Best Poetry Spots In Houston

April 1, 2013 6:00 AM

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Many poets have written about the month of April countless times, finding inspiration in the sweet memories of spring when flowers wake up to the warm kisses of lovely butterflies gliding in the breeze, under the nurturing rays of the golden sun.  It’s April once again, the best time to celebrate the poet in everyone as the world observes National Poetry Month. Indulge the lyricist, the writer and the artist in you by treating yourself to the best poetry spots in Houston.

708 Telephone Road
Houston, TX 77023
(713) 923-4277

Right in the heart of Eastwood, just a few miles from Downtown, Bohemeo’s Cafe is the perfect escape for guests who love the laid-back atmosphere of the eclectic bistro. Known for its artistic and quite unconventional interiors, the coffee shop is a great place to meet up with friends over wine, coffee, delectable food and entertainment including poetry readings on selected days throughout the
year. ‘The Artform Open Mic’ is held every second Monday of the month at 7:30p.m. Check with the managers about other events.

Waldo‘s Coffee House
1030 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 869-0700

Come for the food and atmosphere; stay for the poetry. Guests love this coffee shop mainly for its great tasting coffee aside from the cozy interiors and the friendly staff. A great quiet place for studying or reading books, many of its patrons enjoy the homey atmosphere. The coffee shop, which features outdoor seating and a small stage, also hosts live entertainment and poetry readings.

Te House of Tea
1927 Fairview St.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 522-8868

Looking for a classy, relaxed place for a cup of tea? Located inside the Montrose neighborhood, this little tea house attracts guests who enjoy its variety of tea selections served in pretty tea cups and tea pots. Cozy and quaint, this busy little joint also hosts live entertainment including open mic nights for poetry reading. Students enjoy studying in its quiet ambiance while other tea-loving guests come for a relaxing place to unwind or hang out with friends.

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Khon’s Wine Darts Coffee Art
2808 Milam St., Suite H
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-7775

Known for its selection of beer and wine and its friendly owners and bartenders, this shop, which patrons describe as a ‘hole in the wall,” is a perfect place to enjoy hanging out with friends over wine, beer, sake, live entertainment and darts. The bar frequented by night outers seeking a great nightlife experience also hosts poetry readings. Check with the store for more information about specific dates.

Bacchus Coffee & Wine Bar
2502 Dunlavy St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-2330

Known to its frequent guests for the Illy coffee, this cafe features good music, large windows and a friendly atmosphere great for hanging out with friends or just enjoying the airy and quite lively atmosphere. It features outdoor seating with its famous patio. Guests may enjoy hummas on pita bread and pizza big enough to be shared. Poetry readings and live entertainment are hosted some nights. Check with the bar for more information.

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Rainne Mendoza Celespara is a freelance writer living in Houston. Her work can be found at