Behind These Unmarked Red Doors Is A Tex-Mex Cafe And Historic Rockin’ Music Venue

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Behind These Unmarked Red Doors Is A Tex-Mex Cafe And Historic Rockin’ 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. No, you don’t really have to knock twice – at least, not anymore. [Featured image courtesy of Last Concert Cafe’s website]

For 70 years, the Last Concert Cafe has been a mainstay in Houston’s local music scene. Founded in 1949 by Elena Aldrete “Mama” Lopez as Houston’s first woman-owned café post World-War II, it soon became 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 one of the longest standing music venue in Houston. In 2011, it became a protected landmark of the city.

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Nowadays, the venue stages live music throughout the 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. 


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Its menu features all the Tex-Mex staples, complete with their famous fajitas and infamous house margaritas. On Sundays the café serves brunch. This menu features everything from Texas Style Eggs Benedict, to Blueberry Pancakes,and Juevos Rancheros.

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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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