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Big Top Lounge

Map & Directions 3714 Main
Houston, TX 77002
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining


Houston Press' Description

The Big Top is the little brother of the Continental Club next door and the surlier cousin of uber-hipster watering hole The Mink around the corner. This block is one of Houston's most colorful, its restaurants and music venues teeming with life on the weekends. As hinted in its moniker, the Big Top is heavy on circus decor, festooned with dusty, quaint portraits and signs from that bygone yet uniquely American era of hucksters and freak shows. But that is just a small part of the bar's story. Live music happens most nights the Big Top is open, from garage-rock DJs to various Americana and covers acts playing under a big birdcage in the corner of the bar. If you feel like getting some fresh air under the stars, the back door opens onto the Continental's backyard and the outdoor Pachinko Hut bar.

Member Reviews

  • houstonpressbestof wrote a review for Big Top Lounge
    on 05/06/09

    Let Midtown get as gentrified as it can, certainly not a problem these days, but walking into the Big Top ("No phone, no pool, no pets") will always feel like being transported back to 1976. A toy store once upon a time — supposedly the place that provided the inspiration for Toys "R" Us mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe, no less — the Big Top retains its playtime theme in everything... More >>

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  • Men's Health Mag on 11/15/11

    The closest you can get to the circus without Barnum & Bailey. If the live pianists and pink elephants get to you, grab a cold beer (preferably from Saint Arnold, a local brewery), and a cushy seat.

  • Alyse S. on 07/21/10

    sit on the throne!

  • Jeremiah Kent H. on 08/29/11

    Ahh for nights you aren't gonna remember. What happened?!

  • Cortney M. on 12/31/10

    Excellent bartenders. Tip these folks big!

  • Joshua J. on 11/16/12

    Most hipster bar in Houston. IMHO.

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