The growing trend of smoking hookah is at an all time high, so it’s only right to stop by Social Junkie. This three-story maze-like lounge surrounded by glass is the perfect setting for a sophisticated day party or night out with friends. They offer private VIP rooms, and two bars with special down south wells. Head there early for Steak N Shake Tuesday’s or Sunday Funday to beat the crowd and get a spot underneath the cabana.
The Poison Girl
Imagine a world full of pinball machines, chalkboard tables to doodle on, and an insanely large Kool-Aid man waiting for a selfie. The Poison Girl has these attractions as it welcomes customers with its fiery red walls and hippie environment. Have a shot of your favorite vodka or rum, while trying out some beers from local brewers they offer weekly. It not only accommodates the drinkers, but the smokers as well with a large backyard patio filled with vintage art and a stage for live performances. They also hold many different theme nights with live DJ’s.
The Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd. Suite B, Houston, TX 77006 +1 713 527 9929
Who said you had to be pro at bowling to have fun? Lucky Strike Entertainment is a nationwide destination to let loose and have a great time, but the Houston location is one in a million. With features such as five enormous 10×10 video screens behind 14 state-of-the-art lanes, you can’t help but be lured into grabbing your bowling shoes and hitting the town. This cozy, glow-in-the-dark facility also offers Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 3:00-7:00 PM. If that’s still not enough, get the party started by downloading Rockbot for Apple or Android and DJ the music for Lucky Strike right from your phone! (bowlluckystrike.com)
Lucky Strike, 1201 San Jacinto St., Houston, TX 77002 +1 713 343 3300
Okay, so it’s not everyday that you find a bar dedicated to Comicon lovers and video game nerds. However, Neil’s Bahr is one rare place for any and everyone (over 21 of course) to have an unforgettable experience partying with someone dressed as Darth Vader. The owner Neil Fernandez got the name of the bar from his own, as well as the 19th century physicist Niel’s Bohr. With a comic book library, foosball tables, and free Nintendo, you’ll relive your childhood days while enjoying being a grown up with an ice-cold beer. Battle with friends playing board and card games galore, and challenge your intellect on special Trivia Nights. If you’re looking to sit back and relax, catch old and new classics like Lord of the Rings or an episode of Family Guy on their plasma screens.
Neil’s Bahr, 2006 Walker Street, Houston, TX 77003 +1 281 352 7456
Kung Fu Saloon
There’s only one place where you can find a vintage arcade, sports bar, and club all in one; Kung Fu Saloon. They provide a full bar with 24 beers on tap, but don’t worry about driving home since they also provide free Uber rides on their website for up to $20. The drinking doesn’t stop there. Every month the Saloon has an event called ‘Drink for a Cause’ where they donate 15% of their sales for that day to a local charity. Some of these include Special Olympics, American Red Cross, Pup Squad Animal Rescue, and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Keep your tab open and enjoy free play on 17 Vintage arcade games like Mortal Kombat, NBA Showtime, and Galaga. Even though you have to pay a small fee for Mario Kart, there’s always the other option to play giant board games like Jenga and Connect 4. Wind down your inner kid with food like Cheeseburger Eggrolls, Wonton Mozzarella Sticks, or the ‘Kung Fu Classic’ Philly Cheesesteak. Before you leave, don’t forget to take time for a little singing in their private Karaoke rooms.
Kung Fu Saloon, 5317 Washington Ave., Houston, Texas 77007 +1 713 864 0642