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Thursday, June 30, 2011

San Francisco's Newest, Most Glamorous Ultra Lounge

If you love old Hollywood glamour you'll love Monroe. It's swanky, sultry and very glam. The first thing I noticed as I stepped over their threshold earlier this week is that the lounge is polished and gorgeous inside!

Located on Broadway Street between Kearny and Montgomery, Monroe resides in a neighborhood that reflects the diversity that comprises the city of San Francisco itself. While the short section of Broadway Street where the lounge is located is a red light district, home to numerous strip clubs and adult shops, just a block and a half from Monroe you'll find the landmark City Lights Bookstore. Immediately to the north is North Beach, San Francisco's famous "Little Italy" district known for its many Italian restaurants, bars and music clubs and to the south you'll find both Chinatown and the Financial District.

This image from the Monroe SF Website

DJ Jason Mitchell and Duncan Reyes photographed by Carl Mindling

So what brought me to the city on a very rare, rainy, summer night in June? It was time for Duncan Reyes' Martini Madness! Duncan is both a Wedding and Event Planner designing stylish weddings, corporate and social events for his clients here in the Bay Area and beyond.

Duncan Greeting Some of His First Guests to Arrive

There are banks of U shaped couches along the side wall. I grabbed a spot in one and spent the first half of the evening chatting with my friend and industry colleague Gabriela Reid.

From my vantage point I could see two bars: The main long bar as you enter on one side of the lounge. . .

 . . . And this smaller bar near the front of the other side of the lounge. I LOVED the large, mirrored lighting fixtures.

DJ Jason Mitchell kept the party hopping with great music that was just the perfect loudness to fill the room and allowed guests to converse without having to scream to be heard over the music. There's a fine line between too loud and loud enough to keep a party going and Jason knows where that sweet spot is.

Though Monroe offers cocktails, wine and bottled beer, I had my usual club soda with lime. That night it was extra fancy with a two toned lemon-lime twist.

The lounge has a bar bites menu of which I was able to sample this slice of Flatbread pizza with fresh asparagus, caramelized, onion, black pepper, fontina cheese and thyme. It was tasty!

This photo by Carl Mindling

Hanging out with Amy Frugoli, Nicole Lisanne and James Burkart. LOL Clearly I was happier to be photographed with James than he was to be photographed with me. I kid, I kid. James is a really friendly guy who's always ready to smile. I think the camera just caught him by surprise :D

Despite the rain people turned out in droves often arriving in groups as many carpooled to the city from the South Bay.

I had a fantastic time and want to thank Duncan Reyes for organizing yet another memorable evening for his wedding industry friends and colleagues. Nobody does it better than you Mr. Reyes!

If you're looking for an event venue with character Monroe features 3,000 square feet of space with both private and semi-private event spaces for groups of 6 to 200+.

Or if you're just looking for somewhere to meet friends for drinks in a really luxurious setting Monroe may be just the spot.

473 Broadway Street
San Francisco CA 94133

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