A new nightclub is rocking Washington Ave. with a rooftop patio and a VIP atmosphere

One of Dallas’ most popular nightclubs will soon open bottles on Washington Avenue. Houston Citizen will open this spring in the former Classic space at 5922 Washington Ave.

Milkshake Concepts, the Dallas-based group behind concepts such as Vidorra, Harper’s and Serious Pizza, will replicate its successful Citizen concept in the 6,000 square foot space. Each element has been designed to lure clubgoers, professional athletes, big spenders and other VIPs away from the many other nightlife options along the Washington Corridor.

Plans call for an 18-table VIP section devoted to bottle service — priced at $1,500 to $20,000, according to a statement — and a “members-only” rooftop terrace that overlooks the main dance floor. Theme nights and DJs will help create the club atmosphere. Initially, Citizen will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with plans to be open Sunday as the last stop in a multi-location experience, Sunday Funday which they call “Sunday School”.

“Bringing Citizen to Houston has been a long time coming, and we look forward to introducing our signature brand of hospitality to nightlife aficionados in the nation’s most diverse city,” said Imran Sheikh, Founder and CEO of Milkshake. . “We call the concept Citizen because we see citizens as people who are at home wherever they are and who feel confident to behave as they see fit. We invite our guests to enjoy the ambiance, revel in the experience and make the night unforgettable, whether it is their maiden voyage or their hundredth visit.

Original plans called for The Classic’s space to be converted into WYLD CHLD, which would have shared ownership with Sekai, the nightclub that opened in EaDo last fall. However, the investment group behind both projects has ended its relationship with the Las Vegas-based hotel group that was developing WYLD CHLD, a representative said. Investors have turned to Milkshake to tap into the space.

“We felt much more comfortable opening one of our brands than introducing a new one, so we chose Citizen,” said Meredith Vachon, Marketing Director of Milkshake. “That, plus the fact that the Houston guests asked for a citizen in Houston, told us it was time.”

Jerry C. Greiner