Houston's Top 5 Punk Bars

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12:30 p.m. UPDATED to reflect Mango's no longer serving food.
2. MANGO'S
Oh, Mango's. You're a sly little devil of a punk bar, disguised as a vegetarian restaurant. You wouldn't initially expect vegetarian cuisine Though it's no longer a vegetarian restaurant, big crowds gather on weekends and weekdays to hear punk, ska and rock music in the demure little Westheimer building.

If you're not into multipurpose venues, this may not be the place for you. As a reviewer on Yelp put it, "It can't decide if it wants to be a restaurant, bar or music venue." However, if you like the idea of getting more punk for your buck, Mango's, with its " dollar well" drinks and a four-band bill such as Forced Reality, Broken Heroes, No Resistance and Dog Company next Friday, is a good bet.

403 Westheimer, 713-522-8903, mangoscafehouston.com


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Photo by Larami Culbertson
1. WHITE SWAN
Best of Houston® winner, 2012:
Even when this complete dive in the East End isn't hosting real-deal punk and metal shows that run in the $5 to $7 cover-charge range, the punk-ness oozes from the cans of PBR and the raucous back patio. The best times are Fridays and Saturdays, but even off nights are awesome, such as when Dallas-based Dead to a Dying World headlined a Sunday-night gig New Year's Day 2012.

The Swan also hosts the occasional festival, including Unite to Destroy, which featured two evenings of get-trampled-in-the-pit punk and metal from Texas-based groups such as Gall and Turbokrieg as well as national and international acts. In true punk form, pinning down exact show dates, times and lineups is an elusive proposition. Instead, you'll have to check the posters on the bathroom doors of the Swan, the flyer shelves at Sound Exchange on Richmond, or ask your local punk.

4419 Navigation Blvd., 713-923-2837, Facebook page


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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