Re: I'm in Houston TX
The Rice area is awesome.
They have a bar downtown called Woodrow's that has turtle racing...and it is a sight to see. Another out of place bar downtown as well that looked more like Salty Nut or Jake's in Columbia...out of place but had a good beer selection.
Astros games were incredibly cheap (I think we got tix for $2 a piece).
I did not like their highway system with all the strange frontage roads going the complete distance of the actual interstates- gets a bit confusing.