UPDATED: Pearl Bar Visited By Comptroller Saturday Night
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.