The Ginger Man Pub

If there's a more satisfying spot to have a beer in Houston than The Ginger Man's open-air backyard, I've yet to find it. Never overly packed, never too isolated — those thick-beam tables have a way of bringing even the most disparate groups together — The Ginger Man's pairing of patio and pint remains properly unparalleled. The drink selection's as wide as it is curated. The interior's intimate without feeling cramped. There are other bars in the Village, and there are other watering holes in Houston, but there are few places where a drink and an evening can leave you more content.

Line up your troll dolls and lucky rabbit's feet; we're goin' to bingo! Bingo Paradise in the city of South Houston, Texas, is the spot to be with your nine bingo cards and markers any night of the week. They've got a huge menu of unhealthy-but-delish foods available along with those bingo cards, so you're all set once you've placed all those lucky charms around your cards. Thursdays are the best, though, with a quesadilla night and a bigger pot to win. And if you're not as fast as your granny at marking those cards all at once, they've got those nifty computers to help you out with your lack of bingo skills.

Rothko Chapel

Everyone knows that it gets hot in the city, which is why we're fortunate to have so many places with air-conditioning to cool down our bodies. Cooling down our minds is another matter, and when it comes to finding a quiet spot to stop and calm thyself, Rothko Chapel is the place to go. Whether you find inner peace through prayer, meditation or silent contemplation, Rothko provides a comforting, quiet space every day of the year. It's the perfect spot to cool off the fire that burns inside you, no matter what you believe.

Houston's seen a ton of yoga studios open or expand in the past couple of years, but for yogis of all stripes, Joy Yoga is still the best all-round studio. A recently revamped schedule means Joy can offer the best variety of classes in town, from classes for beginners and those wanting to wind down after work with a Candlelight session to more strenuous ones like Acro Yoga, Power Vinyasa and even Meditation. The studio also dabbles in Pilates, Boot Camp and prenatal classes. The studios are warm but not hot, and the staff is friendly and laid-back, making for the most relaxing of fitness experiences.

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