United Airlines’ new Polaris lounge at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston will open its doors this Friday.

From then on, passengers flying in United’s Polaris business class cabin will be able to relax before their travels and enjoy locally-inspired food and beverage options.

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United’s latest Polaris lounge exhibits a distinctly Houston vibe, with the city’s reputation as the culinary and cultural capital of the South alluded to throughout. Unique artwork by two Houstonian artists – Shane Tolbert and Terrell James – is on display, while food highlights include a Texas breakfast skillet, Cajun andouille sausage and chicken étouffée, Argentinian roasted chimichurri chicken, tres leches bites and the United Polaris Burger.

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The cocktail menu includes the Caliente on the Rocks, which combines Casamigos Tequila, orange juice and a homemade sour mix, garnished with a jalapeño for an extra kick and caipirinhas, the traditional Brazilian cocktail made from muddled lime, sugar and cachaça. The lounge also serves house-made star anise-infused vodka and oolong tea-steeped bourbon.

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In total, the lounge offers seating for up to 191 guests; plentiful power sockets and USB ports; six plush shower suites featuring rainfall showers and Soho House & Co’s Cowshed Spa products; personal valet services; and a private dining area with table service for up to 28 guests.


The opening of the United Polaris lounge in Houston closely follows the debut of United Polaris lounges at San Francisco International Airport in April and at Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this month. The United Polaris lounge at Los Angeles International Airport is expected to open later this year.

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On average, United plans to add one aircraft with the new United Polaris business class seat every 10 days from now through 2020.