Cigar Smoke in River Oaks

Private club aims to bring cigars back to River Oaks with throwback to colorful past

Private club aims to bring cigars back to River Oaks

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The Oakwood Social Club will open in River Oaks later this year. Oakwood Social Club/Facebook

Since popular cigar bar Downing Street switched to non-smoking (and closed shortly thereafter), the inner loop has lacked an indoor space where people could enjoy a drink and smoke a cigar, but that's going to change by the end of the year 

DMRJ Holdings, LLC announced on Wednesday that it intends to open the members-only Oakwood Social Club on the Corner Table property in the upstairs space formerly occupied by the Red Room bar.

"Oakwood Social Club’s mission is to provide a private retreat setting where you can unwind, disconnect from the common everyday activities and plug in to a private members-only experience elevated by cigars, libations, ambiance, entertainment, and more," the company said in a statement.

Similar in concept to The Marque, the private club in CityCentre that closed in March, Oakwood will offer its members a comfortable place to sip cocktails, smoke cigars, and socialize. The Corner Table kitchen will serve a menu of food that's exclusive to the space. As membership grows, Oakwood plans to add non-smoking meeting facilities, semi-private office spaces, and a game room.  

Oakwood's name harkens back to an oak mill that existed on the property in 1919. The club claims the space also served as an illegal speakeasy during Prohibition. Decor and historical artifacts will pay homage to this legacy. 

Want to get a sneak peek? The club will host pre-renovation previews on September 27 and 28. Interested parties should email for more information.