The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Blues Clubs

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Dan Electro's embodies everything the blues is all about - dark and small, ripe for the type of intimacy that sangin' 'bout love and pain evokes. Dan's is BYOE -- Bring Your Own Everything --- as patrons are allowed to bring their own beverages apart from beer and wine and musicians (talented or not) are allowed to get up onstage. You won't find yourself stuck in a blues rut here, though.

Rock and alternative musicians, such as the upcoming Queen Caveat and JAyBoY HeNdriX, pack the house just as easily. (One tip: If you forget your beverage, try the Royal Clown beer. You won't regret it.) 1031 E. 24th St., 713-862-8707, Facebook page.


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What a delightfully inaccurate and yet, equally perfect name for this place. Big? It's not the hugest place in the world, but there is a dance floor in the middle, perfect for Dancing With the Stars hopefuls. Easy? Certainly not on the eyes; if you're looking for an endorsement from the Houston Decorative Center in favor of this place's frou-frou interior, for the love of cheese, look elsewhere.

But for Social and Pleasure, this place is tops. The Big Easy boasts a weekly lineup of local favorites, including The James Reese Band on Tuesdays, Luther and the Healers on Thursdays and Alan Haynes the last Saturday of every month. Like Dan Electro's, musicians and non-musicians alike can hop onstage Wednesday nights for a go at a few minutes of local fame. The last Thursday of each month, the Houston Blues Society hosts a fete. And Sundays are reserved for the ear-squelching sounds of zydeco.

All in all, would the latter end of the club's name be an appropriate description? Absolutely. 5731 Kirby Dr., 713-523-9999,

Location Info


Shakespeare Pub

14129 Memorial, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar

1031 E. 24th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Hideaway On Dunvale

3122 Dunvale, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club

5731 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Mr. Gino's

7306 Cullen, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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You forgot the Hey Hey Club on Washington Ave.


Fyi Altamese, the Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club gets its name from the neighborhood organizations in New Orleans that historically provided a place to socialize, as well as providing help and solace when someone suffered a tragedy or loss.


You'll find the same spirit at the Big Easy, where birthdays are celebrated, benefits are held to raise money for musicians and friends, and a community where blues and zydeco is central to  uniting and inspiring people.


Hope that helps clear the fog surrounding your post about Big Easy.


Another place to check out is a new up-and-comer to the Houston Blues Scene.  Emmitt's Place is in Southwest Houston @ South Post Oak and Benning.  Great room, great bands, great vibe!


 @luminese Too bad the owner/bouncer of the place is such a douche!  He would have gotten laughed out of New Orleans!


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