Meridian Living Ctr

★★★★☆

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Why does this venue have 4 stars when everyone (excluding the editer) has hated it, since 2008? The door people are rude and nobody will take your coat, even if you pay them. There is no way to get cash because the ATM is always broken and they refuse to do cash back at the bar ( I couldn't buy any merch/t-shirts). They have no salt for your beer or tequila and no sweet-n-sour, either. Most of the bartenders were rude and unfriendly (even when I tipped them way too much).
If your looking for somewhere fun, with live music, try FITZGERALD'S or House of Blues, instead. Those places are much more welcoming. If you have to go to Meridian, bring cash and remember that you were warned.

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★☆☆☆☆

Why does this venue have 4 stars when everyone (excluding the editer) has hated it, since 2008? The door people are rude and nobody will take your coat, even if you pay them. There is no way to get cash because the ATM is always broken and they refuse to do cash back at the bar ( I couldn't buy any merch/t-shirts). They have no salt for your beer or tequila and no sweet-n-sour, either. Most of the bartenders were rude and unfriendly (even when I tipped them way too much).
If your looking for somewhere fun, with live music, try FITZGERALD'S or House of Blues, instead. Those places are much more welcoming. If you have to go to Meridian, bring cash and remember that you were warned.

Cons: worst service - sound qualility is lacking

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I went to see John Lee Hooker, Jr. recently. I was really disappointed. Tried to hit me up for $5 for parking but I parked on the street and felt as if my car was as safe as in the paid parking lot. The show was advertised as starting at 8pm but didn't start nearly 11 pm. I realized right away the accoustics were bad. It was like being in giant box without any insulation. The sound guy didn't have a clue and allowed the band to overpower Hookers vocals. I guess he thought playing with the smoke machine made up for lacking in everything else. There was also another set of head banger bands playing and they bled over into the room where JLH was playing. I'm guessing he didn't realize what the place was like or wouldn't have allowed the booking. As far as pros....I didn't really find any except the beer was cold. I had to fill out the rating before I could publish this. WIsh there was a negative rating because I don't feel right even giving them one star.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to see John Lee Hooker, Jr. recently. I was really disappointed. Tried to hit me up for $5 for parking but I parked on the street and felt as if my car was as safe as in the paid parking lot. The show was advertised as starting at 8pm but didn't start nearly 11 pm. I realized right away the accoustics were bad. It was like being in giant box without any insulation. The sound guy didn't have a clue and allowed the band to overpower Hookers vocals. I guess he thought playing with the smoke machine made up for lacking in everything else. There was also another set of head banger bands playing and they bled over into the room where JLH was playing. I'm guessing he didn't realize what the place was like or wouldn't have allowed the booking. As far as pros....I didn't really find any except the beer was cold. I had to fill out the rating before I could publish this. WIsh there was a negative rating because I don't feel right even giving them one star.

Pros: Honestly didn't find any.

Cons: Bad accoustics, no seating, didn't start on time

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This place is a joke for mixed drinks or even beers for that matter. If you want to spend way too much money for a 6 ounce plastic cup filled to the brim w/ ice & hardly any alcohol content, this is your place. A "can" of Heineken is $5.00, no bottles available.. I felt like a giant sucking machine was connected to my wallet in order for me and my crew to cop a buzz. Don't do it man, party before the show someplace else or sneak in your flask because its an insult to pay so much for a plastic freakin cup filled w/ ice!

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is a joke for mixed drinks or even beers for that matter. If you want to spend way too much money for a 6 ounce plastic cup filled to the brim w/ ice & hardly any alcohol content, this is your place. A "can" of Heineken is $5.00, no bottles available.. I felt like a giant sucking machine was connected to my wallet in order for me and my crew to cop a buzz. Don't do it man, party before the show someplace else or sneak in your flask because its an insult to pay so much for a plastic freakin cup filled w/ ice!

