Sacramento's nightlife just got a bit brighter tonight (Tuesday) with the "friends and family" pre-opening of Dream Ultra Lounge, the brainchild collaboration of the owners of Ink, Avalon and Cabana. I stopped by last week and took a few shots of the outside patio, which shares space with the Torch Club, which is decidedly not upscale, and proud of it.
Dream is aiming upscale, and looks prepared to hit it. Tonight's opening was not for review, according to manager Jason, who asked that I not shoot inside, since there's still a bit of work to do. But what's there is, well, pretty flash. I tend to like things a bit funkier myself - or really classy - but Dream is aiming to please the Park/Avalon/Momo crowd, and I'm betting that they will.
I was down the street at Capitol Garage enjoying the jazz jam with Marcus Crowder of The Bee - the jam features some great players, including Emerson Cardenez, Santana's excellent bass player, sitting in on stand-up bass - when Dream's facade caught my eye. On closer inspection, it's a curtain of chain mail, lit from above, which gives some dimension and privacy to those enjoying Dream's front patio, creating a trippy fish tank look that looks good from inside as well - or even from down the street. And the fire place is a nice touch.
The grand opening is Saturday night. The "soft opening" is tomorrow (Wednesday).