Arty, Quirky and Walkable
LAY OF THE LAND
The First Ward Arts District, northwest of downtown, is a great mash-up of the old and new, with hunded-year-old homes and lofts nestled among restaurants, bars, and art galleries. The district’s central location northwest of downtown places it within walking and biking distance of The Heights and contains the sprawling Sawyer Yards arts and entertainment community. Just west of First Ward are the West End and Rice Military neighborhoods, all of which have transformed in recent years to become the vibrant Washington Avenue corridor. Buffalo Bayou Park is just to the south, as is The Historic 6th Ward, a largely residential historic neighborhood. Check out various community events in our event calendar, or by visiting firstward.org.
DO & SEE
Sawyer Yards 2101 Winter St 713-993-9823. sawyeryards.com
One of the largest artist communities in the U.S., this industrial-chic complex of artist studios, restaurants and shops set inside of warehouses is home to hundreds of artist studios, galleries, a brewery and restaurants.
Insider Tip: Open Studios occur on the second Saturday of each month.
2500 Summer Street
A fully restored industrial space for start ups, creative industries, and unique events with the Astorian, a nearby former warehouse space that now hosts events.
2206 Edwards Street
Silver Street’s neighbor with ample parking and breezeway access to Art Alley, First Industrial houses Holler Brewing Company, Cyclebar, and Love Dance Houston.
Sabine Street Studios
1907 Sabine Street
Sabine Street Studios is the latest addition to the Sawyer Yards’ family of studio buildings. Just steps away from Spring Street Studios, it features 67 studio spaces available to artists, makers, and innovators.
Silver Street Studios
2000 Edwards Street
Silver Street Studios is an arts and events complex with 68 workspaces, which are home to over 80 artists and creative entrepreneurs. Previously home to Silver Eagle Distribution, Silver Street Studios features a 20,000-SF venue space, which has hosted some of the most exciting festivals, markets, and local, as well as international events in Houston.
Spring Street Studios
1824 Spring Street
Formerly the Harris Moving & Storage Building, Spring Street Studios was the second addition to the Sawyer Yards complex. This repurposed building houses 71 mixed-use creative studios by over 63 artists for the purpose of creating an inviting gallery corridor used for a variety of community events.
Summer Street Studios
2204 Summer Street
With renovation completed in 2017, Summer Street Studios offers 24 one-of-a-kind workspaces for artists, art services, and creative entrepreneurs to create, exhibit, and sell their work.
The Shops at Sawyer Yards
2101 Sawyer Street
Located at the corner of Edwards and Sawyer Streets, The Shops at Sawyer Yards features a curated array of experiences including unique fitness concepts, fresh dining options, and recurring crafts markets.
The Silos at Sawyer Yards
1502 Sawyer Street
One of Houston’s most iconic silo buildings, once part of the Riviana Foods complex, The Silos at Sawyer Yards features 97 workspaces for over 100 artists, in addition to retail, gallery, and office space for creative entrepreneurs. The silos complex is home to SITE Gallery Houston, an alternative art space housed inside it’s 34 rice silos.
Winter Street Studios
2101 Winter Street
Once a furniture factory, Winter Street Studios is now the home of 77 art studios for over 87 local artists. In 2005, it received the first Art Studio Ordinance granted in Houston, and since then, it has laid the groundwork for Houston’s thriving arts community. It features the Winter Street Studios Gallery, an 1,800 square foot space available for events.
First Ward Community Garden
Second Saturday of each month, 9 am-noon
First Ward Elder Street Community Garden located next to the Elder Street Artist Lofts’ north parking lot.
Check out the First Ward Community Garden blog.
1101 Elder St.
Intimate, no-frills BYOB venue for improv comedy and classes
1230 Houston Ave.
One of Houston’s most scenic spaces is actually a cemetery. Before there were parks, Victorian-era Americans spent weekend afternoons getting back to nature at cemeteries. Drive, bike or walk down the winding lanes that meander through lushly landscaped ravines to take in history and nature.
2525 Washington Ave.
Insider Tip: Some of the city’s most impressive statuary is also found here including Howard Hughes’ gravesite.
White Oak Music Hall
2915 N. Main St.
Buffalo Bayou Park and Visitor’s Center
B&B Butchers & Restaurant
Vintage bakery converted into a high-end steakhouse with a butcher shop and deli
1814 Washington Ave.
American comfort food near Sabine Street
1809 Washington Ave.
Belgian cafe with classic dishes and an expansive beer selection
1718 Houston Ave.
Insider Tip: Check out the Sunday Brunch and Belgian beer selections
Gus’ World Famous Fried Chicken
Spicy fried chicken with comfort food sides
1815 Washington Ave.
Vietnamese noodle soup and Bahn mi outpost
2313 Edwards St., Suite 145
Poitin Bar & Kitchen
New American restaurant and craft cocktail bar
2313 Edwards St., Suite 100
Insider Tip: Take a mixology class to perfect your cocktail making skills
Stanton’s City Bites
Mom and pop burger joint established in 1961
1420 Edwards St. at Houston Ave.
Austin-based creative taco chain serving more than 40 taco varieties, including breakfast tacos
1902 Washington Ave., Suite D
Other places that may interest you:
Beer Market Co.
Coltivare Pizza & Garden
Good Dog Houston
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Coffee, wine and tapas
1720 Houston Ave.
Cozy coffee and tea house with fresh pastries
2201 Washington Ave.
One of the first bars to open on this part of Washington Ave. Beer, darts, cocktails and free snacks
2207 Washington Ave.
Henderson Heights Pub
Pub fare and drinks including burgers, pizzas and quesadillas
908 Henderson St.
Holler Brewing Co.
Holler’s slogan is “Holler for Houston. Holler for Beer.”
Taproom, store and events
2206 Edwards St.
Craft cocktail bar featuring Southern drink specialties
1919 Washington Ave.
Casual neighborhood bar and patio in a converted gas station featuring picnic tables and beers on tap
2101 Washington Ave.
Insider Tip: Giant Jenga games happen on the patio
Brewery taproom serving craft beer and Australian-themed comfort food
1902 Washington Ave. Suite E
Neighborhood sports bar
1302 Houston Ave.
Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden
Cozy neighborhood bar serving beer, cocktails and wine with a cozy outdoor patio
1920 Houston Ave.
Insider Tip: Weeknights feature a different food special including a steak night
729 Studewood St.
Bobcat Teddy’s Ice House
2803 White Oak Dr.
1919 Houston Ave.
2500 Summer St.
Winter Street Studios
2101 Winter St.
Courtyard by Marriott Houston Heights/I-10
3220 Katy Fwy.
The Whitehall Houston (Downtown)
1700 Smith St.
Hyatt Regency Houston (Downtown)
1200 Louisiana St.
Holiday Inn Houston Downtown
1616 Main St.
Springhill Suites by Marriott Downtown Houston
914 Dallas St.
Aloft Houston Downtown
820 Fannin St.
Club Quarters Hotel in Houston (Downtown)
720 Fannin St.
AC Hotel by Marriott Houston Downtown
720 Fannin St.
Le Meridien Houston Downtown
1121 Walker St.
1070 Dallas St.