Houston's Hottest Bars

Cheers to our 50 favorite watering holes, from cocktail palaces to sports bars to neighborhood dives. Also in this issue, meet some of Houston’s most fabulous drag queens and learn about the best drag shows and brunches in town. Learn about George Floyd's legacy and his family's ongoing community work. Peruse our annual list of the area's top dentists, as chosen by their peers. And check out a home’s wild new addition you’d never suspect from the street.

In this issue:

Arts & Culture

Meet the Queens

Alexye’us Paris Is Just Getting Started

After a quarter century in the business, Alexye’us Paris, a legend in the Houston drag scene, still knows how to captivate an audience.

04/24/2023 By Zach McKenzie

Meet the Queens

The Hyper-Femme Queen With Poise and Elegance

The self-proclaimed hyper-femme queen talks creating community and expressing creativity.

04/17/2023 By Zach McKenzie

Meet the Queens

The Bearded Beauty of Texas

Self-described as "hairy, hilarious, and high fashion," this Houston-born drag diva just wants to make people laugh.

04/10/2023 By Zach McKenzie

Meet the Queens

The Intoxicating Fun of Muffy Vanderbilt III

Large and in charge, Muffy Vanderbilt III's campy but fashion forward performances are slaying audiences around Houston at places Hamburger Mary's and Buddy's

04/03/2023 By Zach McKenzie

Meet the Queens

The Boho Chic and Haute Couture of Chloe Crawford Ross

The Houston drag queen performs weekly at various venues around the city, including Bar Boheme, JR’s Bar & Grill, and South Beach.

03/27/2023 By Zach McKenzie

Meet the Queens

The Bayou City Bombshell

Drag queen Isabelle Brooks, known as the Bayou City Bombshell, has cemented herself as Houston’s reigning 'plus-size dancing' drag diva.

03/13/2023 By Zach McKenzie

Eat & Drink

Spirited Away

Houston's 50 Hottest Bars

From the clubby to the dives, these watering holes deliver on all fronts.

04/11/2023 By Daniel Renfrow, Geneva Diaz, and Meredith Nudo


The Big Business of Picnics

The once humble picnic is now big business thanks to trends on social media, the threat of Covid 19, and the rise of luxury startups

04/05/2023 By Phoebe Gibson

Houston Landmark

La Carafe Is a Cozy Celebration of Houston’s Past

Historic wine bar La Carafe, in the city's oldest building, is a celebration of Houston's past. And did we mention it's haunted?

03/29/2023 By Meredith Nudo


The Best Drag Brunches in Houston

Sashay your way through the weekend with drag queens, mimosas, jambalaya balls, Filipino biscuits and gravy, and more at these Houston spots.

03/20/2023 By Daniel Renfrow and Rosemary Akpan


The Truffle Master

Diane Roederer's company, DR Delicacy, is redefining Houston's fine dining experience by providing chefs gourmet food items like truffles, cheeses, and caviar.

03/13/2023 By Geneva Diaz


Our Favorite Sandwich Shops in Houston

From banh mi to po’boys and tortas, these sandwich shops have it all.

03/09/2023 By Brooke Viggiano and Claire Anderson


Must-See Drag Shows in Houston

From drag brunches at Boheme to burlesque at ReBar, these shows feature queens who are ready to serve in the areas of charisma, nerve, and talent.

03/08/2023 By Daniel Renfrow and Geneva Diaz

Home & Real Estate

Real Estate

Quality Over Quantity

A Houston couple calls on a husband-and-wife architecture team to give their home in the Third Ward a modest, modern expansion, hidden from the street.

03/21/2023 By Melissa Dalton

News & City Life

Perfect Party

Win and You're In ... to Our Spring Sports Soiree

Houston's sports teams have lots to be proud of these days. From the Astros' Dusty Baker and Jeremy Peña, to Sheryl Swoopes and Brittney Griner, it's time to party.

03/22/2023 By Shelby Stewart


A Taste of the High Life in Houston

Caya Hefner, wife of Hugh Hefner's brother, Keith, moved to Houston to start a new life as an entrepreneur and recently opened C*YA, a bubble tea cafe.

03/06/2023 By Jake Whitney

Style & Shopping

Getting Yitty

Not Your Grandma’s Girdle

Pop star Lizzo's new line of shapewear called Yitty encourages body positivity and is produced by Kate Hudson's Fabletics.

03/20/2023 By Shelby Stewart

Travel & Outdoors


Giddy-up! 7 Dude Ranches Perfect for Channeling Your Inner Texan

Relax in wide open spaces: from sleeping in cabins and riding horses to BBQs and hot tubs.

04/14/2023 By Geneva Diaz

Weekend Getaway

Port Aransas’s Texas SandFest Calls for a Beach Day

One of Texas's best beaches beckons with a weekend full of food, fun, and sand sculptures.

04/03/2023 By Geneva Diaz

Natural Beauty

SPARK Celebrates 40 Years at Play

Nonprofit SPARK plans to raise $10 million to transform 40 parks throughout Houston in the next four years.

03/30/2023 By Geneva Diaz