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Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge

A trippy visit to a circus-themed wonderland

This dive bar is where an eclectic, tattoo-friendly crowd heads to chill-out after spending some time next door at its more staid sibling Continental Club. Sometimes there’s local live music but mostly this is a Fellini-esque circus-themed lounge where you can relax with friends. Some of the interiors date all the way back to when the space was a toy store in the 1930s and '40s, alongside vintage posters, folk art and strange odds and ends, all bathed in eerie red light. If the sight of clowns scares you . . . be forewarned.

Forget happy hour: Big Top doesn't open until 8 p.m.

3714 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
Sun: Closed
Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: 9pm - 2am
Thu: 9pm - 2am
Fri: 9pm - 2am
Sat: 9pm - 2am
  • Live Music
  • Patio/Outdoor Dining