Houston’s New Hot SpotsSeptember 16, 2010 By: Jeffrey Yarbrough
Washington Avenue in Houston is teeming with everyone from locals to tourists on any given night. It’s the hot spot for trendy, yet urbanized nightlife; the diverse corridor caters to an eclectic group. Recently, there’s been an influx of activity in the area, with plenty of sports bars, pubs, lounges and clubs opening; here are the latest trends in the Space City:
Sanctuary Lounge, a new, upscale nightclub, officially replaced the recently closed Block 21. The hot spot offers varied decor and music through themed rooms like Vegas and Miami, which keep guests intrigued and entertained. Although it’s a “dress-to-impress” establishment, the happy hour is unbeatable. It is offered all evening Tuesday and Wednesday and entails $2 beers and cocktails, 25 percent off the vast selection of wine bottles and 25 percent off the gourmet cuisine. This happenin’ happy hour is also available Thursday through Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. — a solid attempt to attract the crowd early; hopefully they’ll be able to keep them through the night.
Photo courtesy of Sanctuary.
Also, Blue Label Lounge changed ownership just this past weekend. The inside gossip is the club kings from Rich's bought them out and will be doing something new with the space.
The end has come for The Social, the first nightlife spot in the Washington Avenue area. It closed its doors after eight years in business. “This place was an institution in Houston’s nightlife,” says Carlos Castillo, the GM at Reign Lounge.
And beyond the club scene, there’s more bustling on the Washington Corridor: Sugar Cane, the home of Houston Organic cocktails, specializing in all organic liquors and natural ingredients. Keeping it as local as possible this may be the only mixology bar on Washington Avenue.
Fox Hollow is a green-centric, vintage gastro lounge located in Houston’s Washington Corridor. At Fox Hollow, top hospitality professionals and spirit mixers serve affordable locally sourced, organic dishes, as well as cocktails, spirits, and a variety of boutique and undiscovered wines. The atmosphere is both eclectic and classic, using vintage purchases from around the world, including Parisian doors, stained-glass windows and antique dishes and stemware to create a unique social setting – a “haven from the everyday.”