Brazos River Bottom, the Texas-themed LGBT bar on the border of Midtown and Montrose, has announced that it will close at the end of March, with the following message on its Web site:
The sad news is official. The BRB will close it's [sic] doors on Saturday, March 30th. We are still looking forward to LUEY WEEKEND Feb. 14-17. We plan on having our 35 year anniversary party the second weekend in March.
We will keep you informed on details of that party weekend. The TGRA Rodeo will be held in Pasadena, TX this year, and we will be hosting several entertainment events that weekend of March 15-17. We will continue "business as usual" with what we are sure will be a very incredible final night on March 30th.
Known for its line-dancing lessons and "Get Hot or Get Out" attitude, BRB projected a y'all-come-back hominess in the middle of Texas' biggest city, even posting the bartenders' work schedules on its Web site. Rumors of its closure surfaced on the bar's Facebook page earlier this week, and "Mr. BRB" Craig Sandford told Justin Bryan Galloway of the Houston Voice of its sale.
Thursday morning, BRB co-manager Robert Harwood told CultureMap that the owners had sold the building and were looking at possible new locations, though he estimated chances of that happening at at 50/50.
Following the closure of Mary's in 2009, BRB was said to be Houston's longest-running gay bar at its original location, a building that was originally constructed in 1887. Harwood cited the deteriorating condition of the building as a reason for the sale, telling CultureMap that needed renovations would be too expensive to complete.
BRB was a hub of LUEY weekend, an four-day series of social events staged by the Houston Council of Clubs that stands for "Let Us Entertain You." According to the LUEY Web site, the weekend was started in 1971 by motorcycle club the Texas Riders as a gesture of appreciation and means to "keep the party going" for people returning from Mardi Gras.
Such happenings helped spread BRB's reputation far and wide, and it was named Best Dance Club in the Houston Press' 2009 Best of Houston issue. This came from BRB's Facebook page Tuesday:
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My name is David, and I live in Denver. I moved here in 2005 after 13 fantastically happy years in Houston, and the BRB was a huge part of that happiness! I read in an OutSmart article here on Facebook that yall were closing, and I just wanted to say that I am saddened to hear it.
The BRB was (and still is) my favorite bar in Houston. I spent countless hours of fun there while I lived in Houston, and I have gone there to hang out every time I have come back home to visit. It is my sworn dream to move back to Houston one day... regrettably, I won't be able to visit the BRB anymore once I do. I will miss you so much. I know I am certainly not the only one. Happy trails to you all!