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South Seaside Nightclub Reopens After 4-Yr Break

 When Houston’s reigning LGBTQ+ nightclub South Seaside shut its doorways in 2018, it was supposed to stay closed for simply two years for a much-needed renovation. When the pandemic hit, nevertheless, proprietor Charles Armstrong—affectionately referred to by many as “the Mayor of Montrose”—determined to postpone the membership’s reopening because of security considerations. This Friday, after a break of over 4 years, the celebrated membership is lastly reopening. 

“The transform was already 80 p.c completed in spring 2020 when COVID occurred,” stated Armstrong, who can be the steward of neighboring JR’s Bar & Grill, Houston’s oldest frequently operated LGBTQ+ bar, in an announcement. “We remained closed as we waited for almost all of the inhabitants to turn into vaccinated for cover towards COVID. Two years in the past, we had been in uncharted territory, and I had an ethical drawback packing a dance ground full of individuals in the midst of a well being disaster.”

Disaster apart, the brand new South Seaside was definitely worth the wait. When the membership initially opened in 2001, the part of Montrose that it calls house was decidedly much less posh than it’s as we speak. Its new design, which might finest be described as Restoration {Hardware} meets Miami Vice, displays the altering demographics of the neighborhood and is impressed by the proliferation of upscale lodging which have sprung up within the space in recent times. Whereas the outdated South Seaside sported industrial interiors that had been stiffer than its drinks (and from private expertise, we will attest that the drinks had been certainly fairly stiff), the brand new South Seaside contains a up to date inside paying homage to an upscale condo—one which fortunately nonetheless affords beneficiant pours. 

For the transform, Armstrong enlisted award-winning designer John Robinson of Houston-based Robinson & Associates, who beforehand labored with Armstrong on the look of now-defunct LGBTQ+ lounge Meteor. For South Seaside 2.0, Robinson deployed high-end supplies like mahogany, Carrara marble, black granite, and oak flooring to present the house a heat, residential look. To verify the heat gained’t be confused for quaintness, Robinson positioned within the heart of the dance ground a brand new, 450-pound, 8-foot quartz crystal chandelier that, in fact, rotates inside a 14-foot truss immediately over the dance ground—a pièce de résistance so luminous it could make Liberace pivot to probably the most main of keys.

South Seaside has additionally been upgraded with the most recent in sound and lighting know-how, which is able to assist give the house main house-party vibes. Additionally returning are the nightclub’s well-known ice jets, which when triggered spray clouds of chilly and foggy air onto the dance ground—and in so doing lower the house’s temperature by 20 levels instantly (whereas additionally offering cowl for a stolen kiss or two). 

“Expertise might have modified the way in which folks do issues, however the human want for life-affirming celebrations, full with ice jets spraying out a thick cloud of air, stays the identical,” stated Armstrong reasonably cheekily of South Seaside’s new tech however age-old mission. “Folks need to be collectively, and I’m going to present them simply that with the final word home occasion.”




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