Places to Go on Sunday Nights in Houston, Texas

by Skye Brannon

Houston could contain the cities of New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis and Miami inside its 634 square miles. Its 2.3 million residents make it the fourth most populous city in the country, and give it an eclectic, international feel combined with traditional Southern hospitality. Even on normally sleepy Sunday nights, you'll find something fun to do in this vibrant city.

Houston Astros Baseball Game

Houston's Major League Baseball team, the Houston Astros (, play Sunday night games on their home field in Minute Maid Park. With its natural grass field and retractable roof, the park, inaugurated in 2000, is a source of pride for Houston residents. The park, in Houston's downtown, offers a fun-filled evening out with family or friends. You can order food from the concession stands right from your smart phone, a futuristic convenience for old-fashioned ballgame food.

Historic Downtown Pub Crawl

Urban Adventures ( offers more than your average pub crawl. The tours start at 6 p.m. and last three hours, visiting five of the most atmospheric bars in Houston's downtown historic district. A guide offers historical background and tells tales about buildings along the way. You can visit a tailor shop that turns into a bar in the evening, hear ghost stories in Houston's most haunted building, and visit a hotel basement where celebrities entertained World War II soldiers. Tour participants must be 21, and show a photo ID. Tours cost $30 per person.

Sam Houston Race Park

Enjoy your Sunday evening clutching a race ticket and encouraging your horse to cross the finish line first. Sam Houston Race Park ( is 15 minutes from downtown Houston. The park opens at 10:30 a.m. and stays open late into the evening; it is well equipped to entertain race fans, with 10 live horse races every evening. The park offers dining options, from sit-down restaurants to concession stands. The park also hosts concerts at The Showgrounds outdoor concert venue.

Dave & Buster's Restaurant and Arcade

Dave & Buster's is a great place to be a kid again. Play one of the 200 arcade games on the premises, enjoy a game of pool, or try your hand at shuffleboard -- all with a fully stocked bar at your disposal. Dave & Buster's is open until midnight on Sunday, and offers a late night happy hour from 9 to 11 p.m., when cocktails are half price. The restaurant offers traditional party foods as well as fancier fare, from buffalo wings and nachos to steaks and salads.

About the Author

Skye Brannon began writing fiction in 2001 and expanded her efforts to non-fiction in 2010. Her first short story, "Fireweed" was published in "One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories." Brannon graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Administration in management information systems.

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