Houston >Bars & Clubs > Sawyer Park Sports Bar
2412 Washington Ave, Houston, TX | Directions 7700729.768571 -95.383145
Mon-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat-Sun 12pm-2am
Neighborhoods: Washington Ave./ Memorial Park, Central
RACISTS TO COLORED PEOPLE!!!!!!!!! – facts about sawyer park:
1. owner of the red door bar in midtown.
2. owner of wonder bar behind the dog house tavern.
3. owner lives in Austin
4. Staff are all white
5. It reminds me of the movie "the incrowd" ... bunch of caucasian plastic children that grew up in Southampton, NY.
6. We had a welcome back party for a buddy of mine that returned from the millitary after 4 years in Iraq serving as a Navy corpman in the Marines. 4 years, but he never showed up bc the f....ing bouncer didn't let him in bc he was not 'UP TO DRESSCODE". So we ended up heading to club 360 where they treated just fine and their food was much much better.
7. he was wearing shoes by cucci (Brought by his mother, with matching cucci belt by his wife with Levis jean "confortable style not BAGGY!!!! and a blue polo tucked in, and pull up on a nice chevy Taho 2010. yet our man ... was NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR SAWER PARK"
8. So everyone got into an argument with the bouncer, the manager, the other manager, the silly bartenders who expected us to pay them 18% gratuity plus 20% tips. you know how much tip we gave em ... $$$ 00.00.
I worked in the restaurant/bar industry before and you never ever demand a tim!!!!!!! besides if I ask you for a Sky or Titos sugarless redbull with a splash of cranberry then my drink should come slight red not full red.
... and don't ask me you can't find the sky bottle ... It is the only BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bottle at the bar.
How bout TITOS ... do you know what that is???
... Thy hire bartender for the looks and not for what they can do! simply really ... this place is a joke.
9. We have had the same experience at the Wonder bar in midtown and the Red Door when it was opened.
10. BUT NO WORRIES .... WE ARE ALL GONA CATCH YOU IN THE ACT... WE'LL BE SEEING YOU IN COURT.
Racist Establishment – Do NOT go to this place if you aren't Caucasian. You can dress up, dress down, pull up in a BMW, work for one of the top 4 accounting firms in the country, or even make a reservation for 50 people, it doesn't make a difference, if your skin is dark you will not be allowed in. If you are light skinned, feel free to walk in wearing a t-shirt, flip flops, and shorts. This is the most racist place in Houston, you can observe the bouncer for 10 minutes and see how many "ethnic" people are refused service for the most B.S. excuses. Despicable.
DouchBag Central – Let me tell you bout this place!
I work in IT for a tech company downtown, and went looking for a new place to grab a bite and a few beers on my dinner break with a coworker and we found this place. Looks new, nice place, little pricey but so is everything in Midtown. The service was slow, music obnoxiously loud, and the crowd; I truly believe, was made entirely of plastic recycled from old credit cards and urinal mats. But the burgers however, were f'ing awesome.
So what the hell, I went back a few more times for the food. I can deal with a few spoiled plastic rich kids for good burger close to work. April 29th, Friday, was one of those nights. Same crappy service, but I got what I came for. The next night, April 30th, was the UFC fight. I timed my dinner break so I could see the last two fights. This is where things got ugly.
The door douche turned me away citing their dress code saying, "Sorry man, I cant let you in. That shirt, those shoes...uh uh, not gonna happen."
Mind you, I'm coming from work. In an office. Jeans, nice shirt, clean shoes. No tats. No piercings. Just a 30 yr old, college educated, IT professional in search of a beer, a burger, and a little UFC violence. I told the guy there was no issue with me yesterday or any of the other times Ive been here. But he didn't care. I pointed out the multiple people walking around the patio in shorts and flip flops, affliction tshirts, etc, but he refused to even acknowledge me at that point.
Have I mentioned THIS IS A SPORTS BAR!? its not the Roxy, its a f'ing SPORTS BAR! The surrounding neighborhood is a dump. I had to step over broken sewer pipes on the sidewalk to get to the place. This place, like the denizens who inhabit it are simply full of themselves.
Come to find out, one of the departments in my company had an outing there a while back. It seems three people got hassled at the door and were only let in when our VP went downstairs to complain. What was the reason they gave him? Baggy pants. Oh yeah, they also were the only non-white guys in the group.
I spoke to several bar-staff at other nearby places like the Beaver Dam and 20520 about that place. Every one of them, without me even mentioning it, said they were racist. Everyone I've talked to about Sawyer Park has a story with a non-white friend getting turned away for "baggy pants".
In a nutshell; Sawyer Park is a crappy, over priced bar with too high an opinion of itself. The place is essentially a reflection of the clientele. And racist to boot. I will never go there again. My company will never go there again. And I will tell far and wide, to anyone and everyone, not to step foot in the place.
Hey Sawyer Park....suck it buddy!
10-Year High School Reunion RUINED by Sawyer Park – This past Saturday, April 30th, we had our 10-year high school reunion at Sawyer and had the upstairs clubhouse and part of the patio reserved that required a $500 food/drink minimum. The night started off well, but unfortunately, many of our guests were denied entrance after 8:00 p.m. due to a "dress code change" that occurred when the bouncers changed at the door and because we were told the UFC fight was being shown that night. Also, a cover charge was applied to some of our guests and not others (though a cover charge was never stipulated in our contract we signed).
