It's back.............a Houston institution returns :) Marfreless is reopening.

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  • Acera

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    For some this place held a lot of memories, did a parting thread when it shut down.
    http://www.texasguntalk.com/forums/...on-closing-after-40-years-rip-marfreless.html

    Good news is it re-opens tomorrow under new management who appears to want to keep it a lot like the old one :)

    Welcome Back Marfreless: Lovers' Lounge Again Ready For Action

    Welcome Back Marfreless: Lovers' Lounge Again Ready For Action

    Attention Houston makeout artists. Your slutty blue door is back. Well, almost.

    Marfreless, that infamous River Oaks lovers' lounge with the the equally infamous blue door, will once again welcome Houston's randiest bar patrons tomorrow, when it reopens its freshly polished doors for business. But this Marfreless will have a new 'do.

    The new owners have opted to stay "silent" for now, but have said they'll fancy up the joint a bit. Hints about the renovations have been dropping sporadically over social media during the past few weeks -- photos of stripped staircases here, notes about "private seating" there -- so it's a mystery just what, exactly, Marfreless's newest iteration will be. Details are still pretty sparse.

    But curious little creatures we are, Rocks Off implored the powers that be at Marfreless -- aka Dean Peckenpaugh, the bar's Facebook administrator -- to give us a little more information. So here's what we know.

    Major changes to the interior await your arrival.
    Instead of that old wooden bar that used to lovingly cradle your cocktail, a white marble bar sits in its place. Stop pouting and give it a chance.

    Chandeliers sit in place of the former lighting, the walls are now red (which seems quite fitting), and that all-knowing carpet has been replaced by tile, which we like to think is for obvious reasons.

    The upstairs has also changed a bit.
    But in a good way. It now boasts curtains that, and we quote, "can be drawn for privacy or opened for groups. Or, maybe drawn for groups, if that's what you're into." No comment on our part.

    The new owners still recognize that Marfreless is a makeout bar.
    What do you think those curtains are for? Or the word "groups"?

    More renovations are coming. Just not yet.
    High-end wines by the glass, a more developed food menu, and more are on their way, but all in good time. Patience, grasshopper.

    Don't worry about the fate of that naughty blue door.
    The blue gateway to heaven will remain the bar's bat signal, as it were. Same goes for the mural. Soon enough Marfreless will be home to some of your more interesting shenanigans, which means that all those tears you shed over the loss of one fantastic little dark makeout bar were in vain. But so were ours, buddy.

    Welcome back, Marfreless. You've been sorely missed.



    BTW Ben you need to clean out your PM box.
     
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    benenglish

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    sooooo its a swingers club?
    No. It's a bar. It's a Houston institution. I first visited back in the 1970s when I was in college.

    If you have a cooperative date and want to spend some quality time together, you go upstairs and there's a basic understanding that discretion is the rule of the day. There's nothing particularly seedy about it.

    Personally, I really liked the rather bookish incarnation of the place some 30+ years ago. I didn't get to see the last remodel and the pictures that accompany the article are quite different from my memories. But I'm willing to give it a chance.
     

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    Originally Posted by AKMike
    sooooo its a swingers club?

    No the swinger clubs are closer to the north side of town. :shades:

    This is a nice bar that just happened to be a good place to have some adult fun with a date.

    It used to be really under the radar. Did not advertise, did not have a sign out front, had to be told by word of mouth to know where it was. You could easily walk right pass it and never know there was a bar behind that rusty, windowless, steel door. They kept the riff-raff out and kept everything real cool and low key. You would very seldom find a hook up at the bar downstairs, so it was basically a 'bring your own babe' type of place. No working girls, etc.
     

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    It used to be really under the radar.
    That has changed, otherwise there wouldn't be articles in the press about the remodel, the demise, and the rebirth. This worries me but I'll have to see for myself.
     

    Acera

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    That has changed, otherwise there wouldn't be articles in the press about the remodel, the demise, and the rebirth. This worries me but I'll have to see for myself.

    Don't worry about that. It's just the Houston Press, nobody that can afford a decent drink reads that rag anyway. :laughing:



    (But yeah, I would give it a month or so to settle down and read some reviews of it on other websites.)
     
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