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5. Grooves of Houston

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Photo by Larami Culbertson
Gettin' into the groove at Grooves
Grooves is an apropos name for this Third Ward hot spot: It's groovy. Besides hip-hop and R&B, the club also also plays jazz, which probably accounts for the mixed bag of ages found here. One word of caution, though: Get there early, and dress to impress. Grooves' popularity means the line can get long, and after 11 p.m., both the parking-lot and door prices rise drastically.

2300 Pierce, 713-652-9900,

4. Double Cross Lounge

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This place is a hidden treasure. Taking The Tasting Room's old Midtown location, Double Cross Lounge is made up of a tiny little lounge with a laid-back vibe inside, with a big-screen TV to watch a game on the breezy patio in the back. If you're not feeling too claustrophobic (this place really is small), you can step to the old-school hip-hop playing overhead (Yay, Blackstreet!). Double Cross is known for its seven-time distilled vodka, but if you want, the "mixologists" on staff can whip you up something new and creative based on ingredients that you like.

114 Gray, 713-526-3488,

Location Info


Bayou Music Center

520 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2300 Pierce St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Double Cross Lounge

114 Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Lucie's Liquors - CLOSED

534 Texas, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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I LOVE Double Cross Lounge. This is a very unique lounge that celebrates the art of "wax" each week. In addition, The Waxaholics crew, with MANChild at the helm, record a live progressive radio program each week that celebrates the best of Houston culture ( and they also stream many of the haps on a cool live stream called  So much energy wrapped into the nightlife experience, with a healthy supply of creativity, uniqueness, and couture. This is my preferred destination for good times. 

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