The Heights


This two-story concert venue has a 25-year history of presenting live music from local and national groups in an intimate setting, up-close and personal. Whether upstairs or in the downstairs lounge, you're guaranteed to hear loud, live rock and...  Read More



Boasting maybe the town's best combination of live music and tap beers, McGonigel's has long been considered one of Houston's top watering holes. Irish in theme, the pub sports rustic-looking tables and booths, cranberry-colored walls, and a...  Read More

Sherlock's Baker St. Pub


This incredibly casual pub offers a terrific setting for sharing a few brews and catching up on old times. Punctuated by wooden posts and beams, the interior has a cozy, much-loved feel. Downstairs, a small stage presents a regular repertoire of...  Read More

Slainte Irish Pub


In the heart of downtown Houston is this cozy touch of Dublin. A beautiful wooden facade and a lofty balcony initially greet visitors; inside, exquisite woodwork, hand-carved furniture, old portraits, armoires, and a handcrafted bar distinguish...  Read More

SRO Sports Bar & Cafe


One thing this sport bar doesn't lack is televisions – big screens, small screens, and a few in-between screens – all 200-plus of them strategically positioned for prime viewing, no matter where you happen to find yourself. Typical sports...  Read More

Bubba's Sports Bar & Grill


Thanks to a relaxed setting at this family-run bar and grill, folks are put immediately at ease. It doesn't hurt that they're treated to everything from chicken-fried steak to catfish and burgers, courtesy of a well-considered menu. A full bar...  Read More

River Oaks


For an authentic Houston experience, head to Blanco's and see what a real Texas honky-tonk is made of. The place isn't large, but it's packed with character, and you'll find some of the area's best bands playing country tunes to appreciative...  Read More

Rudyard's Pub


Take a British pub and cross it with an eclectic neighborhood bar, and you've got quirky Rudyard's. Adorned with tons of memorabilia and simple wooden tables and chairs, it's a casual place to grab a pint and tell tales with friends. Upstairs,...  Read More

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club


A legend in these parts for live music, The Big Easy has earned its reputation on terrific blues with a generous helping of zydeco for good measure. Musicians are customarily local, and regulars can't get enough of them or of the...  Read More

Continental Club


Spun off from the Austin original, Houston's Continental Club has a similar sensibility regarding music – it prefers it independent, a little quirky, and with a slightly unpolished edge. That's not to say that performers are unpracticed;...  Read More