Bar Review: Blue Velvet Lounge

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by Kendra Dawson

Blue Velvet Lounge

If you’re looking for a classy night at a price you can actually afford, you should check out the Blue Velvet Lounge. The place is filled with a good mix of young and old depending on the time which seems to encourage a calmer vibe and fewer crowds. The decor makes you instantly feel sophisticated with its modern blue lighting, mirror-lined wall and booth-style seating, but dress can range from casual to formal.

The bar offers a surprisingly good list of specials along with their nightly deal of $5 martinis until 10 p.m. Easily, the strong-but-delicious martinis are most popular. I saw plenty of tables of two with six different glasses, so Blue Velvet definitely encourages you to sample their list to find your favorite.

Their music tastes are commendable which definitely match the cool atmosphere. It’s difficult for me to go to a bar and like every song they throw at you, especially when they start playing country. However, within the three hours I was there I heard music from the likes of Flight Facilities, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rjd2 and The Strokes. If that type of music doesn’t work for you and you’d much rather dance to more familiar beats, Blue Velvet opens their second floor “Tangerine Lounge” Saturday nights or when it gets busier, which has another bar, a dance floor and a DJ lit under an orange, or tangerine, glow.

The space is small, so there isn’t a lot of passing room when the bar gets busier, but it’s not unbearable. The staff is friendly and takes the time to mix quality drinks. This is a good option for those of you who might want to order a “classier” drink but not get the dirty looks for ordering something more complicated than a vodka soda.

Overall, Blue Velvet Lounge offers a nice change of pace from the packed and overwhelming atmosphere of a typical college bar.  This might just be because martini glasses require an added pressure to stay calm.  If you’ve ever tried to dance with a martini in hand you know what I mean.


$5 Martinis ‘til 10 p.m. Nightly


  • $3 Tap Beers


  • $5 Martinis All Night


  •  $4 Jumbo Pinnacle Vodka Mixers
  • Half Price Bottles of Wine


  • $2 Rail Mixers
  • $2 Domestic Bottles ‘til Midnight


  • $4 PBR 24oz. Silos
  • $2 Shot Specials


  • $4 PBR 24oz. Silos
  • $2 Shot Specials


  • 25% OFF Everything

Drinks: 9/10

Specials: 8/10

Atmosphere: 9/10

Location: 6/10

Overall: 8/10

The Blue Velvet Lounge is located at 430 W. Gilman Street.  Its hours are 8 pm – 2 am Monday through Wednesday and 5 pm– close Thursday through Saturday.  For more information call (608) 250-9900 or visit

MODA Magazine and the WUD Publications Committee do not endorse underage or irresponsible drinking. This article is intended for informative culinary purposes, and these beverages should be consumed in moderation by those of the legal drinking age.

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