Houston >Food & Dining > Grooves of Houston Restaurant & Lounge
2300 Pierce St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700329.742357 -95.359228
Neighborhoods: Greater Third Ward, South Central
This restaurant is not on the upscale level.
1. Let me start with the valet: they charge $10 to park, then they park your car on the city street, taking up the free spots, forcing the other people to park in their $10 lot. Scandelous
2. Cover charge: $20 to get in. Ridiculous, this is too much for a Hip Hop club.
3. Gratuity: They charge a 20% gratuity. Are you serious this is not Vic & Anthony, Flemings or Perry's Steak house. Mind you they don't tell you about the %20, you find out when you get your bill.
4. The drinks: Can you say weak Polly Pop. You expect a nice drink at an upscale restaurant. I had so much cranberry juice in my vodka and cran it cleaned out my kidneys. Needless to say I only had one drink.
5. Music: The band was OK. The DJ was good if you like Hip Hop all night. No R&B straight Hip Hop all night.
6. Dress Code: straight Hip Hop Hoochie Mama attire. Not upscale at all.
I've been to Grooves when they first open and it was nothing like this. The service was slow but the atmosphere was much better. Grooves should do better. Stop your valet from charging people then parking their cars on the street; If you want to charge $20 to get in you need to change your image because as of now you are a $10 cover charge club; If you want to charge 20% gratuity you should inform your guest in advance, but this is still too high; the drinks are entirely to week, I'm not suggesting you get people drunk but make a nice drink; If you want to be upscale the music should be a mixture; If you want to be upscale the dress code should be followed.
This place has it all! Two super swank bars and a club with a killer sound system . They even have a NFL Players and Celebrities wondering around. Best of all they have lots of bartenders and serving capacity, so you're not waiting around for drinks when you want them.
Been waiting for another premier spot to open up downtown after the old Grooves closed in 2010...GROOVES OF HOUSTON IS IT. Excellent sound system. Great layout. Everyone who works there has been super polite and nice to deal with. Having been there a few times already, I definitely intend to make this a regular stop for the foreseeable future.??And a good club isn't a great club unless they have great LIVE talent playing regularly and in the year this place has been open, the talent has been nothing short of amazing. I'll be a regular!
My new favorite lounge//nightclub (insert a little heart)
A totally balanced dynamic, and on the nights when both levels are open, it's fun to go back and forth for the energy/ambiance change:
-INSIDE is 2 bars with plenty of space and comfortable furniture for sipping, lounging, and conversing. Music varies from soul classics to hip-hop to the occasional light music. It's perfect for sipping a carefully-proportioned martini or a house-concocted cocktail by the best bartender in Houston Nikki (if you're feeling stiff, try her Darlyn Nikki Shot or a yummy Grooveycane). They have a great new taco/tamale Saturday night where they offer a promotion of $2 tacos outside on the way out.
-NIGHTCLUB - the nightclub has the best sound I've heard in HTown yet! Totally makes me feel like I'm in a club in New York. Their tables are normally sold out depending on which party they've booked for the evening, so it's a good idea to plan ahead an reserve a table before the night of. Definitely a lot of well-mixed music and they have live music on Saturdays
Overall, the crowd is great (edgy, urban, attractive) and the ambiance is fabulous- definitely classy but not pretentious, which is difficult to achieve. They've only been open a year so I can't wait to see what comes from this much-needed new spot as they perfect their technique.
I'm a regular, for sure xx
"Over-Priced Ghetto" – If you want to take your ghetto to a whole new level, Grooves is the place. I hate to even write a review like this because this place used to be nice. I'm not sure what happened but my friends and I went on a saturday night around 10pm. Service was awful, two girls outside who take your money made us wait 2 minutes while they set up a late night hook-up dates with some guys who were just standing around (non-employees). Expect to pay $20 to park or you can park for free under hwy 59 and walk a quarter mile across a dark multi-lane highway with vagrants greeting you, also $20 to get in, and $20 per drink, DONT NOT USE YOUR CARD, I was told in order to use my card you had to purchase $50 in drinks or it won't work? WTF! I mean, if I'm gonna toss up $200 for the night, at least have some CLASS, to give me my money's worth! Then there's what looks like a poor attempt at a VIP section- wannabe-hip hop-like-video-entourage-on stage. While a HORRIBLE DJ attempts to gain the crowd's attention with his 9' laptop onstage. That guys needs to go back to his moms' basement and DJ class 101 again! He actually said " this song is for your white friends" People where throwing there hands up as he attempted to find the right genre of music for his crowd. OMG H-town just becuase a place charges you a $20 cover charge does not make it classy! People bring your $200 dollars to a nice resturant with dinner and dancing! There are several 5 star hotels here, who will top this attempt at class! GROOVES get it together!!
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY!!! – THE OFFICIAL GROOVES REVIEW
Excellent with good-sized of the portions.
Excellent steak, amazing salmon, and outstanding crab cakes.
The service at Grooves is good. The staff were attentive, knowledgeable about the menu, and very helpful. All in all, the service here is very good.
Grooves is hard to beat with its combination of fun ambiance, music and friendly service.
Noise. It can get quite noisy in this particular restaurant. In all fairness, this should come as no surprise considering the live music and popular dance floor. If you are looking for a quiet evening I recommend you go elsewhere.
Prices are on the middle of the road side, but the quality of the food and strong drinks is worth it.
The Final Verdict:
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND GROOVES for the great atmosphere, the wonderful food, live music and dancing.
HAPPY HOUR ROCKS – I had a birthday party here, the place still rocks, and has some really fresh djs who don't play the usual crap. Get a booth if you can and watch the hipsters pass by. They have a Friday Happy Hour that will leave you in heaven.
I had so much fun – I am absolutely addicted to this club. I haven't been to another club in Houston close to being as fun.
It's really easy to find not hard to miss as soon as you see the Grooves sign you know oh there it is! Just valet park it's only $10.
Depending on what time you get there the line can be long but that's only when people are trying to get in at midnight, but when there is a free cover there's no line. But even when there is a line it's pretty fast.
The bartenders have always been nice & they make strong drinks maybe they get the job done.
The dance floor is packed by 10:30p. They have a stage to dance on if you're too tipsy I would advise you don't even attempt to get up there people have fell off hahahaha.
The people there are laid back, and willing to actually have a decent conversation with you.
The bathrooms really spacious.
If you ever plan on going to one of there for a birthday party make sure you reserve a table because they go fast.
Loved it! – This place is amazing!! They serve gourmet salmon which was outstanding! I went with a group of people. We went in for dinner and stayed the rest of the evening. The place is beautiful along with the staff and crowd. Everyone was very friendly. This is my new favorite spot.
AMAZING!! – AWSOME!! AWSOME!! AWSOME!! Now that Grooves has changed owners the service is amazing!! I had my birthday party there and rented out the entire stage, We had a blast!!! I was glad I book my own section because there were over 800 people there Saturday night
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