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matty1979    4

So I drove down Richmond the other day and was blown away by how run-down everything looks. What I want to know is when and how this stretch between Hillcroft and Chimney Rock got so popular then sank so fast. I remember going down there after the Rockets won the championship and not being able to move. It was fun and everybody seemed to be cool with eachother.

So how did it go south so quick? Location not being an issue, do you think it will ever be back to its glory days? Sadly when I turned 21 I would go down that way and grab a drink at various bars. It was fun and everyone seemed very much down to earth. Even better I used to go into King Fish Market every now and again for a quick bite..funny because Chris King was a toatal jerk. He was on something back then and had adult braces.

Good times!!

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FilioScotia    113

As I recall, the "Richmond Strip" developed a bad reputation, as a hangout for drunk college kids and others. Lots of fights and police were always making arrests for public drinking and drunkeness. Places with that kind of reputation don't last very long.

Mature thinking adults don't go there, and they are the people the restaurants and bars depend on to stay in business over the long haul.

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IHB2    40

a couple of the clubs on the west end of the Strip toward Hillcroft changed hands and featured Latino entertainment, which was fine at first, but eventually attracted the attention of the gangbangers that fill those neighborhoods south of Richmond to the Gulfton barrio.

the place got dangerous and the yuppie/fratboy clubbing set moved downtown until Mayor Brown tore up all the streets at once...

now it's Washington Avenue's turn. that will last only until the yuppie gaze moves elsewhere - Midtown appears to be next.

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Pumapayam    96

now it's Washington Avenue's turn. that will last only until the yuppie gaze moves elsewhere - Midtown appears to be next.

If you are referring to Midtown around Bagby and Gray, it's has a great nightlife. Even on a Wednesday, it was busy.

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spiderroller    189

The Richmond strip became the Barrio Strip, combined with the "invention" of Downtown (not midtown), which now is off limits to caucasians.

The early "movement" away from the Richmond Strip was towards the Shephard/Greenbriar area (Club 8.0s, etc). There were several places around that area for awhile.... then.... DOWNTOWN... wow that really lasted long. Last time I went downtown, to a company part about 4 years ago, I thought I was transported to Shanghai. Anyways.... now.... it's Midtown and Washington. It goes from The Place to Be, to The Hood and Barrio, back to The Place to Be. That is Houston. I thought Downtown is mostly restaurants and less clubs now.... are all the clubs for idiots still down lower Main St. area, etc.? No clue.. too old for that now.

Before Kingfish Market, it was Tony Roma's. No better baby back ribs have ever seen the light of day in Texas, to this day. I perused that strip from the days of Club 6400 to Fizz to the Yucatan Liquor Stand to Cooters. Up until the "club scene" was ruined permanently with the stupidity of allowing 18 year olds into nightclubs with wristbands, which led to the obnoxious "after hour" bars that opened at 2:00 a.m. and were nothing but Xtasy Factories. I even remember when the law was changed for awhilie and clubs had to close at Midnight (yes, there was a time when 12:00 am was closing time, by law). The Richmond Strip way before Billy Blues, Polly Esther's, City Streets and all the other crap came along. Before Barry's Pizza moved from where Chipotle is now at Richmond/Sage to where it is now at Richmond/Fountainview. And I was there too after the Rockets' Championship. The Strip started decaying soon after that. We will only have memories of that area, no different than memories of all other places that go the way of society.

Oh.. forgot.... let me add when the best "club" of all was in it's hey day - Rick's Cabaret, in the 80s.

Damn.... how old we get. Only thing I wish is that we had cell phones with cameras. Hell, I wish we just had digital cameras back then. Think about it..... we have those memories.... but..... when alzheimer's and dementia set in..... other generations will at least have some pictures and video to "jog" a memory for 30 seconds or so..... my generation won't have crap.

Long live... um... wait.. what was the topic?

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IHB2    40

If you are referring to Midtown around Bagby and Gray, it's has a great nightlife. Even on a Wednesday, it was busy.

true, and there are a couple of other patches of nightlife around the Continental Club and closer to the Museum District.

but it seems like "midtown" has been redefined to include everything north of the Mecom Fountain and south of the Pierce Elevated, east of Bagby and west of Almeda. developers are just waiting for the slow recovery to accelerate into a mini-boom.

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brian0123    381

I heard a local bar owner say it best about Midtown recently. He said when the "scene" moved on, the dbags and "flighty people" left with it. Now, Midtown has normal regular people from the neighborhood that spend money consistently and regularly. He also said while the scene is coming back from Washington... the crowds are different this time. He said a lot of the dbags are still on Washington and finding other parts of town and that he's excited Midtown is becoming an upscale and long-term place. He thinks Midtown will become an urban version of Rice Village in a couple of years.

