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This super-sized city is certainly no slouch when it comes to after-hours enjoyment. Forget the Texas clichés of sawdust-covered floors and country music - cosmopolitan Houston boasts a sparkling array of cutting-edge dance clubs, bustling bars, and legendary live entertainment venues.

 

Nightclubs

 

Houston’s club scene is as diverse and eclectic as the city itself. From steamy salsa clubs to edgy hipster hang-outs, sweaty dance floors to elegant VIP rooms, this cosmopolitan destination offers a wealth of spots that burst to life once the sun goes down.

 

Boondocks

 

A good time is guaranteed at this hip and lively neighborhood hang-out. Downstairs there’s an atmospheric dive bar with a killer jukebox, while upstairs there’s a dance floor that gets packed out at weekends, with crowds getting down to everything from old-school hip hop to cutting-edge electro. There’s a large outside patio area, perfect for cooling down between DJ sets, and regular raucous karaoke nights.

 

1417 Westheimer Avenue, Houston TX 77006. Tel:+1 713 522 8500

 

Boondocks website
Numbers

 

This Houston institution has an illustrious history as a live music venue – rock luminaries such as R.E.M., The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Green Day all played here before they became international superstars. It also plays host each Friday to one of the city’s best-loved and longest-running club nights, Classic Numbers. A killer combo of crowd-pleasing 80s tunes, retro video displays, and amazing drinks offers ensure an unforgettable evening.

 

300 Westheimer Avenue, Houston TX 77006. Tel:+1 713 521 1121

 

Numbers website

 

Pubs and dive bars

 

Houston is liberally scattered with friendly pubs and dive bars, which simply overflow with local character. If you enjoy a chilled out, friendly vibe, and first-rate draught beer, you’ve come to the right place.

 

Molly’s Pub

 

This Main Street mainstay is one of Houston’s best-loved Irish bars. Raucously welcoming, it offers an extensive selection of beers, tempting daily drinks specials, classic games like darts and pool, and sports on big screen TVs. The irresistible food menu is heavy on hearty pub fare like club sandwiches and loaded nachos, and there’s a cozy room upstairs available for private hire.

 

509 Main Street, Houston TX 77002. Tel:+1 713 222 1033

 

Molly’s Pub website

 

Wine and cocktail bars

 

If you prefer to spend your evenings in more elegant surroundings, the city also has a wealth of sleek cocktail lounges and stylish wine bars. Expect expertly mixed drinks, gourmet bar snacks, and alluring décor – the perfect combination for a special celebration or intimate encounter.

 

13 Celsius

 

This atmospheric wine bar brings a touch of Mediterranean sophistication to Midtown Houston. Housed in a romantic 1920s building, it boasts an incredible array of fine wines from all over the world, which are stored in a climate-controlled cellar at, you guessed it, 13 degrees Celsius. You can pair these with a delectable selection of artisan cheeses and cured meats. If you’re traveling on a budget, visit on Sunday for 50% off wine by the bottle.

 

3000 Caroline Street, Houston TX 77004. Tel:+1 713 529 8466

 

13 Celsius website

 

Live entertainment

 

Houston is fiercely proud of its rich musical heritage. Many world-renowned artists rose to prominence here, and the city’s concert halls and clubs remain great bets for checking out up and coming talent. These sit alongside comedy and cabaret clubs, so there’s always something new and exciting to check out.

 

Bayou Music Center

 

This venue first opened its doors in 1997, and swiftly established itself as a local landmark. Its spacious auditorium can comfortably hold over 2,000 music fans, but feels far more intimate than your typical soulless arena. It’s the perfect place to see your favorite big-name performers – in the past, it’s played host to legendary acts like James Brown, Elton John, Etta James, and Steely Dan.

 

520 Texas Avenue, Houston TX 77002. Tel:+1 713 230 1600

 

Bayou Music Center website