The best nightclubs in Houston run the gamut from energetic dance clubs with pounding beats to classic honky-tonk bars, sports pubs, laid-back lounges, speakeasies, and many others. It doesn't matter what your party or lounge lizard scene is, you're sure to find something to suit your tastes in this vibrant city.

    Not only does Houston have tons of nightclub flavors, but you can also explore many districts, each with its own scene, from Downtown and Midtown to Montrose, Rice Village, and beyond. Check out some of the best local nightlife experiences in Houston so you always know where to go for the best after-dinner parties.

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    The Address

    Grab a meal at a sports bar with live music

    The Address is your one-stop shop for all your Houston party needs, offering an onsite restaurant, sports bar, large-screen TVs, live event stage, and even a swimming pool. The sports bar area offers over 35 screens to watch all your favorite big-ticket sporting events. You can catch the hottest live club acts at the event venue and grab a great dinner with traditional bar fare in the restaurant.

    For those hot summer days (and nights), you can dive into the swimming pool and cool off, then relax poolside with craft cocktails. The bar also offers Sunday brunch with unique fare like lobster and eggs or catfish and grits. It's just 13 minutes south of central downtown Houston.

    Location: 3333 Raleigh St, Houston, TX 77021, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 4 pm to 2 am, Saturday from noon to 2 am, Sunday from 11 am to 2 am

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    The Davenport

    Kick back in an old-school martini bar

    The Davenport lounge offers an old-fashioned experience with mid-century furnishings, craft martinis, spirits, cocktails, and a laid-back atmosphere with warm, welcoming surroundings. The menu here offers more than 50 different varieties of martini, plus an extensive selection of Scotch whiskeys. It also features a long vodka list, so if you're a connoisseur of spirits, this is the place to come.

    While the atmosphere is laid back, it can get crowded quickly. The music here is largely rock-oriented, but it's a great place to sip a few cocktails with friends. It's just 10 minutes southwest of the center of downtown.

    Location: 2115 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098, USA

    Open: Daily from 2 pm to 2 am

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    The Spot

    Hang out at one of Houston's best dive bars

    The Spot is a favorite bar among locals, offering craft cocktails, popular music spun by well-known local DJs, and a welcoming, party vibe that lets you keep going all night. If you're looking for a place to let your hair down in a classic dive bar, The Spot has been voted as the #1 Dive Bar in the city.

    The bar offers occasional theme nights if you want to get dressed up and celebrate in style. It's also a popular college bar and college alumni bar, and a black-owned business. It's located right in the heart of Houston's Third Ward.

    Location: 2115 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098, USA

    Open: Daily from 2 pm to 2 am

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    BFE Rock Club

    Catch a concert by local and national rock bands

    BFE Rock Club is the place to go to enjoy live rock and roll music by the hottest local and national acts, an old-school, sports bar vibe, and outdoor dining. The bar's stage hosts live music acts weekly. You can also catch your favorite games on the 18 large screen HDTVs and order a meal from the full kitchen with traditional bar fare. Inside, pool tables and dart boards add that old-school vibe.

    The bar offers outdoor patio dining for nice days and nights, and smoking is permitted here. It's located in Northwest Houston, just minutes from the center of downtown.

    Location: 11528 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77070, USA

    Open: Daily from noon to 2 am

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    The Big Easy

    Take a taste of New Orleans in Houston

    The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club offers an authentic New Orleans Jazz and Blues experience with craft cocktails, an extensive beer list, wines, and live local and national acts. This is a no-frills bar with a casual, laid-back atmosphere welcoming to everyone. It offers a dance floor, pinball, pool tables, and comfy chairs, as well as great live music. A smoker's patio and picnic tables allow for outdoor dining and relaxation.

    Past and regular performers here include Bobby Mack, Texas Johnny Brown, Mighty Orq, and many other big names. The crowd is lively, the music good, the drinks cheap, and it's located in the swanky Rice Village neighborhood, 13 minutes southwest of downtown.

    Location: 11528 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77070, USA

    Open: Daily from noon to 2 am

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    The Secret Group

    Laugh the night away at a speakeasy comedy club

    The Secret Group is a bar plus a comedy and music venue in the heart of downtown, offering speakeasy-style surroundings and the hottest national and up-and-coming live comedy and music. The place is decked out with dark walls and intimate table setups, and it features a sectioned stage. The bar also features showrooms in the back, and a Black Box theater is attached for a variety of entertainments.

    The bar doesn't have its own kitchen, but usually food trucks outside allow for food. It boasts 18 beers on tap and nitro cold brew coffee. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the box office, and the club is 21-plus.

    Location: 2101 Polk St, Houston, TX 77003, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 5 pm to 2 am (closed on Mondays)

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    Martini Bar and Cigar

    Enjoy a stogie, sip cocktails, and slip into a classic groove

    Martini Bar and Cigar is exactly what it sounds like: a cigar and martini bar with great prices, a fun, laid-back atmosphere, and good music in Houston's Third Ward. It's located just minutes away from downtown and is the place to go for a classic, old-school experience. Kick back with one of their many craft martini varieties while you smoke a stogie from their broad selection.

    The music gears towards 70s through 90s pop, rock, and hip hop, and the atmosphere is always casual and welcoming. The wait staff are polite and fast and take pride in their establishment. It's a good place to go for a quiet, casual night with classic tunes, good drinks, and great cigars.

    Location: 5104 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 4 pm to 2 am, Sunday from noon to 2 am (closed Monday–Tuesday)

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    Cle

    Experience the height of luxury nightlife

    Clé bills itself as "Houston's Day and Nightclub Experience," and offers a vibrant atmosphere, luxurious style, a huge dance floor, great drinks, luxurious style, and an upscale vibrant vibe. This is a nightclub that seeks to redefine what nightlife can be. It offers the height of luxury and high-end entertainment. It regularly brings in some of the most influential live music acts and DJs from all over the world.

    What really sets this one apart is the sheer range of experiences on offer. You can choose from 3 different bars, individually-themed lounge areas indoor and outdoor, a pool with daybeds, an elevated party deck, and VIP cabanas. Best of all, it's right downtown on Main Street.

    Location: 2301 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    Open: Thursday–Saturday from 10 pm to 2 am, Sunday from 2 pm to 8 pm

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    Barbarella

    Mingle with everyone at this eclectic club

    Barbarella is a place that lets you dance all night, mingle with old friends and meet new friends, and enjoy an absolute devotion to quality indie music, classic and new. The club hosts theme nights every week, like the soul and Motown-themed Grits n' Gravy Thursday to the hipster-themed New Noise Fridays. It's also an LGBTQ+ friendly establishment.

    This is the eclectic bar where you'll find drag queens, buttoned-up business professionals, hipsters, and the casual crowd all mixed together in one vibrant club. It's located in the heart of Midtown Houston, and everyone is welcome to dance all night here.

    Location: 2404 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 9.30 pm to 3 am (closed Sunday–Monday)

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    Numbers Night Club

    Catch the hottest up and coming national acts

    Numbers Night Club has been offering up live music by important local and famous national acts, great drinks, and a vibrant atmosphere for over 4 decades. It’s renowned for the wide range of acts that have passed across its stage, from the Stray Cats to R.E.M., Sevendust, Sheryl Crow, and others. The drinks are also cheap here, with 50-cent beer on Wednesdays and $1.25 well drinks on Fridays.

    Concerts here are all ages unless noted otherwise, but the dance club five nights a week is 18-plus only. The club is in lower Westheimer, just 7 minutes from central downtown.

    Location: 300 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, USA

    Open: Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 9 pm to 2 am (closed Wednesday, Sunday–Monday)

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