Enjoy live music on the rooftop during Sunday brunch at B&B Butchers and Restaurant.
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Beyond the thrill of enjoying sweet and savory indulgences and sparkling cocktails, the most important part of weekend brunch is the atmosphere. And few things elevate the energy of a place like live music. While live music performances—big and small—were at a standstill because of COVID-19 restrictions for two years, the scene is beginning to return to normal, with plenty of Houston restaurants inviting live music performers back into their dining rooms and onto their patios. From energetic DJs spinning pop music beats to elegant pianists singing along to classic melodies, the city’s top brunch destinations house major talent.
Below, check out Houstonia’s picks of restaurants dishing up live music alongside your eggs Benedict.
1814 Washington Ave
Tables on the rooftop at this boutique steakhouse are some of the most sought-after in town, and during Sunday brunch they are even more desirable with the addition of live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mellow out to tunes from a solo guitarist or duo while noshing on coconut-crusted French toast, crab Louie, or the Butcher’s Benedict.
1809 Washington Ave
During Sunday brunch at B.B. Lemon, a live DJ takes residence at the restaurant’s prop lemonade stand on the turf by the cabanas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests can raise a toast to Sunday fun day with orange juice, blood orange, or grapefruit mimosas and indulge wholly on limoncello pancakes, crawfish hash, and Connecticut-style lobster rolls. Linger around, as it’s not uncommon for mariachis to make an appearance on Sundays.
888 Westheimer Rd, Ste 109
At this buzzy Italian steakhouse within the hip new Montrose Collective, live music courtesy of the house pianist begins at noon on weekends. The mellow sound of harmonious piano strains travels through the dining room, and on the scene-y wraparound patio, views of the colorful Montrose neighborhood are best. While Marmo doesn’t offer a dedicated brunch menu, lunch service includes sparkling cocktails and vibrant day offerings like blue crab bruschetta, squid ink campanelle, and chicken marsala.
1121 Uptown Park Blvd, Ste 4
This sprawling, indoor-and-outdoor live-music destination from Dallas now boasts two outposts in Houston (in Downtown and Uptown Park), and both are lively picks for weekend brunch. A revolving list of country crooners and rockers takes the stage, while guests are invited to indulge in mimosa carafes and brunch staples like French toast, country baked eggs, and smoked cheddar grits, served family-style.
5512 La Branch St
The atmosphere is set at Lucille’s on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., when resident performers the Vanguard Entertainment Group grace the patio during weekend brunch. The live jazz ensemble—complete with guitarist, saxophonist, bassist, and percussionist—intones rhythmic sounds while guests explore stick-to-your-ribs brunch eats like catfish and grits, oxtail omelets, and croissant French toast.
4105 Washington Ave
To be rare simply means to be extraordinary, and that’s precisely the experience you’ll get at Washington Corridor’s newly opened Rare. The newest restaurant from Taste Bar + Kitchen’s chef Don Bowie brings the reliable “dinner and a show” concept to life for brunch. Enjoy decadent red velvet French toast and cinnamon roll pancakes with live entertainment taking center stage—an actual stage, right there inside the restaurant!
5015 Almeda Rd
Even though our parents always told us “don’t sing at the table,” Third Ward’s Bar 5015 makes it almost impossible to refrain. As soon as you enter, you’ll be enamored with the nostalgic blast from the past—what with the DJ playing early 2000s R&B hits and the humongous Do the Right Thing sign on the wall, and even the bathrooms’ collection of vintage Black album art adorning the walls, the Almeda bar is exactly where you need to be when you’re in the mood to groove.
2712 Richmond Ave
This Upper Kirby restaurant has an environment much like a larger brunch spot, even though the space is more intimate than most. You won’t get music blasting, but it's still loud enough for you to get your shoulders working. Olive + Twist is a bit of a slow roll when you first arrive, but the atmosphere—and the drinks—increase in intensity as the day progresses.
2118 Lamar St, Ste 100
The atmosphere at this EaDo spot is ideal for the bruncher who enjoys good music with their meal. The lively gastropub brings all the makings of a great day party: shareable charcuterie boards, breakfast tacos, endless glasses of bubbly, and a DJ who will keep the vibes right all day long. Plus you can’t forget the lounge’s impeccable decor—what’s a Sunday fun day without a photo shoot with your friends?
1701 Webster St
Midtown is home to the popular jazz brunch at Phil & Derek’s. It’s a city staple for brunch, and you can enjoy your Southern-inspired dishes like lobster and waffles or catfish and grits all while being serenaded by smooth jazz and R&B. Careful, though—the music may make you abandon your plate for a quick dance break!