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Antique bar opened on Main near Anita. My friend and I walked over to from a few friends' place nearby aftter playing poker to check out this bar. We were told by the guy at the door that they have a private party tonight even though the bar is open. Fair enough. But as we were walking off, two white girls walk up and they are unaware of any party and the guy was welcoming them in. My friend and I are minorities. I have heard of this happening to a few people when a new trendy place opens up, but this is a first hand experience.

I had higher expectations of this place considering they were promoting antiques and historical stuff, but this is turning into another trendy wanna-be douchebag bar.

I suggest people should enjoy Community (Wine) Bar nearby. It is one of the better low key recent establishments in the area.

Irfan

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Antique bar opened on Main near Anita. My friend and I walked over to from a few friends' place nearby aftter playing poker to check out this bar. We were told by the guy at the door that they have a private party tonight even though the bar is open. Fair enough. But as we were walking off, two white girls walk up and they are unaware of any party and the guy was welcoming them in. My friend and I are minorities. I have heard of this happening to a few people when a new trendy place opens up, but this is a first hand experience.

I had higher expectations of this place considering they were promoting antiques and historical stuff, but this is turning into another trendy wanna-be douchebag bar.

I suggest people should enjoy Community (Wine) Bar nearby. It is one of the better low key recent establishments in the area.

Irfan

That's Midtown for ya. The island in lower Midtown and a handful of localized bars are all that remains of the douchy-free zone.

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That's Midtown for ya. The island in lower Midtown and a handful of localized bars are all that remains of the douchy-free zone.

I had no idea this bar was open. From the looks of their website, it looks like a really cool place. I'll have to go check it out w/ my wife soon. Besides, I'd rather have this than an empty building surrounded by cracked out thugs that used to hang around here. We need more places like this in that area.

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I had no idea this bar was open. From the looks of their website, it looks like a really cool place. I'll have to go check it out w/ my wife soon. Besides, I'd rather have this than an empty building surrounded by cracked out thugs that used to hang around here. We need more places like this in that area.

It was Main Street Improv until they got some water damage and had to shut down.

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Antique bar opened on Main near Anita. My friend and I walked over to from a few friends' place nearby aftter playing poker to check out this bar. We were told by the guy at the door that they have a private party tonight even though the bar is open. Fair enough. But as we were walking off, two white girls walk up and they are unaware of any party and the guy was welcoming them in. My friend and I are minorities. I have heard of this happening to a few people when a new trendy place opens up, but this is a first hand experience.

I had higher expectations of this place considering they were promoting antiques and historical stuff, but this is turning into another trendy wanna-be douchebag bar.

I suggest people should enjoy Community (Wine) Bar nearby. It is one of the better low key recent establishments in the area.

Irfan

Same thing happened to me at another establishment over off Washington, smurf. If it's Saturday night and you aren't dressed right, you won't get in. I was dressed down, VERY down, talkin jeans and a less than flattering pull over polo. I am sure that if I had worn an Affliction t-shirt that had been "be-dazzled" I would have gotten in with no questions. Unfortunately the douchebag doorman didn't know that I knew the owner, and after a quick phone call, he was promptly corrected of his faux-pas and my buddy and I were escorted in, post-haste, with a nice fat apology from the doorman.

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Same thing happened to me at another establishment over off Washington, smurf. If it's Saturday night and you aren't dressed right, you won't get in. I was dressed down, VERY down, talkin jeans and a less thna flattering pull over polo. I am sure that if I had worn an Affliction t-shirt that had been "be-dazzled" I would have gotten in with no questions. Unfortunately the douchebag doorman didn't know that I knew the owner, and after a quick phone call, he was promptly corrected of his faux-pas and my buddy and I were escorted in post-haste with a nice fat apology from the doorman.

Was this Bronx Bar, by chance?

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Antique bar opened on Main near Anita. My friend and I walked over to from a few friends' place nearby aftter playing poker to check out this bar. We were told by the guy at the door that they have a private party tonight even though the bar is open. Fair enough. But as we were walking off, two white girls walk up and they are unaware of any party and the guy was welcoming them in. My friend and I are minorities. I have heard of this happening to a few people when a new trendy place opens up, but this is a first hand experience.

