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l'Etage: Upstairs at Beau Monde

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l'Etage: Upstairs at Beau Monde

cinghiale | May 15, 2003 10:36 AM

Had drinks the other night at the recently opened lounge upstairs at Beau Monde, called l'Etage. Access is thru the restaurant or, when closed, via a separate side entrance. The long renovation paid off: the space is gorgeous. Beau Monde being on a corner (6/Bainbridge) allowed for an interesting design. Along the east wall, the windows are hung with brocade draperies. Along the much of the south wall, long, narrow windows open onto a small, New Orleans-style balcony. The walls are papered with a cream-colored, faux brocade. Lots of plush red trimmings, dark woods. Think boudoir more than salon. The bar itself is a classic horseshoe, but really spacious. Drinks run about $7, same for wine. I don't know the price of beer, but the taps were Belgian-focused: Kwaak, Chimay, Victory's Golden Monkey (and 2 others I can't recall). When we walked in, some cool ethereal French electronica was playing (purchased at Fosters???). Bob, the manager (formerly of Blue Angel, I believe) said the joint draws a pretty diverse crowd, turning into a clubby lounge at later hours with DJ-ed music. 700 Club owner Tracy Stanton apparently spins on Saturdays. They're planning a "Secret Cinema"-like film evening screening local indie filmmakers, but I'm not sure which night. They're also open Sundays, a nice alternative for Queen Villagers/Bella Visters. This board likes Beau Monde's food. If you're into drinking and dancing after your crepes, give it a shot.

Link: http://www.creperie-beaumonde.com/

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