New Babylon-themed nightclub opens in Midtown

UPDATE: The club is not affiliated with Seattle-based JET Hospitality, a hotel group that offers alternative accommodation options such as luxury glamping, eco-friendly cottages, bungalows and lodge rooms, as well as full RV sites.

Opening of a new Midtown bar The 4th of July weekend hopes to bring a taste of ancient Persian culture to an area known to be the cultural epicenter of Houston’s Sperry-wearing mob. Babylon, a new nightclub concept from Denver-based Jet Hospitality, will offer Houston bargoers a 6,000-square-foot leviathan playground inspired by the famous Hanging Gardens of its namesake city.

The nightclub, which opens Friday, July 1, is housed in the building that once housed Howl at the Moon. At Babylon, guests can expect an opulent, vaguely Mesopotamian, immersive, and interactive experience: Jet Hospitality has updated the space to include lush seating, suitably dim lighting, a collection of Fertile Crescent-worthy foliage, and enough golden embellishments to have your interior. Indiana Jones scanning the room for traps. The spacious new nightclub will offer patrons a variety of seating – enough to accommodate small and large groups – in addition to having plenty of bar seating.

The bar will host frequent performance-focused parties and serve as a new local hotspot for house music, because nothing says old Babylon like house music. (Although we think the ancients would have enjoyed an occasional electric lyre solo, if electricity had been available in 1700 BCE.) In order to keep the party going, Babylon will regularly host in-house DJs and celebrities. base. The space has been transformed to include high ceilings and an inviting dance floor, so there will be plenty of space for guests to practice their dance moves – both ancient and modern – under real hail biblical staccato synths.

The nightclub, which will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., is hosting a grand opening party all weekend, one that will, according to a statement, include several exotic animals. Alas, according to the Code of Hammurabi, you must offer a replacement camel if you release one from its outdoor display area – eye for eye, hump for hump!

Jerry C. Greiner