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Where to Eat, Drink, and Make Merry at Community Summit 2021 in Houston

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

If you're heading to Houston next month for the Microsoft Community Summit 2021 (October 12-15), you're undoubtedly poring over the agenda to figure out which sessions you particularly want to attend. There are nearly 650 sessions to choose from, so it's a daunting task.


Group of happy friends drinking and toasting beer at brewery bar restaurant - Friendship concept with young people having fun together at cool vintage pub - Focus on middle pint glass

But all work and no play make Jack (and Jill) dull, as the saying goes. And while the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center is an exquisite venue, that doesn't mean you would want to spend all your waking hours there.


Plus, you're going to be in Houston for at least four days, and who knows if life or work will ever take you to Houston again. So why not take advantage of all that Houston has to offer. Toward that end, we have put together some recommendations for where you can eat, drink, and make merry in Houston.


Let's start with…


Where You Can Eat


If you don't want to stray far from the convention center, four unique restaurants are housed within the GRB and Partnership Tower. The four options offer a range of cuisines:

  • Grotto Downtown for Italian food

  • Kulture for ethnic African and Caribbean dishes

  • Pappadeux for mouth wearing seafood

  • Saltgrass Steakhouse for sizzling red meat!

All these restaurants will be open daily and can be accessed from Avenida de las Americas or within the buildings on Level 1.


If you want to stray just a bit further, you can step outside the GRB and experience cuisine from all around the world in Avenida Houston. More than 20 restaurants are conveniently located throughout Avenida Houston, which is also Downtown's center for entertainment.


If you're willing to go even further afield, options abound, including some choices for the Tex Mex food that Texas is known for. Try Tony's, a Houston landmark for 50 years, for its signature handmade Italian Pansoti.

Try Christie's Seafood & Steak. Their Fried Shrimp with Rémoulade has been a local favorite since 1917.

Lovers of Cajun delights should try the ceviche at Goode Company Seafood.

You've never eaten great BBQ ribs if you haven't rolled up your sleeves at Gatlin's BBQ Ribs.

Where You Can Drink


If you're looking for wine, beer, and spirits, there is no lack of availability for such libations in Houston. Here are a few top spots to explore.


Try Anvil Bar & Refuge, which is set on the eclectic Westheimer Curve and is known for its top-shelf sips.

Try Midtown's Community Bar, known for its refreshing Moscow mule.

Try Darkhorse Tavern, a dimly-lit, no-fuss neighborhood bar, the perfect spot for curing what ails you.

Then there's Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails for morning coffee and well-made cocktails in the PM.

And apparently, Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen is the spot for great Happy Hour deals.


Where You Can Make Merry


We've already mentioned Avenida Houston as a restaurant destination, but it's so much more: with live music venues, art installations, three professional sports arenas, and entertainment options for everyone.

There is also the Houston Museum District for avid museum-goers. And, for those of you who are enthralled by this latest craze, there is The Escape Game, with five unique escape rooms to choose from: Prison Break, Gold Rush, The Heist, Special Op: Mysterious Market, and Playground.

But Houston is called the "Space City" for a reason. And the reason is Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor Center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston's No. 1 attraction.

If you fancy the quirky, there's The Beer Can House, whose exterior and interior are fashioned by more than 50,000 beer cans. If you fancy off-beat live music, Anderson Fair, with a platform for unique sounds, is the place for you.

Wineries? Yes, Houston has those, too. The Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail holds five events every year that feature seven wineries around the greater Houston area. And you're in luck because the Wine Trail event IS taking place throughout October. And you can purchase an October Wine Trail Passport for only $30.

Breweries? Yes, Houston has those, too. Take a look at these top three options:

  1. Saint Arnold Brewing Company

  2. Karbach Brewing

  3. Buffalo Bayou Brewing

In Conclusion

You could spend a month in Houston and not see everything that Houston offers. We hope that by compiling the information above for you, we'll help you squeeze in as much fun as possible while at Microsoft's Community Summit 2021.

Cheers from the Marketeery team!


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Conference Center Houston where Community Summit NA 2021 is being hosted.

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