Singles City

Houston is the second-best city in the nation for singles — and the "decadent" reasons are surprising

Houston No. 2 in the nation for singles scene — reasons are surprising

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La Carafe, Houston's oldest bar, was mentioned in Travel + Leisure's article which named the city No. 2 for singles. La Carafe / Facebook
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The article noted Hooks-Epstein Gallery for its contemporary surrealist works. Chris Conyers
Killen's barbecue brisket
There's no shortage of decadent barbecue in Houston. This brisket is from Killen's. Photo by: Kimberly Park
Catherine Couturier Gallery opening reception: From Time to Time by Rachel Phillips
The article noted Catherine Couturier Gallery for vintage photography. Courtesy of Catherine Couturier Gallery
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Newcomer Public Services Wine and Whisky, located in the 1884 Cotton Exchange building downtown, was mentioned in the article. Public Services/Facebook
La Carafe interior
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Killen's barbecue brisket
Catherine Couturier Gallery opening reception: From Time to Time by Rachel Phillips
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With a thriving food scene, a wealth of unique dive bars and countless art galleries, Houston has just been named the No. 2 city in the nation for living the single life.

For this year's America's Favorite Places survey, Travel + Leisure asked readers to rank 38 cities on dozens of indicators, including attractive locals, cool shopping destinations and hipster coffee bars.

 Houston landed itself the No. 2 spot on the list, which the magazine attributed to the city's "decadent barbecue and world-class art." 

"The winning cities in the singles-scene category excel in the off-hours, ranking highly for nightclubs, dive bars, and even great diners, where you might lock eyes with someone over a late-night order of fries," the publication wrote. 

Houston landed itself the No. 2 spot on the list, which the magazine attributed to the city's "decadent barbecue and world-class art."

Highlighting the city's strength in the wine bar category — readers ranked Houston highest overall — Travel + Leisure made sure to mention long-time watering hole and the city's oldest bar, La Carafe, as well as newcomer Public Services Wine and Whisky, located in the 1884 Cotton Exchange building downtown.

In terms of Houston's burgeoning gallery scene, which makes for more unconventional singles-night outings, the publication highlighted Gallery Row at Colquitt and Lake Street. The article noted Hooks-Epstein Gallery for its contemporary surrealist works and Catherine Couturier Gallery for vintage photography.

In addition to Houston, two other Texas cities were named on the list of the 20 best cities in the nation for single living, including Austin at No. 4 and Dallas at No. 14.

Coming in at No. 1 overall for singles is everyone's favorite party city, Miami, followed by New Orleans at No. 3.