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Delve into the history, and the pubs, that define one of America’s busiest downtowns on this unique Houston tour. Set off from Bistro Lancaster, inside the elegant 1926 Lancaster Hotel, and conveniently located at the crossroads between the downtown historic district, the theater district and the skyline district. Walk up Texas Avenue to the Post-Rice Lofts, where you can sip coffee or wine from Minuti’s bar inside the historic 1913 lobby. Listen to stories of Houston’s early history: from the suicide of the last president of the Republic of Texas, to John F. Kennedy’s last day.
Leave the bar behind and head down Main Street, walking through the downtown historic district to reach Commerce Avenue. Choose which bars you want to stop at along the way, from atmospheric Irish pubs to a neighborhood bar tucked inside an Art Deco building, from the retro-hippie notsuoH (Houston spelled backwards) to the trendy Voice bar inside Hotel Icon. After trying the local specialties, head to Commerce Avenue to listen to ghost stories at the bar of a 1912 building that houses Houston’s Spaghetti Warehouse. Walk up a grand staircase to the second floor, where you’ll see a replica of an old Houston trolley, a funeral cabinet and the ladies room that is reputed to be the most haunted room in downtown Houston’s most haunted building.
Leave the ghosts behind as you stroll up Travis Street to Market Square Park, known for its old buildings that today house a wealth of bars and pubs. After calling by a few, stroll to Louisiana Street, home to BBs, a Cajun bar and restaurant on the site of a pecan grove where Texas president Sam Houston once pow-wowed with the Cherokee. End this Houston tour with an exclusive visit to the basement of the Lancaster Hotel to see photos of the Stage Canteen, a circus-themed bar and dance hall where celebrities entertained soldiers during World War II. This is an ideal place to end this pub crawl after a night discovering the bars, history and legends of downtown Houston.
Visit five of the most atmospheric bars in Houston’s downtown historic district.
Hear stories and legends while sipping drinks.
Call by a tailor shop that becomes a bar at night.
Meet the local ghosts in Houston’s most haunted building.
Visit a hotel basement where celebrities entertained World War II soldiers.
Please present your confirmation to the local guide at registration. Registration is between 5:30 - 5:55PM. as the tour starts promptly at 6:00PM. No refunds will be given if you arrive late.
Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Georgia's Market, 420 Main Street at Prairie Avenue, Houston, Texas 77002
Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate.
All participants must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid photo ID. Any travelers who cannot produce ID proof of age at the beginning of the trip will not be permitted to travel on the trip.
420 Main Street at Prairie Avenue
Houston, TX 77002