Houston's Top 5 Punk Bars
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
1. WHITE SWAN
Photo by Larami Culbertson
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
2327 Grant, Houston, TX