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Houston's nightlife deemed the best in all of America: Respected mag touts Washington Ave as world class

Houston's nightlife deemed the best in America: Iconic mag falls hard

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National Geographic cited Washington Avenue's bars as part of the reason for naming Houston on their list of the top 10 cities for nightlife. Photo by Julie Soefer/Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

National Geographic magazine has released a rather questionable list of the Top 10 Cities in the World For Nightlife. Why is it questionable?

Well, for starters, Houston is the only American city on the list, coming in at No. 8 overall. In the world.

Don't get me wrong, Houston has an interesting nightlife scene. National Geographic specifically chose to highlight "club-hopping on Washington Avenue," which the article described as "buzzy, unpretentious fun." As someone who doesn't exactly frequent the area, I can't speak to its lack of pretension, but does it really compare to club hopping in a city like Miami, Los Angeles or New York?

 Has the anonymous writer of this article ever actually been to Houston? It sounds like they might have gone to Dallas instead. 

"Take a vat of oil money, add pressed jeans and a toothy Texas grin, and you've got some mighty fine entertainment after sunset," the paragraph on Houston begins. Can you count all the stereotypes in that sentence?

The piece goes on to say "the city isn't all Stetson-and-spur cowpoke." Has the anonymous writer of this article ever actually been to Houston? It sounds like they might have gone to Dallas instead.

Following the barrage of Texas cliches, National Geographic adds that "there's excellent theater and jazz for the artsy crowd, too," suggesting that perhaps even in a city populated by rednecks, there are a few arts-loving (but probably cowboy hat-wearing) people here as well.

Ignoring the article's blatant stereotyping, does Houston really belong on a worldwide list featuring renowned party cities like Dublin, São Paulo and Ibiza? As a life-long Houstonian, I would love to say that I believe it to be true, but I really can't say I would put our party scene in the Top 10 in the world. The world is a big place and I have to believe there are at least several cities simply within the United States that feature better nightlife than Houston. 

Do you think Houston should have been named as one of the world's top cities for nightlife? Speak your mind in the comments section below.