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Four Reasons to Stay After Five

by Jordan Cutler    October 23, 2023

1. Happy Hours

Nothing screams post-work activity more than an awesome happy hour. Grab your coworkers or meet some new friends at several Downtown bars that offer tasty cocktail, beer and wine specials for your after-work festivities. Visit Underground Hall (2-6PM) for $3 featured beer of the day, $5 Jameson and $6 any wine by the glass. Named one of Houstonia’s Best Neighborhood Bars, enjoy MKT Bar’s happy hour (4-6PM) and sip on the following specials: $5 house wine, $6 MKT cocktail of the day, $5 select appetizers and more! As you’re heading out of the office, take a stop along Main Street and enjoy both happy hour and daily drink specials at Finn Hall. With a different themed special every day of the week, along with $3 off specialty cocktails, $1 off draft beers and $2 off liquor Mon-Fri, your happy hour choices are endless! While most happy hour festivities conclude at 6PM, after 5PM, spend 60 minutes of your evening cheers-ing to a long days’ worth of work and enjoying the perks of working Downtown!

2. Get Fit After Five

If you missed your morning workout, as the weather cools – sweat out any post-work stress with a workout in the heart of Houston.  At Discovery Green, center your mind and body with a relaxing Core-Focused Yoga Class led by instructors John Tran and Saumil Manek [Tuesdays at 6:30PM]. If you want something more energetic, enjoy a fun and challenging HIIT class with FitMix Communities, guaranteed to help you burn a ton of calories [Wednesdays at 6:30PM]. The great thing about Downtown is there are an array of options—take a spin class at RYDE, go for a run around the city and through Buffalo Bayou, or head to some of Downtown’s awesome fitness centers.

3. The Show Goes On

With theater back in full swing, it’s the perfect time to stay Downtown to catch dinner and a show. For a fine dining experience (because after work we all deserve special treatment), enjoy contemporary American cuisine at Cultivated F&B. Indulge in braised boneless short ribs, lobster wellington and other mouth-watering dishes. Experience melt-in-your-mouth steaks at Guard and Grace, paired with delicious cocktails for the perfect pre-show meal. Looking for something a bit more cazh or going with a group? Visit Bravery Chef Hall to pick a dish (or two) and eat to your heart’s content. From fresh pasta and pizzas at BOH, delicious Thai Food and oysters and seafood at Margaux’s, it’s a one-stop shop for your theater crew. After a good meal, catch mid-week performances theater performances to keep you going through the week. From the Hobby Center and Art Factory, to Jones Hall and Alley Theatre, there are so many exciting and inspiring shows waiting for you after 5PM!

4. Liven Up Your Evening

After work, ditch the car-ride tunes and catch some live performances throughout Downtown’s awesome bars and venues. Grab a drink at McIntyre’s while enjoying food trucks, their signature swings and of course – foot tapping performances on the main stage. Along Main Street, you can catch live nightly music at Sambuca. Grab a cocktail or a delicious meal and then enjoy a rotating schedule of rock, jazz and Latin music! Head outside and enjoy the UHD Thursday Concert Series at Discovery Green with live performances from new artists every week.  You can also check out concerts at House of Blues or the Toyota Center to catch some of your favorite artists right in H-town!

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