We met our drink minimum early on and many people left Sawyer Park with hefty drink tabs. The people that were turned away at the door were in attire that was suitable for a sports bar atmosphere, and were wearing clothing that was identical to some of the other guests that were let in earlier in the evening. One of our guests in particular was an HPD officer, off duty, and was not even allowed in after showing his I.D. and credentials.
We sent our guests the link to Sawyer's website to obtain more information prior to attending the event, and nowhere on their website was the official dress code posted, nor is there a warning that cover may be charged at certain times of the night. We chose Sawyer Park because there was not a charge for our guests, and then some were forced to pay $10 a person to get in the door. This has led to several of our attendees that had to pay filing official complaints with the B.B.B. due to inconsistent business practices. Many got the feeling that the fact that the reunion was being hosted there and that they were prepared to spend good money to catch up with old friends was not an issue for the managers at the door because there were other customers they were going to let in right behind them. Basically lost business didn't matter to Sawyer Park.
When we presented the original email correspondence to one of the managers at the door (Hunter, who wouldn't give his last name only that Union Park in Austin, TX was their management company), we explained that there was no dress code information provided in regards to the guidelines for admittance. We were basically told "Sorry, nothing we can do about it, y'all should have been told".
Is this how Sawyer Park responds to paying customers? It was handled in a completely unprofessional way. We understand that businesses reserve the right to refuse service and can have dress code requirements, the problem is when the dress code is not posted or if it is inconsistent and seems to be solely based on the door guys discretion. A night that should have been a fun and memorable evening for a 10-year reunion was ruined, and Sawyer Park has officially lost the business of our class along with hundreds of our friends.
Racial Discrimination – Last night I went to Sawyer Park bouncer said I had baggy pants ( had dockers on). So i said what the hell i'm going to go change and told my friend to bring me some jeans that were not that baggy. When back and the bouncer just look at my friends and me and starred at me hard and said I couldn't go in now because I had tennis shoes ( some retro all white keds) and said I still could not go in. And I been going to sawyer park for one and half years now and this door guy says this to me, I was rather pis offed.
Second Floor Patio and Real Sports Bar – This is the only sports bar were one can go and play sports like dodgeball or basketball.
Hanging out on the second floor, reminds me of hanging out on top of a fort overlooking Washington Avenue. The sunset is nice, but the Sunday Funday atmosphere is not in the least bit relaxing.
The food is regular bar food, so you might enjoy going to a nice brunch somewhere before the game.
The music is loud, and there is a "club energy" here. I have seen people break out and dance a few steps, and they don't care who is watching.
As far as patrons go, this is a good place to see fit people. Plenty of plastic surgery and Jersey Shore wannabes for entertainment. I've also seen college kids on the first floor with their parents.
Racist Bar – For the past nine months that I have been in Houston Sawyer Park has been one of my favorite hang out spots. A chill place where my friends and I could take down beers and enjoy a beautiful view of downtown. Unfortunately these times have come to an abrupt stop after the racist treatment several of my friends endured last night. We came up to the bar fully dressed up, button down shirts and jeans. However, all of my Asian friends were turned away at the door because of "baggy jeans" and all of my Caucasian friends including myself were allowed entrance even though their jeans were no baggier than ours. The reason I believe that on other days my asian friends were allowed into the establishment is because it wasn't crowded and they just wanted the money. However last night it was packed and they wanted to keep the crowd Caucasian. I stayed near the door for the rest of the night to watch other Asians-Americans, Hispanic, Indians, and Blacks turned away from the door because of the same lame excuse. At the same time, I saw several Caucasians walk in with shorts and flip-flops. This is a despicable establishment and I will never go there again.
DISCRIMINATION!!! – My co-workers and I attempted to go to this place today was stopped by the door manager ER Jay. We were coming directly from work and he stated that one of my co-workers jeans were to baggy!!! My co-worker weighs maybe 135lbs so anything he wears will look like that plus his shirt was tucked in with a belt. His jeans were not even hangin off of ... See Morehis butt. I ask to speak with the manager and he stated I am the door manager and the manager is going to agree with what I say and I stated I want to speak with him anyway.
The manager Ben Lukish (that is what he stated his name was) look at my co-worker and said just as what the door manager said he was going to say. Now my co-worker is a black male and the door manager which was black let two white males with baggy jeans in and I brought that up to the manager which acted like he could care less!!! I asked for ... See Morehis manager name and he gave my Clay Steadham business card whom I will call!!!! I am usually not into the black, white, uncle Tom thing but this was out of line, discriminating, offensive, and crazy!!!
This dress code thing is just a way to let whomever they want to come in!!!! I think that is quite sad because the consumer always comes first!!!!
Citysearch Editorial Review – While this bar isn’t just for the guys, it certainly seems built for them. Feeding into stereotypes, Sawyer Park has exactly what macho men want: gorgeous wait staff and tons of flat screen TVs. That being said, the rooftop patio still manages to be the most impressive of all of Sawyer Park’s features, with the kind of massive projection screen that sports fans and techies fantasize about. The upstairs also houses a private clubhouse room complete with a keg and tap, big screen and stadium seating, although the rooftop patio’s full bar and view of the downtown skyline will definitely suffice if you can’t afford to roll VIP.
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