Sunday, November 18, 2012

Don't Sit There ...

Rallied to meet up with my girlies last night for a drink. We tried Paci, but there must have been a holiday party because it was packed and usually that place is a ghost town. No parking spots. I had to make my own. So we trooped over 30 seconds to Artisan at the Delamar

Had never been and it's really a nice place. Free valet parking, just don't forget to save cash for a top. They have a pretty inside courtyard that must be delightful in the warmer months (pretty please get some space heaters for outside!). Inside is cute with a lounge area up front by the bar. Then there is a back dining room as well. 

The lounge is totally the coveted spot to sit with cozy little seating areas and a fireplace. It was hard to get a seat at the bar when my friend and I arrived early. We asked to sit in the lobby and the hostess said they don't usually allow it but that it would be ok. We promised not to dance on the table. 

We are about to sit down and the guy in the lobby tells us we cannot drink in the lobby. Totally fine, but why listen to our conversation, let us sit down, only to tell us we can't. Silly, but totally understandable. Anyway, the decor is gorgeous. Loved it. 

The only problem is that it was like 100 freaking degrees inside. No joke. I thought I was going to pass out and had to go outside multiple times to cool down. We finally got a spot by the fireplace and couldn't even stay because it was so hot. Everyone else was saying the same thing. We ended up standing in the covered entryway. The kind restaurants erect in the winter so people inside don't get blasted with cold air every time someone opens the door.

The bar tender was nice, but told us a weird joke that wasn't funny. I guess he thought we would have liked it. The crowd was mixed. We saw families with kids, some asleep on shoulders, as well as young to middle-aged couples. 

My friend commented that the food is usually delicious but her meal the previous night was so-so. I would love to give it a try. Everything looked yummy. 

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