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2006 Peden St, Houston, TX | Directions 7701929.752318 -95.408538
Sat-Sun: 6pm-2am, Mon-Fri: 5pm-2am
Neighborhoods: Central, Neartown/ Montrose
decent place for quiet time – one of the few places in houston scenes that you can actually carry on a coversation, so that's a plus. Place is dark, you wonder if the sofa will have bugs jumping out at you. but overall it's all good
Overblown legendary bar – Valentine's night was crowded at Marfreless -- nothing untoward happening, but the night was young. Can we talk? The place is dingy, very worn carpeting, and could use a major "freshening up." The parking situation is atrocious. The upside is it's a place where an "older" crowd can talk, without deafening noise, and feel comfortable -- not the oldest person in the room. Other than that, I've always had a hard time figuring out the allure of Marfreless, and I've been coming off and on for 25 years, as a single and as a married!
great lounge – hidden away...marfreless is a legendary wateringhole. enter through the unmarked 'service door', but watch that step down...it will surely catch you again on the way out after a few of the strong drinks they serve up. now i'm not going to say too much about the upstairs, aka 'makeout', lounge. except to say i think that the (mostly) attractive young female hostesses enjoy stepping in on their customers whilest in the throngs (or thongs) of passion. having said that, this bar is mostly for couples. if a woman in the know agrees to go there after another bar or club, well, anyway. at one time it had (does it still?) the reputation as a place where marrieds secretly align with other marrieds. the service is very good. the drinks are on the pricey side but the overall experience - and strength of the concoction offered - warrant the expense. i've never seen it very 'crowded'. the patrons tend to be 30-ish and up. it's also a pretty good place to step in alone for a late night drink. in spite of all this, it is not a place to go to meet (polite for 'pick-up') people, and if you try this you will really stick out as the biggest looser on the block. it has a legendary 'sinful' reputation and is a great place to lounge with a fav girl or boyfriend...
Fun for couples – We went to Marfreless after a show on Saturday night. I was a bit worried that the place would be dead since there hadn't been too many reviews in 2008. It was just right! The place was full but not crowded - it seemed like there was always just one or two spots available. The downstairs consists of the bar and seems like a typical if unremarkable bar. The upstairs is a loft filled with leather couches. And couples. Kissing. We had a lot of fun - we weren't sure what to expect but it was exactly as people described. There were some couples just sitting and talking and some giving little kisses now and then. There were a few couples that were making out pretty thoroughly and were definitely copping a feel now and then! The service was pretty attentive and the martinis were tasty. We ordered some edamame and it was still very cold - some pieces frozen. But we really didn't come for the food - HA! My date and I have been together for 2 years and it was fun to do something a little different romantically. If you are a bit of a voyeur or have a touch of the exhibitionist this is a PG-13 way to get your heart pumping. We did see a few couples that looked uncomfortable - these mainly looked like first dates where the guy was hoping for some action and the girl was NOT INTERESTED. So take someone who wants to kiss you. LOL.
Love this place! – I recently went here with my boyfriend for the first time and I really enjoyed it. It's a great place for some one-on-one time with your boyfriend/girlfriend. But, I do agree with the others...let's not tell too many people about this place!! It's a great secret and it wasn't over crowded or have really young people in there (which is really nice). I didn't think i'd be one to start making out with my boyfriend, but it just kinda happens without thought!! :) And, before I knew it we were doing what everyone else was doing....making out!! It was a lot of fun and I'm sure we will be going back in the future!!
I don't get it – I went there twice and it was years ago. It sounds like they got newer furniture, but it still doesn't sound good. I didn't especially care to sit on the ugly used sofas I could see (and smell) in the lighted rooms, much less go into the dark rooms. And why any grown up would want to make out here with all those other people, I really don't get. The only reason I can think of is everyone there must be cheating on someone so they can't go home and do it.
went for a kiss - got a crotch! – As the self-proclaimed "hideaway for amorous couples" Fionna and I were excited to check out Marfreless. Granted, it was a Wednesday night - but the place was about empty. I've seen more action in my swamp after having waffles with Donkey on a Sunday morning! No problem, though. We didn't go for a crowd or any paticular action anyway; we wanted some alone-time, and got it!
Spent the evening upstairs on one of the many couches. For what it's worth, the place smelled a little musty - but I got over it. My game of "tonsil broomball" with Fionna kept my mind where it should be, on her! Thanks to a misdirected light above, Fionna stood on couch above me to adjust and I got to know her a little better!
Anyway - it's an ok place (for a couple of ogre's in-lust), but I'm not sure I'd bring Snowwhite there...
really cozy...intimate... – I would have to say I completely agree with paunch17...he took the words right out of my mouth.....
make sure if you do come and forget where your at...please be sure to open the menu and read the first page...."ATTENTION"...it will get you right on together.
Totally agree with – Please lets not ruin this bar. Marfreless is Marvulous! The atmosphere is great! It's defintiely a bar you want to keep low key to keep the high end people. It's cozy and classy. I made the mistake of taking some people there and was so embarassed.This is not Bakers or Sams Boat! I go there to get away from people like that. But I really do enjoy this bar. So please people don't ruin it. Go where you know, NOT where you think you could be a part of the" marvulous marfreless crowd!"
Speechless. – Perfection at its finest.
Great 'secret' location.
There's not much more to say about it.
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