A Girls’ Night Out is easy to organize in Houston as there are loads of fantastic things for you to do together! Bond over brunch, play group games, or frolic at the beach! The choices are endless!
Here is our list of 23 things to do in Houston for a memorable Girls’ Night Out!
1. Relax at a spa
Instead of doing a spa night at home with messy face masks, take your gathering to a spa! Houston has plenty of excellent spas where you can choose from an array of treatments on its menu. At the award-winning Milk + Honey Spa at River Oaks, you can relax with their popular massages and facials, enjoy the salon with services such as a haircut and color, or experience medispa services.
For an ultimate spa experience, take the day away to the Trellis Resort Spa at the Houstonian Hotel, just a short ride to downtown Houston. You’ll feel a world away from the stress of your lives. In addition to a full array of treatments and salon services, you can enjoy a workout in the fitness center or chill out in the pool. There’s even a sauna, steam room, and hot tub for you to relax in.
2. Play an escape room
For a different and exciting activity for your Girls' Night Out, play an escape room at The Escape Game Houston! You’ll be ‘locked’ up together in a uniquely themed room and must hurry to find a way out! Solve riddles and puzzles together. Decipher clues and crack codes. This is the ultimate bonding experience since you can only escape by working as a team!
Art lovers can play The Art Heist, where you must recover a priceless Monet painting that’s been stolen by an evil museum curator. Head to outer space in Mission: Mars, where, if you don't repair your spaceship in time to leave Mars, you’ll be right in the path of a lethal solar flare. Hunt for a stash of hidden gold in a desolate cabin in the woods in Gold Rush. Break out of a 1950s jail cell in Prison Break. Or pick one of the other challenging, entertaining escape rooms.
The Escape Game has two locations, one at City Centre (with five games) and the other at The Galleria (with seven games). Pick an escape room with a theme that fits your group’s interests. Make a night of it by enjoying a meal before or after, like Velvet Taco at the Galleria or Grimaldi's Pizzeria near CityCentre.
3. Hit the mall
Speaking of The Galleria, for ladies who like to shop, it’s heaven on earth. Filled with over 400 stores, restaurants, and entertainment options, it’s one of the largest malls in Texas! Whether you and your friends like high-end luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada, or more affordable options, you'll find it all at the Galleria.
The mall itself is a beautiful setting to spend your time wandering from store to store, with its spacious glass atrium and water features. Save time to have a nice sit-down meal at one of the upscale restaurants to casual cafes, there's something to satisfy every craving. It’s open 10 am to 8 pm Mondays through Thursdays, 10 am to 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 12 pm to 7 pm on Sundays.
4. See a show
Dinner and a show isn't just for date night with your partner. Given how amazing Houston’s Theater District is, how can you not have a ladies' night out seeing Broadway hits like Wicked, Sweeny Todd, The Cher Show, and Cinderella! There’s a theater for every one of the performing arts.
Start with the Hobby Center for musicals and plays. The Wortham Theater Center houses the renowned Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera while the Jones Hall is home to the Houston Symphony and the Society for the Performing Arts. You have even more choices at the Music Box Theater, the Alley Theatre, and the Stages Repertory Theater.
5. Party hearty in Downtown Houston
Downtown Houston has a lively nightlife scene with a wide range of bars and clubs to suit different tastes. If you are looking for a bar crawl, downtown is for you. Many of the city’s most popular clubs and bars are within walking distance of each other.
You can surely find a place (or several) where you can socialize with each other and maybe even branch out and make your party even bigger! The 806 Lounge is a local favorite with expert bartenders concocting sophisticated drinks. If you prefer wine, then the Bravery Wine Bar is for you. With more than 30 wines by the glass and 100 by the bottle, you and your crew are sure to find some vino that each of you will love. Go back to the ’80s at Cherry, with retro dance parties set to vinyl! Find out more about Downtown Houston.
