Ditching the standard modes of transportation for a party ride can be an enjoyable enhancement to a special occasion or night out on the town. Often times the journey from place to place becomes just as much a part of the experience as the destination. Houston has a substantial supply of party buses and limousines that offer plush amenities for birthday celebrations, bachelorette parties and outings to a game or concert. But don’t overlook other forms of transport, including bikes and boats. These five party rides stand out for both fun and consistently great service.
9215 Rasmus Drive
Houston, TX 77063
The wide selection of party buses and limos packed with amenities is one reason Sam’s Limousine is a strong choice for a night on the town. But what sets it apart, according to past users, is the service. The staff gets high grades for professionalism and punctuality. The company typically has three limousines and seven party buses to choose from. The interiors are decked out with laser and strobe lighting, plus a mirrored stargazer ceiling. There’s leather couch seating, DVD screens and a custom sound system. Photos and passenger sizes for each vehicle can be found on the company website.
2000 Edwards St.
Houston, TX 77007
If you or your friends are looking for a hands-on transportation approach between party stops, then Pedal Party might be the way to ride. The multi-person bike can be rented to take partygoers between Midtown establishments or venues on Washington Avenue. Not only is it a more eco-friendly approach than a limo, it can also be more wallet friendly. There’s room for 16 people, including a bartender. While on board, participants can drink beer, eat snacks, listen to music and pedal to instantly work off the calories.
1525 Silver St.
Houston, TX 77007
If your celebration plans include transportation needs for nine to 15 people inside the 610 Loop, The Wave may be the most efficient and affordable option. The Wave is perhaps best described as a cross between a bus and a taxi. The vehicle is the size of an airport shuttle and is equipped with stereos, TVs and LED lights. Passengers along the fixed routes can be picked up from home or can meet in a set location. Unlimited rides for a night out are as low as $10 a person. Partygoers with multiple stops in mind can also rent out a private wave for the entire evening. Past users favorably approve of the convenience and price.
Royal Carriages Limousines and Charters
9212 Rasmus Drive
Houston, TX 77063
For the past 24 years, Royal Carriages Limousines and Charters has been the go-to choice for Houston birthdays, weddings and trips to Rockets or Texans games. The company was voted “The Ultimate Limousine Service” by the Houston Chronicle. If your idea of a royal carriage is a limo bus, the company has some nice ones along with a stretch Hummer and stretch excursion limousines. Features include color televisions with DVD players, stereo systems and complimentary ice and sodas. Past users have been impressed by the comfortable interior as well as the courteous and knowledgeable drivers.
Houston Party Boat
2500 S. Shore Blvd.
League City, TX 77573
For Houston residents wanting to change up their night-out routine, a boat party may sound appealing. A 50-foot tri-toon vessel, the Houston Party Boat can fit a large crowd for both formal and casual celebrations. Dancing is a big attraction on board thanks to the disco lights and 2,000-watt stereo system. The boat also boats a full bar area and buffet station. Cruise around the Clear Lake area or set sail for a trip to Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston Bay.
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.