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528 Waugh, Houston, TX 77019
We visited this club on a dark and stormy night, not expecting much of a crowd. But Latinos like to have fun, and on Friday nights that means joining veteran promotions team Impresario Entertainment at their "I Love Viernes" party at Vue. The event is branded as "Houston's No. 1 Upscale Latin Party," and they certainly deliver. In an otherwise sleepy corner of Waugh drive, between the flashy/trashy Washington Avenue scene and the Montrosian hipsters, the salsa music pumps. Ladies in short dresses line up at the door, ID in hand, flirting with the doorman. Ladies get in free all night, so the flirting is not necessary, but much appreciated. The club is filled with glamourous light fixtures and equally glamourous patrons. The music shifts effortlessly from hip-hop to reggaeton, salsa to bachata. We spoke briefly to DJ Pollo, who was giving out mixed CDs on this night. He works for Univision Radio, but says that he loves the energy of spinning at Latin clubs. The main room features an impressive island of a bar, with speedy bartenders pouring decently strong drinks. There is a second room with a DJ booth and a small elevated stage. White linens are draped from ceiling to floor, giving the room a distinct Miami Beach vibe. A mixed crowd of Latinos and gringos dances with arms raised. The mood is friendly, girls dance with girls and groups of four or more are not ashamed of dancing together. The lighting system is top-notch. Long-legged waitresses keep the drinks flowing at the reserved tables. It is at once crowded yet roomy, with lots of space to spin a dance parter without the fear of knocking someone else's drink over. Oh, and expect to see lots of cleavage, if you're into that sort of thing.
Source: Houston Press
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