Thursday, August 21, 2008

Enlightened nightlife?

The Lynx Blue Line continues to add businesses along the light rail corridor, and with it, more nightlife options outside of uptown.

One of the first will be Dharma Lounge -- part of the Silos at Southend, a residential complex at South Boulevard and Remount Road. I met with co-owner Eric Pliner last week to get the scoop.

Pliner, a yogi, told me that dharma in Sanskrit means "to define one's purpose. to find what you do well and use that to help other people."

Pliner said he and partner Lora Campbell came up with the name by combining their areas of expertise: Pliner held partnerships in Forum and Tonic, and Campbell has a background in style and music.

The 3,000-square-foot space is tentatively set to open this fall. It's designed with an Eastern influence and the decor revolves around such organic materials as bamboo. But Pliner assures me that it's not a place to take yourself too seriously -- their logo does include a headphone-wearing Buddha after all.

He says there will be "no segregation. No VIP sections, lines" etc.

Instead it will be the kind of place where Pliner teaches free yoga on the weekends. A place that showcases the works of local artists and gives back to the community. And, of course a place where they clear out the tables to make room for the dance floor.

More exciting venues are planned for the Silos subdistrict, including Pliner's Local, a bar with a neighborhood-pub feel. I'll have more details on that and other Silos concepts in the coming weeks.

To sign up for a free membership and tickets to Dharma's grand opening party, click here.



mrafternoon said...

its great to see some interesting concepts in nightlife that aren't catering to
this guy
are beginning to emerge.

I wish them all the luck!

Anonymous said...

and we can all twirl on the dance floor all night long.

Anonymous said...

grab your birks and best ty-dye and come party. You have to be kidding me, so i can wake up hung over on sat morning and when i go pick up my can i can get in a little yoga. I am not a fan of the yuppie uptown scene but this seems a little, well.....stupid

Anonymous said...


I am willing to bet you will end up working for that guy one day, or at least serving him his coffee of McMuffin.

mrafternoon said...


What is a "coffee of McMuffin"?

To ensure your comments are truly witty, you should carefully proof them before posting...otherwise, people will KNOW you're an idiot, rather than just assuming it.

Anonymous said...

PARTY ON DUDE! is short!

Anonymous said...

sounds to me if you're having a tough time grasping their concept, maybe what they're trying to do was never meant for you...

Anonymous said...

It would be awesome if this was updated more than once every other week... its hard to build a fan base when posts come so infrequently.