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

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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.

luminese 1 Like

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.


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


Bluesboy 1 Like

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!

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