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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Houston Nightlife

13 Celsius European Wine Bar and Cafe

Named for its temperature-controlled cellar, the intimate 13 Celsius is a European-style wine bar with a premium, low-production-focused wine list, meat and cheese plates, handcrafted beers, and an espresso bar.

3000 Caroline St., TX, 713-529-8466, http://13celsius.com/
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | wine bar

Corleone Bar and Grill

Sneak behind Patrenella’s restaurant to this bistro-style bar for upscale Italian bites, an extensive wine list, and specialty drinks like the pomegranate-basil martini.

813 Jackson Hill St., TX, 713-863-8223, www.patrenellas.net/main/bar.php
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | martini bar


Twenty- and thirty-somethings flock to this hip dance club with its mix of techno and pop music, groovy glass bar, and blue suede booths.

2905 Travis St., Suite A, TX, 281-701-4248, www.escobarhouston.com
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing | bar | velvet rope

Red Door

They like beautiful people here. Those who manage to get past the “door police” are rewarded with great downtown views from the rooftop patio and top-notch martinis.

2416 Brazos St., TX, 713-526-8181, www.reddoorhouston.com
Tags: nightlife | trendy | rooftop lounge | lounge | bar


Two bars in one, the $2.5 million Rocbar is decidedly rock-and-roll, with a laid-back lounge and pool tables; the club next door is for dancing – expect house music and a 60-foot bar.

530 Texas Ave., TX, 713-236-1100, www.rocbartx.com
Tags: nightlife | lounge | patio

South Beach

Houston’s most popular gay club wows with laser light shows and liquid ice jets that keep things from getting too sweaty. On Saturdays Euro pop and progressive DJs lure a mixed gay-straight crowd.

810 Pacific St., TX, 713-521-0107, www.southbeachthenightclub.com
Tags: nightlife | dancing | gay | nightclub

The Front Porch Pub

You’ll be hard-pressed to choose from the 44 draught beers and 50+ bottles at this favorite father-and-son-owned pub. Pool tables, an outdoor deck, and a rockin’ jukebox make it an ideal hangout.

217 Gray St., TX, 713-571-9571, www.frontporchpub.com
Tags: nightlife

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