Compiled By Jamie O’Toole
Benjamin Knox Wine Depot
Every Thursday night, Benjamin Knox Wine Depot has live music and dinner from Chef Tai’s Mobile Gourmet Bistro from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Wine Depot also hosts live music Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Open daily at noon, the Wine Depot offers weekly wine flights and more than 100 different wines, which guests can enjoy by the glass or the bottle.
Casa Rodriguez is a traditional Mexican food restaurant that has been serving locals for more than 30 years. They are open on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and open at 8 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, closing at 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 p.m. on Sundays. Guests can enjoy live mariachi music every First Friday and live 70s and 80s music on the second Friday of every month.
Located on Lake Bryan, Lakeside Icehouse is a restaurant and live music venue perfect for a warm summer night in Texas. Open Thursdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Icehouse’s “The Hook” Bar and Grill serves up classic American fair with a South-of-the-border flair and has performers every night beginning at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The Lemon Wedge
The Lemon Wedge is an elegant, upscale neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of downtown Bryan, serving fresh steak, seafood, and spirits. Every second Saturday of the month, the restaurant hosts live comedy beginning at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. There is also live music for First Friday and other special events. The Lemon Wedge is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. 10 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Luigi’s Patio Ristorante
Experience Italy at Luigi’s, where authentic Italian food can be enjoyed on their unique indoor patio. Never short on live music, Luigi’s has performers almost nightly and has a full jazz band Friday and Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. Luigi’s also hosts First Sunday Jazz from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month. The restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and for dinner 5:30 p.m. until at least 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and the kitchen is open until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday brunch is 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Ask about Happy Hour appetizers 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Revolution Café and Bar
An eclectic coffee shop with live music every Tuesday through Saturday night, Revolution Café and Bar boasts a laid-back atmosphere where guests can enjoy coffee, alcohol, and gourmet paninis. Revolution is open nightly until 2 a.m., and has open mic night on Wednesdays and poetry open mic night on Sundays.
Aggie owned and operated, the Shipwreck Grill is a lively local seafood restaurant with live rock music on Thursdays and Saturdays. They open daily at 11 a.m., closing at 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and at 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Both a restaurant and sports bar, the Tap is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. and offers a variety of live entertainment. For the bold and fearless, there is Karaoke every Monday night and guests can enjoy the piano bar on Wednesday nights, as well as occasional live music throughout the week.
Veritas Wine & Bistro
With a seasonal menu featuring the handiwork of Chef Tai Lee and a selection of award-winning wines, Veritas Wine and Bistro offers guests an upscale dining experience. The restaurant has live jazz music every Friday and Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., often featuring pianist Greg Tivis and bassist Steve Carr on Fridays and a piano bar with Greg Tivis on Saturdays. Veritas is open for lunch Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and opens daily at 5:30 p.m. for dinner, closing at 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Village Café
A unique artistic hub located in Downtown Bryan, the Village Café hosts live music performances and salsa dancing weekly. Salsa lessons begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays, followed by dancing that lasts until 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. respectively. Every Thursday is singer/songwriter night starting around 8 p.m. and there are live local musical performances most Friday nights, as well as Saturdays and Sundays for brunch. The Village opens daily at 8 a.m.