Once you've made it through honest hard work, no one will blame you for surrounding yourself with the finer things, except maybe your ex-wife. And your estranged starter children. And Martin Sheen in Wall Street. Nevertheless moving on Uptown, the co-founder of Manhattan Lounge.
Manhattan's a three-late-nights-a-week, bi-level glamour cavern brought into being by an ex-Knox Street Pub owner who also toiled GM'ing McKinney Ave Tavern, Corner Bar, and a sports bar in Forney; now he's teamed with a local interior designer to overhaul the strato-profile space that formerly housed both Zodiac Lounge and Enigma, where the bill ensured you'd never return to innocence, or solvency. Said designer's created a mix of antique and high-style post-mod: the relatively stark black-walled bottom level sports an L-shaped, starburst-chandelier'd bar, a DJ booth pumping out dance, Top 40 & cock rock, and a dance floor surrounded by Victorian couches, hopefully occupied by women of good virtue who nonetheless aren't afraid to scandalously show a bit of ankle. Meanwhile, upstairs features a Lexan chain link-draped island bar surrounded by seven reservation-only lounge areas outfitted in varying themes of swank, from a velveteen, gilded back-corner cubby to a Routh-overlooking zone peppered with avant-cool steez like a ceiling-mounted painting and a chair made of corrugated cardboard ("Hey, look, I'm a d**k on a box").
For fuel, the various bars serve 15 bottled beers from domestics to Guinness, plus all manner of hard stuff; by the end of August, the plan's to have each of the eight bartenders invent a signature cocktail, though of course there's always bottle service -- something your starter kids would've loved you to be around to provide.