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Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel Houston, TX 77003 | East End | 713-225-5483

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Warehouse Live has about a million things going for it. Let's start with the obvious: the booze is cheap, and you have at least six places to get your liquid fix. The sound system is awesome, as are the venue's sight lines, in both the main ballroom and the smaller studio setting. Even cooler is the air conditioning. True, rock and roll is meant to draw sweat and stank, but some nights you just want to literally chill out and see a band without buying stock in Right Guard. The venue just added a quiet bar inside the building for when you feel like taking a break in between bands to get away from the throngs in the other rooms.


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