Dating on a Budget

From a restaurant with a cheap meal deal to a free local activity, impress your sweetheart for less in Houston.

Updated: August 30, 2004

Restaurants & Bars

T-Bone Tom's

707 Hwy 146, Kemah, TX 77565

Bypass the main restaurant and head to the tree-shaded Backyard for live music on the weekends and inexpensive food.

The Breakfast Klub

3711 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

Get here early to avoid long breakfast lines. Then spend the afternoon exploring Midtown via the light rail for a mere $1.

Mc Gonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098

Take advantage of free happy-hour food, then stay for the Wednesday night Irish jam session. No cover charge.

Lounge at Benjy's

2424 Dunstan St, Houston, TX 77005

This trendy Rice Village hangout features a $5 happy-hour menu with crab cakes, pot stickers and individual pizzas.

Amazon Grill

5114 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098

This casual West U cafe serves affordable Latin fare. Have the make-it-yourself s'mores for dessert for a gooey, romantic treat.


Houston Arboretum & Nature Ctr

4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024

Enjoy this urban wildlife sanctuary for native wildflowers, plants and animals for free.

Alley Theatre

615 Texas St, Houston, TX 77002

Plan on a weeknight performance and purchase half-price tickets. Then head across the street to Zin for $21.95 prix-fixe dinner.

Sam Houston Race Park

7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy, Houston, TX 77064

Your $3 admission grants front-row seats to exciting racehorse action. Regular live music performances are an added bonus.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston

1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005

Admission is free on Thursdays and the museum is open until 9pm.

Kemah Boardwalk

Bradford Ave and Second St, Kemah, TX 77565

Skip the seafood. Instead, check out free music on Thursday evenings and enjoy warm, sugary beignets from the Coffee House.

Miller Outdoor Theater

100 Concert Dr, Houston, TX 77030

Go for quieter seats in the covered area. Bring comfy pillows, a gourmet picnic and cocktails in a thermos (no glass allowed).

Dynamic Lanes

6121 Tarnef Dr, Houston, TX 77074