Where Drake & Beyonce Hang in Houston: Super Bowl LI Dining & Nightlife Guide
Lady Gaga and all the other celebrities descending this weekend to Super Bowl LI would be wise to glean insider information from regular H-town habitués Bey, Drake, Ciara, Bun B and Justin Bieber, whose fave Houston haunts include these hot spots below.
Houston-born Beyoncé, Jay Z and Blue Ivy regularly rent a private room at downtown’s B&B Butchers & Restaurant to feast on bellinis, wagyu carpaccio and crème brûlée. Last September not only did the power couple dine twice at B&B during a 24-hour stay but their personal chef bought raw Kobe beef to grill at their AirBNB manse. 1814 Washington Ave., Bbbutchers.com.
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Lady Gaga’s stage crew already has dished on tacos and chips at Berryhill Baja Grill, beloved by homeboy Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, who introduced pals The Rolling Stones to the casual Mexican eatery’s pork tamales. The rockers loved them so much they ordered another four dozen delivered to them on the road. 2639 Revere St., 731 Memorial City Way and 5110 Buffalo Speedway, berryhillbajagrill.com.
River Oaks bistro Brasserie 19 has stocked up not just on the oysters Sharon Stone recently raved about, but also top-flight Bordeaux wines, truffles and caviar for Super Bowl high-rollers that “like to showboat at their table,” says Charles Clark, co-owner and chef at Clark Cooper Concepts restaurants. The Rolls Royce convertible outside most days, however, belongs to Beyoncé’s dad, Mathew Knowles, who loves to socialize. “Celebs usually call 20 minutes before they arrive to ask for a back table for them and their body guards,” says Clark, co-owner and chef at Clark Cooper Concepts. 1962 West Gray, brasserie19.com.
Celebs are likely to raise a glass – or three – at Anvil Bar & Refuge, a James Beard nominee known for its house-made infusions, bitters and liqueurs. Bun B, Kam of The Suffers and many chefs have bellied up to the bar extolled in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Imbibe, GQ, Esquire and Garden & Gun. 1424 Westheimer Road, Anvilhouston.com.
Miami-glam sister nightclubs Clé and Spire are likely megastar magnets. Perhaps Justin Bieber will return to midtown’s Clé, the scene of his recent tantrum, as Skrillex, DJ Snake and NGHTMRE turn tables. Too loud? Movers and shakers can head to the pool – or the private room Drake usually rents. Locals pray rumored table-holders Ryan Gosling and Daniel Radcliffe won’t blow off Playboy, Flo Rida and TAO’s blow-out Saturday at nearby Spire, a First Church of Christ Scientist converted into a shrine to decadence. Electronic music will rock the house nightly as Spire, A-Trak, Carnage and RL Grime boom the room from the pulpit. Lights, dry ice and $200,000 Dom Perignon served by girls shimmying in skimpy black will keep the party hopping. “The who’s who’s of athletes and actors is going to be there,” says co-owner Dallas Rodriguez. Clé, 2301 Main Street, clehouston.com, Spire Club, 1720 Main, thespireclub.com.
Drake and Jas Prince, the Houstonian who discovered him, are turning up the volume nightly through Sunday at Mercy, one of Houston’s largest nightclubs, located in EaDo, a hip hood blossoming east of downtown. Atlanta Falcons supporters Migos, Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled will rock the roost, which touts 30 private VIP sections overlooking the dance floor. 1505 St. Emanuel St., Mercyeado.com.