Don’t discount Katy! Just a few miles outside of the Houston city limits, it’s more than just an abundance of subdivisions. It also serves as home to several shops, eateries, parks, and entertainment complexes. Katy has the perfect mix of activities for those looking for a night out on the town or something a bit more laid back and family friendly. These top ten are sure to appeal to the masses.
Murder by Chocolate Mystery Theatre at Hasta la Pasta Italian Grill
Tired of dinner and movie nights? This interactive mystery dinner is sure to ignite all five senses. This theatre teamed up with Katy’s own Hasta la Pasta Italian Grill in 2015 to create a unique dinner experience that comes with dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic drinks and an eventful evening of an interactive mystery show for one price. After enjoying the night’s menu, it’s showtime! It’s up to the audience to not only solve the mystery but become part of the mystery. Make sure to join Hasta la Pasta’s email list for mystery theatre dates.
Want to bring out your inner Picasso? Try your hand at Pinot’s Palette and produce a masterpiece while enjoying wine and great company. Artistically challenged? No worries! Art experience is not required, and all are welcome to partake in a colorful night of painting. The establishment is BYOB, so bring the snacks and wine, cocktails or beer, and Pinot’s will provide everything else needed to achieve artist status.
Pinot’s Palette, 2910 Commercial Blvd Suite 102, Katy, TX, USA +1 281.769.2961
Ceramics by Tess
This paint your own ceramics studio offers a unique blend of pottery for personal customization. Everything from bowls and platters to mugs and ornaments are available to choose from. If you’re looking for a more in-depth approach, specialty classes are offered a few times a month, which include working with clay and painting techniques.
Ceramics by Tess, 402 West Grand Pkwy S #115, Katy, TX, USA, +1 281-392-3161
Babaloo International Café & Bar
In the mood for tapas and drinks? Babaloo International Café & Bar offers up just that and more. The extensive and diverse menu caters to even the most discriminating taste buds. Since tapas are created for sharing, they are a crowd favorite among those out with a group of co-workers for happy hour or a Saturday out with the family. The live music every Friday and Saturday night and adds to the unique and exotic vibe it is known for.
La Centerra at Cinco Ranch
Nuzzled in the heart of Cinco Ranch, one of Katy’s master planned communitie,s is La Centerra, a 34-acre, 300,000 square foot development crawling with shops, eateries, and even business offices. Some of the shops include Kirklands, Jos. A. Bank, Soma, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, Kenzo Sushi Bistro, and the Sweet Boutique Bakery, just to name a few. Additionally, this family friendly hub includes an open lawn area for community gatherings, concerts, and festivals called ‘Central Green.’
The Cellar Door
The Cellar Door prides itself on being Katy’s first and only winery. All of their wines are produced onsite, with grapes sourced from the nation’s and world’s finest vineyards. Furthermore, what’s a fabulous bottle of wine without an equally fabulous personalized label? Local wine lovers can also enjoy wine tastings, live music in the lounge area on the weekends, or opt to host their own personal labeling party. Salud!
The Cellar Door, 829 S. Mason, Suite 280, Katy, TX, USA, +1 281-599-3303
Katy Mills Mall
Ready, set, shop! Katy Mills Mall is an enormous indoor outlet mall featuring stores such as Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, Cole Haan, and Banana Republic. The list goes on, as this mall can literally take an entire day or more to peruse each and every store. In addition to its several shopping options, there is an AMC movie theatre, a Rainforest Café, nail salon, Segway Outback, and a Tilt Studio. A well-stocked food court helps patrons stay full and re-charged in between all of the shopping and entertainment.
Katy Mills Mall, 5000 Katy Mills Cir, Katy, TX, USA, +1 281-644-5015
Zen Hookah Lounge
Zen Hookah Lounge provides a relaxing atmosphere to experience one of the world’s ancient social activities. Its ‘zen’ approach allows customers to kick back, relax, and hookah. Bring a group of friends on the weekend, or put a twist on the typical afterwork happy hour, and the lounge also offers free Wi-Fi. The menu also allows customers to choose from a variety of flavors. Pick a flavor and hookah on!
Katy Contemporary Art Museum
This not-for profit institution is housed in a building claimed to be the first poured concrete building built in Texas. Located in downtown Katy, the museum boasts a growing membership that is eager to provide a platform for art education in the community. KCAM, as it is affectionally called, appeals to all ages. The variety of programs and events for kids and those 55+ helps to promote an improved quality of life and a greater respect for the arts as a whole.
Katy Contemporary Art Museum, 805 Avenue B, Katy, TX, USA, +1 832-857-1340
By Lea M. Summons
A Texas native, Lea Summons has had a passion for delicious food, chic fashion, and international travel since she can remember. She blogs about all things aesthetically pleasing on her blog aesthetic-Lea.com. Follow her on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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