"Club Apple" Rocks Applebee's Late Night Around the Country, But Not in Houston...Yet

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These people cannot be old enough to club. Thank God for Club Apple!
If you're one of the connoisseurs of fine cuisine people who eats at Applebee's on a regular basis, you might have noticed that they remain open until 2 a.m. all over Houston. Why would a family dining establishment stay open that late? Because at night, Applebee's transforms into a lively bar scene with black light parties, karaoke and some pretty risqué dancing. Or at least, it's rumored to.

A few years ago, some rather scandalous photos began circulating the Internet of a late-night party at Applebee's. This, the photos seemed to announce to the world, is not your mother's Applebee's. There were scantily clad women spraying whipped cream all over their bodies and making out with each other while dancing on the bar. It seemed like a good time, but, according to Applebee's representative Dan Smith, not indicative of the Applebee's late night concept across the country.

Locally, I couldn't find any Applebee's that transform into party scenes after dinner hours, but I was assured that something akin to a Club Applebee's might be in Houston's future.

"Bee's Late Night is three very specific things," says Smith of the concept. "First, the restaurant stays open until midnight or later. Second, it's about offering half price appetizers. And then Bee's Late Night is about delivering another great reason to come in every day and have responsible fun close to home."

Wait, "responsible fun"? That doesn't sound like fun!

Smith explained that it's up to the individual franchises what they want to do with the Late Night concept. Some particularly successful franchises in Florida host black light parties every full moon. They also offer karaoke on a regular basis and have promotions like "Top Shelf Tuesday" and "Girls Night Out" on Wednesday.

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Nothin' goes together like karaoke and some grilled chicken wonton tacos.
When I called local Applebee's to inquire about late night fun, several of the people who I spoke to seemed super confused. A few people told me that they used to do a Club Apple-type thing, but they don't do it anymore. At the Applebee's on Northwest Freeway, the manager likes to dim the lights on Thursday nights and turn up the jukebox "so it's like a club." That same Applebee's is getting a renovation in September, and the person I spoke to said they might bring back more of a club vibe once the renovations are complete.

According to Smith, the renovations are part of a company-wide plan to modernize Applebee's, so every restaurant will receive a remodel by the end of 2014.

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm hoping the renovations mean all Applebee's in Houston will have a late night club in the next few years. There are few things I enjoy more at 8 p.m. on a Wednesday than dancing on bars next to a family of five going to town on a plate of Potato Twisters.

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21 comments
rgwalt
rgwalt

This makes me want to go to Chotchkie's for some pizza shooters, shrimp poppers, or maybe some extreme fajitas.

Matthew Hall
Matthew Hall

What is wrong with people. I've heard of people drinking at Chili's like it's a bar. That's sad. This is just weird.

Sean Jmesun
Sean Jmesun

they had to close it down off of beltway and wallisville went to hard

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

i think the applebee's in lufkin does this. they stay open until like 2am, which is rare enough here that i'm going to assume there's some kind of shenanigans going on.

Dallas Hölmes
Dallas Hölmes

ive heard of one on the sw side that this happens too...

Andres Hernandez
Andres Hernandez

Haha, I was about to comment with the exact thing. That place would get SOOOO crowded at night. I loved going there. I don't know anywhere else where you can buy 20 beers for $20.

Tisha Barham-Sallis
Tisha Barham-Sallis

Wish they'd hurry up & get with it down here. Applebees is right down the street from me...totally would party there for like $20...ballin!

Autumn Smith
Autumn Smith

Um. Hell NO! What sad loser goes to party at freaking APPLEBEE'S?! There are SO many great clubs in Houston that have to be better suited!

Summer Joy Davis
Summer Joy Davis

When I lived north of Dallas in Lewisville area, we used to go to Applebee's bar late night for $1 drafts. It wasn't too bad.

Brandy Wells
Brandy Wells

Not true. The Applebees off 610 and 18th St. turns into a club in the evenings. I walked in there a few months back and had my server bend a girl over then went to the back to fetch my order. They had a DJ and everything.

Justin Montez
Justin Montez

I sometimes go to the Applebee's in SA and the person above me is completely exaggerating! The SA Applebee's is abysmal! And the Applebee's in Srafford on 59 in the fountains is close to being club apple as they do have a DJ some nights!

Rob.Hays
Rob.Hays

Florida's hottest club is APPLEBEES.  Opened in a car show parking lot by well-connected club owner Crony Montana, this place has everything:  cheerleaders, flip flops, cargo pants, a guy whose sister may also be his daughter.  Who's that doing karaoke?  Is it Michigan head coach Brady Hoke?  NO.  It's just some fat guy.  Come by on Tuesdays and try the Human Sliders: it's that thing where three midgets share one hamburger and all smell like onions.

Judi Hurwitt
Judi Hurwitt

I was in San Antonio for a week a couple of years ago. The only restaurant near my hotel was an Applebees so after a long day, I'd drag my butt in there for dinner. I was amazed at the constant bar scene they had, complete with a full cast of nightly regulars. It really was more like a bar that served food than like a family restaurant that happens to have a bar in it. The bar itself was a huge affair that dominated the middle of the restaurant and had seating all the way around its 360 degree circumference.

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