Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 8 Places to See a Local Act

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Super Happy Fun Land
Year after year after year, Houston nurtures and cultivates its music scene. It has grown into substantial force, arguably as powerful and diverse as it's ever been, with legitimate talent in just about every branch or genre.

Accordingly, the city is flush with venues to see said talent, be it well manicured subsidiaries of corporate venues or locally owned iconic landmarks. Plenty of proper enjoyable places were left off the list due to the sheer number of quality venues the city now has. (That's one of those good problems to have, I'd guess.)

These are the best eight places to see local musicians in Houston.

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The Bronze Peacock Room
8. Bronze Peacock Room (House of Blues): The House of Blues is a relative newbie, sure. And the House of Blues isn't exactly a homey venue, sure. But it's Bronze Peacock Room, a smaller offshoot of the main section of the venue, has played to countless local shows during its four-years-young life cycle. It is small and intimate and well put together, arguably the most traditionally attractive of any of the other places that landed on the list.

1204 Caroline, 888-402-5837, Web site


7. Dean's Credit Clothing (Dean's on Main): Considering that this spot is actually two separate locations (notsuoH's is located right next door; they're both part of the same compound), this one has a bit advantage. What's more important, though, is that this hangout, cool and trendy as cool and trendy have ever been, is pushed into importance by its eccentric owner, Jim Pirtle.

Few nightlife characters match Pirtle's quirkiness (he famously once draped his entire house in fabric), but fewer still match his enthusiasm for showcasing local musicians. Rock, rap and everything in between are all welcome.

316 Main, no phone, Facebook page


6. Warehouse Live: Multiple winner of the HPMA for Best Music Venue, Warehouse Live has grown into an unquestionably important part of Houston's music scene. And with the addition of its two smaller rooms, which offer smaller but still substantial capacities, which are ideal for local talent, it has rooted itself even further in. WL has played host to everything from murderously enjoyable producer battles such as the Space City Beat Battle to indie rock sets from Bang Bangz and Handsome Ransom to raptastic rap showcases from underground noisemakers Doughbeezy, Dante Higgins, KAB and more.

813 St. Emanuel, 713-225-5483, Web site

Location Info

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Super Happy Fun Land

3801 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues-- Bronze Peacock Room

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Dean's Downtown

316 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Mink - CLOSED

3718 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Walter's Downtown

1120 Naylor, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Super Happy Fun Land

3801 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Ross Cockerham
Ross Cockerham

this guy is one of the worst writers on houston press...

Jacob Majors
Jacob Majors

Man. You must be REALLY out of the loop if you think The Mink is still a good venue. Laughable.

Marcsmall
Marcsmall

The LCC is by far the best place to see a show in this city.

DuffMan
DuffMan

Yeah Warehouse sound sucks balls in all the rooms. There are usually a large number of cops standing around the entrance, but once you cross the street you're likely to encounter bums asking for money. I get nervous around HPD even though I'm not doing anything wrong. Too many incidents in the news. Deans' sound stinks because of the glass walls and the door right by the stage forces you stand in a weird way to watch the show. Anything HoB is immediately disqualified because of the overpriced drinks and lack of parking. But parking is also something that Fitz struggles with... and the hipsters. Oh, the hipsters.

basshole
basshole

I like everything about Warehouse Live except the sound. When it's really loud, it tends to just tunr into a wall of noise, and when it's really quiet, the subtle sound seem to disappear. At both Yo La Tengo last year and Explosions in the Sky last week, I felt like I could never quite make out the softer guitar parts.

guest
guest

What about Rudyard's?  They have been around for almost as long as Fitzgerald's and are still supporting the local scene-especially the lesser known bands that seem to get short shrift from the other locations

KING
KING

For local acts? Discovery Green on Thursdays.

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