Pros: Good Sound Quality

Cons: Overpriced Drinks, No Ambiance

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i like the meridian. i'm not sure i like the idea of two venues in one, each with a seperate cover, though. having said this, the place is large enough for dancing and is professionally run. as others note, the toilet rooms are relatively new and clean. the main draw of the meridian's concert and dance hall is obviously the entertainment they book. i've not been to the 'other' lounge-like venue yet. parking is $5 at nearby lots where owners have found a secondary means of generating income from their strip center. event tickets are available at the door before the show or on-line through ticketmaster, but there's an added $6 charge. the 2 bars inside the concert hall are okay, but i would have liked to check out the other lounge to take a break from the live bands and possibly meet some people. after all, people don't come to concerts to meet other people, they come to hear and see the act.

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★★★★☆

i like the meridian. i'm not sure i like the idea of two venues in one, each with a seperate cover, though. having said this, the place is large enough for dancing and is professionally run. as others note, the toilet rooms are relatively new and clean. the main draw of the meridian's concert and dance hall is obviously the entertainment they book. i've not been to the 'other' lounge-like venue yet. parking is $5 at nearby lots where owners have found a secondary means of generating income from their strip center. event tickets are available at the door before the show or on-line through ticketmaster, but there's an added $6 charge. the 2 bars inside the concert hall are okay, but i would have liked to check out the other lounge to take a break from the live bands and possibly meet some people. after all, people don't come to concerts to meet other people, they come to hear and see the act.

Pros: good acts, professionally run, clean

Cons: lounge and dance hall each have seperate covers

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Seriously, this place rocks. This is undoubtedly the best venue in Houston for live music. I've been to several shows of varying genres... all were fantastic. The management and staff are by far the most friendly and coolest around.

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★★★★★

Seriously, this place rocks. This is undoubtedly the best venue in Houston for live music. I've been to several shows of varying genres... all were fantastic. The management and staff are by far the most friendly and coolest around.

Pros: Best sound in town.

Cons: None

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I love concerts at the Meridian... The sound is incredible and the staff is warm and friendly. A great place to relax, listen to music, grab a drink and just have a great night. The central, easy to get to location and ample parking is a nice change from the chaos of Main street.

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★★★★★

I love concerts at the Meridian... The sound is incredible and the staff is warm and friendly. A great place to relax, listen to music, grab a drink and just have a great night. The central, easy to get to location and ample parking is a nice change from the chaos of Main street.

Pros: great shows, sound, staff, locations

Cons: They are not open every night!!!

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This place is pretty big when you get inside. I first came here for RENT which is a monthly house music party held on the last Saturday of every month. Alot of shows/concerts are held here because it is a nice sized venue in the middle of downtown. This place can get really smokey though, so bring a smoke mask!

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★★★★☆

This place is pretty big when you get inside. I first came here for RENT which is a monthly house music party held on the last Saturday of every month. Alot of shows/concerts are held here because it is a nice sized venue in the middle of downtown. This place can get really smokey though, so bring a smoke mask!

Pros: Spacious, Parking, Location

Cons: Fills up with smoke

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Last night I went to The Meridian to see Nickel Creek. I have been a fan for years and purchased tickets well in advance. I also requested my tickets be held at will call to avoid the additional charge for shipping. I arrived over an hour early and there was already a line starting. Now, any other concert or event I have ever been to will open will call at least an hour before doors open. This was not the case. We waited in line, ticketless, for over an hour. As doors were opening, the line that wrapped around the building was then divided into two sections: those with tickets in hand in one line, will call and those needing to purchase tickets in another. This is where things began to get confusing. We were told that the lines would be permitted to enter at the same time (we wanted to get in early to get a good view; the whole reason for sitting outside for an hour to begin with). This is not what happened. The will call line was held as most of the other line was admitted. When we get to the front we find that we were all ultimately going to the same place, they were only checking purses at the front! We then discovered that ticketmaster had not delivered the tickets. I understand this is not fault of the club but that hour in line could have easliy been spent solving this problem if they had opened will call earlier. We calmly made this suggestion to people at the front desk only to be told that we could cut the attitude or leave. Ignoring the comment to avoid any escalation, we were finally admitted.
Since we were no longer able to get a good spot, we sat on one of the couches for a drink before the show. My boyfriend had his feet up and was slouching, nearly laying down, when the bouncer told him he couldn't lay down because this is a bar. So, he sat up with his feet still up and asked if that was okay. The bouncer told him that if he was going to be a smartass he could leave.
I doubt we will ever go there again.

