Friday, January 25, 2008

My stilettos got a workout

I started off my Thursday night with a much-needed after-work cocktail at On the Roxx in Ballantyne. Bellverie Ross of Streamers Events & Promotions threw a "Martinis & Heels" party at the martini bar that drew a crowd of mostly women. Partygoers had the chance to get behind the bar and make their own martini. I, however, left my drinks up to the professionals. On the Roxx part-owner Sam Carlson made me a fruit-infused pineapple martini and an apple-tini. Both were equally delicious.

On the Roxx, a smoke-free bar, has been open about five months, according to Carlson. (If the name sounds familiar, there's a second location in Cornelius.) It's a smaller place with intimate lighting, couches to lounge on and walls painted a rich red.

I'll definitely be going back on a Wednesday night when martinis are half-price. But I also really enjoyed the atmosphere. Bellverie brought together a diverse group of professional women of all ages (mostly in the 35-45 range) who were so friendly and welcoming that they reinstilled my belief in Southern charm.

Bless their hearts.

Bellverie (above left) and Terri of Streamers Events.

Later: The scene at Play for the launch party of Blu Magazine.


Anonymous said...

Hi there and thanks for your great reviews! I think it's also a great idea to include in every one of your reviews whether a place is smoking or non-smoking for us nonsmokers who don't like to go to smoky bars. This martini place sounds great and we will check it out!

Anonymous said...

Just because a drink is in a martini glass does not make it a martini. Strive a little harder to not be such a victim of marketing trends.

lilqt said...

Thanks for the review. I really like how you are choosing different places . Its nice to see reviews of places that always that well known. I think I know who is having martini's next Wednesday!

Anonymous said...

FYI, there is another non-smoking bar right next to On the Roxx. Carolina Wings and Rib House has arund 20 beers on tap and great bartenders in a friendly, laid back non-smoking atmosphere.