Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center
Formerly the Aerodrome―home to the Houston Aeros hockey team―Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center provides patrons the chance to learn hockey, figure skating or just how to free skate. The facility offers classes and training at a variety of levels from individual beginners to professional groups. Several skating teams such as the Houston Ice Theatre Skaters, UNITY synchronized skating, and the Hockey Academy train at the location. The ice rink hosts special events including the upcoming presentation of Nutcracker on Ice Dec. 8–9 along with tournaments and camps hosted throughout the year. 16225 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land • 281-265-7465, www.sugarlandice.com
Just south of Sugar Land on Hwy. 59, BSG Paintball offers services to patrons from all over the city. With five main courses and group rates available, the location hosts private parties and tournaments year-round. Bring your own paint specials are offered along with Sunday discounts. Fees include all day paint balling for as low as $15 equipment rentals per person. 22011 Hwy. 59, Richmond. 281-682-9356, www.bsgpaintball.com
Post Oak Grill
Renowned Houston fine-dining steak house Post Oak Grill has opened a location in Sugar Land, providing upscale lunch and dinner service to local residents. With a heavy-hitting wine list, world-class prime beef and decadent desserts, the restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner or corporate event. Live music is featured 7–10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 8 p.m.–midnight Friday and Saturday in the lounge overlooking the nearby lake. 1550 Lake Pointe Pkwy., Ste. 150, Sugar Land. 281-491-2901, www.postoakgrillsugarland.com
Beer, wings and entertainment are the focus of this casual bar and restaurant. Complete with a full-service bar, several flat-screen televisions, pool, darts and occasional live events, Frank–N–Steins has established a name for itself in Sugar Land. Reocurring events include an annual car show, bikini contest, trivia and pay-per-view showings of UFC and boxing. 9907 Hwy. 6, Sugar Land. 281-568-5593, www.frankensteinsgrill.com
Town Square, First Colony Mall
Town Square acts as a downtown for the developing city with its central location of dining, shopping, work and entertainment options available. Apart from sidewalk cafes, a hotel and conference center and upscale lofts, the center provides several night life options as well. Options for drinking, dining and shopping are not limited to the square, but spill out into the adjacent shopping centers and First Colony Mall.
First developed in 1996, First Colony Mall is home to several department stores, a large food court and dozens of retail stores. However, in the mid-2000s, developers created additional restaurant and retail space in an adjacent open-air strip, or the lifestyle center. Restaurants include The Cheesecake Factory, Black Walnut Cafe and Grimaldi's Pizza. The strip is anchored by the nearby Dillard's and Barnes & Noble.
Upcoming events scheduled in Town Square for the weekend of Oct. 26 include Dancing Under the Stars on Friday 8–9 p.m., Flying Saucer Beerfest on Saturday 1–6 p.m., and Halloween Town on Sunday 4–8 p.m., during which the main City Walk is closed to motorists and the center is decorated with pumpkins and candy stations for children to trick-or-treat safely.
Town Square highlights:
• Flying Saucer, 15929 City Walk Blvd., 281-242-7468
• BLU Restaurant and Lounge, 2248 Texas Drive, 281-903-7324
• Taisho Japanese Grill and Bar, 16100 City Walk Blvd., 281-313-0158
• Twenty–Two Fifty Interior & Gifts, 2250 Lone Star Drive, 281-265-2250
• Ben & Jerry's, 16155 City Walk Blvd., 281-980-0088