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Best Houston Band Revealed - The Grooves

Next to Austin, the Houston music scence offers a diverse range of artists and bands to suit even the most finicky music aficionado. After a thorough search we have discovered the best live music band in Houston - The Grooves. You can find them playing cover songs, jamming at corporate events, and even rocking local wedding reception halls. With their cross-mix of fun and funky with sophistication and style - they are sure to strike the right mood for every Houston venue they perform in.

So if you're looking to hire a Houston band to play at your wedding, corporate event, or other special occassion - be sure and book the best band available in Houston, Texas!

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Houston Bars

Houston Bars

Houston has a very diverse style of bars, each one with its own unique atmosphere and theme. These local watering holes are a mainstay of Houstonites stopping off for a breather after work, or just checking out the scene and having a cold one. There can be quite an array of fashion seen in these bars and the people watching can be the main event at these local venues. Most of these bars have your standard fair of mixed drinks and cold beers but some have their own take on a lot of these classic beverages. Others have unique cuisines that can be found nowhere else and arent' to be missed.

Here are some of the best Houston bars to have some food and drinks while hanging out with your friends:

Sixth Street Bar and Grill

2701 White Oak, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.880.5999
This smaller bar has a really neat deck that provides a great view of the crowd as they go by. This bar has about 12 beers on draught and has a good selection of mixed drinks to supplement the list. Standard bar food is available as well and is quite tasty.

Al's Sports Bar & Grill

3838 S. Dairy Ashford St., Houston Texas; Tel. 281.493.3838
Al's Sports Bar is a neighborhood favorite with locals coming by to get their drink on and their snack on. Local regulars run the gammit in ages and it makes for a nice atmosphere no matter what generation you are from. Bar food in the traditional style is available as well.

Bronx Bar

5555 Morningside Dr. #105, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.520.9690
This cool local Houston bar is popular with young hipsters in the college scene. No live music, but they have a great DJ playing an eclectic mix of fare from across the board. This scene is quite a meet market on the weekends and can be a fun place to hang out and meet other like minded partiers.

Bull & Bear Tavern & Eatery

11980 Westheimer, Houston, Texas; Tel. 281.496.6655
Bloody good show is what you could say about this Brit Bar with its fine selection of cold beers, and great food from that old British Isle. If you're into English bars, this one satisfies with British sports being shown on the telly and fish and chips served up for all.

C & F Drive Inn

6714 N. Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.861.0704
This venue is an outdoor bar and has an air about it like the bar on the show cheers with friendly folks all hanging together for a cold one. Beer flows freely and you can hear a game of 8 ball being shot a few feet away. Lots of tables are available for playing pool and the atmosphere is very laid back.

Cadillac Bar

1802 Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.862.2020
Cadillac bar has a really cool tricked out decor sort of reminiscent of your best friend's home made bar in his garage. Crazy as it sounds it works at giving the place a neat atmosphere to have a cold beer and visit with friends. This venue is a really popular place with all ages and it has a great menu selection of everything from steak and shrimp to enchiladas. Gift cards available at the desk.


1336 Westheimer, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.523.8000
This is a laid back neighborhood bar specializing in shot specials and mixed drinks. It was voted as the best bar in 2006 by the Houston Press. They also have a Swing and Jazz show from time to time.

Cosmos Café

69 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.802.2144
This bar has live music 5 days a week and a great selection of mixed drinks. The crowd is on the older side and packs it in for the great menu and wine selection. Daily specials adorn the menu and home style cookin' like Mama's Meatloaf and Grilled Tuna Breast are sure to satisfy!

Dark Horse Tavern

2207 Washington Ave., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.426.2442
This laid back Tavern has great food, and fully stocked bar with a cool nineteen twenties theme to it. It's located in a building that was built during that same era to ad to the authentic feel of the atmosphere. They have daily specials, a juke box and a fully stocked bar.

