Houston's Top 5 Lounges

Categories: Best of Houston

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Two or three years ago, Leon's became one of my favorite spots in downtown. Whether you're looking to chat with a small but lively crowd or take a load off after a show around the corner at Warehouse Live or House of Blues, Leon's is always a good call. A number of local DJs, including some of the Press' own staff, is oft known to spin some vinyl throughout the week, so stop in, try a new cocktail or beer and listen to some good tunes.

1006 McGowen, 713-659-5366, www.leonslounge.net

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Best of Houston winner, 2012
The Big Top's circus-themed decor always makes it seem a little like a Fellini movie. First of all, it's dark enough that you almost need to strike a match to see your drink, like every great lounge should be. There's also something a little surreal about nursing a cold one or cocktail surrounded by multiple Elvis portraits, Christmas lights, tabletop video games, an ancient beer-can collection, an old shoeshine stand (once used by the late Shoeshine Charley himself) and all kinds of other kitschy memorabilia.

But besides the decor -- yes, and the drinks -- the Big Top is also home to some of the coolest recurring musical events in town, from the Reverberation and Fistful of Soul DJ nights to Gulf Coast soul quartet Umbrella Man's Thursday-night residency.

3700 Main, 713-529-9899, www.bigtoplounge.com

Location Info

Witchcraft Tavern and Provision Co.

1221 W. 11th St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Big Star Bar

1005 W. 19th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Rose Garden

2621 Link, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Leon's Lounge

1006 McGowen, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Big Top Lounge

3714 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Chase Thorn
Chase Thorn

i really have to question your BS lists. Witchcraft hasn't even been open long enough to be considered, after yesterdays Top 5 Chili disaster I dont buy any of this crap any more. Its like you just pull random places and make a list, it's stupid

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