Get your groove on while getting your grub on! It’s no secret that live entertainment continues to be a big draw for Houston area restaurants – especially as we swing into summer.  Here are some of the best local spots where people can enjoy live music and great food this season. Check it out!

Phil & Derek’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar

1701 Webster St.
Houston, TX 77003

Phil & Derek’s has been serving Houston great music and great food since 2008. Inconspicuously located in bustling Midtown Houston, the restaurant and jazz bar is a laid-back atmosphere where the ambiance is reminiscent of the comfort of your own living room, coupled with the flare and glitz from its nightly cabaret-style entertainment, and on various nights, P&D’s “Speak Easy Comedy Lounge” brings in some of the funniest local and national comedians.

Phil & Derek’s also offers weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday, with the Sunday Brunch voted “Best Morning after Brunch” for three consecutive years.

Loch Bar 

4444 Westheimer Rd Suite G110
Houston, TX 77027

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Join River Oaks District’s seafood tavern, Loch Bar, for live, local music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every day of the week including musical stylings by Little Terry and The Blues Birds, Gabe Montoya and Stevie Matthews. With one of the largest selections of whiskeys and oysters in Houston along with fan favorites such as Maryland Crab Cakes with mixed baby greens and old bay remoulade and Eastern Shore Fried Chicken with fries or garlic mashed potatoes, Loch Bar is the perfect place for a nightcap. Check out the full music lineup at  

Ouzo Bay 

4444 Westheimer Rd Suite G130
Houston, TX 77027

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Ouzo Bay transports you to the bohemian coast with some of Houston’s most talented musicians, bands, and DJs that spins Wednesday and Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy menu highlights such as the Braised Colorado Lamb Shank ($43) with toasted orzo, roasted vegetables, and lamb jus, Pan Seared Ora King Salmon ($38) with Texas citrus and fennel salad and smoked tomato broth, fresh seafood flown in from around the world, and one of the state’s largest lists of Greek wines and liquors. Check out the full music lineup at  

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Kin Dee 

1533 N Shepherd Dr Suite 160
Houston, TX 77008

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Head to Houston Heights hotspot, Kin Dee, for dinner and live music every day of the week. The restaurant’s entertainment includes a lineup of classical Thai dancing, saxophonists, pianists, DJs, and a variety of solo and duo singers. Inspired by four different regions of Thailand, dishes served at Kin Dee include Panang Curry ($16) with chicken, pork, or shrimp served with Thai Jasmine steamed rice, Slow Cooked Duck Breast Noodle Soup ($20), and Drunken Noodles ($17) with stir-fried big rice noodles, a choice of chicken or shrimp, Thai basil, Thai chili, Chinese broccoli, bamboo shoot, onion, and cabbage. 

Komedy Lounge

5060 Farm To Market 1960 Road West
Houston TX 77069

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The Komedy Lounge is a new comedy club located on the north side of Houston, featuring some of the best comedians both local and nationally. They have an amazing menu and an outstanding bar, and also feature live jazz on Wednesday nights.

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Taste Bar + Kitchen  

3015 Bagby St.
Houston, TX 77006

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Taste Bar + Kitchen brings to life the spirit of Houston with its unique concept that combines entertainment, community and globally-inspired cuisine. Led by Houston-native, Chef Don Bowie, whose multi-disciplinary background includes publishing hit singles under Grammy-award winning producer, Bryan Michael Cox, Taste Bar + Kitchen boasts live entertainment five days a week. Shows throughout the week include Industry Night – Karaoke Mondays, Chad Black + Friends Live Music Tuesdays, Comedy Night – Taste of Laughter Thursdays, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.  

Back Table Kitchen & Bar 

2301 N Millbend Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77380

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It’s starting to sound a lot like summer at The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, where Back Table Kitchen & Bar is poised to become one of north Houston’s hottest locations for sensational Southern-inspired fare with global accents and signature cocktails – soon to be served with a sultry side of live music. Starting May 5, Back Table kicks off The Beat, a weekly schedule of eclectic performers will spice up the night Thursdays with a Latin focus from 6:30-9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30-10 p.m. and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. It’s sure to add to the dynamic ambience of the stylish venue ideally location on the waterfront, 18th green of the Panther Trail Course and featuring an expansive terrace with fire pit for both dining and lounging. An indoor or outdoor backdrop for music at Back Table will change with the weather. 

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Rosalie Italian Soul 

400 Dallas St.
Houston, TX 77002

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Warm weather means patio season in Houston, and downtown now has a new al fresco destination. Houstonians can take in the city’s spring breeze at the idyllic, new Rosalie Italian Spritz Garden, every Wednesday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. through June 29. Patrons can enjoy a rotating Spring drink menu featuring premium craft cocktails, take in live music from local talent, and enjoy lawn games, including giant Jenga and cornhole, on the newly renovated green space at Allen Center. Located at C. Baldwin hotel’s outdoor terrace and surrounded by lush greenery and sweeping views of downtown, the Spritz Garden is the perfect spot to dine and sip in the heart of Houston. 

RARE Restaurant & Lounge  

4105 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77007

Chef Don Bowie’s new Washington Corridor concept, opened in partnership with rapper Akon, blends modern steakhouse fare with first-class entertainment. The vibrant restaurant and lounge features a large stage front-and-center of the main dining room, as well as a raised DJ booth, for various live music performances Thursday through Sunday.  

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