A Look at Area Social Clubs
By Marye Audet
Joining a social club is a great way to meet new people who have something in common with you. If your inner workaholic groans at the idea of socializing, remind it that you’ll be networking, too.
Houston Bay Area Tall Texans
Do you have a sore neck from constantly looking down at people because of your height? How would you like to spend time looking people squarely in the eye?
Houston Bay Area Tall Texans (HBATT) is for women over 5’10” and men that are at least 6’2”. You must be over 21 to join, and Tall Clubs International requires that each local group measure new members to make sure they do meet the height requirement. The club sponsors a variety of activities from picnics to parties. For information about meetings and upcoming events contact them by email:
CHUM: Houston’s Social Dive Club
If scuba diving is your thing, or you’d like it to be, consider attending monthly meetings of CHUM, Houston’s social diving club. Each monthly meeting includes a speaker. CHUM has plenty of other events outside of the meeting. Parties, road trips, and camping trips are some of the events scheduled for this summer. There is also an active chat board on the website. Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month except December at:
Stag’s Head Pub (in the Oak Room)
Bayou City Outdoors
If you are looking for some outdoor adventure, the Bayou City Outdoors is looking for you. This club includes singles, couples and families. As a member you will have access to free loaner equipment like kayaks or bikes so that the only thing stopping you from any event is your own schedule. Upcoming events include:
- Bike rides
- Hiking with your dog
- Whitewater kayaking
There are also plenty of opportunities to get together and socialize, too. contact Bayou City Outdoors for more information.
Houston Crochet Meetup
Crocheting is a relaxing pastime that allows you to create beautiful things, but it tends to be a pretty solitary activity. Well, it is unless you happen to be a member of the Houston Crochet Meetup. This group meets on the fourth Saturday of every month at 10am to share patterns, learn new techniques, and even make things for charity. Meetings are held at:
Black Walnut Cafe
5510 Morningside Dr., Houston, TX
Whether you are new to the area or have lived here all of your life, there are probably plenty of interesting things to see and do that you know nothing about. Discovering Houston is a group of people who enjoy as many local experiences as possible, from dining to exploration. You can check out the calendar of upcoming events on the website. www.meetup.com/DiscoveringHouston/
Houston Bike Club
Started in 1964, the Houston Bike Club is a nonprofit cycling club for riders of all ages. Scheduled rides are usually to the west and northwest of Houston, but the club holds special events and rides throughout the year. Nonmembers are welcome to ride along.
You can find out about upcoming rides, as well as how to become a member, at the website. www.houstonbicycleclub.org/
For more information contact the club by email: firstname.lastname@example.org<email@example.com
Houston Swing Dance Society
Do you go weak in the knees when you hear Stardust or just know you were born in the wrong decade? Whether you have the dancing style of Ginger Rogers or Mr. Rogers, you’ll be welcome at the Houston Swing Dance Society. Dedicated to preserving the art of swing dancing, the society holds dances and competitions and gives classes. Classes are held every Sunday at the Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin, from 6pm-8pm. A dance from 8pm to 10pm follows the classes.
The Return of the Supper Club
A supper club can mean anything from underground dining with a rogue chef to spending a charming evening at a dress-up affair with friends. If you live in the Houston area you have plenty of access to both.
Underground Supper Clubs
Young chefs are inviting fans to dine with them in undisclosed spots all over the city. The dinners are invitation-only, but you must be put on a list to be invited. You have a better chance of finding out who is doing a dinner and where they are doing it if you “like” the Facebook pages of your favorite area chefs and restaurants. Also keep an eye on Heirloom, which does a monthly dinner, (www.heirloomexperience.com/experience.html) and get on the mailing list of Tenacity Supper Club (http://tenacityclub.com/).
The Velvet Rope Supper Club
9817 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX, 77036
An upscale dining and entertainment adventure awaits at the Velvet Rope. A lavish buffet includes items from Southern and Cajun cuisines, steak, seafood, and a variety of delicious side dishes and desserts. The entertainment is different every night and may include poetry reading, live theatre, or jazz.
Dinner Club Houston
This is a dinner club for young professionals who want to meet other young professionals in the Inner Loop. They gather on the first Wednesday of every month to network, meet new people, and enjoy a meal and some wine.
Houston Dinner with Friends
Members of this group can arrange to meet other members for dinner, as well as participate in group-sponsored events. This is especially good for those who are uncomfortable in large groups of people they don’t know.
Houston Wine Tasters Uncorked
Singles and couples who enjoy good food and good wine are invited to join this active group. There are four to eight meetups each month where members discover new restaurants, try new wines, and meet new friends. Meetings aren’t restricted to restaurants. One recent outing was a wine and limo tour of the beautiful bluebonnets in the area.
The Knife and Fork Club
This social club meets six times a year to enjoy a black tie dinner. Guest speakers are invited to speak on a variety of topics. Past speakers have included Hon. George Bush, Dr. Neil Frank, and Richard “Racehorse” Haynes.