A few miles south of Anahuac in the African-American village of Double Bayou, "the Place," as it's known locally, is a ramshackle but friendly Texas original set amid swampy, Spanish moss-draped live oak woodlands near Trinity Bay. Bluesman Pete Mayes and members of his family have owned and operated this hyperfunky juke joint -- the oldest blues bar in Texas -- since the 1940s. Mayes hosts big parties here on special occasions and some holiday weekends -- at these events, the musicians cook up T-Bone Walker-style blues on stage, while outside on the front lawn, local men in cowboy duds smoke brisket and local women offer homemade pecan, lemon meringue and sweet potato pies.
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in Houston, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.
All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.