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RehabThe ghost of this club's previous incarnation -- the seminal, gone-but-never-forgotten Power Tools -- still hangs over this BYOB after-hours lair, which is so labyrinthine and cavernous you keep expecting Osama to breeze past you every time you walk down those black-lit entrance steps. But Rehab has managed to hold its own as one of the few spots in Houston to keep the party going way after 2 a.m. Freaky, but in a good, titillating way, Rehab is Houston's original underground lounge. 709 Franklin, 713-22-REHAB.
Remington Bar A swanky hotel bar with delusions of grandeur and/or a split personality, the Remington posits itself simultaneously as the local answer to New York’s ultra-classy Oak Room and “Houston’s premier dance venue.” High-toned appetizers include boiled prawns and yucca fries, while martini favorites include the Heather, the hugely popular Twister and the accurately named, super-sweet Wedding Cake Martini. Borderline-unctuous service sits in uneasy contrast to the party-up dance floor. Latin and R&B cover bands perform regularly on weekends. St. Regis Hotel, 1919 Briar Oaks Ln., 713-840-7600.
Rickshaw’s Bambu LoungeThis prim and proper sushi restaurant undergoes a radical sea change every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m., when the lights suddenly go blue, the DJ starts spinning, and the lounge fills with the most elegantly dressed, racially diverse crowd of youthful professionals one could possibly imagine. A monumentally solicitous staff makes sure you get everything you came for, up to and including their award-winning Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Martini and a full sushi menu available all the way until midnight. The beats from the booth are heavy but never overbearing, which, happily, makes conversation an option. 2810 Westheimer, 713-942-7272.
Rhythm RoomEclectic as the city it's in, a typical long weekend at this low-ceilinged, no-frills former Mexican dance hall finds the club serving up everything from traditional honky-tonk to underground hip-hop and attracting a diverse clientele to match. 1815 Washington Ave., 713-863-0943.
Red Rooster Lounge Martin Luther King Blvd., 713-644-9733.
Richmond Arms 5920 Richmond, 713-784-7722.
Rickshaw’s Bambu Lounge This prim and proper sushi restaurant undergoes a radical sea change every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m., when the lights suddenly go blue, the DJ starts spinning, and the lounge fills with the most elegantly dressed, racially diverse crowd of youthful professionals one could possibly imagine. A monumentally solicitous staff makes sure you get everything you came for, up to and including their award-winning Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Martini and a full sushi menu available all the way until midnight. The beats from the booth are heavy but never overbearing, which, happily, makes conversation an option. 2810 Westheimer, 713-942-7272.
Ringside at Sullivan’s 4608 Westheimer, 713-961-0333.
Riverside Inn 17433 River Rd., 281-452-0609.
Rock Neutney’s Spoonerism notwithstanding, this might just be the sports bar’s sports bar. The place could overwhelm the competition on sheer tubal acreage alone. Check it out, there are three 60-inch flat high-density TV screens on display at all times, not to mention the borderline-obscene 70-square-foot projected HD display. And that’s only four of ’em! This is also just about the only place in the Clear Lake/NASA area that can boast a full kitchen operating straight through to 2 a.m. daily. Now let’s go out there and gin one for the whipper. Marina Gate Center, second floor, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Webster, 281-333-1785.
Roeder's PubFor those who think wood is good, Roeder's Pub salutes you. The floors? Bare wood. The bar? Wood. The tables and chairs? Wood and wood. Even the shutters are wood. In the desert of sizzling concrete that is the corner of Shepherd and Alabama, Roeder's offers a sylvan refuge, a dark and cool spot to chill with a single malt or pint of black beer. There's also a small parking lot patio, real darts, Golden Tee and a Britpop/alt-country juke for those who like their liquid retreats loud and/or active. 3116 S. Shepherd, 713-524-4994.
Rookie’s 305 W. Sawdust, 281-362-9610.
RoxyNothing can prepare you for the evening of R-rated randiness that regularly goes on at Roxy. Oh, you may think you're ready if you've been to other southwest clubs before. But once you take in one of the spacious spot's nightly events, such as foxy boxing, men's amateur stripping or the random thong contest, you'll soon realize that while Roxy may not have invented the raunchy southwest Houston nightclub, it sure as hell has tried its best to perfect it. 5851 W. Alabama, 713-850-ROXY.
Rowdy’s 900 FM 1960 W., 281-893-6499.
R&R Sports Bar 3388 FM 528, Friendswood, 281-996-8300.
Rudyard's This reputed English pub has probably got more native Texans than Brits hanging out inside, but no matter. It makes up for its lack of street cred with an impressive selection of beers, a fine menu (the burgers...droooool) and a relaxed, homey feel. Dart tournaments, a killer jukebox, pinball and a staff that's very supportive of the Houston music scene (alt-country, indie rock and just plain weird bands play upstairs) round out the perfect neighborhood bar. 2010 Waugh Dr., 713-521-0521.
Russian Bear Following a choice dinner of Russian cuisine in this gorgeously decorated Brighton Beach-style Slavic eatery, you can either adjourn to the bar or stay at your table for the nightly show. After a brief interlude set by the house singer -- an assortment of hits from the past four decades -- the dance floor is turned over to a bevy of dancing gypsies and a belly dancer that swings her bottom around like a tethered cat. Everyone participates, whether they're in the middle of dinner or just out for a drink, and the place keeps up the intensity all night long. 1801 Dairy Ashford, 281-496-4018.