I had higher expectations of this place considering they were promoting antiques and historical stuff, but this is turning into another trendy wanna-be douchebag bar.

I suggest people should enjoy Community (Wine) Bar nearby. It is one of the better low key recent establishments in the area.

Irfan

We are Indian ( Ultimate minority ), but we got right in with no problem. The only problem we have ever had was dress codes. Most people are very nice, but we get some strange looks. No problem, we are different!

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We are Indian ( Ultimate minority ),

Unless we're talking globally here. The Indians and the Chinese are in a near constant fecundity battle for plurality domination. Based on hearsay, I suspect the Indians will ultimately win. A friend of mine who'd spent some time in India has said Mumbai makes Manhattan look like a sprawling suburb.

Unless... unless you meant you were an American Indian.... Then yeah, you are the ultimate minority. You can thank small pox, gold lust and Manifest Destiny for that.

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Spoke with Nouveau via their Facebook page without describing the specific incident that you encountered and they say Saturday was a soft opening limited to invitees. They say they are now completely open to the public, going forward. Try getting in again, smurf. I'm really curious about this.

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Unless we're talking globally here. The Indians and the Chinese are in a near constant fecundity battle for plurality domination. Based on hearsay, I suspect the Indians will ultimately win. A friend of mine who'd spent some time in India has said Mumbai makes Manhattan look like a sprawling suburb.

Unless... unless you meant you were an American Indian.... Then yeah, you are the ultimate minority. You can thank small pox, gold lust and Manifest Destiny for that.

No, I was talking about Indians in America, not American Indians. Home of Bollywood, and over a million people per square mile... as well as the most beautiful women in the World... Yes!

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No, I was talking about Indians in America, not American Indians. Home of Bollywood, and over a million people per square mile... as well as the most beautiful women in the World... Yes!

wait, I'm confused, are you talking about Indian women, or Filipino women?

I only ask because my fiance is Filipino, and well, she is the most beautiful woman in the world.

I'll agree to disagree!

:D

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wait, I'm confused, are you talking about Indian women, or Filipino women?

I only ask because my fiance is Filipino, and well, she is the most beautiful woman in the world.

I'll agree to disagree!

:D

Dude, using this forum to try and score points with your oldlady just before Valentine's Day is just................sad. ;)

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wait, I'm confused, are you talking about Indian women, or Filipino women?

I only ask because my fiance is Filipino, and well, she is the most beautiful woman in the world.

I'll agree to disagree!

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Good point to ponder... Solution: Let's all meet at the club, and bring our women. We can sponsor a, "Most Beautiful Woman In The World " contest.Lol!

Seriously Samagon, have a great Valentine's Day with your Filipino baby. I'll agree to change my opinion in honor of your fiance', and say instead, that Indian women are some of the most beautiful women in the World...O.K.?

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My wife and I met some friends here last night to check out this place. Needless to say, it's one of our favorite places now. Good music, cool vibe, decently priced drinks, and it's a place you can actually have a conversation instead of screaming over music. Also, TONS of free parking. I think this is the only bar in Midtown with a huge parking lot that you just pull up into and walk inside the place.... very awesome.

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My wife and I met some friends here last night to check out this place. Needless to say, it's one of our favorite places now. Good music, cool vibe, decently priced drinks, and it's a place you can actually have a conversation instead of screaming over music. Also, TONS of free parking. I think this is the only bar in Midtown with a huge parking lot that you just pull up into and walk inside the place.... very awesome.

Great tip Brian, see you there!

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First, just to clarify a few points, we were dressed well that night to get into almost everywhere. Second, I emailed back & forth with the onwer that night and the next day, and he said yes they had a small private party that night but the place was open to all. He said he would look into re-assigning the bouncer. Third, the bouncer did not know the girls and they were unaware of this party. Fourth, my friend and I go out enough times a week and there are too many other locally owned nearby night life places deserving of our money so I am in no hurry to go or positively promote Antique Bar anytime soon.

