Splashway! Where the Fun Lasts all Year Long
Splashway Water Park & Campground is a fun place to take the kids for a daytrip or weekend away. Houston Life's Melanie Camp spent the day checking out all the fun things to do. Splashway has exclusive deals for Houston Life viewers. Head to splashway.com/houstonlife.
Cheers to Sipple: Texas’ first booze-free bottle shop opens in Houston’s Rice Village
Sipple, the new non-alcoholic bottle shop in Houston’s Rice Village offers everything from dealcoholized wine to functional spirits. Husband and wife team Danny and Helenita Frounfelkner have something in stock for every sober curious person.
The haunted history behind Dean’s Downtown, the spooky Houston bar with plenty of boos
They say the more spirits you drink, the more spirits you see, and you’ll definitely want some liquid courage to brave this historic haunt in the heart of Houston. Located near the corner of Preston and Main St., Dean’s Downtown boasts a rich history dating back more than 120 years. Today, the former department store turned bar is still a hot spot for activity, and we don’t just mean for happy hour. Katie Harrison, Operations Manager of Nightly Spirits, shared her expertise on the historic building.
Take a tour of Texas’ first and largest hemp processing facility in Houston
You may have heard a lot of buzz about hemp or CBD products and wondered exactly what they are or what they do. Luckily, the folks at Bayou City Hemp Co. have all the answers - and then some. From giving a tour of their innovative facility here in Houston to educating people on Texas’ legalization of hemp in 2019, Co-founders Ben Meggs and Jeromy Sherman are eager to share their knowledge as they pave the way to set industry standards for the booming hemp industry.
These cooling cocktails from Musaafer’s ‘Liquid Chef’ will help you beat the Houston heat
This summer in Houston has been a scorcher. If you’re looking for a refreshing way to beat the heat, we’ve got just the ticket. Musaafer Bar Manager, Himanshu Desai, is shaking up some top notch cocktails to help us cool off.
‘It was an accident’: Santa Fe mayor apologizes, calls himself an alcoholic after Facebook post about deadly high school shooting
Santa Fe’s mayor said he will not resign after making a controversial Facebook post about the deadly high school shooting. Jason Tabor said he takes full responsibility for the post but blames his actions on alcohol, PTSD, his childhood and not having his medication.
Houston’s first production cidery takes hardcore approach to perfecting craft
In honor of World Cider Day we’re raising our glasses to Houston’s very first production cidery. Houston Cider Co. actually started out as a brewery, but in 2017 they switched gears to produce only cider and since then have taken a hardcore approach to perfecting their craft. Co-owners Justin Engle and Steve Macalello explain what it means to them to be the Houston’s cider pioneers.
‘It’s Texan for Tea’: local business woman puts Texas on the map of global tea industry
CAT SPRING, Texas – As we wrap up Women’s History Month, we want to spotlight a local woman-owned business that’s steeped in the rich history of Texas tea. In the town of Cat Spring Texas, Abianne Falla rediscovered Yaupon, the only caffeinated plant native to North America, that’s now putting Texas back on the map of the global tea industry. Cat Spring Texas lies about 60 miles west of Houston and has a population of about 1,500. “I think we all remember the driest year in Texas history: the drought of 2011,” said Falla. Everything looked scorched and withered except for one plant and that was Yaupon.”AdCurious about this sturdy plant, Falla and her sister began conducting research on it.
Get your coolers ready: Topo Chico Hard Seltzer coming to Texas later this month
Popular beverage Topo Chico will soon be available in Texas with a boozy upgrade. Molson Coors Beverage Company will begin distributing Topo Chico Hard Seltzer in Texas on March 29. The new beverage combines purified spiked sparkling water and natural flavors with minerals. Topo Chico Hard Seltzer will be available in four flavors including: Tangy Lemon Lime, Exotic Pineapple, Strawberry Guava and Tropical Mango. “Topo Chico Hard Seltzer is a modern take on refreshment that brings entirely new character to the red-hot seltzer category.”
