RICHMOND STRIP, Houston
The Richmond strip used to be THE place to party about 5-6 years ago. This was before the revitalization of the Downtown/Midtown sections of Houston. Now, the bars and clubs on the Richmond Strip are typically filled to bursting with skanky people. If you want to have a nice, classy time, do not go to the Richmond Strip. For instance, on a typical Saturday night, you will see a group of young women, shamelessly stuffed into their cheap lycra clothing with fat bulging out from all sides (one of them at least 6 months pregnant), dancing up on tables with the intent to score as many finger-f***s as is humanly possible, with a group of equally-skanky men eager to oblige. On top of this, the cover charge is usually $10+. You can get plenty of wild times and beautiful people in the Downtown/Midtown area, without the skankiness and cover charges.
Dress Code: Generally speaking, you can wear whatever you want to these places.
Tropicana is my favorite Latin club in Houston, especially on Friday nights when the best Latin Bands play. And by Latin I mean the real deal. I am Venezuelan and if you want true Latin music this is the place to go. On the weekends they always have a live band. They play Salsa, Merengue, Bachata. Very classy place. In betwween they have a DJ who plays all of the above and Reggeaton. The crowd is a 30 something crowd. You will hardly find any 18 years old who will get on your nerves! You definately want to give this place a try if you are looking to dance the night away.
Dress Code: Dress to impress!!
Whoever coined the phrase, "money talks" had probably just come from Michael's International on the Southwest Freeway. There is a cover charge for admission. It isn't a lot, but most of the competition either has no cover charge, or only charges at peak hours. As far as I know, there is always a cover charge to get in to Michael's.
Disney World isn't cheap either, but it's worth it. Drinks are rather pricey but no better than you might get elsewhere, but then, you didn't come here for the booze, now did you?
The girls are beautiful and range from 600 to 800 millihelens (a Helen being the beauty it takes to launch a thousand ships and a millihelen being the beauty it takes to launch one ship).
Lap dances take place in more secluded special areas of the club. The dances do get pretty hot there, but if you want things to get really steamy and your bugdet will allow, spend the $110 for admission to the V.I.P. room. It gets just as hot as you want it to get once you're back there. Some (but not all of the girls) feel it is OK to get completely nude back there. You know what they say: Seeing is believing, but feeling is the real thing! The girls will definitely make a believer out of you.
The girls all seem concerned about ensuring that you are truly enjoying the show and will, unless you object, will ensure that your happiness indicator is out and available for their close monitoring.
The ultimate lap-dance is definitely on the menu here.
Personally, I think this place is better than Disney World.
Dress Code: You have to be clothed when you arrive.
After that, it's up to you.
It's hard to name one favorite spt in Houston to party, I will name my favorite street...Richmond Avenue. This is probably Houston's most party oriented area with all types of clubs, pubs, restaurants and all sorts of other entertainment. From Acid Rock to Zydeco this street has it all!!
There is always something going on here and you can never get tired of trying out new places to dance and meet people. Richmond Avenue brings together such a large cross section of cultures and people that you are see something new in each face. You gotta love it!
Dress Code: In most clubs on Richmond Ave. the dress code goes as follows: Girls- clothes of any sort. No swimsuits.
Guys- No shorts(this one varies), No sandals, No baseball caps.
This 'British'-style bar is right in the heart of the Richmond Strip, a clubbing district which waxes and wanes and changes every month. But the Richmond Arms always stays the same (my father went here for happy hour when I was a kid!). This bar is fairly low-key for the area, and serves fairly good food. Also a great lunch spot.
Dress Code: Business casual or 'clubbing' attire.