Saturday, October 3, 2009

Etro Lounge

Last night, my fiancĂ©, a couple of friends and I went to Etro, a bar and lounge on Westheimer near Montrose — not in the West End but close to it. Our friend DJ Rice Cube was spinning on the patio while his friend Mark handled the music indoors.

DJ Rice Cube entertaining the patrons at Etro Lounge

We arrived at 9:30 p.m. and the patio was virtually empty. But after a short while it filled up and there were plenty of people standing; luckily we had come early enough to secure a table and chairs.

The weather last night was pleasant enough to accommodate the various styles of dress the patrons wore — from mini-skirts to jeans. The vibe was pretty relaxed. The music was '80s dance mixed with contemporary electronica, courtesy of DJ Rice Cube. Inside, the lights were dim; the decor was black, grey and red; and there were people crowding around the bar and sitting around downstairs and upstairs in the various lounge areas.

We ordered Manhattans at first, and they were brutally strong, but even though they were "top shelf" they didn't taste like the bartender had used the highest-quality vodka. The 7-and-7s we ordered next were delicious. Finally, the Tom Collins were pretty good and refreshing.

All in all, a fun night out at a place with a fairly chill atmosphere. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a bit of retro music in a lounge or patio setting.