Instagram-worthy Houston mobile bar shakes up gorgeous Valentine’s Day cocktails
The Traveling Spirit is a chic camper turned mobile bar that’s the perfect addition to your next outdoor event. Rachel Carlson, The Traveling Spirit Mobile Bar owner, purchased and converted a vintage camper into a chic mobile bar. Rachel Carlson, The Traveling Spirit Mobile Bar owner, crafted two Valentine's Day cocktails, Kiss from a Rose and LoveStruck. KISS FROM A ROSEIngredients:1.5 oz gin1/2 oz aperol1/2 oz rose syrup3/4 oz lemon juice3/4 egg white2 oz grapefruit soda (squirt)Directions:Add all ingredients except soda to shaker Shake (dry) for 15 sec. Double strain mixture over ice Top with grapefruit soda Garnish with dried rose petalsRachel Carlson, The Traveling Spirit Mobile Bar owner, crafted two Valentine's Day cocktails, Kiss from a Rose and LoveStruck.
Grab your gal pals: Here’s where to Celebrate Galentine’s Day in Houston
Grab your gal pals and get ready to channel your inner Leslie Knope -- Feb. 13, a.k.a. Galentine’s Day, is fast upon us. Galentine’s Day reps unusual origins: The celebration of sisterhood was spawned by “Parks and Recreation,” the much-beloved NBC sitcom that chronicled the wild and impassioned antics of over-achiever Leslie Knope. Leslie describes Galentine’s Day as the best day of the year, adding “It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst,” she said, “plus frittatas.”AdFrom picnicking in the park to buddy films with your besties, here are a few ways to celebrate Galentine’s Day in Houston we’re sure Leslie Knope would approve of. Visit our Valentine’s Day page.
Get ready for the weekend with these Cocktail Kits To-Go
HOUSTON – If you are far from a mixologist and you want to kick up your quarantine cocktail game, Rainbow Lodge have cocktail kits to go and it’s easy to mix at home. Look at the six options they have available for you serve at home from their curbside to-go menu! COCKTAIL KITS TO-GOMARTINI $40Courtesy: (Rainbow Lodge)(Makes 4, 3-oz martinis)Includes:• 375mL bottle Belvedere Vodka OR Tanqueray London Dry Gin• 8 bleu cheese-stuffed olives and four lemon peels soaked in dry vermouthOLD FASHIONED $40Courtesy (Rainbow Lodge)(Serves 6)Includes:• 375mL Woodford Reserve Bourbon• 6 maraschino cherries and 6 orange peels soaked in bitter-sweet mixMANHATTAN $40Courtesy: (Rainbow Lodge)(Serves 6)Includes:• 375mL Woodford Reserve Bourbon• 6 Luxardo cherries soaked in bitters bitter-vermouth mixHIBISCUS MARGARITA $40A Lodge Specialty! Courtesy: (Rainbow Lodge)(Serves 6)Includes:• 375mL Jose Cuervo Traditional Silver Tequila• Rainbow Lodge Hibiscus Margarita mix and 8 lime wedgesMIMOSA $35Courtesy (Rainbow Lodge)Includes:• 750mL Torresella Prosecco• Orange juiceBLOODY MARY $40Courtesy: (Rainbow Lodge)(Serves 6)Includes:• 375mL bottle Belvedere Vodka OR Tanqueray London Dry Gin• Rainbow Lodge Bloody Mary mix• 6 garnish picks with pickled green bean, pepper-stuffed olive and lime wedgeFor more information, click here.
This gin is made with native juniper berries from the Davis Mountains
It’s a late October morning in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, and Molly Cummings is atop a scaffold, foraging alligator juniper berries from a wild tree. The spirits company produces two gins, WildBark and WildJune, which are both distilled from rye and malted barley and infused with juniper berries native to the Davis Mountains. A fellow scientist told her where to find alligator juniper, also known as checkerbark, which grows above approximately 6,000 feet in the Davis Mountains. While she was collecting alligator juniper berries, she found another type of juniper that wouldserve as the backbone for WildJune. The plant, red berry juniper, is a rare species mainly found in parts of West Texas and the Panhandle, with the richest concentration in the Davis Mountains.
