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NIghtlife in Houston centers around different neighborhoods. One of the most prominent for dining, bars, and clubbing is Washington Avenue. You have choices of restaurants like Max's Wine Dive, Benjy's, Soma, TQLA and The Blue Fish on Washington Ave, along with several excellent restaurants in the immediate vicinity, like La Fisheria, Branch Water Taver, BRC Gastropub, and more. Bars like The Drinkery and Liberty Station provide more laid-back atmosphere, while bar/clubs like Kung Fu Saloon, Hughes Hangar, and Ei8ht, require strict dress code to gain entrance.
Downtown in and around the Houston Pavilions, House of Blues draws a crowd, along with Pete's Dueling Piano Bar, Reserve 101, and Dirt Bar. The area around the Rice Hotel also provides some nightlife options, with restaurants like Sambucca, Azuma, The Capitol at Saint Germaine, The Flying Saucer beer bar, and Sunny's, a dive bar.
Over in West Ave on Upper Kirby, hip singles and attractive twenties to thirtiessomethings get decked out in designer wear and head to Katsuya or Eddie V's for some nosh, before heading upstairs to Saint Genevieve Bar, or to the more sedate Cru Wine bar downstairs.