Washington Avenue updates: Pearl recognized, Sugar Room returns and Bottled Blonde opens

Pearl Bar
Pearl Bar was one of 11 LGBTQ bars in the country to receive a grant as part of a Human Rights Campaign and Showtime partnership. (Courtesy Pearl Bar)

Pearl Bar was one of 11 LGBTQ bars in the country to receive a grant as part of a Human Rights Campaign and Showtime partnership. (Courtesy Pearl Bar)

Bars on Washington Avenue have made news in September. Here are three updates to know.

IN THE NEWS

Pearl Bar, 4216 Washington Ave., Houston, was one of 11 LGBTQ bars in the country to receive a grant as part of a Human Rights Campaign and Showtime partnership called Queer to Stay: An LGBTQ+ Business Preservation Initiative, according to a Sept. 15 news release. “Houston is ranked the No. 1 most diverse city in the U.S. and Pearl is a bar where anyone and everyone that walks in is welcome,” owner Julie Mabry said in the release. The bar remains closed but has hosted outdoor events. 832-740-4933. www.pearlhouston.com

NOW OPEN

The sports-fueled beer garden Bottled Blonde opened its Houston location at 4901 Washington Ave., on Sept. 17. The concept by Arizona-based Evening Entertainment Group recently shuttered a Chicago location, but it has locations in Dallas and Scottsdale, Arizona. The space boasts 40 TV screens, two 24-foot projector screens, 10,000 square feet and a 1,500-square-foot patio. 346-230-0141. www.bottledblondepizzeria.com


The “Great Gatsby”-inspired bar Sugar Room reopened Sept. 14 at 5120 Washington Ave., Houston, featuring expanded menu options by its partner, Tout Suite, which operates the on-site bakery Sweet. The space includes an updated 2,000-square-foot patio. Sugar Room originally opened in January. 832-618-1494. www.sugarroomconcepts.com
By Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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