When it comes to providing Houstonians with ways to have fun in the biggest, most over-the-top way possible, no one touches the Clé Group. Already known for their nightclubs Clé and Spire, the company expanded its portfolio last year by adding French-inspired restaurant Bisou.
Ah, but how could a large group — say between 20 and 30 people — travel from an extravagant dinner at Bisou to a night of partying at Clé? Sure, a small fleet or Uber XLs would do the trick, but that has two problems. It doesn't make much of a statement that the group is here (handclap emoji) to (handclap emoji) party (handclap emoji); also, drinking in other people's private cars is still mostly frowned on by law enforcement. A vehicle that is both larger and more fantastic is required to create the right sense of occasion.
Thankfully, the Clé Group understands this dilemma and has developed a solution in the form of a custom-branded party bus. This 2018 Ford F550 has been outfitted by Tiffany Coach Builders of Corona, California with all of the following: plush leather seats that hold up to 30 people, multiple TVs, a 16-speaker sound system, laser lights, and a pole that someone could use for dancing (or, ya know, other things).
The bus comes free for any group that agrees to a minimum spend of $5,000 split between $2,000 at Bisou and $3,000 at either club. It is also available at lunch for select business groups that want a convenient way to travel for a meal at Bisou without the hassles of parking or valet.
At first glance, that sounds like a lot of money, but these businesses are so rigorously efficient at separating wealthy young professionals from their cash that it isn't that hard to rack up a big bill. Consider that a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label that costs $50 at A'Bouzy goes for $200 at the restaurant or nightclubs, and it becomes readily apparent that even a group of 30 won't have any trouble spending $200 each on a decadent night out, especially when split between two venues.
Or just say what the hell and drop $6,000 on a three-liter bottle of Dom Perignon Luminous — at least it's cheaper than flying everybody to Vegas for the weekend.
“Our new bus offers offices and parties a unique experience not found in Houston," Clé Group founder and partner Zack Truesdell said in a statement. “By using our branded transportation in conjunction with dinner at Bisou and a great night out, we take all the pressure out of planning something so that groups can enjoy their experiences hassle-free.”
He makes a good point. Booking a bus separately is a hassle, and people are going to spend that kind of money at Clé. They've been doing it for years without the incentive of free transportation. Why not take advantage of the opportunity and make a grand entrance? It'll certainly make for a more memorable evening.