Upon walking into the Uptown Lounge, (or as I refer to it, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Mood Lighting), you'll find a lounge that gives off the impression that it's in the running for the "Most Chill Place on Earth" award. With the aforementioned mood lighting, the red decor (ahem, the color of passion) and the fact that every table has a flickering candle on it…Uptown Lounge, are you trying to seduce me?
In actuality, it's more low-key than love-crazed, an appropriate hangout to occupy the late hours after those hectic sessions at the Aragon Ballroom. DJs spin low-key trip-hop/techno concoctions, patrons lounge on U-shaped couches and plenty of space is left open for wandering. And the wanderlust will have plenty of time to make the rounds, as Uptown Lounge stays open until 4 a.m.
Beer runs $4, while drinks like rum and Coke are $5. The clientele tends to be young established couples and their merry friends, so plenty of martini-clutching occurs. Flat-screen televisions show the latest developments in sports and the bar counter has plenty of chairs where you can sit and watch them happen. In true late-night-bar-style, Uptown is none too crazy at 11 p.m., but more and more people file in as the night wears on. Even if it gets crowded though, the Uptown Lounge is a comfortable place to hang out.
Centerstage Reviewer: Jon Graef