First Look

With Pizza and a Controversial History, Bottled Blonde Is Up and Running

The Washington Avenue spot has pizza, beer, cocktails, and bottle service.

By Lauro Rojas September 21, 2020

A look inside Bottled Blonde.

Image: Lauro Rojas

Bottled Blonde has moved into town. The third location in a chain that hails from Scottsdale, Arizona, and dishes out pizza, cocktails, and craft beer is nestled at 4901 Washington Ave. With a pin-up-girl theme that aims at attracting the sports bar and nightlife crowd, Bottled Blonde is within walking distance of Washington-area staples such as Clutch Bar, Kung Fu, and Lincoln Bar.

The 10,000-square-foot, open-air concept has a large wraparound bar, 40 high-definition televisions lined up one after another, and two 24-foot-long projection screens opposite each other. In that sense, it won’t be hard for football fans to keep up with their fantasy sports team.

The menu is composed of Italian and Americanized Italian cuisine, like starters of pepperoni or sausage pizza rolls, calamari fritti, crispy shrimp, and fries topped with Bolognese and Parmesan.

There’s also standard Italian eatery fare like Caesar salad; caprese and chicken Parmesan sandwiches; and pizzas—pepperoni, Margherita, sausage, supremo (pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, green pepper, onion), barbecue chicken, forager (mushrooms, rosemary, arugula, truffle oil), carnivoro (sausage, pepperoni, Bolognese), and formaggio (mozzarella, gouda, basil). Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays with the standard breakfast fare and a specialty breakfast pizza that’s sure to flood your Instagram feeds.

Bottled Blonde specializes in pizzas. Here's the pepperoni.

Image: Lauro Rojas

Bottled Blonde’s signature cocktail menu caters to all palates, from those with a sweet tooth to ones who want more of a kick. With 24 taps on deck, offerings run the gamut in craft, imports, and domestics. Plus, there’s a 112-ounce beer and/or mimosa tower—that’s best for groups, naturally. For late-night revelers, bottle service will also be available.

Prior to opening in Houston, Bottled Blonde’s Chicago outpost was mired in controversy with reports of noise complaints, poor customer behavior, and a questionable dress code. After five years of turmoil the Chicago location surrendered its licenses and closed in July.

As for the Houston Bottled Blonde, the sports bar and club is a natural fit for Washington Avenue. It’s open 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday–Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday–Sunday.

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