The biggest question is, what is your budget? Most of the homes are not very close to bars, thankfully, but your job may be. Where is your job located? Houston is very large with many, many rentals and properties for purchase. Personally I think the best areas are: Rice University area, Spring Branch, Memorial, Montrose, Cy Fair or Katy area. Your budget will tell you where to look, so start there. Get a great real estate agent that has been here a long time. You'll love it in Houston!