Houston's Top 5 Punk Bars

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5. LOLA'S DEPOT
Is it possible for a place to look run-down -- in a good way? Some who wax nostalgic about Lola's wasteland pre-eminence as the place to score drugs in the '80s now joke of it as a "neighborhood bar," offering such high-class amenities as ATM machines.

Remnants of the old Lola's exist, though. This includes the bathrooms, which should only be used for their original purpose if absolutely necessary. Cheap drinks and chill pool games make up for the lack of sanitation, as does the laid-back crowd. For punk purists, this dirty and dark dive is the perfect pick.

2327 Grant, 713-528-8342, Facebook page


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4. POISON GIRL
Expect to find the wannabe intelligentsia of Houston -- hipsters with oversized glasses and suspenders attached to high-waisted pants -- vibing to all sorts of indie music (plus assorted guest DJs) in this small Montrose-area bar. Besides that, there's a nice selection of drinks, from $2 Lone Star beers to gluten-free suds, and a patio behind the building for smokers -- which if you end up there, you'll run into scary-as-hell Cabbage Patch doll and Kool-Aid man statues.

Poison Girl also has pinball machines. You might as well start up a game with someone you don't know, since the small size of the place makes it hard for you to move around without bumping into two or three people.

1641 Westheimer, 713-527-9929, Facebook page


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3. NOTSUOH
The dictionary defines punk as "a style or movement characterized by the adoption of aggressively unconventional and often bizarre or shocking clothing, hairstyles, makeup, etc., and the defiance of social norms of behavior, usually associated with punk rock musicians and fans."

notsuoH -- Houston spelled backwards -- would definitely fit into that description. With hats on the ceiling, art exhibitions on the walls, smoking inside or out (shhh), pinball machines lining the back (similar to Poison Girl), people playing chess and of course music, notsuoH epitomizes the kind of carefree abandon characteristic of punk. The bar also frequently features actual punk music, as well as many other DIY-oriented styles.

Actually, it's not fair for us to describe this venue as anything; you just have to go experience it for yourself. You'll no doubt have an emosewA time.

314 Main, 713-409-4750, notsuoh.com

Location Info

Venue

Map

Poison Girl

1641 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Notsuoh

314 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Mango's

403 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Music

White Swan

4419 Navigation Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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16 comments
WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning topcommenter

"Expect to find the wannabe intelligentsia of Houston -- hipsters with oversized glasses and suspenders attached to high-waisted pants."  Oh, please, please, please, Altamese, do tell us where the real intelligentsia are hanging out these days. Sawyer Park? Stereo Live? Big Top? Just curious: if the bar is frequented by hipsters, how can it be a punk bar? Or are you saying that punk is the opposite of the opposite of hip?  I was there last night for the Hearts of Animals performance and ran into two Houston Press staffers. Neither of them had a mohawk, nor would I necessarily describe them as hipsters or wannabe intellectuals. "Vibing to all sorts of indie music." Oh yeah, you've been there for sure. You're free to go back to Washington Ave. now, honey. And you might want to include yourself in "wannabe intelligentsia."

turtletxn
turtletxn

Punk? I'm so confused. Hipster maybe...with some strays thrown in.....

ragazza_007
ragazza_007

Notsuoh! If those walls (and donut) could talk...

dustin.kalman
dustin.kalman

Wow, you don't have a more recent picture of Notsuoh? That one is easily from 2002, during the MetroRail construction.

Houston Press Rocks Off
Houston Press Rocks Off

Thanks for pointing that out, Niki. It's been amended... but Mango's is still a punk bar.

Niki Sevven
Niki Sevven

When was this written? Mangos doesn't do food anymore. and really, white swan?

Anthem in Art
Anthem in Art

3 out of 5 also...wonder if the same ones :)

Jane Says
Jane Says

I've been to 3 out of 5....hmmm now I have a bucket list!

idylwino
idylwino

I didn't think Mango's did food anymore ...

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