Similiar stories have surfaced about the former Brownstone antique restuarant on Westheimer, now a lounge called Red Room lately also. Does anyone know if they are owned or financed by the same group? Same of these places do not want to lose their "white" label and be a "minority" place. I am pretty sure if we were with a group of "whites", the bouncer would have just checked our IDs and let us in. When I use the term "minority" here, I mean 20 or 30 something professionals who happen to be "non-whites". We are craft beer connoisseurs - How much more yuppies can you not be? laugh.gif

I just wanted to say what I had experienced there,a nd I don't care if you love the place and go there often. But next time, any of you go to Antique Bar, ask yourself, how many "minorities" are hanging out in the place compared to "whites" or coming in there in groups?

The point is are we losing our international city identity and becoming another southern segregated city like Dallas?

Luckily, I discovered a really cool relatively new dive bar yesterday with old school blues music which gives me hope we are not. I will leave the advertisement for another place & time rolleyes.gif

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First, just to clarify a few points, we were dressed well that night to get into almost everywhere. Second, I emailed back & forth with the onwer that night and the next day, and he said yes they had a small private party that night but the place was open to all. He said he would look into re-assigning the bouncer. Third, the bouncer did not know the girls and they were unaware of this party. Fourth, my friend and I go out enough times a week and there are too many other locally owned nearby night life places deserving of our money so I am in no hurry to go or positively promote Antique Bar anytime soon.

I wasn't asking you to positively promote, just to test the door on a Saturday again. Your story concerns me and as someone who got really angry about Bronx Bar's racist door policy, I'm more than willing to get angry about this one too.

I just wanted to say what I had experienced there,a nd I don't care if you love the place and go there often. But next time, any of you go to Antique Bar, ask yourself, how many "minorities" are hanging out in the place compared to "whites" or coming in there in groups?

The two times I was there I would say it was about 50% white.

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That's Midtown for ya. The island in lower Midtown and a handful of localized bars are all that remains of the douchy-free zone.

This thread is doubtless dead, but I've puzzled through it three times in disbelief, puzzling over the real thrust of the issues discussed here. I'm left to question: what's the term douchy refer to? I get the impression that some of the localized bars are actively discriminating on the basis of color? (that's illegal the last time I checked). Or is the idea that many of the bars appear to be snobby and are turning people away on the basis of some dress code? I are cornfused here; don't get it. How could any bar establishment in Houston expect to stay open if it were discriminating on the basis of race?

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This thread is doubtless dead, but I've puzzled through it three times in disbelief, puzzling over the real thrust of the issues discussed here. I'm left to question: what's the term douchy refer to? I get the impression that some of the localized bars are actively discriminating on the basis of color? (that's illegal the last time I checked). Or is the idea that many of the bars appear to be snobby and are turning people away on the basis of some dress code? I are cornfused here; don't get it. How could any bar establishment in Houston expect to stay open if it were discriminating on the basis of race?

Not Midtown, but here's one tale of Bronx Bar allegedly discriminating: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2009/07/_normal_0_microsoftinternetexp.php

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This thread is doubtless dead, but I've puzzled through it three times in disbelief, puzzling over the real thrust of the issues discussed here. I'm left to question: what's the term douchy refer to? I get the impression that some of the localized bars are actively discriminating on the basis of color? (that's illegal the last time I checked). Or is the idea that many of the bars appear to be snobby and are turning people away on the basis of some dress code? I are cornfused here; don't get it. How could any bar establishment in Houston expect to stay open if it were discriminating on the basis of race?

What does douchebag refer to? That is one of those "i know it when I see it but can't put it to words" type of things. Maybe this will help.

http://www.youmightbeadouchebagif.com/

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What does douchebag refer to? That is one of those "i know it when I see it but can't put it to words" type of things. Maybe this will help.

http://www.youmightbeadouchebagif.com/

laugh.gif o.k., I got it; new term, same "creature"; back in the day when I was a young man, i.e., before the war, (you pick the war), these people were called, variously, meatheads.......jerks......pimps and more recently, wannabe's.

