The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Local Music Venues

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Parking in downtown often comes at a premium, but notsuoH and Dean's -- located at 314 Main and 316 Main, respectively -- make the hunt worthwhile. Weekly poetry open-mikes every Wednesday night offer fledgling writers an opportunity to share their feelings onstage, while and lounge piano music is performed every Thursday until 8 p.m.

Both rooms will book just about anyone, so the lineup is hit or miss, but the catchy, raw indie-rockers Darwin's Finches love the place, as do more experimental-minded artists such as laptop genius FLCON FCKER. Don't be confused by the neon sign reading "CLARK'S" above notsuoH, though. They just keep that around for historical purposes, since this hole in the wall used to be a jewelry store in the 1930s.

314/316 Main,;

This cozy, dimly lit venue, tucked just out of sight of the bustling Kirby/Westheimer corridor, is a favorite of local music lovers and beer connoisseurs alike. Smiling servers keep your drinks coming while patrons sit back and enjoy the tunes. Mondays are host to open mike nights, and the rest of the week's varied lineup is available on the pub's Web site. Next Thursday, get a double dose of local music as Tyagaraja and Benjamin Wesley share the bill. Although local artists perform often, acts traveling through town, make frequent appearances as well.

2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999,

Walters is home to some of Houston's local best hardcore, punk, indie and metal shows From Bury the Crown and Skeleton Dick to Indian Jewelry and Cavernous, the former Washington Avenue venue is thriving in its new location. The venue's calendar is usually chock full of heavy, hard-hitting local acts that will satisfy your musical palette as you down a few cheap drinks.

1120 Naylor, 713-222-2679,

Location Info



314 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Dean's Downtown

316 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Walters Downtown

1120 Naylor, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2010 Waugh, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar

1031 E. 24th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club

5731 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Continental Club

3700 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Big Top Lounge

3714 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cactus Music

2110 Portsmouth St., Houston, TX

Category: Music


2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music


403 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Donnol Hem
Donnol Hem

Great to see notsuoH on the list

Autumn Smith
Autumn Smith

Seriously? Notsuoh is AWFUL. No A/C, rude bartenders, people who blatantly break the law by smoking indoors. I got awful hay fever last time I was there because people kept blowing smoke in my freaking face.

Noah Ramon
Noah Ramon

It is great to see Dan's get some recognition - it's been bringing the goodness for years and years, and deserves those props … and when Bob bought it, he made it even better.

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