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Behind These Unmarked Red Doors Is A Tex-Mex Cafe And Houston’s Oldest Live Music Venue

Colby Smith Colby Smith

Behind These Unmarked Red Doors Is A Tex-Mex Cafe And Houston’s Oldest Live Music Venue

The Last Concert Café is a local institution that has been rocking Downtown Houston for over 70 years.

Don’t let the locked doors turn you away. Just knock twice to get in to the Mexican restaurant and oldest live music venue in Houston. Yes, you have to knock. [Featured image courtesy of Last Concert Cafe’s website]

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For 70 years, the Last Concert Cafe has been a mainstay in Houston’s local music scene. It was founded in 1949 when Houston was a ghost town. Despite this, it soon become the post-set destination of local rockers. As it happened, jam sessions broke out at the cafe and set the tone of what would be the longest standing music venue in Houston.

It’s been said that the Café is frequented by legendary ZZ Top member, Billy Gibbons, and has been occasioned by the likes of Paul McCartney, Kevin Costner, and other recognizable names. In 2011, it became a protected landmark of the city.

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Nowadays, the venue stages live music seven days a week with sessions that go deep into the night. The open-air venue offers a large sanded dancing floor to get you into the groove and vibe out to their local psychedelic jams and drum circles. 


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Its menu features all the Tex-Mex staples, complete with their famous fajitas and Infamous LCC House Margaritas. On Saturdays and Sundays the café serves brunch. This menu features everything from Horchata French Toast, to Old School Burgers, to Egg White Avocado Toast.

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With 70 years of history under its belt, with its music and margaritas, the Last Concert Café continues to hit Houston with all the best waves.

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