Best Live Music Venues In Houston

July 13, 2011 2:40 AM

Austin – our nearby neighbor – may be widely considered to have some of the best live music venues in the country, but that doesn’t mean that H-Town has nothing to offer.

Austin – our nearby neighbor – may be widely considered to have some of the best live music venues in the country, but that doesn’t mean that H-Town has nothing to offer. The best live music venues in Houston range from hole-in-the-wall bars that attract good local bands to large venues that attract some of the industry’s biggest names. — Amber Hilton

Walter’s On Washington

4215 Washington Avenue
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 862-2513

Situated between Shepherd and Heights Boulevard, Walter’s On Washington is the place to go if you want to see good bands that are on their way up, before they hit the big time and ticket prices skyrocket. This hip Houston venue has a good-sized stage (considering it’s a smaller venue), good sound, and you can see the stage well from most anywhere. Like the ticket prices, drinks here are reasonable. Most shows are “all ages,” but they card for drinks. Visit the venue website for a calendar of upcoming shows and events.

toyota center2 Best Live Music Venues In Houston

The Toyota Center

1510 Polk Street
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 758-7200

From a small local venue to one of the biggest live music venues in the city…The Toyota Center brings in big name shows like Ozzy Osbourne, Lady Gaga and Lincoln Park. This venue also hosts a variety of sporting events. The ticket prices and drinks are some of the most expensive in the city, but people don’t come to the Toyota Center for the prices or the atmosphere – they come to experience their favorite bands. The big names draw in big crowds, so be prepared to deal with lines and parking, but this venue has good sound, clean bathrooms and decent concessions. Visit the Toyota Center website for information about upcoming shows.


2010 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 521-0521

If you’d like to see a genuinely talented local band in a casual, neighborhood setting, Rudyard’s is the place to go in Houston. The downstairs of this British pub is where you go to socialize and grab a drink, but the upstairs hosts a stage that regularly offers some of the best local gigs. In addition to live music, Rudyard’s also hosts comedy shows and offers beer tastings. The setting is nothing special, but the drinks are affordable and the crowd is pretty chill. Rudyard’s is open every day from noon to 2 a.m. See their website for more information about upcoming shows and acts.

Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

615 Louisiana Street #101
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 227-3974

The symphony might not be what everyone thinks of when they hear the phrase “live music,” but if this is your cup of tea, you won’t want to miss out on Jones Hall. A true concert hall located in Houston’s Theater District, the atmosphere here is elegant, and you’ll enjoy comfortable theater seating, dramatic red-carpeted staircases and high ceilings. The sound here is on par with the d馗or, which makes this a great place to go to hear live music in Houston. If the symphony isn’t your thing, don’t rule out this venue – they also occasionally bring in artists like Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and Sting.

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