A bar that's literally underground might sound cool, but it isn't exactly great for business. The nightclub located beneath George's on Fifth (835 Fifth Ave., Downtown) has gone through a lot of ownership and name changes in the last few years (Faces, Blonde Martini, Vanish), but maybe the key to success is simply calling the kettle black. And not sucking.
Introducing Underground, the newest venture to fill the basement void. I walked in a few weeks ago and met one of the owners, Jessica Divine, and she assured me that, this time, things would be different. Expect quality craft cocktails and craft beer, she said; don't expect loud house music and overpriced everything.
“It's just a dingy, underground basic hangout,” her husband Brian added later. “We wanted to offer people a place of refuge from the rest of Downtown.”
Arts shows, movie nights, whiskey tastings and live indie rock are in the queue, he said.
At the end of Fifth Avenue is Hard Rock Hotel's 207, which recently revamped its cocktail menu. Yes, it'll cost you $14 for a signature drink, but the Jalape