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Rebels Honky Tonk is faux-country to the hilt, catering to the cowgirls and cowboys that haunt Washington Avenue. This place won't get any scene points from honky-tonk purists, but it will give you plenty to look at and dance to. The place is bigger than life, with oversized deck chairs out back and a kick-ass mural inside that looks like a scene from a Wild West whorehouse. Skimpily-dressed smiley blondes dish out the drinks at the two bars and several beer tubs are located throughout. The crowd is decidedly well-scrubbed and vanilla, but in a perfect world that shouldn't scare anyone away. Of course there is a mechanical bull outside on the patio. That was a silly question.
This place is ridiculous. They lost my credit card when I opened a tab at the back bar, the bartenders seemed very nonchalant and just shrugged and said "we can't find it" "Maybe you didn't give it to us" Obviously it was given since my tab was running... They refused to let me speak to the manager even though I asked 5 times. The bartender kept repeating "Oh, I've already told him I can't find it." I've called the number I was given about 6 times with no answer and no call back... How can you run a bar if you can't even keep up with credit cards??
Save yourself the headache there are MUCH better places in Houston.
During the 35 minute span while waiting behind the 6-8 men of different ethnic backgrounds who had obviously been waiting 5-10 minutes before our arrival; we noticed groups of Caucasian men & women allowed entrance. I stood back and analyzed for a bit and reviewed the top reasons for non admittance to a club.. wondering why we were not admitted. 1. Are we dressed appropriately? 2. Are we “men only”? 3. Are we “thuggish” looking? 4. Are we of a different social class? 5. Is there a ratio requirement for different ethnicities to establish a well mix social? 6. Are we simply the wrong race for this limited surge time entrance? After several clear evident instances, I realized that last night, Sat Aug 14th @ 1ish AM, my female friend Munj (Indian decent), who remained the only girl waiting on the wall.. and my friend Carlos (Peru decent) and I (Mexican American) were racially discriminated by the doorman. This doorman receives his authority of entrance preference from the Manager and the Manager represents the club. Therefore I have evidently come to the conclusion that Rebels Honky Tonk off Washington Ave is a RACIST club! I have written a 2 page detail description with evidence enough to back up my conclusion. This will ultimately be submitted to the Local news papers.
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