What the heck is natural wine?
Ask three vintners what it means to make “natural wine” and you’ll get three different answers, probably accompanied by a shrug. And yet, natural wine production is on the rise across the country. Think of natural wine as less is more. By forgoing those tools, natural wine producers leave themselves more exposed to nature’s whims, making their own jobs harder. 512-829-1650;southoldfarmandcellar.comRobert Clay VineyardsTry the pétillant naturel, a crowd-pleasing entry into natural wine for lovers of rosé and bubbles.113 Austin St., Mason.
Halloween freebies and deals you can find in the Houston area throughout October
HOUSTON – Wouldn’t it be nice to get something other than free candy this Halloween? Below you’ll find a list of freebies and deals available in the Houston area throughout October and how you can get them:We will be adding more deals as soon as we find out about them so be sure to come back as Halloween approaches. Its hands and feet Halloween therapy special offers a scrub, paraffin, a massage and crystal therapy for $55. With the purchase of any dozen donuts, customers can score a dozen of its Sweet-or-Treat donuts for only $1. On Halloween, kids 12 and under who visit Dickey’s in a costume will eat for free at participating Houston area locations.
Is Gov. Abbott hinting he will soon reopen Texas bars in his latest tweet?
Greg Abbott’s latest tweet is giving some bar owners hope that he will soon announce the reopening of Texas bars as coronavirus numbers in the state continue to decline. His recent tweet piqued the interest of many after he used a GIF of two people toasting with beer mugs. In his last round of reopenings, Abbott said restaurants, retail shops, gyms, office buildings and factories could increase capacity to 75% starting Sept. 21. He also allowed hospitals to resume elective procedures and nursing homes and assisted living facilities to allow visitations again with health protocols in place. Abbott ordered that bars remain closed during September’s announcement because they were nationally recognized as places where COVID-19 spreads.
Ranch water seltzer? How 3 Texas companies are putting the cocktail in a can
Now three companies have given the trend a Texas twist with canned ranch water. Canned ranch water, unlike mass market spiked seltzer, avoids the cloying, too-sweet taste while still packing a refreshing punch. Owner Katie Beal Brown, a West Texas native, remembers folks in her ranching family drinking ranch water all her life. This fall, new flavors like Spicy Ranch Water, made with jalapeño, and Rio Red Grapefruit Ranch Water, will join the line. Whether ranch water will become a national phenomenon like spiked seltzer remains to be seen.
Enjoy Labor Day food and drink specials from these Houston-area bars and restaurants
HOUSTON In need of a break from constant cooking at home this long Labor Day weekend? This frozen cocktail and snack truck will offer two food and drink specials on Labor Day. This restaurant in The Heights will feature $7 frozen cocktails during its Labor Day brunch. Drink offers are available for dine-in customers only, while food specials are available for dine-in and to-go orders. Address: 520 Westheimer RoadPhone: (832) 409-5785Is your establishment running any food or drink specials this Labor Day?
Don’t drink that! FDA issues warning on hand sanitizer packaged in food, drink containers
HOUSTON – Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many companies switched to making much-needed products like PPE and hand sanitizer. Because they already had the containers on-hand, many of the companies that switched to making alcohol-based hand sanitizers have been packing it in containers meant for food or drink. “It’s dangerous to add scents with food flavors to hand sanitizers, which children could think smells like food, eat and get alcohol poisoning,” said Hahn. For more information, people can read the FDA’s guidelines on safe use of hand sanitizer or check out the agency’s question and answer page. People can also go online to see a list of hand sanitizers the FDA says people should not use.
