From the Honkytonk Capital to Jazz’s Birthplace: America’s Best Music Scenes

music, city, Houston, Texas
Skip Ad
Spenser Harrison

Jazz legends, symphonic masterpieces—and some really cool punk karaoke. Travel + Leisure readers kept the beat as they ranked the best music towns in the land.

No. 10 Houston

12 of 26

It may not be as well known as Austin for its music scene, but this Texas hub still made the top 10, perhaps for its cosmopolitan combination of  high-brow culture (like the acclaimed Houston Grand Opera) and crowd-pleasers. Sure, there is still the boot-scooting crowd (remember, Urban Cowboy took place in Houston), who go to old-style country joints like Dosey Doe, located in a former tobacco barn; but Houston also has a long-time punk haven, Mango’s. Singer-songwriter fans, meanwhile, will love the Montrose bar Anderson Fair (where Lyle Lovett first got his start). To combine a love of barbecue and music, look for the giant armadillo with glowing red eyes outside Goode’s Armadillo Palace, the dance hall next door to the legendary Goode Co. restaurant.  

music, city, Houston, Texas

From the Honkytonk Capital to Jazz’s Birthplace: America’s Best Music Scenes

No. 10 Houston

It may not be as well known as Austin for its music scene, but this Texas hub still made the top 10, perhaps for its cosmopolitan combination of  high-brow culture (like the acclaimed Houston Grand Opera) and crowd-pleasers. Sure, there is still the boot-scooting crowd (remember, Urban Cowboy took place in Houston), who go to old-style country joints like Dosey Doe, located in a former tobacco barn; but Houston also has a long-time punk haven, Mango’s. Singer-songwriter fans, meanwhile, will love the Montrose bar Anderson Fair (where Lyle Lovett first got his start). To combine a love of barbecue and music, look for the giant armadillo with glowing red eyes outside Goode’s Armadillo Palace, the dance hall next door to the legendary Goode Co. restaurant.  

Spenser Harrison
Sponsored Content
More from T+L
 
Advertisement