Houston's jazz connoisseurs frequent this intimate, 40-seat venue. An impressive roster of local and nationally-recognized acts packs the house on weekends, and a cozy setting means that every seat is a good one. A full bar is available, along...  Read More

Scott Gertner's SkyBar and Grille


Quite literally above the rest, Scott Gertner's Skybar and Grille occupies a penthouse that affords sweeping views of downtown. Widely regarded as one of the best places in town to catch live music, the nightspot features a swank, candlelit area...  Read More

River Oaks
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Pay attention as you make your way down Peden Street or you stand a good chance of missing this nondescript little joint, whose unmarked blue door in no way anticipates the lounge inside. Marfreless fosters a surprisingly romantic setting that...  Read More

Rice Village


Benjy's airy, open restaurant unites fabulous food, impeccable service, and terrific people-watching. Happily, it also boasts a relaxed, well-regarded lounge where patrons gather before dinner and professionals flock for great happy hour...  Read More



Sleek, shimmering, funky Sambuca is a haven for the city's elite and is a shining venue for top jazz performers (and those who master other genres). An accomplished menu is at hand, perfect for enjoying in conjunction with the sensational music....  Read More

Social Lounge and Patio Bar


Created from an old gas station, this hip lounge adds a bit of funk to the past with a disco ball, leather banquettes, molded plastic furniture, and a mix of materials. DJs further the eclectic tendency with plenty of uptempo tunes, and a long,...  Read More

The Davenport


A hip stop-off for nightlife devotees, The Davenport is a cocktail-lover's haven. Its ambience meshes mid-century chic with contemporary style, and a constant crowd of folks lounges about, acutely aware of who's around and what they're wearing....  Read More



Sleekly outfitted with contemporary style and punches of color amid a neutral backdrop, classy a+ is an automatic draw for after-work professionals and hotel guests. Quiet enough for easy conversation and hip enough for a busy social scene, the...  Read More



This sexy hotel bar overlooks the ICON's lobby. A study in red, gold, and black, it provides an appropriately low-key setting for conversation and mingling. The impressive drinks are pricey but tasty, and the VIP room is a gorgeous space defined...  Read More