The Main Drag

New Kids on the Block Party

Downtown block party this Sunday spotlights a revitalized stretch of Main Street.

By Katharine Shilcutt January 17, 2014

The 300 block of Main Street hasn't been this hip since people were tying up horses out front.

The 300 block of Main Street downtown—pictured in the oldest known photograph of Houston, featured on Houstonia earlier this week—no longer sports two-story wooden storefronts nor a muddy main drag. These days, the brick-and-stone edifices that replaced the wooden stores in the late 19th century are filled with an assortment of some of Houston's most interesting bars, restaurants, and live music venues.

If you've not yet visited the recently revitalized Main Street—home to Goro & Gun, Little Dipper, The Pastry War, Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirits Lounge, Dean's, Notsuoh, Mia Bella, and the OKRA Charity Saloon—this Sunday is the perfect opportunity. The Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Block Party that runs from 4 to 10 p.m. will serve as an open house, an open-air market, and a chance to see some of the city's up-and-coming musicians all in one place.

Vendors such as women's clothing store Sultana's Daughter, T-shirt company FYHA (featured in Houstonia for its cheeky Houston-centric tees), and Whipped & Licked Ice Cream will be hawking their wares on Main Street all afternoon. Meanwhile, local musicians such as Shane Lauder and Chance Hunter will be playing along with a lineup of other acts.

Even if you've already visited the likes of Goro & Gun and the OKRA Charity Saloon—the "old" kids on the block—there's still plenty of fresh blood on the block, including the newly opened Little Dipper and the recently renovated Dean's. And the block's not done yet: The Nightingale Room is set to open this year, as is a coffee shop at the corner of Main and Congress.

Does that mean more block parties are in the future? Girl, you know it's true.


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