Because we live in a city that doesn’t sleep, there’s another new bar, one with some serious pedigree, now open on Main Street. After a quick six-month renovation to the (random fact) 11th oldest building in downtown Houston, and a soft opening in early April, The Cottonmouth Club, way up on the north end, a block or so past favorites like Nightingale Room, Pastry War, Bad News Bar, etc., is ready for headlining.
We mentioned that serious pedigree, well, certainly you know Reserve 101, one of the city’s top-notch bars and if you do, you likely know owner Mike Raymond, because if you like whiskey, you like Reserve 101. And to like Reserve 101 is to like Mike. Great dude. And a very lucky dude, who now gets to work side by side with a buddy he loves and respects, renowned cocktail master Michael Neff. LA designer Greg Swanson of Black Swan Design helped put the vision into reality and after four years of planning The Cottonmouth Club is the result. In the music world this is like Temple of the Dog, N.W.A, ASAP mob or the Traveling Wilburys. Quite the super group for Houston.
You’re correct to note this is the Brewster Building/the old Barringer Bar, and while we’ll miss Barringer after its owners recently went to more stable pastures, you’ll be happy to know that Cottonmouth has retained quite a few of your favorite folks from Barringer to serve in the come one, come all atmosphere. As for the Brewster, they’ve lightened up the inviting interior, adding some curtains, mirrors, grouped vintage seating including a baller red velvet loveseat to get people mingling, music memorabilia, a fat Elvis mural (look closely) and the jungle room (from Graceland) now serves as the waiting area for the bathrooms. The owners are calling it 70’s era meeting of Houston and NYC East Village set to jazz, punk, rock or just music in general lifestyle, and this old building is perfect for the ideology. And just what Downtown needed, if you have a (super) group, they have an event space on the second floor. It’s curated cocktails and nerding out on glassware up here, uh huh huh.
Double fisting (not that kind of place but pretending it was) in the main bar downstairs would have you holding in one hand drinks from quite the whiskey and barrel program and progressive cocktails without being “a cocktail bar” in the other. Oh, and for sure they’ll offer beer and do the classics well – quite a few soft opening folks commented on the solid old fashioneds. Stop by and find out for yourself, but overall we’ll say Cottonmouth is a solid second coming for 108 Main with the foundation for a long future.
THE COTTONMOUTH CLUB
108 Main St. | Houston, TX 77002 | 832.303.9891
firstname.lastname@example.org | www.cottonmouthhouston.com
www.facebook.com/pg/cottonmouthhtx | Open 7 days a week from 4pm–2am