A former adult entertainment club is planned to become the new home for jazz and blues in Corpus Christi.
The 4,200-square-foot building at 1911 S. Staples St. Was known as Pleasures, an adult entertainment club, for 26 years. And the Del Mar neighborhood dealt with the crime that surrounded the club.
Business partners Adam Stern and Richard Nunez plan to open The 1911 Tavern, a private jazz and blues club, sometime in March at the location.
About the jazz club
The jazz tavern will bring a new positive energy to the area with live music and attract a professional crowd, Stern said. The venue will be themed as a 1920s speakeasy and have a strict dress code and security. Guests will be seated and there are no dance floors.
“It’s going to be a place that you can keep to yourself and feel private and comfortable,” he said.
Although the club will serve liquor, that doesn’t make it a bar. The 1911 is a private club. Guests 21 and over will have to sign up for one of the membership options to enter the venue. Memberships start at $5 a day. Members will be required to adhere to a code of ethics.
“It’s not open to the public. It’s only open to members,” Stern said. “Privacy is a really big thing at private clubs.
“‘Goodwill, good times and great music is our philosophy.”
The club will be open seven days a week from 3 pm to 2 am The venue has three stages and will host live music Thursday through Saturday. Sunday will be an open mic night for jazz and blues music and poetry.
Looking ahead, Stern plans to bring down big-name touring musicians. The tavern also has a private women’s lounge.
The club will offer a large range of alcohol starting at $4 a drink and $5 a shot. Some drink examples include classic beers and wine as well as Bubble Martinis, cosmopolitans and Smoked Old Fashioneds. Charcuterie and cheese boards will also be served.
The jazz club is located within 300 feet of the sports field of Metro Elementary School of Design at 1707 Ayers St.
In August 2021, Stern, a local commercial real estate agent, asked the Corpus Christi City Council for a variance to allow serving of alcohol within proximity of the school. Council unanimously approved the measure.
Pleasures, the former adult bar, was able to operate near the school because its liquor license was grandfathered in as it opened before the city established the area’s zoning.
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