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New upscale Houston nightclub aims for sophistication and a VIP clientele, but membership is surprisingly easy

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2855 Manpreet Dhillon, from left,Patti Contrasto and Roxie Puente at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Manpreet Dhillon, from left, Patti Contrasto and Roxie Puente. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2826 Will Walsh, from left, Lindsey George and Thomas Gribble at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Will Walsh, from left, Lindsey George and Thomas Gribble. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2840 Scott Beverly, from left, Tiffany Halik and Chris Beverly at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Scott Beverly, from left, Tiffany Halik and Chris Beverly. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2811 Meghann Smith, from left, J.L. Carpenter and Brandee Karr at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Meghann Smith, from left, J.L. Carpenter and Brandee Karr. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2878 Juan Cao, from left, George Hermes and Joe Arbeely at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Juan Cao, from left, George Hermes and Joe Arbeely. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2838 Saba Asfaha, left, and Vanessa Hughes at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Saba Asfaha, left, and Vanessa Hughes. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2797 Adrian Duenas, from left, Karen Hernandez-Lix and Marcelo Saenz at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Adrian Duenas, from left, Karen Hernandez-Lix and Marcelo Saenz. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2812 Erica Gonzalez and Heath Irlbeck at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Erica Gonzalez and Heath Irlbeck. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2803 Prethi Mabbu, left, and Mariam Malik at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Prethi Mabbu, left, and Mariam Malik. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2795 Ish Johnson and Naja Taylor at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014.
Ish Johnson and Naja Taylor. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2746 Alejandro Armijos, from left, Ronel Golden and Owen Davies at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Alejandro Armijos, from left, Ronel Golden and Owen Davies. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2735 Sarah Hartland, left, and Anne Burgot at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Sarah Hartland, left, and Anne Burgot. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2786 Crimson Staffer at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Crimson staffer. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2733 Floral arrangement by Lexis Florist at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Floral arrangement by Lexis Florist. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2762 Floral arrangement by Lexis Florist at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
Floral arrangement by Lexis Florist. Photo by Aelish Wilmont
2855 Manpreet Dhillon, from left,Patti Contrasto and Roxie Puente at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2826 Will Walsh, from left, Lindsey George and Thomas Gribble at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2840 Scott Beverly, from left, Tiffany Halik and Chris Beverly at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2811 Meghann Smith, from left, J.L. Carpenter and Brandee Karr at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2878 Juan Cao, from left, George Hermes and Joe Arbeely at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2838 Saba Asfaha, left, and Vanessa Hughes at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2797 Adrian Duenas, from left, Karen Hernandez-Lix and Marcelo Saenz at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2812 Erica Gonzalez and Heath Irlbeck at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2803 Prethi Mabbu, left, and Mariam Malik at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2795 Ish Johnson and Naja Taylor at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014.
2746 Alejandro Armijos, from left, Ronel Golden and Owen Davies at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2735 Sarah Hartland, left, and Anne Burgot at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2786 Crimson Staffer at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2733 Floral arrangement by Lexis Florist at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014
2762 Floral arrangement by Lexis Florist at the Crimson grand opening party July 2014

What: VIP grand opening of the luxe lounge Crimson.

Where: In the lounge's swank digs, next door to Lumen Lounge. And while some might call the location the Upper Kirby District, we would call it West University with 5018 Kirby Drive several blocks south of the Southwest Freeway.

The 411: High-level hobnobbing and quaffing premium liquids — Dom Perignon, Grey Goose and Circulo Tequila — were the order of the night in the new club where sophistication is the operative word. First-time visitors discovered a sleek vibe where white leather banquettes and tufted ottomans, white leather bar stools and sparkling chandeliers played to the owner's plan for an upscale approach to nightlife.

Hold on to your cellphones, kiddos, as this is a membership only lounge. But it's an easy membership  — merely becoming a friend of Crimson on Facebook where you can check out photos of the interiors. Owner Joe Arbeely, we are told, is hoping to attract tastemakers and business professionals, basically an upscale clientele. Gold cards and Centurions welcome.

Who: Will Walsh, Lindsey George, Thomas Gribble, Scott Beverly, Chris Beverly, Saba Asfaha, Vanessa Hughes, Sarah Hartland, Anne Burgot, Ish Johnson, Naja Taylor, Meghann Smith, J.L. Carpenter and Brandee Karr.

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