South Beach nightclub reopens in Montrose with packed VIP party

Crowds came out to dance at Thursday’s VIP reopening of the South Beach nightclub in Montrose. Including Lynn Wyatt.

The philanthropist and socialite was among the first to swing under the club’s 450-pound, 8-foot rotating quartz crystal chandelier. She was joined by friends as ABBA’s “Gimme Gimme Gimme” rumbled through the loudspeakers. The whole dance floor was packed before 9 p.m.

The reopening of the South Beach nightclub in Montrose, July 13, 2022.

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It was a welcome burst of nostalgia for those who remember South Beach’s first run from 2001 to 2018. The original club, Heaven, ruled the LGBTQ+ nightlife scene until a fire broke out in 1997. The South Beach redesign was completed by award-winning interior designer John Robinson of Houston-based Robinson & Associates.

Among the crowd were Kam Franklin of The Suffers, Harper Watters of Houston Ballet, Shannon Hall of Sloan/Hall, stylist Cerón, Fady Armanious of Tootsie and partner Bill Baldwin, TV host Ernie Manouse and host of Houston Life Derek Shore. State Senator John Whitmire and Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen were also in the mix.

Some of the city’s most popular drag queens and trans performers brought the glamour, including Kofi, Blackberri, Adrian LaRue, Norvina Dubois, Jazell Barbie Royale, Angelina DM Trailz and Mistress Isabelle Brooks.

Armstrong describes the new look as “Restoration hardware meets Montrose,” inspired by the area’s high and mid-rise apartments. It’s a stunning overhaul, rich and luxurious with gorgeous lighting throughout the building. There’s also enough backtracking for a welcome sense of familiarity. The dance floor, now flanked by VIP couches, is still huge and the best in town.

And, yes, the jets of ice that drop the temperature by 20 degrees exploded all night.

A second soft opening is scheduled for Thursday. The club officially opens Friday at 810 Pacific. The club will be open from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

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