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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Easygoing Crowd, Plenty of Elbow Room at Lush Lounge

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 3:15 PM

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The place: Lush Lounge, 1221 Polk (at Fern), 771-2022

The hours: Mon.-Fri., 3-7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. noon-7 p.m.

The deals: Cans of Tecate and PBR $2, Sycamore Lane wines by the glass $3, glasses of champagne $4, shot of well whiskey with a PBR back $5, specialty cocktails $5-$6. No eats.

The digs: The post-relocation Lush is roomy, even at the peak of Thursday happy hour, when the place is well-peopled with a mix of after-work Dockers-wearers, groups of gals downing $4 champagne, and a multi-generational mix of gay guys. There's a tall concrete fireplace with a vaguely Goth gargoyle motif, a mezzanine for mostly inconspicuous crowd surveys, and the kind of loftlike dimensions that keep a place from feeling cramped. A 21st-century update of the classic fern bar.

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  • John Birdsall
The verdict: The bartenders are mostly friendly, the range of people (40-something gay guys for whom this is a neighborhood pub, next to younger guys with the hunger in their eyes, next to straight couples for whom this is the first stop of the night) makes the place feel chill. Happy hour drink offerings are on the limited side, so unless you have a thing for budget champagne or Tecate, you'll probably find yourself straying into the regular-price drinks. Would we happy hour here for hours? We would not, but for a quick couple of drinks en route to elsewhere, it's a nice place.

Overall grade: B

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