A Houston bar for showgirls: New F Bar is ambiguously dazzling
In an e-mail I received from a friend inviting me to the grand opening of F Bar Houston (the letter "F" in the name is ambiguous, but to keep it PG here, let’s just say it stands for "Fun") he exclaimed: “Finally, a first-class place for us showgirls!”
Having danced onstage at my third grade talent show to the colorful tune, "I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” (my performance incorporated several cartwheels) and on top of a table on New Year’s Eve at The Shore Club a few years back, he had me at "showgirl." I didn't have enough room that NYE to break out my Boy George routine, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity to make up for missed chances.
F Bar owners Irwin Palchick and Aike Jamail came across a local watering hole called Fashion Bar during a business trip to Singapore, which was the inspiration for this Houston concept.
With more than 5,700 total square feet, the former Saez and Zouk/Hue space has undergone a dazzling overhaul in décor. The modish interior includes a sparkling chandelier above the dance floor and, in addition to the main bar, an express bar for those who prefer to pay with cold hard cash and an enclosed quiet bar should your dancing stilettos need a break.
On the patio, you'll find a fire pit nestled amid two beckoning cabanas and another small outdoor bar.
The "Fun" isn't slowing any after the grand opening bash. F Bar features a daily happy hour from 5 to 9 p.m. and a nightly entertainment schedule that offers the likes of DragLive on Tuesdays, FTune Karaoke on Thursdays and DJ Tad Dvorak on Saturdays.
This bar will attract the refined and defined alike. For those wanting a refreshing break from the routine that has become South Beach and Meteor, F Bar won't disappoint.
Finally, a New York/LA-worthy gay bar arrives — and with it a much-needed boost to the Montrose nightlife scene.