A Pioneer of the burgeoning 31st Street district, the Velvet Dog lives up to its name. Velvety, textured artwork adorns the club's deep-red walls, complementing the retro decor and smooth atmosphere. Known for its high-dollar martinis and casual sophistication, the Dog is not so lavish, however, that it doesn't proffer pool tables, an up-to-date juke box and deep-fried artichoke hearts. The lounge is especially appealing during the summer, when the large, outdoor patio opens up, offering fresh air fans an array of pool tables, bocce ball tourneys and spacious seating. Food is served until 2 a.m. on weekends, giving the usual crowd of young professionals, musicians and hip scenesters one more reason to stay out late.
The Velvet Dogs rep: swank martini bar and nightclub. But its food can be as appealing and adventurous as those signature drinks. Appetizers like hummus deviled eggs, fried pickles and blackened spicy shrimp make for easy pickings, and the Dogs half-pound burgers come dressed with, among other possibilities, blue cheese, chili or a fried egg. Food can be had late, and the back patio is one of the most popular in town.
Payment Type: All Major Credit Cards
Parking: Lot Available, Street
Reservations: Not Accepted
Sun., July 28, 1 p.m. 2013