Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
How Rebates Have the Texas Film Industry Playing Catch Up To its Neighbors

How Rebates Have the Texas Film Industry Playing Catch Up To its Neighbors

Screens: See if you can spot the common thread that is pulling at the seams of the Texas film industry. On NBC’s The Night Shift, a stock-written staff... By Matt Stieb 8/27/2014
Free Will Astrology

Free Will Astrology

Astrology: ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the coming weeks it will be important for you to bestow blessings and disseminate gifts and dole out helpful... By Rob Brezsny 8/27/2014
Savage Love: Working Out the Kinks

Savage Love: Working Out the Kinks

Arts & Culture: My boyfriend of two years cannot climax or maintain an erection unless his testicles are handled, squeezed, pulled, or pressed on... By Dan Savage 8/27/2014

Best Indian Restaurant

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Nightlife

Startup ultra lounge with a hip-hop soul promises good things to come

Photo: N/A, License: N/A


Two red stilettos nailed to a plaque mark the ladies room door. Just another inventive detail that proves Blu Bar & Lounge is going in for the grown and sexy kill. With its fluoro blue lighting, silver bead curtains, and posh booths, Blu could be seen as yet another Dallas-style nightclub offering plenty of glitz but no real charisma. The difference between Blu and your average ultra lounge is that this club has real hip-hop heart. Not since the days of the Davenport, which closed down in the early 2000s, have lovers of quality hip-hop had a place to call their own. At Blu, the décor may be impressive but the rotating cast of DJs, including DJ Donnie Dee and DJ Gibb, is even more so.

This crew involves top-billing talent who aren't afraid to play deep cuts that the average clubgoer might not recognize. And how refreshing. After all, with radio stations overplaying the same few bangers, why go out just to hear the same 20 tracks all night long? Although San Antonio is a casual place, Blu is decidedly not. A doorman prevents ragamuffins from entering, and collared shirts for men are a must. The effort is worthwhile, however, at a bar where fresh flowers sit alongside martini glasses hanging above a glowing white bar.

Owned by the same folks who brought you Rebar, Tucker's Kozy Korner, and Revolution Room, Blu stands a chance at achieving the dressier downtown vibe that those clubs aspired to before settling into more low key neighborhood spots.

Just opened in January, Blu takes the place of the former Bar 11 across from North Star Mall. While the location is not typical nightclub territory — the patio overlooks a Tuesday Morning location — other bars like Backstage Lounge have made a go of this no-mans-land.

Blu is open Wednesday through Sunday, with Saturday being the most popular night. Between two levels of dancing, strong drinks, and a few best friends, you'll stay entertained for hours. On a recent Thursday, the super-friendly bartender, when asked to mix me a signature drink, made a strawberry martini the likes of which I'd gladly pay $10. Under the you-call-it special, it only cost me $2.50. The bar was full of hip-hop aficionados who had no problem rapping along with verses by Too Short, Pete Rock, and Digable Planets spun by the knowledgeable DJ Gibb. As it was a weeknight and getting quite late, I kept trying to leave, but the music was just too good. Before I knew it I was dancing to Kid 'n Play with a group of strangers, soon to be friends. •

Blu Bar & Lounge

126 W Rector, Ste 136
(210) 524-0088

 

Vibe
Upscale lounge with all the amenities (including great hip-hop) and none of the cheesiness.

 

Best Use
A legitimately cool place to wear all those cute dresses and heels hanging out in your closet.

 

Prices
Beer $3-$5, cocktails $5-$8. $100 bottle service. Specials daily.

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus