Decent local bar
The best way I can describe Vintage is like Europa but in River Oaks. Aside from the spacious patios, the inside is tight, which can be good or bad depending on the crowd. It has a quaint local feel to it most of the time, but it sometimes gets too crowded for comfort. If you are with a good group, have a "spot" or "homebase", then it is definitely a comfortable fun place to liquor up. The owner is gracious and usually running around working/socializing, which also makes the Vintage experience more personable. As far as doormen and racism, I wouldn't think they are racists, as I've always seen a mixed crowd there. I just think that they are just being sensible about who comes in and preserving their current clientele. How do you discriminate against Ed Hardy meatheads, Ambercrombie preps, Persian fops, Trendy zipperheads, Gringo yuppies, then who would go? They just have to do their best based on gut instinct. All in all, it has its well-deserved niche in the bar scene in Houston.
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