An illustration to add to your explanation:

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Arrgghh, I know that guy; he's the one I accidently on purpose spilled a drink on and then accidently on purpose knocked his drink over when he bent down to wipe himself off.

I haven't been to a place that would admit this creature in years.

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I have not been to Antique since this thread started because I take such allegations seriously.

As a service to the continued deterioration of your liver and the liver of other drinking HAIF'ers, I'll let y'all in on a little secret; it's not in Midtown; it's downtown on Market Square; and if you go to that particular bar, (you guess the name), that's run by the sister of the founder, (the bar is named for the founder); which said sister also owns a wine bar on Market Square, (too much information-it's a give away now), and you manage to go there during the daytime, 11:30~2:00 when the "regular" bartender is on duty, (she's been out sick quite a bit lately); I can assure you that every drink is, well.......very strong!

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As a service to the continued deterioration of your liver and the liver of other drinking HAIF'ers, I'll let y'all in on a little secret; it's not in Midtown; it's downtown on Market Square; and if you go to that particular bar, (you guess the name), that's run by the sister of the founder, (the bar is named for the founder); which said sister also owns a wine bar on Market Square, (too much information-it's a give away now), and you manage to go there during the daytime, 11:30~2:00 when the "regular" bartender is on duty, (she's been out sick quite a bit lately); I can assure you that every drink is, well.......very strong!

Yes I go to Warren's and La Carafe all the time. Warren's is the only place in town that still cards me (I'm 29).

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Not Midtown, but here's one tale of Bronx Bar allegedly discriminating: http://blogs.houston...internetexp.php

WOW, that's almost so weird as to be unbelievable; I'd almost go and watch the action from the outside just to see if it's really true!

They'll get their license pulled once TABC get's wind of it.

I've only known of one bar, way north and I won't mention the name because it's changed with new management, that successfully, (sort of) pulled this off. They had perfected a technique where they would "spike" the drink, then do a drag out/beat up in the parking lot and call the cops who would arrest the apparently out of control person that wasn't wanted at the bar. It worked for a while anyway, but as you might imagine, their business fell way off because "sane" people didn't want to be around such behavior. So, the then owner, who made a habit of drinking at his own establishment, watched his business dry up and ended up selling the place back to the guy he'd bought it from at a significant loss.

Moral of the story? The Bar business just isn't for everyone.

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The drinks at Anvil are far from being weak. At least none that I have had.

I have to second this emotion. My experience has been that Anvil drinks can knock one on their ass. I guess it depends what you order. I can't say whether they short pour on a vodka tonic because I've never ordered one there. I can say that they make a nice Mint Julep, a solid gin fizz, a proper Manhattan, and Gin and Moscow Mules that will make you see triple. And I also need to disclose that I haven't been much since it became difficult to get a seat. All this to say, when the bar first opened they served mighty drinks the first 15 times I went. I'm sure they will ride out the pitfalls of being discovered by douchebags (it was a matter of time) and eventually return to serving aging hipsters who don't feel like Poison Girl for the night.

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I think that drink The Brave is something really special.

Recipe is on this page: http://drinkdogma.co...a-can-of-worms/

I've got to try that. I admit I don't get to Anvil very often even though right now I don't have to pay for drinks there.

(The owner and author of that piece is madly in love with my daughter. It always helps to have a beautiful daughter.)  

:)

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I love other old school Houston places like Warren's or Davenport for their strong drinks, but Anvil is like fine dining for liquors. So this is like comparing apples to oranges, right? Whether they are weak or strong, the bartenders are like chefs, they follow their recipes.

If you are true old school liquor connoisseur, this place is fantastic. I have known some of these bartenders and they love what they do. Orangic drink bars is hard work and you have to love to do it. LIke fine dining, you cannot sustain this if you lose quaility. I want more of these places in Houston. A friend of mine from Chicago told me that she wants a bar like this in Chicago, and Chicago has some great night life neighborhoods.

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