Secret Agents Welcome. Nice place, cool music, great food, etc... can be a bit pricey and the service can be slow. I would not go there to have an quiet conversation(when the music is loud, otherwise yes I would), but it is great for a groups.
The Perfect Fit. While hosting a couple friends from NYC, we wandered around the neighborhood looking for the right spot for a late dinner. The first floor was crowded and loud when we arrived, which may have been fine on your average night, but we wanted something more low-key and a volume level that would allow us to hear each other speak. The friendly bartender told us that the upstairs was about ready to open, so we took advantage and had ourselves great meal amidst great ambiance in what turned out to be the perfect fit!
Lava Lounge. Could this place be any more pretentious? If you "think" you're cool this is the place for you.
You don't need a thrift-store shirt or an animal-print handbag, but it wouldn't hurt..
Behind the misleading screen door is an assortment of retro accoutrements--the kinds one pays too much for at Lorain Avenue antique shops. There are animal-print lamps, lava lamps, amoeba-shaped cocktail tables and bright pink holiday lights. The music, which isn't too loud to chat over, ranges from Erykah Badu to obscure electronica.
Before 10pm, you'll find locals in dirty tank tops, folks on their way home from the office and random passersby heading for The Flats or Lakewood. By 11:30pm, the trendsetters are in the house. Straight, gay, black, white, guys, girls and everyone in-between. The crowd is packed in elbow to elbow, especially on live-DJ nights. The place is owned by the same restaurateurs who run Fat Cats, so you can expect unusual yet well-prepared food, on the 15-item appetizer menu.
Lava Ooozes Casual 5 Star. Casual Hip Open and Affirming...This place has the vibe of New York or Copenhagen...no attitude...just great fun in the Tremont area...food is awesome...entrees many under 10 bucks...should charge more...but don't let the secret out...most of all Best bartenders in the City...Amy is great...parking is free...bar crowd is fashionable...intelligent and groovy. Go figure, unbelievable.
Hip, Cool. I walked in and found this place to be very hip... Nothing (that I know of) like this on the East Side. In any case, I got there at midnight on a Saturday, and it really wasn't busy at all. There was room at the bar, but I sat on a couch, checking out some of the females. At this point, everything was going well, until about 1am when guy after guy after guy poured in. Maybe it was just the night I was there, but I hope it isn't a regular thing!
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