Houston >Food & Dining > Concert Pub
5636 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX | Directions 7705729.731626 -95.477775
Neighborhoods: Westside, Woodlake/ Briar Meadow
Heard they had great crawfish but the service was insulting – Some friends of mine went there to have crawfish and said it was good so I decided to take my wife there.
We got there around 8PM and there were still plenty of customers.
We stood there at the door for what felt like forever and not a single staff even acknowledged us. We left as they obviously didn't want our money.
Hit and Miss – Perhaps the best thing about the CPG is that you can see some good bands there, including a lot of well-done tribute acts (e.g., Alice Cooper, Led Zep, Rush, Queensryche, etc). Also, the service staff has been routinely friendly and attentive on my visits. With resepct to the overall atmosphere and accommodations, it's a rock and roll club with a kitchen - plain and simple - so I do not expect the ambiance to be too fancy or elegant.
On the minus side, the parking situation is certainly a drawback, and you will have to pay for parking unless you arrive early enough to find a spot among the limited spaces in front of the venue. I am also not a fan of the bathroom attendant thing; I do not need for someone to insert themselves in my way in order to perform meaningless and unnecessary things on my behalf (e.g., dispensing soap, turning faucets on and off, and offering hand towels) with the expectation of being tipped. So that along along with the 'pay to park' situation makes me feel sort of unnecessarily 'gouged' for money. Drinks are also a little pricey considering the situation (i.e., the virtually dead Richmond strip).
Also of note - the 1/2 price Wednesday lunch thing - in my one and only experience with it - seemed like sort of a sham. I ordered the fish and chips entree and received a medium sized dinner plate with two smallish catfish nuggets (about the size of a pack of gum and about 1inch thick ) - not catfish 'filets' as advertised. This was served along with a fair amount of 'chips' to 'round out' or fill up the remaining space on the plate. Although I was only charged $4.98 (half) for the food, the deal is half price _presumably for_ the regular portion amount, and I cannot imagine any way in the world that the amount of food I was given is the same that would be sold regularly for $9.95. You know, if it's basically just a case of half price for half portions, then it's really just a shell game :(
Avoid - At Any Cost. – For the first time in my life do I wish there was the ability to offer negative stars. We went here to assist in the fact that there was a company party for a friend and they wanted to find a place outside the loop for people who were from out of the country that worked for them desired to try crawfish.
One step inside this den of iniquity and the first thing you think about, after wondering if you need a tetanus shot for touching the door handles, is that the calibre of people in here, the overall scene, reminded one of the Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars: you were waiting for a fight to break out, someone to lose their arm in a fight, a bounty to attempt to be collected, and the bouncer to point at your two droids (assuming you had them) and go "we don't serve their kind."
The tattooed white trash lady in the overly tight and not at all flattering black tank top who was apparently a regular patron was meandering from table to table drunk speaking with whomever would listen, while the bouncer did nothing. The cocktail waitress who was at the bar when I placed my order - classy as she was, drinking a double-vodka and Red Bull "because my shift is about to start" as she scarfed down a Sysco Ceasar Salad - and to be honest, her and the blonde bartender Amanda were the only two people who seemed to have any sense of the reality they were in. They knew their lot in life - and they were content with knowing that the world around them was progressively getting worse and worse and worse. All they were doing was going along for the ride.
Tattoo white trash later finally belted something to the bar and went to the rainy patio to smoke. Not sure what happened to her - though the crowd next to our table had enough to drink by 6:45pm had enough to drink that they crashed glassware and one of their company goes "OHMYGAWD! WE NEED MORE JAGER SHOTS!" (note, there was no need to yell, all forty people in the bar could hear). Sadly, of the 40 people in, our crowd of 5 was feeling like something, somewhere, was about to go down. And we were clearly at ground zero.
The lifesize poster of Eminem, sweaty, with the concert lights in his eyes, as he shouted angrily into the mic - oversaw a den of empty Texas Hold 'Em tables which led one to understand that this crapfactory of douchebaggery obviously sinks to unprecedented depths in ways no one can imagine, yet alone stomach. The ordered chips-n-queso were enough to make us cringe, and the declaration by the bouncer when he walked in about "the incident" with white trash lady prompted me to declare that we were closing out the tab. Add to that the two people smoking - inside the bar, mind you - and you realized rather quickly that this establishment is indicative of what has happened to the Richmond Strip: the trash of Alvin, Pearland, Pasadena, Richmond, Rosenberg, Conroe, Humble, Clute, and the lot have all descended on it and have turned it away from its once great days. From Sinatra to Larry the Cable Guy, it seems.
I have never left a building so fast to go into a rainstorm. And even worse was the fact that they had a "private dining room available" which one wondered what sorts of shenanigans go on there. I imagined that you swing the doors open and you will find a flea market of "off-the-truck" JBL speakers for sale at a special discount . On the way out, I noticed the sign "NO CHILDREN ALLOWED" on the door - and any place of such ill repute that makes such a statement leads one to wonder what parent would bring their kid here? Life lessons, perhaps - "Here, little Johnny, this is why mommy doesn't like your uncle to drink, see these people?"
We got in our cars, fast as could be, and sped inside the loop to Giacomo's cibo e vino, and we kissed the whole crawfish concept goodbye at the Concert Pub. To call this place a dive would actually be an insult to dives.
The Concert Pub - you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. You must be cautious.
Tons of fun! – I took a couple of my sorority sisters here when they came into town and they loved it! The drinks were very good and the service was fast. We were jamming out to every song they played. I feel bad for scorpio698 but I guess things have changed for the better at the concert pub over the past 2 years. They had valet to park for us and security in the parking lot watching over the place. I thought the waitresses were very nice and all of them had a smile on their faces! My sisters and I can't wait to go back!
Terrible – This place needs better security and parking. I was robbed at gun point here two years ago and come to find out there security cameras are dummy cameras therefore do not work and just last night my friends car was side swiped and broken wind shield and of course no cameras and whoever did it drove off as typical people do in Houston when they damage property. .. And out waitress sucked.
Awesome Venue! – The Concert Pub Galleria and North location (1960 & Kuykendahl) both have fantastic food, drink specials and rock-n-roll vibe. theconcertpub website provides a schedule of live local and national bands, DJ's and karaoke for both venues. Their staff works diligently to provide superior service. Definitely the places I recommend to my friends and family. Two great locations!!
The Place To Be!!! – Great Owner, Waitstaff, Manager, And AMAZING FOOD... If You Are Looking For A Place That Is Relaxing Go To The Boat Where The Seafood Is Amazing... Then Come Back To The Bar For Amazing Bartenders, And Great People... The Concert Pub North Is My Second Home!!!
The BEST in Night Entertainment – I frequent The Concert Pub North a little more than the one on Richmond but every time I have gone to The Concert Pub Galleria I have had a wonderful experience. The music is always awesome and the food is always amazing from the pizza to the steaks... The waitstaff has always made us feel welcome giving it a warm feeling when we are there. I have referred all of my friends and family to The Concert Pub & The Concert Pub North for that matter. If your looking for a great place to call "home" The Concert Pub is that place!!!!
Great Food, Bad Parking! – Nice waitstaff, great food, much better than typical "bar food."
They have a lot of *great* tribute bands.
Parking is dodgy though; get there early to avoid having to valet (I hate valet parking BTW).
All in all, a great place for live music.
The best live rock 'n roll in Houston! – This venue on the Richmond strip, and it's new location on 1960 @ Kuykendahl, have the best live rock music in town, and alot of it... with great live music 5 nights a week and DJ's on the pations, this is the place to be.
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