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★★☆☆☆

Last night I went to The Meridian to see Nickel Creek. I have been a fan for years and purchased tickets well in advance. I also requested my tickets be held at will call to avoid the additional charge for shipping. I arrived over an hour early and there was already a line starting. Now, any other concert or event I have ever been to will open will call at least an hour before doors open. This was not the case. We waited in line, ticketless, for over an hour. As doors were opening, the line that wrapped around the building was then divided into two sections: those with tickets in hand in one line, will call and those needing to purchase tickets in another. This is where things began to get confusing. We were told that the lines would be permitted to enter at the same time (we wanted to get in early to get a good view; the whole reason for sitting outside for an hour to begin with). This is not what happened. The will call line was held as most of the other line was admitted. When we get to the front we find that we were all ultimately going to the same place, they were only checking purses at the front! We then discovered that ticketmaster had not delivered the tickets. I understand this is not fault of the club but that hour in line could have easliy been spent solving this problem if they had opened will call earlier. We calmly made this suggestion to people at the front desk only to be told that we could cut the attitude or leave. Ignoring the comment to avoid any escalation, we were finally admitted.
Since we were no longer able to get a good spot, we sat on one of the couches for a drink before the show. My boyfriend had his feet up and was slouching, nearly laying down, when the bouncer told him he couldn't lay down because this is a bar. So, he sat up with his feet still up and asked if that was okay. The bouncer told him that if he was going to be a smartass he could leave.
I doubt we will ever go there again.

Pros: Good music and prices

Cons: Unfriendly staff and poor organization

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me and my lady decided to start going to clubs again, I'm from houston, but it had been a while since I went to a club. I wore a Long sleeve and square toe boots, I think i was a bit overdressed, i should of wore a t-shirt and diesel shoes. The DJ's where awsome, the house music was definately happening, I totally recomend it.

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★★★★☆

me and my lady decided to start going to clubs again, I'm from houston, but it had been a while since I went to a club. I wore a Long sleeve and square toe boots, I think i was a bit overdressed, i should of wore a t-shirt and diesel shoes. The DJ's where awsome, the house music was definately happening, I totally recomend it.

Pros: the bar tenders totally sucked

Cons: the crowd was happening

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I went to Meridian to see Sam Bush and was blown away by the opener Classical Grass. That's one of the things I love about Meridian-they bring in new acts along with the popular repeats. I also like that they have different kinds of music - not just the same thing. I love jam and they seem to have really sewed that up with great shows, but I also like some new stuff and rockabilly (shame on anyone who missed the Blasters! Great show!). I wish they had food, but you can eat and get there early enough to chill in the small room before the show - plenty of drinks (good $) and usually something funky playing on the big screen. The shows in different rooma are a cool option. The staff's cool and you don't park a mile away.

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★★★★★

I went to Meridian to see Sam Bush and was blown away by the opener Classical Grass. That's one of the things I love about Meridian-they bring in new acts along with the popular repeats. I also like that they have different kinds of music - not just the same thing. I love jam and they seem to have really sewed that up with great shows, but I also like some new stuff and rockabilly (shame on anyone who missed the Blasters! Great show!). I wish they had food, but you can eat and get there early enough to chill in the small room before the show - plenty of drinks (good $) and usually something funky playing on the big screen. The shows in different rooma are a cool option. The staff's cool and you don't park a mile away.

Pros: Great mix of acts, Best sound! Good Vibe, Cool staff

Cons: Cute bar manager, won't go out w/me

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we went to see the north mississippi allstars at the meridian and i had an absolute blast.the band layed down some of the funkiest blues grooves ive heard in a long time ,and the electrified washboard was a mindblower!! as long as the meridian keeps getting shows like this im gonna keep going there!!
one note ,they dont have any food but we lucked out ad found a place just a block away called the district seven grill ,i had the grilled tuna sandwich with homeade steak fries ,yummy!!
next time i go to see a show ill have dinner there again!!
all in all it was a excellent combo,the meridian and district seven!!

