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The Nightingale Room is on Track to Open this Month

New bar from the Anvil Bar & Refuge group to open very soon.

The Nightingale Room's Mike Criss
The Nightingale Room's Mike Criss
Julie Soefer

Adding to the bar-hopping options in the 300 block of Main Street comes The Nightingale Room, the latest offering from the Clumsy Butcher team - AKA the gang who brought you, among others, Anvil, The Pastry War, OKRA Charity Saloon and Julep.

Construction proceeds at a good clip, and the venue, described as an "entertainment-focused bar" in Clumsy Butcher press materials should see a late-October opening. Decorating touches to enhancing the space at 308 Main will include a large chandelier, round booths, a mirrors on both the ceiling and behind the length of the long bar and candlelit antique birdcages hanging from the ceiling.

The Nightingale Room is the brainchild of Mike Criss, the former GM of OKRA Charity Saloon, who's partnering with Clumsy Butcher on the endeavor. Named for the famous songbird and also references Houston music legend Sippie Wallace, known as the Texas Nightingale during her prime in the 1920s, expect a mix of jazz and blues carefully selected by Mike during the week and an upbeat atmosphere on weekends that will feature a variety of entertainment. He's set to have a mix of local and traveling musicians, both DJs and bands, in the space.

"I want this bar to be about having fun-enjoying great music and good drinks in a vibrant setting," says Criss, who plans to serve beer, wine, punch "and other democratic drinks."

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