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01 April 2015

Eat, Sleep, Do – Houston – OTC

Houston is at the heart of the deep water Gulf of Mexico region and every year plays host to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), a four day event focused on the development of offshore energy resources. Since 1969, the event has grown to become the largest oil and gas trade show in the world, with over 50,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibitors annually.

ThinkPR has attended the event for a number of years and here we share our experiences in this Eat, Sleep, Do, our regular blog series for industry events.

EAT

Fogo de Chao (fo-go dèe shou) is an authentic Brazilian steakhouse on Westheimer Road. The name Fogo de Chao means "fire on the ground" and summarises the traditional gaucho method of roasting meats over an open fire. Customers simply wait for their favourite cut of meat to make its rounds to experience high quality cuts cooked to perfection.

Maggianos, right outside the Hilton Post Oaks, remains a firm favourite with Aberdonians visiting Houston during OTC. Its unpretentious food, hand-crafted cocktails and sharable pitchers makes it an easy choice to relax and unwind. Its family-style approach makes for a friendly and unassuming night out.

If you are in need of a glass of wine after the show, then The Tasting Room will certainly have what you are looking for. With three locations in Houston, its Uptown Park room is one of the largest wine bars in the nation and offers more than 150 wines, from the exotic to creature comfort brands and speciality labels crafted through partnerships with wine makers around the world. Its food menu has been created to accentuate the beauty that comes from pairing wine and food and offers an educated and inspired experience.

SLEEP

Those travelling from Aberdeen are likely to book their travel through Munros Travel Group and will usually stay at the Hilton Post Oaks. 

All the hotel chains - Marriott, Westin, Hilton – have a good standard of accommodation in the Galleria area. If you are looking for something a bit different the Hotel Granduca is Houston's newest luxury boutique hotel in the Uptown/Galleria area. Created by Giorgio Borlenghi, this hidden gem offers impeccable service in a luxuriously private, intimate setting where guests are transported to old-world Italy. Its accommodation ranges in size from a standard room to a Villa Suite - all with complimentary wireless seamless Internet as well as plasma HDTVs.

DO

A firm ThinkPR favourite over the years is Sam’s Boat - literally an old trawler boat situated in the heart of the Galleria area.  An excellent spot for lunch and a festive atmosphere for evening dining with music and sports entertainment, Sam’s Boat is top of our list and falls into the ‘Do’ category as a fun end to a busy day at the show.

If you have a few days after the show and fancy a trip to the beach, Galveston is less than an hour’s drive from Houston and offers 32 miles of Gulf Coast beaches. Use the Galveston Island Ferry to cross the water – it’s free and offers a great view of the coastline. Alternatively, The Great Storm, a multimedia presentation at the Pier 21 Theatre, gives visitors a glimpse of the devastating 1900 Storm through a multi-image documentary experience. The 27-minute story gives actual accounts from diaries and letters of survivors during and after the storm.

For something more upbeat, Rebels Honky Tonk is not for the faint hearted. With theme nights Thursday to Sunday, its cheap beer and tequila are sure to get the party started. With a mechanical bull and Stetson-wearing, pistol-shooting bar tenders, it’s certainly an eye opener!

ThinkPR at OTC

Jenny and Kylie will be at OTC on Saturday 2 May to Thursday 7 May. If you would like to meet up for a coffee and a chat, please get in touch with jenny@thinkpr.co.uk or kylie@thinkpr.co.uk to find out what ThinkPR can do for you.