The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Blues Clubs
|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.
14129 Memorial, Houston, TX