Dean's Credit Clothing

316 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.227.3326
With one of the craziest angles on a bar around, this bar is actually a clothing store and pub. Located downtown, Houston in the Market Square, this venue offers live music, art, films, and of course old clothes, frozen drinks and a great view of the downtown action. They hold CD release parties for local bands from time to time so stop on by and catch up on your fashion sense.

Downing Street

2549 Kirby Dr., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.523.2291
Featuring casual and elegant atmosphere, this pub is not one to be missed on your local pub crawl. This bar is one of the few that allows smoking but it has a great smoke filter so the place isn't smokey at all. With over one hundred fifty whiskies from all over the world, this is hands down one of the best selections around and also includes a great selection of wines as well. This place is the connisseur's dream for wines, whiskeys and even cigars. Soups and and gourmet sandwiches top off the selection and make this bar one of the top notch watering holes for upscale clientele.

Duke of Hollywood Tailors / Char Bar

305 Travis, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.227.5867
Another interesting twist on a bar is the Char Bar. This bar is actually a tailor shop during the day and a bar at night. This venue sells custom made shirts and suits and also your favorite custom martini. It's a really hip club at night, so don't miss the bizarre twist on a local bar that has been mixing and stitching since the 1930's.

Fat Cat's

4216 Washington Ave., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.869.5263
Fat Cat's is a great live music venue and bar and has recently upgraded their sound system to provide great sound to local bands performing there. It used to be called Mary Jane's before being bought out and remodeled but it still has the same cool, casual feel that it did before. A nice selection of beers and full service bar round out this local neighborhood live music watering hole.

Flying Saucer Draft Emporium

705 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.228.7468
With over eighty five beers on tap, it's hard not to find the perfect brew to go with yur bratwurst plate, burger or cheesy finger food. This bar also have live music featuring eclectic styles of bands from four pieces to duos and trios playing your favorite hits. Dress is casual and the atmosphere is pleasant to chill in enjoying your brew and dinner.

Griff's Shennigan's Café & Bar

3416 Roseland St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.528.9912
This is a laid back neighborhood sports bar and grill and features lots of televisions for viewing your favorite sports event. They have a good menu selection featuring steaks, blackened catfish, and two nice patios to chill on during nice weather.

Indigo Lounge

2151 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.524.5551
This is the most rockin' place to be every day featuring DJ music playing latin, pop music, and great people watching. The place abounds with good looking folks and the atmosphere is friendly and hip.

Jax Grill

1613 Shepherd, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.861.5529
Drop on by for some delicious BBQ at this famous grill on Shephard Street. This bar features Zydeco music and seems to be packed almost every night, especially on the weekends.

Jimmie's Place

2803 White Oak, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.861.9707
This classic Ice House style venue is far from the type of uptight bar you may find yourself in downtown. With a relaxed atmosphere, you chill out with an icy brew and enjoy some country music.

Kentucky Club

2707 Fountain View Dr. #2, Houston, Texas; Tel. 832.252.7267
This is a ritzy style bar martini bar and features a host of upscale drinks. Bringing the class to the phrase "cocktail", this cool bar really yells pizazz! This is the hip place to take a date to to impress. Just bring your credit card.

La Carafe

813 Congress St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.229.9399
This bar is touted to a haunted venue with spectors roaming about upstairs. Ghosts asside, this is a cool place with lots of aged wood, a big old style cash register. It has a very small bathroom, but it suffices for the job and the whole venue is actually pretty neat. Leave your credit card at home as they only accept cash at the time of this writing. The jukebox is filled with great tunes and even has some Sinatra. Fly me to the moon!

La Cueva Tequila Lounge

2312 Crocker St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 832.203.8574
This joint has lots a selections of tequila and if you're ready to do some shots, then dust off the tables because after trying all these you'll certainly be dancing on them. And if dancing is your thing, you've come to the right place as this bar is also a dance club. The dance floor is always packed and the good times are rolling at this awesome night spot.

