UPDATED: Pearl Bar Visited By Comptroller Saturday Night

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To the bar's credit, I do remember a time when I could drink Pearl beer at Pearl Bar for a buck a can, to the consternation of friends. The back patio was always a hotbed of ladies in sparkly shit and dudes inches away from fighting over said ladies in sparkly shit.

A Houston Press cover story in early 2010 dove into the world of the Washington bar scene, which at that point was reaching its exact apex.

But during its time in the spotlight, Pearl was one of the most popular bars on the strip, with lines to get in and a busy valet straining traffic nearby. The area surrounding the bar has gone through much change the past year and a half. The Lot has turned into craft beer joint Underdogs Pub, the Dubliner is now the party-rocking Lava Rock, and Reign Lounge was shut down and its inner workings largely destroyed by the former owners down to the granite countertops.

Pearl shared a building with Salt, which never quite found an audience for its manly margaritas and is now called Little J's.

Across the street, Washington Avenue Drinkery is still thriving with Bob Covington now handling the menu, and you all know that Walter's on Washington is now Walters near downtown. That old building continues to lie dormant.

No word yet on what will happen to the location, but surely most of you would love it to be restored to its former glory as an indie venue.

Most of you may also remember when Pearl Bar was Mary Jane's Fat Cat, which of course played host to everyone from the Black Keys, Of Montreal, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Murder City Devils, the Jesus Lizard, various legendary hardcore acts, and every other local band of the day lucky enough to get on a bill.

Ozone City Outrage has a cool collection of flyers from Mary Jane's right here as well.


Music Editor Chris Gray contributed reporting.



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4216 Washington, Houston, TX

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48 comments
JacobD
JacobD

Funny.. all the people calling Washington patrons douchebags, obviously are losers themselves.

cityandcountry
cityandcountry

Well...If Wsah Ave is really struggling they can blame it on the BLATANT racism on that street...if they treated folks with respect people people will always be there....but...we'll see...

Chase Thorn
Chase Thorn

Douchery can be located between Kung Fu and Brixx On Washington

Chase Thorn
Chase Thorn

there werent douch bags in Pearl bar, Just a bunch of east side trash with coke problems

David Cook
David Cook

Arcade fire and the hives played Maryjanes

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Oh how the douchey have fallen; good riddance.

Andrew Hernandez
Andrew Hernandez

All the Douchebags flocked to boheme on Friday and Saturday nights.

Marissa L Jenkins
Marissa L Jenkins

In answer to the question...which no one has really... no it's the demise of Pearl Bar and Washington is on it's way to being an Upscale Restaurant and Bar Scene...like it or not!!!

tonygarza916
tonygarza916

good, I hope the douchebags left the city

T.j. Dubz
T.j. Dubz

If they're done with Washington Ave, can we have it back please? I want to go to the Vatican and the Shimmy Shack.

jonathanwilliamson
jonathanwilliamson

If you guys are done with Washington, can we have it back, please?

I want to go to shows at the Vatican and the Shimmy Shack. 

Jennifer Melancon
Jennifer Melancon

Keep the douches on Washington so I know where to avoid them.

Dallas Hölmes
Dallas Hölmes

good riddance. now to get rid of the rest of the asshats and get some rock n roll happening in that area again. i miss the days when washington was shady as opposed to douche-laden. someone please open a sleazy rock n roll bar...the rest will take care of itself.

Andrew Shrewsbury
Andrew Shrewsbury

no, the demise of washington would be terrible! it's a flytrap for the douchebags. if we lose that, they'll move on to other parts of the city

Allison Satterwhite
Allison Satterwhite

The demise of Washington took place a loooong time ago when it was invaded by all of the douche bags. Looks like they'll have to find a new place to fist pump...

Sergio Jaramillo
Sergio Jaramillo

the demise of "Washington Avenue" would be a very good thing for this city. Too many douches with dragon shirts.

dcc624
dcc624

TABC should have their hands slapped for raiding the bar on Saturday night. The money they took will NOT cover the cost of the overtime pay for the officers nor will it improve their image ti the custimers

Houston Press Rocks Off
Houston Press Rocks Off

Austin, I linked to a site with all the cool shows Mary Jane's had there. Did you get to see that link? The Ozone one is rad too.

Roland Gonzalez
Roland Gonzalez

where are all the HOUSTON DOUCHEBAGS going to be at on weekends?? hopefully not on the Westheimer / Montrose area..... WE DONT WANT THEM THERE !!!

Austin Cooley
Austin Cooley

The place used to be Mary Jane's, the site of many a cool show. There was a time when that stretch of Washington had a number of great music venues - not anymore. Don't worry, when the douchebags finally completely abandon that area, those sorts of venues will return.

NewRider Ivan
NewRider Ivan

Wonder what took so long. That part of Washington has been dying since The Lot started slowing down. Sucks, I used to really like the Lot, before all the ghetto people started going in. The staff was freaking great there too. Pearl bar, I always thought it sucked. Was cool when they had the music award's shows up and down those bars though.

Stanley Smith
Stanley Smith

You'd think with all the additional tax revenue generated by the Washington Ave businesses the city would encourage improvement.

Adam Castaneda
Adam Castaneda

Now THIS is what comptrolling is really all about. Thumbs up.

William Michael Smith
William Michael Smith

And the entertainment district, painintheassment district full of douchebags and suburban tourists. That bone was picked clean long ago.

Stanley Smith
Stanley Smith

Washington has grown past the capability of the neighborhood(s) too many bars, not enough anything else.

Joshua Justice
Joshua Justice

Yes jimi, if only they had more parking, it wouldn't ended up like every other houston entertanment district ever.

Ben Zwirek
Ben Zwirek

Think Washington Avenue has potential to be decent if they get all of the quick $clubs/bars out of there.

Chris Dunaway
Chris Dunaway

Answer: Washington Avenue has been terrible for a while now

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Bad area for an entertainment district. Not near enough parking, narrow streets, and not a single hotel.

William Michael Smith
William Michael Smith

If there's anything to evolution, three years from now all those nouveau bars will be gone, replaced by taquerias and adult book stores, like Washington used to be.

William Michael Smith
William Michael Smith

Same with Salt Bar. I remember our brouhaha with the songsters about that stupid open mike night they had there.

Jack Gilbert
Jack Gilbert

Apparently, one-size-fits-all trendiness is no longer trending upward.

Lori Bradford
Lori Bradford

I went in to Pearl one time when it was too flooded to get down my street. That's about it. : )

Lori Bradford
Lori Bradford

I helped the owner of that building at my job last week, and she said a restaurant was going to open in that spot.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@NewRider Ivan By "ghetto people" do you mean non-yuppies who happen to look slightly different from you?

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