Houstons small business owners can soon apply for up to $50K grant for pandemic relief. What you need to know
HOUSTON Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the launch of Houstons Small Business Economic Relief Program during Mondays daily briefing on the citys COVID-19 cases. Small business owners can apply for an SBERP grant beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. The $15 million program, funded with the citys allocated CARES Act funds, will provide immediate and short term assistance to small businesses and chambers of commerce that have been impacted by the pandemic. I highly encourage you to take your time to complete your application fully and carefully before the Sept. 4 deadline.How will business owners get the money? In addition to immediate financial assistance, the SBERP is also intended to help small businesses sustain their operations during and after the pandemic.
Hungry? Here are 10 restaurants in the Houston-area with dine-in and takeout specials for Memorial Day
But dont worry, restaurants will continue to offer curbside and delivery with Memorial Day family specials for you to enjoy at home. Getting ready for Memorial Day weekend? The restaurant will also offer $80 Family Packs for Memorial Day weekend with brisket, sausage, and bread pudding. WE ARE DELIVERING YOUR MEMORIAL DAY FAMILY PACKS THIS WEEKEND! Weve got the menu for Memorial Day weekend covered!
Were back: These Houston bars reopened at midnight
Reopening bars was a hotly debated issue with Texans and bar owners calling for the state to allow them to reopen. Some Houston bars have decided to get the party started early Friday. Address: 5317 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007Whatever Sports Bar and GrillThe northwest Houston sports bar plans to reopen at midnight and stay open until 2 a.m. as well. Address: 5110 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007Belle Station HoustonBelle Station Houston is a bar and pub grub with a big patio. Address: 207 Gray St, Houston, TX 77002
When some of Houstons craft breweries plan to reopen after getting green light from Gov. Abbott
Greg Abbotts announcement Monday, breweries like No Label Brewing Company are getting ready to reopen Friday. No Label Brewing Company. No Label Brewing Company will reopen Friday at 3 p.m. at 25% capacity, in accordance with Abbotts guidelines. Saint Arnolds Brewing Company will also not reopen dining until after May 22 but will still be offering curbside pickup. KPRC 2 reached out to Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company as well and is yet to hear back from them.
Gov. Abbott allows Texas bars to reopen at 25% capacity starting Friday
Greg Abbott announced Monday that bars and breweries will finally be able to reopen Friday as part of the second phase of reopening Texas businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. Reopening bars has been a hotly debated issue with Texans and bar owners calling for the state to allow them to reopen. Earlier this month, some bar owners even took to protesting outside the Texas Capitol, demanding the right to reopen. In early May, when Abbott announced the first phase of reopening, he explained his reasoning for not reopening bars as he did restaurants. See when other Texas businesses will be allowed to reopen in phase two of Abbotts plan.
These 3 East Texas wineries are bringing a new flavor to Texas wines
At Kiepersol Vineyards & Winery, south of Tyler, a resident flock of guinea hens provides the soundtrack for an afternoon of wine tasting. East Texas has a reputation for being a region where people like sweet wines, Lee says. Texas grapes tend to taste of bright, juicy fruit, and thats the style I like myself.Winery and distillery hours: Tue-Sat 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. On any given year, more than 90 percent of the wines Perez makes come from Texas grapes. Thats the beauty and challenge of making wine.Los Pinos Ranch Winery - Pittsburg, TX.
Where you can drink, eat, stay and unwind in Fredericksburg
I spy the occasional shop offering T-shirts, fudge, and German beer steins, but altogether I find a more sophisticated Fredericksburg. Just a short drive from downtown Fredericksburg, wine tourists find more than 50 wineries and vineyards, and in Gillespie County alone, the count is nearly 30 wineries. As is the case at almost every tasting room in the world, guests have the option to try a flight of small pours. Main Street still buzzes with beer lovers, and Fredericksburg Brewing Company, which opened in 1994, has never been more popular. But my favorite galleries and shops take me off Main Street, southward along Lincoln Street.