Houston Bucket List - 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die: The Introduction

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Houston has been getting a lot of attention in recent months and from some rather unlikely places. Whether it is The New York Times or Forbes, Houston is, dare we say it, hip. For a town that has a serious case of poor-widdle-me-itis way too often, it is encouraging to see outsiders -- Yankees even! -- embracing the city we love. With that in mind, it seemed like a good time to put together our own little bucket list of things to do in Houston before we die. Now, we don't plan on dying anytime soon, but it never hurts to get started early.

The list is going to be broken down into nine posts here on Hair Balls. Each will contain one of our top 10 bucket list items and nine others in our top 100. The number one item on our list will be in an upcoming issue of the Houston Press along with all 100 items for you to check off from now until you kick it. To narrow our list, we only chose items unique to Houston -- or items to which Houston provides a unique twist -- and everything on the list must be in or occur within 30 miles of downtown Houston (so, nothing from Galveston, for example).

We certainly don't have all the answers and we welcome your suggestions in the comment section. Today, we get started with a classic that you will have to wait for a month or so to accomplish if you haven't already, but it will be worth it.

Make Out Upstairs at Marfreless

This spring, the dream was dead. Marfreless, the quiet speakeasy hidden in the back of the River Oaks shopping center behind a purple door and under a stairwell, was closing along with its infamous upstairs red room. If you are an adult who has lived in Houston for more than a few years, you should be aware of the makeout lounge where dates have been caught drinking and getting to first base (and beyond) for many years now. My fiancée and I admitted we had both been in that lounge...but not together, then we never spoke of it again.

But as if Cupid himself had plunged an arrow deep into the heart of Houston, a miracle happened and it was announced Marfreless would rise again this summer. Hearts swooned and young lovers added this time-honored Houston tradition back onto their bucket lists, an item so important, it made our top ten.

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juangq
juangq

The people that say they want to move out out Houston they should do just that. We already have enough people here driving our housing/rent prices way too high

Anthony Papitto
Anthony Papitto

i would actually rather die then do any of that stuff

mzakaria89
mzakaria89

Bat watching at Buffalo Bayou

Kayaking on the Bayou

Seeing the Beatles and Presidential statues at Adickes SculpturWorx Studio

I definitely second the Art Car Parade! And the illuminated art car parade at night. 

Androdian
Androdian

#1....F ACK Michael Brown then Michael Berry so they can see how it feels being on the other end.

Sally M Walden
Sally M Walden

We have our first hater! I was wondering how long it would take. Answer: 2.

Greg Barker
Greg Barker

Move and move back, you mean, James.

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

The Orange Show and the Art Car Parade need to be on this list.  

manwalklikebear
manwalklikebear

So for my first 4th in Houston I can't help but wonder....Where on the Buffalo Bayou?

anhmai88
anhmai88

Go see the Moonlight Dolls at Prohibition!

Julia Olivarez
Julia Olivarez

The first suggestion that sprang to mind was "Make out at Marfreless." But in the little cubbyhole underneath the stairs. Also? 3 am shopping run at Disco Kroger.

jak5717
jak5717

@manwalklikebear Umm you can't miss it. Should be 200,000 + strong, 4 concert stages. Don't drive in there, better to park outside of downtown along the rail and take the train in. It's the biggest 'on land' fireworks show in the nation, Boston's is biggest but theirs is biggest on water. Anyway it's at Elanor Tinsley Park, good luck finding it :p 

manwalklikebear
manwalklikebear

@jak5717 Since the author just said "on the bayou" I thought she was referring to something else since Eleanor Tinsley Park is well known and specific.

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