8. Avant Garden
Avant Garden has quickly become one of Houston's trendiest spots for music-lovers and casual party people alike. Located in Mid-City, Avant has three separate, intimate areas that all seem to pop off simultaneously. The outdoor patio is spacious, but be aware of the dangerously addictive taco truck that attracts an impressively eclectic crowd.
Inside is where the real music takes place though. You have the smaller stage where minimalist acts or DJs perform, and then there’s the main stage upstairs. The bands play at floor level, in front of a window that opens up to the street behind them. Avant hosts all types of music, but loud rock music is what usually sets the place on fire. It's definitely a great place to catch up-and-coming rock bands.