly, urban-cozy Simone on Sunset is a place where you can exhale, visit with friends and meet new faces.  As far as attire, you’d be equally comfortable coming in gym clothes as you would be in black tie.  It’s one of those places that you could go by yourself and have no problem striking up an interesting conversation with someone else.

Nestled in one of the charming brick bungalows along Sunset Boulevard in Rice Village (between Morningside and Kelvin), Simone on Sunset features great ambience both inside and on their patio, served up with an array of boutique wines and specialty beers, with the list changing regularly.  I find the handcrafted light fixtures made from early period light bulbs and the changing art collection to be particularly charming.  It can be tricky to find as there is not a sign on the street, which only adds to its “only the cool people know about it” feel.  Also, because it is essentially on a residential street parking can be tricky, so be sure to pay attention to signage.  The patio is super dog friendly with water bowls and dog treats for their furry patrons.   It also has a beautiful water feature created by the owner, Kristen Powell along with an herb garden.

Things get changed up through out the week:  Monday is Burger Night (only $8 for a 1/2 # burger), Thursday is night steak night which is very popular so get there early, Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday from 4 to 8 with $5 selected whites and reds, $3 well cocktails, and $1 off beer.  Sundays features $5 mimosas.  They have an awesome signature drink, The Dingo which is along the lines of a frozen mimosa made with Prosecco topped off with sparking Shiraz and a sprig of mint.  The Pimm’s Cup (my favorite) and the Basillica are also great summertime cocktail  choices.

Spring is here! Join us, Thirsty Thursdays at Market Square Park!

Come join the fun at Market Square Park’s Thirsty Thursdays outdoor concert series, kicking off March 25!  Bring the blankets and lawn chairs, kick back, enjoy great food and drinks from Niko Niko’s, and listen to the sounds!  “Austin Rock” RULES with native Patrice Pike (Patrice Pike Trio) kicking off one of Houstonians’ favorite spring traditions.

Check out the full calendar of events for Market Square Park here.

Here’s the 411 on parking:

There is an abundance of on-street parking in downtown.  Metered on-street parking is available Monday-Saturday and is free after 6 pm and all day Sunday.  Make sure you feed the meter when applicable and always pay close attention to City signage.  Never park at a red meter or if the street  has red markings.  Milam and Travis streets along the park are also considered mobility lanes so you cannot park there from 7-9 am or 4-6 pm.

$5 parking is available daily at Market Square Garage at 300 Milam which is conveniently located across the street from the park.

This is a dog-friendly, family friendly, get-out-and-enjoy-Houston place to be!   Come catch the buzz….

Date Night at Pinot’s Palette

Getting the gals together for a fun night out, but you’re over the bar scene?  Or if you’re a guy looking for a clever way to impress your date, planning a night out here could earn you HUGE points.  Check out Pinot’s Palette for something totally different.  At Pinot’s local artists instruct you and your friends (or very impressed date) on painting your own masterpiece.  You can channel your own inner-VanGogh, Klimt, Degas and more.  Bring your own wine and snacks and Pinot’s takes care of the rest.  Makes for an awesome team-building event as well.

Check out their website for upcoming class offerings at their three convenient Houston/Katy locations.  Spaces fill up fast, so get it on your calendar now!  Send us a pic of your finished masterpiece, too!