Dream Ultra Lounge has been going up behind plywood next door to the Torch Club on 15th Street, but I got a preview today and wanted to share it with you.
Dream, the brainchild of the guys who brought you Cabana Ultra Lounge (formerly K Bar), Avalon and Ink, will open on Saturday, Nov. 17. It still had a ways to go when I visited, and manager Jason (no last name, please) didn't want pictures taken. But he gave me a tour, and I liked what I saw.
The place is white. Very white. A row of white leather booths, all curves and views of the room, with a wall of white curtains behind it - curtains that will be lit by LEDs in an ever-changing rainbow of colors. So, not so white. The bar, in the same location as when it was the Sky Bar, is all browns and textured wallpaper, and the main dining room area will be veneered with wood that still hadn't been put up when I was there.
The food, by Chris Nestor of Ink, will include a version of Ink's fabulous sliders, but these will go a bit upscale by containing Kobe beef instead of that same old American beef we're used to. There will also be lobster tacos, sear-it-yourself ahi, and a dozen other finger foods. No actual meals here, but it's not about eatin'. It's about drinkin'.
There will be bottle service at all the tables, and DJs will hold forth from a DJ booth in the rear, though there will be no dance floor.
From the street, there will be an outdoor patio (now standard in Sactown, thank goodness), with a fireplace that is visible from outside as well as inside - a nice conversation starter that'll be sure to attract attention from passersby.
Dream is in a great location, and expands the critical mass of the area, at least as regards drinkin'. Within three blocks: The Park (aka Mason's), Avalon, Capitol Garage, The Grand, Spataro, and of course, the best deal of them all, The Torch Club, with the cheapest drinks and the funkiest clientele of all.