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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, nonetheless, proprietor Charles Armstrong—affectionately referred to by many as “the Mayor of Montrose”—determined to postpone the membership’s reopening because of security issues. This Friday, after a break of over 4 years, the celebrated membership is lastly reopening. 

“The rework was already 80 % completed in spring 2020 when COVID occurred,” mentioned Armstrong, who can be the steward of neighboring JR’s Bar & Grill, Houston’s oldest frequently operated LGBTQ+ bar, in a press release. “We remained closed as we waited for almost all of the inhabitants to grow to be vaccinated for defense in opposition to COVID. Two years in the past, we have been in uncharted territory, and I had an ethical downside packing a dance flooring full of individuals in the course of a well being disaster.”

Disaster apart, the brand new South Seaside was well worth the wait. When the membership initially opened in 2001, the part of Montrose that it calls dwelling was decidedly much less posh than it’s right now. Its new design, which might greatest 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 previous South Seaside sported industrial interiors that have been stiffer than its drinks (and from private expertise, we will attest that the drinks have been certainly fairly stiff), the brand new South Seaside incorporates a up to date inside harking back to an upscale condo—one which fortunately nonetheless gives beneficiant pours. 

For the rework, 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 offer the house a heat, residential look. To ensure the heat gained’t be confused for quaintness, Robinson positioned within the middle of the dance flooring a brand new, 450-pound, 8-foot quartz crystal chandelier that, in fact, rotates inside a 14-foot truss instantly over the dance flooring—a pièce de résistance so luminous it could make Liberace pivot to essentially the most main of keys.

South Seaside has additionally been upgraded with the most recent in sound and lighting expertise, 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 flooring—and in so doing lower the house’s temperature by 20 levels straight away (whereas additionally offering cowl for a stolen kiss or two). 

“Know-how might have modified the best way individuals do issues, however the human want for life-affirming celebrations, full with ice jets spraying out a thick cloud of air, stays the identical,” mentioned Armstrong moderately cheekily of South Seaside’s new tech however age-old mission. “Individuals wish to be collectively, and I’m going to offer them simply that with the final word home occasion.”




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