LZ Pub

2239 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.522.7118
This bar is a local favorite and has a neighborhood bar atmosphere which lends itself to relaxing with a cold one and jamming to your favorite tunes on the jukebox.


2006 Peden St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.528.0083
This is the perfect date bar if you want to relax and chat with your date over a glass of fine wine while listening to some classical music. This bar has a really nice upscale feel and is very chill. This is the bar to go to if you want to avoid the loud blasting live music bars and get to know someone special or just catch up with old friends.


3200 Kirby, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.526.5595
Mugsy's is one of those places that latches onto the old Harlem Speakeasy style and is a very upscale night club that is great for visiting with friends and others closer than friends. This bar also has great food and a large selection of your favorite spirits. They have a huge selection of appetizers, and the main courses consist of burgers, classic sandwiches, other yummy bar style cuisine.


910 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.522.2542
The Prive Lounge is adorned with interesting local art and has hip music playing in the background. Interesting folks move in and around this hip venue and if you're an outside venue kind of person, there is a nice patio for you to chill out on and getting your drink on and your snack on. This venue offers some top notch cigars and surely has one your can sink your lungs into.

Pub Fiction

2303 Smith St. Ste 100, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.400.8400
Pub Fiction is a combo sports bar and live music venue, although live music is only on Thursdays. Come on by and see your favorite sporting event on one of their many televisions and then hang out for the live music later on in the evening. With a hip red decor and art deco styling, this bar is as cool to look at as the folks that drop by. There is also a great patio outside for you chill out and watch the stars.

Purple Shadow Lounge

5103 Yale St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.694.3922
This is a raucus venue with inexpensive beverages, and a rockin' crowd. This place has varied age group, but they all are hard partiers and the atmosphere is festive and the music rocks.

Ram Bar

4315 Montrose Blvd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.526.4404
This bar is found above Aries Restaurant. The restaurant goers can later be found at the Ram bar finishing out their evening with a cold one and tapping their foot to come cool tunes. This bar specializes in great martini recipes and is not to be missed.

Remington Bar

1919 Briar Oaks Ln., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.840.7600
This bar can be found inside the St. Regis Hotel and is quite a fancy venue. With cigar afficianados abounding, this bar is kin to the old roaring twenties style bars where powerful tychoons were found snifting their martinis and talking of the latest roaring of the stock market.

Ringside at Sullivans

4608 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.961.0333
This is one of the best combinations of a great steak house and live music venue. The music is Jazz and the drinks are cold. Sullivan's has some of the best tequila lime butter grilled shrimp around as well. Definitely upscale and a great place to bring a date.

Sam's Pub

5636 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.785.7267
Sam's is one of the cool hangouts to catch a live cover band blasting out your favorite tunes while you sing along between slurps of your favorite cold beer. On nights without live music there is always a good DJ spinning your favorite tunes. The food here is quite good as well.

Sansone's West Oaks Bar

14144 Westheimer Rd. Ste 1, Houston, Texas; Tel. 281.558.4545
Sports, sports and more sports..... This is the bar to go to if you have a favorite game coming on. With 15 televisions, and sports bar food, this venue is a sports fan's paradise.

Shady Tavern

1206 W. 20th St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.869.7000
The Shady Tavern is a neat local bar that has live music occasionally. It definitely has a neighborhood bar feel with your average local yocals dropping in after work for beersky and to tap their foot to a tune of two. They show games on the televisions as well and have a good selection of brews to quench the most legendary thirst.

Houston Live Music

Houston is quite the live music mecca and has a diverse array of live music venues. We've covered the gammut of live music venues and have given you a little food for thought on each one, so if you're up for some live music, check out our live music venues page and find one that suits your fancy.

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We have put together a listing of what believe are the Top 10 Local Houston bands. As you are planning your next night out, be sure and check to see if one of these Hot Houston area favorites are playing and be sure to check them out!

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