Bayou Place Houston: The Complete Guide

  • 01 of 05

    At a Glance

    Bayou Place
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    Bayou Place is a dining and entertainment center in Downtown Houston that opened in 1997 and has since become a great date night and hangout spot for couples and families. This 130,000 square foot center is located in Downtown Theater District, just a short walk away from several of Houston's famous theaters and the METRORail train line

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  • 02 of 05

    What to Do

    Revention Music Center - Bayou Place
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    Bayou Place houses several great dining and entertainment venues that cater to all ages. 

    Movie fans will love the AMC Dine-in HoustonThis mature-feeling movie theater often features art and indie films not typically shown in larger movie theaters. In addition to the movies they play, they also serve actual foods — not just popcorn and candy — as well as a full bar with sodas and alcoholic beverages.

    If music is more your entertainment of choice, check out the Revention Music Center. This intimate live music theater offers concert-goers spots close to the stage, as well as great acoustics and a reasonably priced VIP section. The kinds of musicians playing at the Revention Music Center vary widely, from Whitesnake to Cyndi Lauper to Death Cab for Cutie. Check out the venue's website to find out what shows are upcoming. 

    For a family-friendly excursion, it's hard to beat the Houston Downtown Aquarium. While not located within Bayou Place itself, it's within easy walking distance —...MORE only a couple blocks away — and features carnival games and rides in addition to aquatic animals. 

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  • 03 of 05

    Where to Eat

    The Blue Fish
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    Consistently one of the best places to get sushi in Houston, Blue Fish is a great spot to grab dinner before or after a show. Be sure to try their signature Rock n Roll sushi roll, which includes snow crab, eel and asparagus, all wrapped in salmon, baked and drizzled with a delicious volcano sauce. 

    For a taste of Italy, check out Little Napoli. This family-owned business has quality Italian food served by friendly wait staff. Besides its proximity to the theaters, Little Napoli also has a great outdoor seating area for when the weather is nice. 

    If you prefer to enjoy your American cuisine while surrounded by loads and loads of music memorabilia, Hard Rock Cafe is the place for you. It’s one of the more family-friendly venues at Bayou Place and is a great prelude to another music-inspired event like a concert or Broadway show.

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  • 04 of 05

    How to Get There

    Houston Light Rail
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    Bayou Place is located in Downtown Houston at the corners of Texas Avenue and Smith Street at 500 Texas Avenue. 

    If you're planning to drive, note that parking can be a challenge. Valet parking is available most times of the day, with prices increasing during special events and on the weekends. Self-parking is available at the Rusk, Capitol, and Texas entrances, and prices for self-parking range from $5 to $15. 

    Your best bet is to park at one of the local park and rides and take the light rail. The METRORail Purple and Green lines stop just a block or so away. 

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    Where to Stay

    The Lancaster Hotel
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    While there aren't any hotels within Bayou Place, there are several within an easy walking distance. The most popular is The Lancaster Hotel, a historic boutique hotel located across from Jones Hall about two blocks from Bayou Place. Rooms run between $125-$150/night, and the hotel provides some great amenities, including complimentary car service within a three-mile radius, a daily Wine Hour, and free drinks and snacks in the guest lounge.