6. Make your own art
Having a paint-and-sip party is a terrific way to see each other’s creative sides while sipping on your BYOB drinks!! There are a bunch of studios in Houston that have paint-and-sip workshops so you won’t have any trouble finding one in a location convenient to everyone in your group. Painting with a Twist is a well-known company that hosts workshops with themes so you can pick one in advance. How about “Diva Night” or “Paint Your Pet”? At Pinot’s Palette take the “Golden Goddess” class! At The Rustic Brush, you're not limited to paintings as you can make wooden signs and other home decor.
7. Cheer for the home team
Sports are for girls too! In Houston, how could it not be, with four great professional sports teams to cheer for? Love baseball? A night at Minute Maid Park seeing the Astros is a classic way to spend a night on the town, replete with hot dogs and beer! Basketball fans can head to the Toyota Center and soccer fans can head to Shell Energy Stadium. If the forecast looks wet gray, plan to see the Texans play football. The NRG Stadium has a retractable roof so even a rainy day in Houston can't spoil the fun!
8. Movie under the stars
See your favorite classics, great 1980s/90s flicks, and recent releases under the stars at the Rooftop Cinema Club. The skyline views are amazing and you can catch the sunset as your movie begins. Arrive early just to hang out and play lawn games like corn hole and Giant Jenga! You can buy snacks like popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, and candy from the concession stand as well as soda. If you’re over 21, you can purchase beer, wine, and canned cocktails at the bar.
Another movie under the stars is at the Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park. Movies screen for free, just bring your own lawn chairs, food, and even beverages.
Houston Activities for A Girls’ Day Out
For a light day of hiking and exploring nature, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is an ideal spot in Houston. Along five miles of trails, you can discover five distinct habitats including meadows, prairie, woodland, and wetland. A really fun activity is the Arboretum’s night hikes. Enjoy adult beverages on a nocturnal adventure!
Biking together is an awesome way to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors. You can ride off-street at Buffalo Bayou Park, one of the most popular bike paths in the city. Explore new neighborhoods via on-street riding, which is increasingly becoming more popular and safe in Houston. There are downtown bike lanes that can take you from the great public outdoor space, Discovery Green, to the Buffalo Bayou, Sam Houston Park, and the White Oak Bayou Greenway. Find out about other great biking trails here.
Houston has some great golf courses to choose from so you need not go far to get in a few holes. The historic Hermann Park Golf Course built in 1922 is an incredibly scenic 18-hole golf course set among a majestic canopy of old oak trees. The clubhouse has a lovely veranda where you can dine on excellent food and drink.
Get out on the water and kayak together! The Buffalo Bayou runs through the city and offers views of Houston’s lush green spaces and the dramatic skyline. Look into rentals from Bayou City Adventures.
13. Swim, surf, and sunbathe
Just a one-hour drive from Houston are 32 beautiful miles of Galeveston’s beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. There are many beaches to spend the day at, depending on what kind of vibe you are seeking. East Beach is one of the most popular places as there are lots of activities in addition to swimming and sunning. You can rent chairs, cabanas, and umbrellas, play volleyball and enjoy events like sandcastle-building competitions and concerts. Plus, East Beach allows alcohol, if you want to bring along some beer! Going to Galveston's beaches is just one of many ways to stay cool on a hot day in Houston!
Five Delectable Brunch Spots in Houston
From the moment you step inside Squable, you're greeted with a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. But it's the food that steals the show. Whether you're in the mood for something sweet, savory, or a little bit of both, they've got you covered. Freshly baked pastries and bread are delish, and the Dutch baby pancakes are heavenly. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure you have an amazing experience. Try Squable once and it may become your weekly go-to with the gals.
No, the name isn't hinting at a “boozy” brunch, but rather it's the name of a small French village in the Champagne region. That’s not to say that a glass of bubbly won't play a part in your meal together. The brunch/lunch menu is a mix of cuisines, with French classics like Croque Madame and moules frites as well as Texan dishes such as chicken fried steak and eggs. The atmosphere is just as delightful with a bright and airy space that's perfect for catching up with friends, celebrating a special occasion, or simply enjoying a leisurely weekend brunch.
