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

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Photo by Larami Culbertson
Sherman Robertson at Mr. Gino's
Best of Houston Winner, 2012:
They don't make 'em like Mr. Gino's anymore. They probably didn't make 'em like Mr. Gino's in 1973, when the ramshackle but well-kept bar near 610 south and Cullen Boulevard opened. With Christmas lights on the walls, plywood partitioning and a small stage in the corner, Gino's feels more like a juke joint in rural Mississippi or East Texas than a bar in the fourth-largest city in America. (Its lack of a Web site should give you a small hint about its authenticity.)

Gino's is a neighborhood bar all the time, but its real draw is the Sunday-night open jams -- full of blues, R&B and soul that sticks to your ribs -- that have been welcoming loyal regulars and curious onlookers alike since it opened. Although local legend I.J. Gosey had to step down from hosting duties a couple of years ago, others, like Rockin' Douglas, The Lady D and Pee Wee & Pops, have kept the tradition going strong, and Geno himself (Chevis) is still serving setups and sodas behind the bar.

Provided you can find the place -- look for the used-furniture store next door with the handwritten signs in the windows -- it's probably the best $5 you'll spend all week. 7306 Cullen, 713-738-0555.

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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