Date Night on the Cheap shares inexpensive outings in Houston that will impress your date without breaking the bank, thanks to our partnership with Trip Chandler. Their service creates customized guides to Houston for visitors and residents.
Hooray for the Maroon and Gray
Texas Southern University, founded in 1927, boasts U.S. Congress members and civil rights leaders, Barbara Jordan and Mickey Leland as alums; their University Museum proudly displays the John Biggers Web of Life mural; and the Ocean of Soul marching band always keeps the fans in their seats during halftime.
For an affordable gridiron option, cheer on the TSU Tigers when they take on Alabama State at the BBVA Compass Stadium Thursday, October 1. “Five Dollar Thursday” tickets are available for this game, so you can splurge on dinner or happy hour before the coin toss.
Trip Chandler Tip: Be sure to check public transit options for an easy ride to the stadium via Metro bus/rail or utilize the bicycle racks at the stadium. Helmets are allowed in stadium as long as they fit under the seat.
Happy Hour Warmups
Play free vintage arcade games and peruse the comic book selection at Neil’s Bahr, which hosts a happy hour from 4 pm -7 pm.
AHH, Coffee offers deals on Texan beers and pastries starting at 5 pm. Paninis and cheese plates are available too.
Kickoff is at 6:30 pm so arrive early to explore EaDo, the east of downtown neighborhood that’s home to fun restaurants, a brewery and street art murals.
Dinner for two: Enjoy high quality, homemade Vietnamese cuisine at Huynh where the menu has lots of shareable entrees and appetizers with many vegetarian options. The restaurant has BYOB policy so plan ahead or imbibe in one of their specialty beverages, like Vietnamese iced coffee or salty lemonade.
Extra Point: Impress your date by requesting the Vietnamese-style flan topped with crushed ice and a coffee drizzle when you arrive as they often run out of this popular dessert.
For street art photo ops, head to Hutchins and Polk and pose with the many colorful murals. Sample beers across the street at 8th Wonder Brewery, where the tasting menu includes Dome Faux’m, a perfect brew to pair with your date night at the stadium. The taproom opens at 3 pm and you can bring outside food and non-alcoholic beverages on the premises or order from the Eatsie Boys gold-plated food truck.
Follow the maroon and gray clad football fans to the BBVA Compass Stadium to cheer on with their mascot, Tommy the Tiger!
Trip Chandler Tip: Stay put in your seats at halftime for the TSU Ocean of Soul Marching Band’s precision drills, the powerful percussion powered by the Funk Train Drumline, and the high kicks of the Motion of the Ocean Majorettes.
Overtime: End the game on a sweet note at nearby Tout Suite for macarons, truffles, and cupcakes. Open until midnight.
Your Trip Chandlers,
Joni & Dana
Joni is a Houston transplant via Kansas, North Carolina, Scotland and New Orleans. Dana is a native Texan who grew up in Houston but considers New Orleans a second home. They have joined forces as Trip Chandler to personalize the city whether you’re here for a short stay or a permanent move.