As the fourth largest US city with a metropolitan population of nearly 6 million, parking in Houston can be a pain, not to mention expensive. But there are many clubs that often valet parking to its patrons, removing the inconvenience of a long walk or paying exorbitant prices for a few hours of keeping one’s car secure. And even though not all the valet service is free, it is a trade off for safety and amenity.
Price: $5 – $30
Hours: Mon to Tues, Sun – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Wed to Thur – 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sat – 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
One of Houston’s premiere night spots and a stop for many touring rock and roll bands is the House of Blues. Hosting a Sunday Gospel Brunch and bands as diverse as Wu-Tang Clan, the Misfits and the Old 97s, the restaurant/bar/live music venue offers valet parking services in the theater district, where parking space is at a premium.
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Price: Free valet
Hours: Fri to Sat – 9 p.m to 2 a.m.
Those looking for music and dancing of a Latin flavor, Copa Cabana has it. The club offers high energy music and DJs who know the latest and the greatest Latin styles, from Top 40 to Spanish pop. Ladies get in for free before midnight and the club offers free valet parking. Step from your car to the dance floor and boogie the night away at this Latin inspired club.
Price: $6 – $30
Hours: Daily – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Anvil Bar and Refuge was founded by three cocktail enthusiasts who want to have their hands in as much of the cocktail production process as possible – they go so far as to make their own bitters, sodas, infusions and liqueurs. The food menu is small but offers high-end cheeses as well as sandwiches and hand-made pretzels. Valet parking is available Thursday to Saturday. Park withe ease and check out this unique Houston hot spot.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sat to Sun 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Located on the recently gentrified Washington Avenue, Sawyer Park is arguably the classiest sports bar in town, if not anywhere. But despite the valet parking and VIP clubhouse atmosphere, Sawyer Park tends to maintain a rowdy sports spectator ambiance, the prices are reasonable and the menu varied.
Valet: $7 and up
Hours: Mon to Weds – 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Thur – 11 a.m.- 12 a.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.; Sat – 6 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.; Sun – 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
A dark but open jazz club, Sambuca is open seven days a week from lunch to late night. The music happens nightly and there is no cover unless the band is a national act. Next time you are in the mood for a smooth cocktail and jazz, check the website for a complete schedule.
No matter what type of entertainment draws one in, Houston has something for everyone. And with parking in any metropolitan area becoming an increasing commodity as populations soar, valet service is a welcome addition the fare offered by any club.
Trevor J. Wallace lives in Houston and has been a freelance writer for over two decades. He left school in his early 20s to pursue a failed music career and wrote music and art reviews as well as a column for the Austin magazine, Rank and Revue. He returned to school in his mid-30s and earned his degree in journalism in 2008. His work can be found at Examiner.com.