Located near downtown, Montrose offers a walkable neighborhood with excellent shopping. The area is known for antique shopping, thrift stores, and funky boutiques. Montrose boasts some of Houston's most picturesque architecture, along with a vibrant gay and lesbian community and several of the city's finest museums. Every June, the Gay Pride Parade winds through the streets of Montrose, and Pride Houston sponsors several other events throughout the year.
In the heart of Montrose, located at the intersection of the major streets Montrose and Westheimer, the University of St. Thomas offers a curriculum based on the liberal arts. The Catholic university incorporates the former home of billionaire and philanthropist Howard Hughes. Montrose also contains the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Visit one of the area's excellent museums, such as the Menil Collection. A free museum located near the University of St. Thomas, the Menil contains the private art collection of its founders, Jean and Dominique de Ménil. One of its most famous features is the Rothko Chapel, showcasing fourteen paintings by Mark Rothko. Also check out the Museum of Fine Arts and the Contemporary Arts Museum.
Several live music venues make their home in Montrose. Anderson Fair has hosted folk musicians since the 1960s, or try the Irish pub atmosphere at Mc Gonigel's Mucky Duck.