Houston’s latest honky-tonk bar riffs on local traditions

By ELIZABETH BLASIUS, The Architects Newspaper HONKY-TONK THE NIGHT AWAY The materials are still off-gassing at Goodnight Charlie’s, but every great pair of cowboy boots was new at one point, right? Houston’s newest (and Montrose’s only) honky-tonk is more barn than Bauhaus, but don’t get it twisted, the design elements …

Take the plunge into Houston’s coolest pool bar, plus first taste of Saint Arnold’s fare

by “What’s Eric Eating,” CultureMap On this week’s episode of “What’s Eric Eating,” El Segundo Swim Club owner Matthew Healy, designer Gin Braverman, and bartender Chris Frankel join CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss the new pool bar that’s one of this summer’s buzziest openings. El Segundo has already made a splash, but the group has plans to expand what they’re going even further. As Braverman explains, they’re listening to their customers about how to improve the club. “The preview events of the summer provided us with the opportunity to assess how people use the space and cater to …

Celebrity chef’s weekend in Houston and where J.J. Watt should dine lead top stories

By Eric Sandler, Culture Map 1. Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern films at 6 Houston restaurants for Travel Channel show. The celebrity chef and TV host spent last weekend filming for his show The Zimmern List at places like Gatlin’s BBQ and Himalaya. 2. Dear J.J. Watt, here’s where to eat great Italian food in Houston. When many of the Texans star’s Twitter followers suggested he dine at Olive Garden, we stepped in with some better, locally-owned options. 3. Dive into Houston’s highly anticipated pool bar, now open near downtown. With a design by Gin Braverman and drinks by Chris Frankel, …

10 Things to Know About El Segundo Swim Club

by Anastasia Hansen, It’s Not Hou, It’s Me Summer is in swing and the new, edgy El Segundo Swim Club has opened up in the East End. At first glance, the El Segundo Swim Club has a Miami pool meets Palm Springs flare with a very distinctly Houston vibe. Only …

Drink Palomas Poolside at This New Urban Oasis

El Segundo Swim Club just opened with bar empresario Chris Frankel serving up cocktails by Alaena Hostetter, Eater Houston El Segundo Swim Club, a new urban pool and drinks destination, just hit the Second Ward. The watery addition recently arrived at 5180 Avenue L, CultureMap reports. The pool promises a …

El Segundo Swim Club set to open in Houston’s Second Ward

By Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle Next week promises to be another scorcher in Houston. Perfect timing for a new swim club readying to open the first week of July in the city’s Second Ward. El Segundo Swim Club is a new membership-only club that will feature a 1,350-square-foot swimming pool, cabanas, lounge and full bar. The private club will also offer day passes for non-members. Recommended Video El Segundo’s Instagram account shows a post for July 4-8 preview event, opening at 11 a.m. on July 4, 5, 6 and 7; at noon on July 8. Day passes are available for …