Although it's still unclear when exactly the funeral home bars at 3320 Kirby opened (some say it was two weekends ago, but there's a picture on the swimming pool's Facebook page — yes, the pool has its own Facebook page — dated March 7), we can report that they are indeed open for business now.
(We're also happy to report that the rumor going around that the pool was a pre-existing sanitation bath for cadavers is false.)
If you're unsure of the bars' hours — and it's an easy mistake, with none posted online — there's a simple test. If there's not a stern-looking, suited-up bouncer with a velvet rope in hand (line or no line), it's not open.
We went by a little after 10 last Friday night to check out Roak — one of several watering holes in the place that has inspired such passionate feelings among both its supporters and detractors — and we have to say, we kind of like the set up.
It's a bit out-of-place in Houston in its lounge-y-ness, but the front and back bars, pool-side cabana area and fabric-covered walls scream for bottle service, birthday celebrations and banquette-dancing.
After a few drinks and about an hour the crowd had picked up slightly, but not enough to instigate a dance party without some awkward stares. We hear it livened up later, and we've resolved to go back with bikinis in our bags.
The neighboring Hendricks Pub is also open, but no news yet on the other bar, OTC.