This seafood restaurant/saloon stands out as a NoDo rarity: a bar with a commitment to live music. John Evans has enjoyed a long Thursday-night residency here, and if you add to that frequent gigs by Greg Wood, Jimmy's Pawn Shop and Little Screamin' Kenny, it's plain to see that this isn't a stuffed-shirt kind of place. This is a bar where you can knock back the bocks and get rowdy. With seemingly every other night spot in downtown chasing the velvet-rope crowd, St. Pete's stands out as a place to relax. In fact, with all the mounted game fish and nautical gear on the walls, you just might think you were back at the dearly departed Live Bait.
Beer? Check. Shot specials? Check. Half-naked women flailing about in a tub of vanilla pudding? Checkmate! Thursday night is now "Pudding Night," thanks to this venerable Katy club, which invites the gorgeous women of the Association of Pudding Wrestling to get down 'n' dirty for your pleasure. Matches run from about 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. But be sure to get there by 8 p.m. to buy raffle tickets (three for $5). The winner of the drawing gets to hose down the women in the patio shower at the end of the night. Even if you don't get that honor, this is still a good deal: Buttery nipples, kamikazes and well tequila shots are only $2. Drink enough, and you'll be seeing double -- that's twice the pudding wrestling.

R & R Sports Bar & Grill
Beer? Check. Shot specials? Check. Half-naked women flailing about in a tub of vanilla pudding? Checkmate! Thursday night is now "Pudding Night," thanks to this venerable Katy club, which invites the gorgeous women of the Association of Pudding Wrestling to get down 'n' dirty for your pleasure. Matches run from about 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. But be sure to get there by 8 p.m. to buy raffle tickets (three for $5). The winner of the drawing gets to hose down the women in the patio shower at the end of the night. Even if you don't get that honor, this is still a good deal: Buttery nipples, kamikazes and well tequila shots are only $2. Drink enough, and you'll be seeing double -- that's twice the pudding wrestling.

It's Sunday. The work week stretches ahead, and from this vantage point, it seems as endless as the universe itself. Piled on to the sense of doom is a sense of regret -- for having spent too much money, kissed an idiot or lost your cell phone over the weekend. You could go to bed early with a good book so you'd be all fresh and eager tomorrow. Or you could party on; after all, booze is the best cure for the Sunday blues. And the alcohol flows freely on Sundays at Sherlock's Pub. Treat your depressed self to $4 domestic pictures, $1.50 well drinks, $1.75 call drinks, $1.75 Shiner pints and $1.50 house wine. Best of all, there's free pool and live music all night long. In this economy, a good deal always pulls in a nice crowd, and folks flock to Sherlock's. If you drink enough, you might start believing it's still Saturday.

It's Sunday. The work week stretches ahead, and from this vantage point, it seems as endless as the universe itself. Piled on to the sense of doom is a sense of regret -- for having spent too much money, kissed an idiot or lost your cell phone over the weekend. You could go to bed early with a good book so you'd be all fresh and eager tomorrow. Or you could party on; after all, booze is the best cure for the Sunday blues. And the alcohol flows freely on Sundays at Sherlock's Pub. Treat your depressed self to $4 domestic pictures, $1.50 well drinks, $1.75 call drinks, $1.75 Shiner pints and $1.50 house wine. Best of all, there's free pool and live music all night long. In this economy, a good deal always pulls in a nice crowd, and folks flock to Sherlock's. If you drink enough, you might start believing it's still Saturday.

In a perfect world, we would all get to see our favorite superstars in an intimate setting, like a tiny club or bar. But as long as there are superstars, there are going to be thousands of people who want to see them perform. So why not see them in the next best thing to that small space: Verizon Wireless Theater. The venue is located in Bayou Place, which means it's next to restaurants and bars, and underground parking is easy and economical. Verizon hosts everyone from "Weird Al" Yankovic to Peter Frampton to Nelly, so there's something for every taste. And best of all, the venue can seat only about 8,000 people, which means it's big enough to give you a charge from the roaring crowd, but not so enormous that your superstar is just a speck on the stage.

Bayou Music Center
In a perfect world, we would all get to see our favorite superstars in an intimate setting, like a tiny club or bar. But as long as there are superstars, there are going to be thousands of people who want to see them perform. So why not see them in the next best thing to that small space: Verizon Wireless Theater. The venue is located in Bayou Place, which means it's next to restaurants and bars, and underground parking is easy and economical. Verizon hosts everyone from "Weird Al" Yankovic to Peter Frampton to Nelly, so there's something for every taste. And best of all, the venue can seat only about 8,000 people, which means it's big enough to give you a charge from the roaring crowd, but not so enormous that your superstar is just a speck on the stage.

We can thank the Engine Room for giving traveling hip-hop shows a reason to make a stop in our city. Last October, the club hosted three consecutive hip-hop shows: the Rhymesayers Tour, starring Minneapolis MCs Atmosphere, Murs and Brother Ali; the Cali Comm 2002 Tour, featuring such West Coasters as People Under the Stairs and Lifesavas; and Definitive Jux's "Revenge of the Robots" Tour, with El-P, Mr. Lif and RJD2. For local hip-hop fans, this had to be the most beautiful month of their lives. Since that fateful October, the Room has successfully provided a stage for acts such as Prince Paul, Aceyalone and the Black-Eyed Peas. While the search for a proper full-time hip-hop spot wages on, at least the community can convene at the Engine Room whenever a tight club tour breezes through town.

Engine Room Houston
We can thank the Engine Room for giving traveling hip-hop shows a reason to make a stop in our city. Last October, the club hosted three consecutive hip-hop shows: the Rhymesayers Tour, starring Minneapolis MCs Atmosphere, Murs and Brother Ali; the Cali Comm 2002 Tour, featuring such West Coasters as People Under the Stairs and Lifesavas; and Definitive Jux's "Revenge of the Robots" Tour, with El-P, Mr. Lif and RJD2. For local hip-hop fans, this had to be the most beautiful month of their lives. Since that fateful October, the Room has successfully provided a stage for acts such as Prince Paul, Aceyalone and the Black-Eyed Peas. While the search for a proper full-time hip-hop spot wages on, at least the community can convene at the Engine Room whenever a tight club tour breezes through town.

At Club Tropicana, the tables may seem empty, but that doesn't mean you can sit down at them. Die-hard dancers get there early and claim their seats with napkin- covered cocktails. Of course, you probably won't even think about sitting once you get to shaking your ass on the dance floor. On typical weekends, Latin bands with lots of members play a nice mix of bachatas, merengues and salsas. Feel free to stare in amazement at the effortless twirls and fleet feet of the regular patrons.

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