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The Nightingale Room Is Soft Open Right Now

A new bar from the restaurant group behind Anvil Bar & Refuge promises good music and good drinks.

The Nightingale Room's interior.
The Nightingale Room's interior.
Julie Soefer

Ready to get your groove on at one of Houston's most-anticipated bars? Make your way to 308 Main for The Nightingale Room's soft open.

After a spring and mid-fall delay, the Downtown bar passed a final inspection today and made an opening announcement on Facebook:

Named after the songbird, The Nightingale Room also pay homage to Houston blues legend, Sippie Wallace (there's a large painting of the songtress by Matt Tabor near the bar). It's als a labor for Mike Criss. "This bar is about having fun, and we don't take ourselves too seriously. We want the guests to interact with us and with each other. It's all about the experience," said Criss in a statement about The Nightingale Room opened with Clumsy Butcher (restaurant group known for Anvil and Underbelly).

Expect a mix of infectious tunes to dance to-which is highly encouraged-courtesy of vinyl records curated by the staff of Houston's popular record mecca, Cactus Music (think The Flat but in a downtown setting). Additionally, the bar's staff is required to buy a new record each week, totally over 300 lps a year.

Local and visiting DJs and musicians will showcase their sets on the second floor stage located towards the back of the bar. Once finished, bartenders will deliver drinks via an elevator created for beverages, while guests enjoy the music offerings. While the menu nears completion, The Nightingale Room will offer house drinks, shots, beer and champagne. Live entertainment will be available on the weekends once shows begin in the coming weeks.

The Nightingale Room will open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Nightingale Room

308 Main St, Houston, TX 77002 (832) 968-3370