LOCAL Houston | The City Guide May 2017 - Page 33

By Mike Cook Photography by Jenn Duncan It’s an Entertainment Issue miracle! Just in time, a neighborhood favorite reemerges. While it now looks poised to be a solid dive bar, it also happens to be one of Houston’s great venues for blues and rock, so it‘s only fitting for this issue. And without fur- ther ado, Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar is back [rounds of applause]. Closed for a while there, the “new” Dan Electro’s was reopened by Heights neighbors in March, and rest assured they are ready to rock (but only between 8–12 on Friday and Saturday nights – gotta be a good neighbor) and roll seven days a week as a full bar (this is new). In music terms, this whole reopening is like Bon Iver winning a Grammy. This “new” Dan Electro’s wants to be more noticeable to the greater public and a better neigh- bor where previously Dan was, let’s just say, underappreciated. Anyway, the full bar really changes Dan’s (first-name basis) ap- proach; it‘s a great watering hole for the hood. And the farmers market on Sundays, along with crawfish boils, just adds to the new appeal. But listen, Dan’s is still a little rundown. Don’t let that deter you, though – it’s part of the charm. The backyard is also part of the charm, complete with patios, a shed, weeds, patio furniture, picnic tables, an old grill and hanging lights right next to actual residential neighbors. Real deal. Inside, Dan has a corner stage just past the bar, a great pool table and jukebox, a stack of board games for entertainment when there isn’t a show and you need something more than people, and of course, plenty of seating. Since it’s still early in the reopening, rather than telling you about the patrons, we’ll point you in the direction of the shows so you can attend one, or pick a random day to stop by and experience them for yourself. All events will be posted on Facebook because, like the sign says, of course, they are on the Internet. By the time you read this, there will be a keg cooler full of 8–10 kegs of beer which will allow for draft beer to be poured from taps featuring local Heights breweries such as Eureka Heights and Town in City. There will a lso be a frozen machine cranking, rotating specialties round and round for your frozen drink plea- sure. These accompany a solid selection of bottled and canned beers, Topo Chico for the hip and a whole back bar of spirits. New Dan Electro’s aims to please and looks poised to make some great drinks to go with great music and fans alike! Just take the Grammy now, Best New Bar. Just take it!! 4.10.2017 4:53pm may 17 | L O C A L 33