RIP Marfreless: Requiem For Houston's Favorite Make-Out Bar

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Rising property taxes in its expensive River Oaks surroundings have forced Marfreless, the most famous Houston bar without a sign, to close at the end of the month. The bar's owners announced the news on the Marfreless Web site Wednesday evening:

Dearest friends, patrons, charities, and fellow establishments of the evening - the owners and staff of Marfreless are grieved to announce the upcoming closing of our iconic Houston landmark bar and lounge. Our tentative last day of business will be Saturday March 30th, 2013.

While we are actively seeking a new place to call home and another door to paint blue, we have recently and unfortunately joined the ranks of those small businesses which have been forced to adapt to the ever-increasing cost of fees levied by property owners.


The statement went on to say that, in a sense, Marfreless will be throwing a wake for itself between now and the final last call, with owner Michael Wells on site tonight through Saturday. It welcomed customers to come by and share their "stories of poignancy, excess, and debauchery."

Marfreless also put out a call for tributes on social media via its Twitter account, @MarfrelessBar, and the hashtag #MarfMoment. It didn't take long, and in fact these #MarfMoments were being posted before the news even broke; it was that kind of place.

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Marfreless

2006 Peden, Houston, TX

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32 comments
Craigley
Craigley

This place was out of style in 1994 hence the MMFbi skank in the pic.

Ted Dimitry
Ted Dimitry

I don't have a hook-up story from Marfreless, but I (sort of) remember drinking there with the bar tender from Birra Poretti's (when it was across the street) and a buddy of mine in town from VA - all well past legal hours while being under-aged... nearly 20 years ago (it was mid-February 1993).

Renee Smith Granberry
Renee Smith Granberry

Good memory from the late 80's - had a great make out session there with my boyfriend - who is now my husband of 22 years!!!

Melia Hughes
Melia Hughes

I have over 20 years of memories there. Very sad to see it go. They say they're going to reopen elsewhere, but it'll never be Marfreless elsewhere.

Don Price
Don Price

Getting thrown out for having a pillow fight after a Siouxie and the Banshees concert.

Ivy Kaminsky
Ivy Kaminsky

it was pretentious and obnoxious so don't ask me

Christy Etter
Christy Etter

Makes me so sad. The make-out hang-out. What a cool place this was.

Tina Manno
Tina Manno

It was definitely before its time. Wine Bars do not compare to the ambience that Marfreless had in their prime!

Stephanie Owens
Stephanie Owens

I went way back in the day probably late 90's and my friends and I went into a dark room where there were couches and like a red lamp. All I remember was that we though we heard someone smacking food...lit our lighters and saw an older man in the corner jerkin off...yep...he really was...we left the room and decided that an area where we could sorta see each others faces was much better. LOL

Stevan Ilan Trujillo
Stevan Ilan Trujillo

Heard about this place but unfortunately missed out. Wish there were more spots like this one! ok who wants to make out this weekend!!! ;)

Natalie Broussard
Natalie Broussard

It's been a hidden jewel for years. So sad. Hard to find spots like this. *tear*

Alan Hernandez
Alan Hernandez

it's been years but i have great memories of the place, just cant talk about them in detail. haha

Daniel Eaton Jr
Daniel Eaton Jr

Hadn't heard of it till now. Maybe it was before my time?

Sonia Taylor
Sonia Taylor

Lots of fond memories, none of them publishable. Sad to hear it go!

Kyle King
Kyle King

I have made out on a sofa upstairs...back before the remodel...in the early 80s...

Rory Ashton
Rory Ashton

motherfucker. that place was legit. hope they re-open somewhere else.

KING
KING

Dibs on the couches.

kplo
kplo moderator communitymanager

@KING Gross.

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