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A jukebox in a bar sounds like a great idea for curating a musical vibe—right up until somebody decides they need to hear “The Boys Are Back in Town” eight times in a row. These days, more and more watering holes are switching to streaming services, which is a boon for customers, who can access the soundtracks from their local hangouts at any time—if they know where to look. Here are our favorite Spotify playlists from Houston hotspots:

Helen Greek Food & Wine

Playlist: helen 1
Vibe: Classics old and new by Amy Winehouse, The Kinks and the Notorious B.I.G. that somehow flow together effortlessly despite a staggering variety—there are over 1,600 tracks on the list.
Perfect For: Entertaining yourself while cleaning the house

Anvil Bar & Refuge

Playlist: Anvil Busy
Vibe: A perfectly crafted mix of garage rock, indie dance and stuff you know, with Houston bands like The Tontons represented
Perfect For: Showing off your exceptional taste during a dinner party

Southside Espresso

Playlist: Don't Listen to This Playlist
Vibe: Low-key songs with a beat by Erykah Badu, Frank Ocean and Childish Gambino
Perfect For: A trill picnic

Eight Row Flint

Playlist: eight row chill
Vibe: Folksy and bluesy, with plenty of Alabama Shakes and Jason Isbell
Perfect For: Introspective mornings

Burger Joint

Playlist: Day Playlist
Vibe: Awesome and unabashedly cheesy rock and pop from the '70s and '80s
Perfect For: Singing along at the top of your lungs during a long road trip—don’t forget the air drums during “In the Air Tonight.”

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