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★★★★★

we went to see the north mississippi allstars at the meridian and i had an absolute blast.the band layed down some of the funkiest blues grooves ive heard in a long time ,and the electrified washboard was a mindblower!! as long as the meridian keeps getting shows like this im gonna keep going there!!
one note ,they dont have any food but we lucked out ad found a place just a block away called the district seven grill ,i had the grilled tuna sandwich with homeade steak fries ,yummy!!
next time i go to see a show ill have dinner there again!!
all in all it was a excellent combo,the meridian and district seven!!

Pros: great parking, great bar staff!, inexspensive

Cons: no negro modelo

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I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE @ THE GWAR SHOW THIS PAST NOV.. THE SOUND WAS EXCELLENT, THE BAR SERVICE WAS GOOD FOR HOW PACT THE BAR WAS, AND THE BARTENDERS WERE VERY PERSONABLE AND FRIENDLY. THE AMBIENCE WAS NOTHING LESS THEN WHAT YOU'D EXPECT AT GWAR. THE BAND HAD THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES, I KNOW BECAUSE I GOT TO PARTY BACKSTAGE WITH THEM, AND YOU COULD TELL THAT THEY WERE FULLY ENJOYING THEMSELVES. THE MERIDIAN HAS A GREAT HISTORY OF BANDS THAT HAVE PLAYED THERE, AND THE LIST JUST KEEPS ON GETTING BIGGER! I SO CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE SHOW IN MARCH, AND THAT SEX PISTOLS EXPERIENCE LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE VERY NOSTALGIC AND TRUE TO FORM...THAT'S DEFINTIELY ON MY LIST OF MUST SEE SHOWS, TOO! YOU'LL DEFINITELY SEE ME FREQUENTING MERIDIAN SHOWS, THAT'S FOR SURE!

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★★★★★

I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE @ THE GWAR SHOW THIS PAST NOV.. THE SOUND WAS EXCELLENT, THE BAR SERVICE WAS GOOD FOR HOW PACT THE BAR WAS, AND THE BARTENDERS WERE VERY PERSONABLE AND FRIENDLY. THE AMBIENCE WAS NOTHING LESS THEN WHAT YOU'D EXPECT AT GWAR. THE BAND HAD THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES, I KNOW BECAUSE I GOT TO PARTY BACKSTAGE WITH THEM, AND YOU COULD TELL THAT THEY WERE FULLY ENJOYING THEMSELVES. THE MERIDIAN HAS A GREAT HISTORY OF BANDS THAT HAVE PLAYED THERE, AND THE LIST JUST KEEPS ON GETTING BIGGER! I SO CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE SHOW IN MARCH, AND THAT SEX PISTOLS EXPERIENCE LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE VERY NOSTALGIC AND TRUE TO FORM...THAT'S DEFINTIELY ON MY LIST OF MUST SEE SHOWS, TOO! YOU'LL DEFINITELY SEE ME FREQUENTING MERIDIAN SHOWS, THAT'S FOR SURE!

Pros: PERSONABLE BAR STAFF, FRIENDLY OWNERS (BOB), MAIN ROOM SOUND

Cons: NO PINEAPPLE JUICE

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This Was one of the best venues ever super hot bar staff and barbacks. they all seemed to truely enjoy working there. the view of down town couldn't be better especially to give local and touring bands a big bite of houston. i love you meidian. i think i have a new crush!!!

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★★★★★

This Was one of the best venues ever super hot bar staff and barbacks. they all seemed to truely enjoy working there. the view of down town couldn't be better especially to give local and touring bands a big bite of houston. i love you meidian. i think i have a new crush!!!

Pros: blood, guts, glory

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The best place to see live music that I have ever been to.

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★★★★★

The best place to see live music that I have ever been to.

 

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