519 Shepherd (off of Washington)
Don't miss the Dr. Pepper-fried quail with bleu cheese potato salad at brand-new BRC (or Big Red Cock) Gastropub, as well as the reasonably-priced artisan wine and craft brew.
This new margarita-focused bar offers killer cocktails. There's a long list of frozen drinks, like the 140-calorie Skinny Margarita that draws fir patrons, and more than 40 top-shelf tequila varieties.
Les Givral's Kahve
Banh-mi lovers rejoice! Enjoy delicious and wallet-friendly fare at this new French-Vietnamese outpost that serves some of the city's best vermicelli bowls, banh-mi sandwiches and spring rolls.
A build-your-own burger joint with - count 'em - 312,120 possible combos, opens later this year, offering locally-sourced fixing's, house-made sauces and vegan options in an industrial-chic setting.
The Washington Wave
(This is a shuttle service, not an actual venue)
Party hopping on Washington Ave. is made easy with The Washington Wave, Houston's only jitney service. The "Wave" runs shuttle buses within the Washington Avenue District, shuffling patrons to and from bars and restaurants for a small fee ($5 for one way trips, $8 for round trips). Many venues along the strip offer discounts to those who ride the wave. Call ahead to find out which ones offer what discounts.