Blythe Spirits and Cecils have a long history in Houston. Join us as we travel down the roads of the past and the future with one of Houston's prime
watering holes, which has a tradition of atmosphere, music, darts, pool, pub grub, and most importantly...wonderful and fascinating clientele.
"Blythe Spirits started at the corner of W.Gray @ Stanford (where PJ's is now) in 1985 with live bands upstairs and a neighborhood pub downstairs. We had a lot of regulars, some who continued to be regulars for the next three decades. In 1990, realizing that the local people getting together downstairs was what was important to the bar, I moved the bar to the bigger building next door and opened Cecil's. It is still a neighborhood bar, even though the neighborhood has changed and most customers don't live in the neighborhood anymore. We are very proud to have such a wonderful family of regulars, people who look out for each other and are always there with a kind, or very cynical word, but always willing to lend a hand or a hug. We are also very happy that so many of our friends have celebrated birthdays here, met their significant others here, gotten engaged here, and even married here." - Kimberly Blythe, Cecil's owner.
Surviving the fire:
"January 10th, 2004. Around 1 on a Saturday night, Cecil's had a fire. The employees did a great job of making sure everyone got out safely. Many customers came up to try to pay their tabs before they left ! Everyone stood across the street and sadly watched Cecil's burn. We were lucky that just the west side was damaged, sparing the actual bar and coolers. We still have the original jukebox and pool tables.. The jukebox had a little water damage but survived, and is still considered one the best jukeboxes in Houston."
"I am very fortunate to have such a wonderful bunch of people working for Cecil's as well. They are very important to making Cecil's the comfortable, friendly place that it is. They are the best. On New Year's Eve 2016 Jay Malone-Stein celebrates his 21st year bartending at Cecil's".
As of 2017, Cecil’s traditions and values are proudly continued with it’s new owners. 600 W.Gray LLC has made several improvements to the building and facilities while keeping the comfortable and relaxed surroundings that the clientele have come to expect. The saga continues...