Three bars opened in Oak Ridge North off I-45 in early May, providing a versatile night-life spot in the area.
The owner of the three bars, Chris Hale, has an extensive background in the service industry with more than a decade of experience. He has owned the Rebel's Honky Tonk in Austin for about three years, and recently decided to expand his operation to Houston.
With his business on the rise, Hale caters to a wide range of bar-goers, and he looks forward to expanding further. In the coming weeks, Hale expects to have full-service kitchens at all three of his bars, providing baskets and bar favorites. He hopes to serve food on the outdoor terrace well into the morning. Hale also plans to host a monthly “freak show,” complete with fire breathers, stilt walkers and circus entertainment.
Fans can watch their preferred sporting event in surround-sound, and although it is called a sports bar, Brass Monkey also provides guests with numerous arcade games, a pool table, traditional bar food and plenty of cold beer. Whether a sports fan or not, the bar offers nightly refuge for those 21 and older in need of refreshment.
With two full-service bars, a covered patio and a beloved mechanical bull, this bar brings plenty of patrons through the door. Decorated with swinging doors and wild west murals, Rebel's Honey Tonk has a raised, wooden dance floor for boot stomping and upcoming live music events. The terrace consists of several tables and an outdoor bar, providing an easy transition to Hale's other bars located next door. Every Thursday night, drink specials on draughts and well liquor are featured along with a $500 cash-prize bikini contest.
For Hale, safety is a priority as hired security monitor the area during business hours, and TABC and TIP certified bartenders and staff serve the guests. The bars have established a deal with a local towing company, offering a ride home and a $50 tow to anyone incapable of driving home.
This nightclub is open only three days a week. There is an in-house DJ and occasional concerts on Friday and Saturday nights. On Tuesdays, Club 303 provides specials for anyone in the service industry, so those who dedicate their weekends to work can have a Friday night as well, Hale said. While the other two bars tend to draw an older, more relaxed crowd, the nightclub offers a lively atmosphere.