Marfreless Says It Will Reopen Later This Summer In Same Spot

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Photo by Francisco Montes
The scene outside Marfreless' famous blue door the night of March 30
After closing at the end of March, Marfreless, the notorious River Oaks bar known equally for its ritzy interior and the countless clandestine assignations that happened there, has announced that it will be back later this summer under new ownership, but in the same spot.

"We are thrilled to announce our reopening this summer at our same 2006 Peden location in River Oaks," read a statement posted on Marfreless' Web site earlier today. "Although we will be under new ownership, we promise the same unique atmosphere, premium menu, friendly staff, and neighborhood charm.

"All this comes with a complete renovation -- from wires and carpet to the furniture you... sit on," it added, tongue squarely in cheek. "You can expect an updated feel with the same Marfreless experience you've come to love. And don't worry, our upstairs seating and iconic blue door will remain."

REWIND:

Last Call at Marfreless: "I Needed Closure"

No More Making-Out: The Last Night At Marfreless (slideshow)


When Marfreless announced its impending closure earlier this year, it touched off more tributes and soul-searching about "classic Houston" than probably any other bar in the city could have. It certainly had quite a past.

"I saw people having sex upstairs and got the courage to do it myself," one customer told our April Brem Patrick that supposed final night.


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Marfreless

2006 Peden, Houston, TX

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jithouston
jithouston

What happens in Marfreless, stays in Marfreless...  A Houston institution, what can you say?

Shawn K. Quinn
Shawn K. Quinn

I've only been once, a few weeks before they closed. I definitely plan to make at least 2-3 trips per year now.

Kathy Stabe
Kathy Stabe

I hadn't heard. I've never been. Now I need to find a date.

wordlover
wordlover

Great news!  I loved this place and was saddened to learn it was going to close for good.  So glad to hear that that's not the case anymore, 

Jef Withonef
Jef Withonef

It's the blue snogging box that's bigger on the inside!

Austin Taylor
Austin Taylor

Anyone have a copy of the Marfreless "backstory?" Last time I was in there, they had completely run out, including the original copy. Just curious. I remember it was entertaining.

Ann Labuda
Ann Labuda

AWESOME! I haven't been to Marf's since I was in my mid-20s, but you can bet your ass I'll be heading there next time I'm in Houston, especially since my best friend lives less than a mile away!

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Sounds like someone made a play for the bar by ousting the previous owners....

Cameron Bahrami
Cameron Bahrami

I remember hearing about this place, but never been.

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