Once the location of an Humble jailhouse, courthouse and firehouse, Green Oaks Tavern holds rich history within its walls.

The building is situated on Main Street in Humble, noticeable from the road by the two old trees wrapped in green lights sticking out of the raised front patio. Green Oaks Tavern, which is owned by husband and wife Steve and Debbie Bixby, is one of the few spots that offers live music six nights a week in the Lake Houston area.

The Bixbys purchased the bar in April 2016, about two decades after the building was converted into a bar in the late 1990s. Then the couple added in a sound system for live music once they took ownership, creating the environment patrons recognize today.

It’s fitting that the building serves as a bar now, as it was likely surrounded by bars during its days as a government facility, Steve said.

“It’s 1928, the height of the oil boom,” Bixby said. “Built on this little dirt road, it’s called Main Street, there was mostly bars because of the kind of people that were working out in those oil fields. Remember 1928 — no air conditioning, not much in the way of refrigeration and stuff. I’m thinking probably just whiskey bowls and dirty glasses, you know what I mean. It’s like the cowboy movies.”

Rich history

77彩票网appThe front entrance is open until the live music performance starts in the “best little listening room in Texas,” as Steve calls it. They have had musicians ranging from local artists to those who come in from various places across the nation. Ironically, the bar wraps around the outer edges of what would have likely been the cell rooms, proved by the iron cell windows that still line the walls of the bar.

The original iron jail door still exists outside of the secondary bar door, adding a security door for the owners and a photo opportunity for visitors when it’s open.

“It kind of goes along with the blues theme,” Steve said.

77彩票网appThe courtroom was located above the bar, but it is now a completely furnished four-bedroom apartment, with a full kitchen and living room. For the most part, the Bixbys use the space for the artists who come to play. Sometimes, artists will even use it the whole weekend as they perform in the Houston area.

Small-town feel

The bar offers a sense of a small-town community environment that the Bixbys are used to. By offering more than just adult beverages, Debbie hopes to provide a little something for everyone in her hometown.

Many of those who come through her door are people she met along the way before opening the bar, including Randy Moore, who was the artist of the night on Dec. 18 — Debbie taught him at Humble High School in the 1970s. Moore played with Kevin and Derek Swanson, who are also Humble High School graduates.

“I grew up here, so it’s wonderful to see people that you’ve known,” Debbie said. “...So it’s like a family.”

Humble beginnings

The Bixbys met while listening to live music down the street from Green Oak Tavern, at a bar called the Cactus Moon. Cactus Moon moved to Kingwood in 2003 before it eventually closed. At the time, Steve was a bar manager working night shifts at a country club in The Woodlands.

77彩票网appThe bar’s departure left Debbie without a place to listen to live music. So she spent her weekends searching for live music and growing relationships with the musicians that sometimes play at their bar now.

“He had wonderful music in (Cactus Moon), and after he moved and it closed I was spoiled,” Debbie said. “Where do I go? I was driving (to) different places in Houston - internet wasn’t that good back then - (looking at) little papers, trying to figure out what I was going to do that weekend and where I was going to go.”

77彩票网appNow, the Bixbys have returned the favor and created their own slice of history in Humble.

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