When you come to Lucille’s, you are not just in for a wonderful Southern meal, you are also celebrating the life and accomplishments of fellow female, Lucille Elizabeth Bishop Smith, African-American entrepreneur, chef, educator, inventor, and food corporation founder and president, born in 1892! But now onto the menu! Chicken and waffles, Croissant French Toast, and Shrimp and Grits washed down with a Lucille’s Bloody Mary.
17. Bloom & Bee
The enchanting dining room with a menu focused on locally-inspired cuisine is filled with fresh blooms, giving it the air of a garden. There’s also a lovely outdoor patio for breakfast. Not to be outside by the setting, the food shines. Crab cake Benedict, Brioche French Toast, and Steak and Eggs hit the spot. For the health-conscious there are smoothies
“Food for Feeling Good” is the motto at Vibrant, and with a health-conscious menu, with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, they live up to the name. The food is made with local, organic ingredients and a great deal of creativity to boot. How’s this: Blue Masa Pancakes with blue corn masa, chocolate chips, banana, citrus-cashew cream, cacao nibs, and maple syrup? There’s plenty more where that came from! The space is clean and crisp with a touch of retro-chic. Perfect for a simple Girls’ Brunch.
Five Best Drinking Spots in Houston For Girls’ Night Out
This bar, known, naturally, for its Mint Juleps, has a cozy and intimate atmosphere with dim lighting, exposed brick walls, and a long wooden bar. Julep's menu features a variety of Southern-inspired cocktails, including variations of the mint julep made with different types of whiskey and botanical ingredients like peach and lavender.
In addition to cocktails, the bar also serves a selection of craft beers, wines, and spirits. There’s a small but delicious food menu with Southern-style snacks and dishes, such as deviled eggs, pimento cheese, and fried chicken sandwiches.
This Montrose bar has a casual atmosphere and is known for its large outdoor patio area, which is decorated with colorful murals and strung with twinkling lights, to add some sparkle to your Girls' Night Out. Inside, La Grange Houston has a rustic, industrial-chic decor, with exposed brick walls, wooden beams, and metal accents.
Beware that there are several large-screen TVs throughout the bar, so if you aren't in the mood for a sports bar vibe, stick to the patio. The bar also hosts regular events such as live music performances, trivia nights, and even charity fundraisers. Plus there’s a great happy hour!
21. Lei Low
Pretend you are on vacation with your besties at this easy-going bar with tropical decor that transports you to a Polynesian paradise. The interior of Lei Low is dimly lit, with bamboo walls, thatched roofs, and vintage tiki decor. The bar offers a wide selection of tropical cocktails, served in unique tiki mugs and garnished with fresh fruits and exotic flowers.
The menu features classic tiki drinks like Mai Tais, Zombies, and Painkillers, as well as house specialties such as the Lei Low Grog, Jungle Bird, and Shark Eye. There are also non-alcoholic options and a small selection of beers and wines. Lei Low also offers a small selection of snacks and small plates, including Polynesian-style popcorn, spam musubi, and pork belly bao buns, to accompany your drinks.
22. La Carafe
Take a trip back in time at the oldest bar in Houston! This cozy tavern has been around for over 100 years. It’s candlelit and has a jukebox playing tunes that fit the mood like the sultry French chanteuse Edith Piaf. La Carafe only serves wine and beer, though the selection is nice. The atmosphere leans towards romance, but best friends sometimes last longer than relationships! Still, needless to say, La Carafe is an excellent choice for a date night in Houston.
For a laid-back night out with an eclectic crowd, Axelrad Beer Garden is the place to go. There are both indoor and outdoor spaces. The expansive patio hosts a variety of video art pieces, film screenings, live music, events, festivals, and more. The surrounding gardens give the bar an airy natural feel.
Though it’s a beer garden with over 30 on draft and 50 more in bottles, there are ten signature cocktails not to be missed. How does this sound: the Sprung On You, made with Rosemary Infused Gin, Lavender Infused Simple, Lemon, and Plum Bitters?! There are mocktails and non-alcoholic beer as well. After all, a Girls' Night Out isn't about drinking, it's about being with each other.
In town with the girls for a weekend? For suggestions on how to organize your time in Houston, see our Houston 2-day itinerary!
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