Houston Music Venues

Sure, it hurts to see bands skip over Houston music venues for others in Austin and Dallas--which they often do--but there's no better revenge than looking good. Thanks to our multitude of live music options, from the mega-sized stadiums to the underground bars, Houston still manages to hold its own. (Photo: Elaine Greer at Khon's)

Updated: October 05, 2010

Houston Music Venues

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel Street, Houston, TX 77003

This warehouse district music venue has two stages that often get criticized for bad acoustics, but Warehouse Live does an impressive job landing both mid-range alternative bands and giving local acts greater exposure.

House Of Blues

1204 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002

This big name concert venue gets the big-name artists from the top 40 chart, '80s bands on reunion tours and comedians.

Verizon Wireless Theater

520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002

In downtown's theater district, Verizon snags the mid-range musical acts.

Walter's on Washington

4215 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

Despite constant rumors of its closing, grungy Walter's remains wonderfully out of place among its sleek neighbors on Washington Ave. This is the place in Houston to catch the next big indie band (on a good night) or the underwear-clad punk rock ensemble from a local high school (still a good night).

Last Concert Cafe

1403 Nance St, Houston, TX 77002

This shambling Tex-Mex restaurant is popular for its regular jam sessions and hippie vibe.


3718 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Through the quiet bar in the front, out the door in the back and inside another, you'll find "the Backroom at the Mink," where you're likely to find a CD release party, an indie band playing or hordes of smoking scensters.

Continental Club

3700 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

The sister to the Continental Club in Austin hosts a regular rotation of local live music, from the Beatles cover band on Thursdays to the Houston Funk Factory on Sundays. Bonuses include shuffleboard, a killer back patio and a BBQ table.


2706 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Crumbling Fitzgerald's is where local Houston acts cut their teeth as they work on recording their first EP. Now owned by the Free Press Houston.


1503 Chartres St, Houston, TX 77003

Though it's experienced a considerable decline both physically and in glory, the Meridian still hosts a line-up of metal and hardcore acts.

Toyota Center

1510 Polk St, Houston, TX 77002

The Houston Rockets stadium also serves as a music venue to the hugest touring musical artists thanks to its nearly 20,000 seats.

Rudyard's British Pub

2010 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77006

Bands shake the second floor of this Montrose dive bar with plenty of street cred.

Discovery Green Park

1500 McKinney Dr, Houston, TX 77002

The epically generous free programming at downtown's favorite park includes a wide range of live music for families and the indie crowd.

Mc Gonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098

This cozy Irish pub has a full menu of bar grub and hosts live music seven nights a week with a focus on Texas country and folk acts.

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar

1031 E 24 St, Houston, TX 77009

Part guitar shop, part underground dive bar, Dan Electro's is a Heights institution. The music is a mix of rock, blues and country and the crowd is equally eclectic.

Cactus Music

2110 Portsmouth St, Houston, TX 77098

This music store turned occasional music venue hosts free concerts--often unplugged local artists or sneak peeks at musicians playing at larger venues later that night--several times a week.

Khon's Wine Darts Coffee Art

2808 Milam, Suite H, Houston, TX 77006

Thanks to a team of baristas of varying musical interests, the rather small concerts range from experimental noise to a solid jazz night. Bigger rooftop concerts offer a beautiful view of the downtown Houston skyline.

Stafford Centre

10505 Cash Road, Stafford, TX 77477

A short drive outside of Houston, the Stafford Centre brings musical acts (usually the legends of yesteryear) and festivals to the suburbs.

Big Easy Social & Pleasure Clb

5731 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77005

The word "dive" is almost inadequate to describe this shabby, purple bar next to a neon Domino's Pizza on Kirby. But it's the true jazz and blues fans who dare to step inside.

Mango's Cafe

403 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006

The crowd skews young and skinny-jeaned at this Montrose concert venue and vegetarian cafe. Local acts of great potential usually take the stage.