The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Rock Venues

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10. Concert Pub North
It's probably safe to say that Concert Pub North is the only venue in the area attached to a seafood restaurant/bar, known as the "Concert Pub Yacht." Like its cover-band-oriented Galleria-area counterpart, CPN programs plenty of "party bands" like the Velcro Pygmies, Electric Circus and the Stars, but has also seriously stepped up its hard-rock and metal bookings. Just recently, it's hosted Austin's Vallejo, a rare appearance by near-forgotten Houston prog-rockers Ozz Knozz and the Michael Schenker Group just this Thursday night. Manny Charlton's Nazareth and Kill Devil Hill (ex-Pantera) are on the horizon. 2470 FM 1960 W., 281-583-8111, www.theconcertpub.com/TCP-North.html


9. Scout Bar
For anyone who misses the '90s and is still interested in the likes of Cypress Hill, Smile Empty Soul, Eve 6, Taproot and Everclear (all of whom perform here in the next two months), Scout Bar is the place to be. The venue also boasts the best hair-metal cover band in the city (a regular at the venue), and local and regional acts perform every Sunday during the 94.5-sponsored Texas Buzz. It's a bit of a drive from most of the other venues in town, though. Ooooooo-weeeee, what up with that? 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Clear Lake, 281-3335-0002, www.scoutbar.com.


8. Mango's
For regional and smaller acts, Mango's is a great venue. Located in the heart of Montrose just next door to AvantGarden, this place was expected to flop when Omar Afra left to focus on his acquisition of Fitzgerald's. But a succession of promoters have stepped up to the plate and kept the eatery/venue relevant in the local scene. Mango's doesn't put itself into a corner when booking acts, but rock shows are a sight to be seen at this place. It feels like you're hanging out in your friend's living room... if your friend's living room had big ol' amps and a friendly bar staff, that is. 403 Westheimer, 713-522-8903 or www.mangoscafehouston.com.

Location Info

Map

Bayou Music Center

520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Dirt

1209 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Concert Pub (North)

2470 FM 1960, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Scout Bar

18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Mango's

403 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX

Category: Music

Continental Club

3700 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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8 comments
Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith

I didn't realize the Dirt was a venue. They got a concert calendar?

Graham Houdrummer Stewart
Graham Houdrummer Stewart

Scout bar is awesome. I miss the concerts I used to go to at Engine Room, back when I was in idgaf mode.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

The Dirt? You've got to be kidding. Seriously, this is some really lame joke.

jkellymassey
jkellymassey

Dirt? Really? That place is nothing but weekend warriors that took 5 hours to do their hair and makeup so nobody would realize they are just a bunch of lawyers playing dress-up. Replace Dirt with Walters and the list is spot on.

H_e_x
H_e_x

I have to respectfully disagree with Mangos and Dirt. Mangos creeps me out because of all the high-schoolers getting drunk, and Dirt, well....it's an overall feeling of malaise. Good list though, you gave some well explained reasons for your choices.

jkellymassey
jkellymassey

And get Scout bar off of there too. Clear Lake isn't Houston

 

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