While Houston has hundreds of bars and clubs, those venues aren’t the only places to enjoy fun late-night activities. Away from the bar scene, there are many late-night amusements to choose from, such as midnight movie showings or late-night comedy improv shows. You don’t need to go bouncing off the walls looking for ideas with these great options, including one where you can literally bounce off the walls.
Landmark Theaters River Oaks
2009 West Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019
Named best movie theater in the city four times by the Houston Press, River Oaks is a great place to catch a movie anytime. Built in 1939, River Oaks is a reminder that not all movies are meant for uninspiring giant 28-screen movie complexes. The midnight Friday and Saturday night shows feature a different classic film each week, such as “A Nightmare on Elm Street” on May 31 and June 1. A particular favorite is “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which includes a live shadow cast by The Royal Mystic Order of Chaos. Check the website for the list of films.
1712 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77098
Although Houston has many great coffeehouses, most of them don’t bother to stay open late. Agora is open until 2 a.m. every night, drawing in the late crowd for coffee, gossip, European snacks and even a little people watching from the two-story high foyer. The décor includes ancient art pieces and there are reading materials from the New Yorker and other high-literature publications. Beyond coffee, Agora sells beer and wine. The non-traditional coffeehouse food options include Greek yogurt and cheeses. There’s even a patio for warm summer nights.
Lucky Strike Lanes
1201 San Jacinto St.
Houston, TX 77002
While some neighborhood bowling alleys shut down the pins at 10 p.m., Lucky Star Lanes keeps the party going until midnight on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends. Located in the Houston Pavilions downtown, Lucky Star blends nightlife elements with the latest technology to provide a more modern take on the traditional bowling experience. The 10 by 10 video screens provide visual stimulation when you’re waiting for your turn to throw a strike. For those whose bowling scores aren’t a source of pride, there are plenty of other things to do. Challenge a friend to a game of billiards, try the drink specials at the bar or pick out something from the dinner menu.
Star Warz: Unscripted
901 Town and Country Blvd.
Houston, TX 77024
Houston’s longest running comedy show has launched a special adults-only 10:30 p.m. Saturday night show about Star Wars. Two teams of improvisers go head-to-head in Comedy Sportz, looking to earn points from games, scenes and songs based on audience suggestions. In Star Warz — which runs until July 27 — actors mix up the 1977 sci-fi classic using audience suggestions to reinvent the characters and situations, while encouraging the audience to cheer, jeer and participate throughout the show. Tickets are $12 per person and are available on the ComedySportz website.
Sky Zone Sports
10207 S. Sam Houston Parkway W., Suite 100
Houston, TX 77489
If you are looking to shake up your Saturday night routine, indoor trampolines might do the trick. Sky Zone Sports has connected many trampolines to form one massive trampoline surface. There are even angled trampolines on the walls. While children have a blast bouncing to their hearts’ content, so do the adults, especially on Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight at Sky Zone, when participants 15 and up play 3-D dodge ball, dunk on a really high basketball hoop and get a good workout in the process. The cost is $15 and includes two slices of pizza and a drink.
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Jeremy Shapiro is a freelance writer in the Houston area. While his trombone rendition of “Black in Back” isn’t terrible, his 10 years in journalism have left him better equipped to write about music, nightlife and other entertainment outings. His work can be found on Examiner.com.