I recently revisited Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion a couple of weeks back. It had been a long time since my previous visit and it was still just like I remembered. I live in Spring so the long commute referenced by other reviewers is not an issue for me. I am here in 15 minutes or less. Parking is never an issue. I always park in the garage across the street on Market Street. They have paths to cross the street. After the event is over, there are security personnel out there stopping traffic for you to cross the street back to the garage.
Being an open air pavilion, this place gets pretty warm during the summer. We had covered seating and it was still very hot. There are some large fans over head that keep the air circulating, but it was still hot as hell. I could not feel any air moving from where I was sitting. With the sun setting all evening, we were in direct sun for a large portion of the show. Your best bet is to come during the cooler months and not in the middle of summer like myself.
The concessions here are a bit on the high side. I know that is to be expected and venues like this, but they could be a little lower and would generate a lot more business. Most beers were $12 with some options being $9. Luckily, I went to Market Square before the show and enjoyed numerous happy hour stops before our show. In my opinion, this is the way to go. I had a pretty good buzz going before we arrived at the event. I spent a fraction of what I would have spent at the show doing it which is always good.
I will probably return here due to the proximity to my home and they have great shows. Most of the top bands that come to Houston play here. If you are looking to have a good time and see a good show, make the trek up north and check this place out. I think you will enjoy it. Just make sure to not go when it is 100 degrees out and you will be fine.
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