WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Photograph by DJ Warren
The Velvet Melvin Pub. The name alone is cause for curiosity. The pub was originally called the Velvet Elvis. But, the well-intentioned folks who represent the real Mr. Presley took issue with the pub's name. As a result of the dispute, the Houston Velvet Elvis was forced to close its doors. When the pub was finally able to shake off the name controversy, it resurfaced as Woody's Place. However, someone in management couldn't quite shake the draw of the original name and the Velvet Melvin emerged. The current name is a name that works, partly because it is a name that continues to raise a few curious eyebrows. For the tried and true bar patrons it simply means fun and funky.
Whatever labels one might try to pin on this place, I think I can add that it is definitely not a yuppie hangout. I'd say there's a good mix of locals and tourists like myself. There is more of a hip, electric vibe flowing throughout. The Velvet Melvin is a great place simply unwind and relax. The best seat in the house is a bench on the patio (if you can grab one). Pizza, nachos, and a Melvin Melt are on the menu as well as a hearty meatball sub. If you like a nice cold beer, just order what's on tap. The Velvet Melvin also offers a "Drink the Tank" challenge - a 64 ounce drink in a fishbowl. This, by no means implies that I think people should go out and drink like a fish, but if you ever have the urge to imbibe from a fish - check out the Velvet Melvin.