RIP Marfreless: Requiem For Houston's Favorite Make-Out Bar
"I think I've made out with two chicks here," a patron says, adding, "not on the same night, though." When it comes to Marfreless, he's certainly not alone. This West Gray-area nightspot is so secretive, only a stenciled black street number marks the door. You can hardly blame the prurient for assuming it's a swingers bar. And while the prurient are wrong (as they so often are), it's only by a matter of degree..
Marfreless is a grown-up version of the seventh-grade broom closet: a makeout bar. Downstairs you'll find attentive service, soft candles, dark wood. Upstairs -- well, let's just say you don't go there for the food. Two rooms and a fleet of sofas offer varying levels of intimacy perfect for necking and nibbling.
If you can manage to coax your date up the stairs, you're probably well on your way. The drinks aren't cheap; there are plenty of $7 martinis and $9 glasses of wine. But when you think about what you're really getting, Marfreless might be the best deal in town
More recently, when Houston hosted the 2011 NCAA Men's Final Four, Marfreless prompted this memorable anecdote that our news blog Hair Balls awarded "Comment of the Day," after we recommended visitors try this place over Hotel ZaZa for upscale nightlife.
Last time I was at Marfreless I walked in on someone getting a beej in the upstairs back room.
So long, Marfreless. Houston will be a less shady place when you're gone, and we're all poorer for it.