Best New Club (2007)

Libra Lounge

Almeda south of Alabama is hopping these days, nowhere more so than at the Libra Lounge. New Orleans native and longtime Houstonian Coye Devrouax set out to create an authentic Crescent City-style hole in the wall, and he's done just that. It's easy to imagine you're in the Big Easy's Sixth Ward rather than Houston's Third, especially on Monday nights when the club offers up red beans and rice, and ­second-liners step to the funky fire of the Soul Rebels Brass Band. Just don't try to take your drink outside — despite all evidence to the contrary, you're still in Texas.

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