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Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge

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3714 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002 United States
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Photo courtesy of Big Top Lounge

The sister venue of Midtown’s Continental Club, Shoeshine Charley’s Big Top Lounge is a touch on the divey side, with colorful lights and clown motifs that welcome visitors in search of fulfilling late-nite cocktails, dancing, and live music. 

The vibe here is chill and felt throughout the narrow bar area that wraps around to a spacious outdoor patio and connects into the back door of Continental Club. When the weather is right, local DJs play to packed dancers, music festivals allow fans to trek back and forth between venues, and you can pull up a seat on the patio or in the plush lounge seating inside for a laid back night over drinks. 

Big Top’s show calendar sees local bands and musicians stake a stageless spot in the far corner of the venue, offering a typically local crowd the chance to groove and dance around with the performers. 

The bar at Big Top is fully stocked with liquor and beer though hungry patrons will find options in the surrounding blocks and an opportunity to hop on the MetroRail Red Line that includes a stop mere feet from the front door. 

Parking can be tricky in this area, though you’ll find spots at the paid garage on Travis Street, or at any of the limited street parking available on the adjoining streets. Passenger drop-offs remain a popular way to get to this MidMain fixture.

Justin Jerkins

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