The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Blues Clubs
5. THE SHAKESPEARE PUB
Congratulations to the owner of Shakespeare Pub for the place's spruced-up digs. Now patrons can enjoy acts like the James Reese Band and Little Terry Rogers in plusher surroundings, not to mention sliding all night to zydeco.
Of the nervous sort when it comes to public dancing? Not to worry: the lights are low and the drink prices are lower; you won't have to worry about your William Hung dance moves popping up on YouTube the next day. A slight caveat, however, if you can call it that. This place attracts an older crowd, so if that's not your thing, try some of the other venues listed.
Also, Saturday nights are unbearably packed -- good for the business, bad for mousy types who fancy quiet blues and brews. All in all, however, The Shakespeare Pub doth fare quite well amongst ye olde blues clubs. 14128 Memorial Dr., 281-497-4625, www.shakespearepub.net.
4. THE HIDEAWAY ON DUNVALE
How do you top a great blues place? Add a steak night to the rotation! The Hideaway on Dunvale has received praise for its Tuesday Steak Nights, an evening where, along with getting to see the amazing Rick Lee and his band, the venue offers a ridiculously juicy 16 oz. steak for $12 - complete with two sides. It's almost hard to remember that this place is also a blues venue, as the menu is so yummy: crawfish, lobster, tilapia, etc. You can eat on the patio outside or at the sleek long bar inside, or, if you want to, play a game of pool. With music, meals and merriment, this place has it all. It's like Funplex for adults. 3122 Dunvale Rd., 713-977-3515, www.hideawayondunvale.com.
14129 Memorial, Houston, TX