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Champagne Johnny Manziel parties with friends at trendy River Oaks bistro and TexMex hot spot

Champagne Johnny Manziel parties with friends at hot River Oaks bistro

Give me liberty or give me champagne!

That could be the rallying cry for the much-maligned Johnny Manziel, who can't throw a bender without being labeled an alcoholic. That unwelcome tag didn't seem to phase the Cleveland Brown's quarterback as he and friends toasted with Veuve Cliquot Rosé at Brasserie 19 on Sunday afternoon.

While H-Town's answer to St. Barts Nikki Beach (all those chic hipsters) was packed to the rafters, Champagne Johnny, his fetching girlfriend Colleen Crowley and five other friends took a table on the patio at the popular River Oaks bistro. Never mind that it was 3:30 in the afternoon, just about everyone in B-19 was celebrating the first day of sunshine in days with adult beverages.

We're not sure whether Manziel was playing it incognito with his bright orange ski cap pulled down over his brow or was just keeping warm in the afternoon chill.

We're not sure whether Manziel was playing it incognito with his bright orange ski cap pulled down over his brow or was just keeping warm in the afternoon chill. But there was no denying the blonde Crowley, whom the 22-year-old was spotted kissing several times.

The former Texas A&M football star took a more subtle approach to socializing on Saturday when around 3 o'clock, he and four friends had a table at Cyclone Anaya's Midtown location. No booze on the tab on this damp and chilly afternoon. By all accounts he was low-key and spent most of the time looking at his cell phone.

As one observer noted, "He's very small in stature. By the way he's behaved the last few years he seems small in other ways. Hopefully he'll figure things out. For himself." 

Brasserie 19 Houston exterior day
The outdoor patio at Brasserie 19 was Johnny Manziel's perch when he stopped in for late lunch and champage on Sunday. Google Plus