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Pumapayam    96

He said a lot of the dbags are still on Washington and finding other parts of town and that he's excited Midtown is becoming an upscale and long-term place. He thinks Midtown will become an urban version of Rice Village in a couple of years.

I could not agree with you more. I was out on Washington back in 2008, and that was my first and last time. Nothing special and the crowd is way young, mostly college age. It's nice to see some mid 20's to mid 30's crowds with normal conversations.

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infinite_jim    926

I do like how you are not allowed to make a u-turn on the Richmond Strip between 10pm and 2am.

Many of the staples of that area are still there:

Ruth Chris'

Dave & Busters

Le Bares

Sam's Boat

Actually it kinda reminds me of my nab.

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Lloyd-TX    3

The Richmond strip became the Barrio Strip, combined with the "invention" of Downtown (not midtown), which now is off limits to caucasians.

The early "movement" away from the Richmond Strip was towards the Shephard/Greenbriar area (Club 8.0s, etc). There were several places around that area for awhile.... then.... DOWNTOWN... wow that really lasted long. Last time I went downtown, to a company part about 4 years ago, I thought I was transported to Shanghai. Anyways.... now.... it's Midtown and Washington. It goes from The Place to Be, to The Hood and Barrio, back to The Place to Be. That is Houston. I thought Downtown is mostly restaurants and less clubs now.... are all the clubs for idiots still down lower Main St. area, etc.? No clue.. too old for that now.

Before Kingfish Market, it was Tony Roma's. No better baby back ribs have ever seen the light of day in Texas, to this day. I perused that strip from the days of Club 6400 to Fizz to the Yucatan Liquor Stand to Cooters. Up until the "club scene" was ruined permanently with the stupidity of allowing 18 year olds into nightclubs with wristbands, which led to the obnoxious "after hour" bars that opened at 2:00 a.m. and were nothing but Xtasy Factories. I even remember when the law was changed for awhilie and clubs had to close at Midnight (yes, there was a time when 12:00 am was closing time, by law). The Richmond Strip way before Billy Blues, Polly Esther's, City Streets and all the other crap came along. Before Barry's Pizza moved from where Chipotle is now at Richmond/Sage to where it is now at Richmond/Fountainview. And I was there too after the Rockets' Championship. The Strip started decaying soon after that. We will only have memories of that area, no different than memories of all other places that go the way of society.

Oh.. forgot.... let me add when the best "club" of all was in it's hey day - Rick's Cabaret, in the 80s.

Damn.... how old we get. Only thing I wish is that we had cell phones with cameras. Hell, I wish we just had digital cameras back then. Think about it..... we have those memories.... but..... when alzheimer's and dementia set in..... other generations will at least have some pictures and video to "jog" a memory for 30 seconds or so..... my generation won't have crap.

Long live... um... wait.. what was the topic?

Couldn't have said it any better myself!

BTW, MY fave hangout / dance club back in that time was R & R. Not on Richmond of course, but close.

Ah, the memories . . .

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spiderroller    189

R & R.... on Alabama.... the Roxy now... in fact I think it's been the Roxy forever... God knows what kind of cannabalistic human underground dwellers hang out at that place now......

R & R....... the best night of all was Tuesday's... Ladies Night.... good lord... women drank free all night......

It was called Cowboy in the 70s/80s..... I remember when it was Confetti..... and Piranaha Room..... and probably 2-3 other names I can't remember because.. well... it was the 80s.... we partied.... when America was still American....

God Love the 80s in Houston.

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scrubba    2

Spiderroller , yer makin me feel really acient ! Hell, I drove a Taxi cab at night in the area . I haven't been in Houston since 1982. I'd love to come back for a visit if just for a week end ..... scrubba

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Subdude    1,308

I had a map at the time that referred to it as the "Richmond Avenue Entertainment District" which seemed rather grand for a strip of bars.

There was a place called Safari Club that probably went bankrupt giving away free happy hours.

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IHB2    40

I had a map at the time that referred to it as the "Richmond Avenue Entertainment District" which seemed rather grand for a strip of bars.

There was a place called Safari Club that probably went bankrupt giving away free happy hours.

from the late 70s through the early 80s there was never a reason to spend more than the price of a happy hour beer to eat from incredible happy hour buffets at practically every restaurant and club from the Richmond Strip through the Galleria. my wife and I probably didn't cook more than 5 or 6 dinners a month at home. the era of the tiny grocery bill.

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Sharon    3

Anyone remember the Old Plantation? I think Thursday was rock night, and it was disco the rest of the time, but I could be wrong. We all had fake IDs and usually were late for school the next day, lol. 

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