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Nightlife in Houston

There are lively bars in Downtown Houston and up-and-coming Midtown. Dress up for clubbing at the Venue or sing along to country and western at McGonigel's Mucky Duck. Jazz is a perennial favourite across the city. Most bars open from the afternoon until late evening or the early hours, but not all open at lunchtime.

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Pub Fiction

Sports bar

Midtown's Pub Fiction is the perfect choice for quiet drinks while enjoying sport on the large TV screen or listening to live music. The main bar has an urban loft feel and there is a large outdoor patio area.



Address

2303, Smith Street, Houston 77006

Telephone

+1 713 400 8400

Transport

MetroRail to Downtown Transit Center, or taxi

Website

Pub Fiction Website

2

Front Porch Pub

Draught or bottled beers?

The Front Porch Pub in Midtown Houston serves dozens of draught and bottled beers. There are also two pool tables, darts and a juke box that's a favourite with locals. On the huge deck outside, visitors can relax in the swing.



Address

217, Gray, Houston 77002

Telephone

+1 713 571 9571

Transport

MetroRail to Downtown Transit Center

Website

Front Porch Pub Website

3

Kenneally's Irish Pub

Friendly Irish bar

Kenneally's Irish Bar in Central Houston is a long-established friendly neighbourhood pub where regulars make visitors welcome. Cold draught beer and thin-crust pizza are served here, and there's also a dart board for friendly games.



Address

2111, South Shepherd (between Westheimer and San Felipe), Houston 77019

Telephone

+1 713 630 0486

Transport

Bus 82 to Westheimer and Shepherd

Website

Kenneally's Irish Pub Website

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
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The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

International brews

Lovers of beer are spoilt for choice with the dozens of American and international beers served at The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Downtown Houston. Regular beer tastings and happy hours draw in a fun crowd.



Address

705, Main Street at Capitol, Houston 77002

Telephone

+1 713 228 9472

Transport

MetroRail to Preston or Main Street Square, or taxi

Website

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium Website

13 Celsius, Houston. Photo by Deborah Smail, Reality Photography, courtesy of 13 Celsius
5

13 Celsius

Wine paradise

13 Celsius is the optimal temperature to store wine and, indeed, a wine bar in Midtown Houston that does just that. Reminiscent of European bars, 13 Celsius has an open-air courtyard, luxurious seating and nearly 13 metres of white marble bar.



Address

3000, Caroline Street, Houston 77004

Telephone

+1 713 529 8466

Transport

MetroRail to Ensemble/HCC

Website

13 Celsius Website

Venue, Houston. Courtesy of Head Entertainment
6

Venue

Upmarket clubbing

Venue has eleven thousand square feet of clubbing in downtown Houston's entertainment district, with VIP lounges, a dance team and a welcoming vibe. A DJ and live music mean there's never a gap in dancing or people-watching.



Address

719, Main Street, Houston 77002

Telephone

+1 713 236 8150

Transport

MetroRail to Main Street Square

Website

Venue Website

7

The Shadow Bar

All-night party

Whether it is electro, hip-hop or R&B, the intimate, scarlet-lit dance floor at Houston's Midtown Shadow Bar is always jumping. The club stages regular DJ nights and one-off specials, and its popular poetry nights add an intellectual edge.



Address

213, Milam Street, Houston 77002

Telephone

+1 713 221 5483

Transport

Metrorail to Wheeler

Website

The Shadow Bar Website

8

Wild West Houston

True Texan fun

Wild West Houston in Uptown is a true Texan venue with DJs playing loud country-and-western music and clubbers wearing Stetsons and cowboy boots. For the full Texan experience, visitors can shoot pool, play blackjack and get their boots shined.



Address

6101, Richmond Avenue, Houston 77057

Telephone

+1 713 266 3455

Transport

Bus 25 to Richmond and Hillcroft

Website

Wild West Houston Website

9

Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club

Best of the blues

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, near Rice Village, presents live blues every night but only has a cover charge at weekends. Everyone from bikers to yuppies makes good use of the large dance floor to show their appreciation.



Address

5731, Kirby Drive, Houston 77005

Telephone

+1 713 523 9999

Transport

Metrorail to Dryden/TMC

Website

Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club Website

10

Blanco's

Western fun

Blanco's, a house-turned-cowboy bar in River Oaks, attracts oil barons and ranchers - real cowboys - and has lengthy "Happy Hours". Two step to live country tunes, and don't dare ask for a glass when ordering bottled beer…



Address

3406, W Alabama St, Houston 77027

Telephone

+1 713 439 0072

Transport

Bus to Westheimer & Post Oak

Website

Blanco's Website

11

Theatre Under The Stars

Musical theatre

The Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Houston, presents regular musical theatre productions. It also takes them out to other venues, including regular free, summer performances at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.



Address

800, Bagby St, Houston 77002

Telephone

+1 713 558 8887

Transport

MetroRail to Main Street Square

Website

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Website

Houston Symphony, Houston. Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Houston Symphony

Classical music concerts

The Houston Symphony, based in its Downtown home of the Jones Hall, is renowned worldwide. The orchestra performs throughout the year and during the summer puts on free concerts at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park.



Address

615, Louisiana Street, Houston 77002

Telephone

+1 713 224 7575

Transport

MetroRail to Main Street Square, or taxi

Website

Jones Hall Website

13

Warehouse Live

Live bands

In the warehouse district bordering Downtown, Warehouse Live regularly presents live shows from nationally renowned bands. The converted 1920s building has a flexible layout with two separate spaces - Ballroom and Studio - each with their own stages, sound and lighting systems.



Address

813, St Emanuel St, Houston 77003

Telephone

+1 713 225 5483

Transport

Bus 50 or 313 to Capitol Street and St Emanuel Street

Website

Warehouse Live Website

14

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

Acoustic bands

Music lovers make their way to McGonigel's Mucky Duck in Central Houston for the nightly folk, country and Irish acoustic bands, with occasional big names performing. Open mike sessions take place on Mondays and Irish jam sessions on Wednesdays.



Address

2425, Norfolk, Houston 77098

Telephone

+1 713 528 5999

Transport

Bus 25 to Richmond and Shepherd

Website

McGonigel's Mucky Duck Website

15

Comedy Sportz

Improvised comedy

Comedy Sportz in West Houston pits two teams of improvisers against each other in a battle for laughs and points. The performances are suitable for all ages; the audience make suggestions and the performers make up scenes and songs.



Address

901, Town & Country Boulevard, Houston 77024

Telephone

+1 713 868 1444

Transport

Taxi

Website

Comedy Sportz Website

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