Houston’s nightlife scene offers a wide range of options — cocktail bars, sports bars, nightclubs, etc. — but the city has a relative lack of options when it comes to places to go either before or after a nice meal. If, for example, three couples in their 30s or 40s meet for dinner at a place like One Fifth or BCN on a Saturday, their options to continue the night with a postprandial cocktail are limited. Crowd into Anvil? Glass of wine at Camerata or 13 Celsius? Uber to Public Services?
Enter Victor, the stylish new lounge that recently replaced Zimm’s at 4321 Montrose Blvd. Owned by Frenchmen Vincent Sinard and Jean-Pierre Gleize, the bar brings a little joie de vivre to Montrose’s nightlife options. With black drapes covering the windows, crystal chandeliers, and bright blue chairs and banquettes, the room feels both more intimate and more upscale than its predecessor. VIP lounges are available for larger groups.
The French theme continues with the music, which is overseen by general manager Franky Boissy, who comes to Houston from Pink nightclub in San Francisco. Expect mostly electronic music to pump through the bar’s customer sound system, with an energy level that builds as the night goes on.
Cocktails, mostly $14, run towards riffs on classics. Champagne prices run about twice what they are at places like a’Bouzy, and the rest of the wine list offers a range of French options. The spirit list runs heavy on vodka and cognac, but the whiskey list has a couple of sneaky values, like $18 for Yamazaki 12. Those who want a nosh may opt for snacks like charcuterie, cold fish (anchovies or sardines), or a selection of paté.
Stopping by on a recent weeknight found Victor mostly quiet, but the stylish room and cordial service made it a pleasant place for a drink after a birthday dinner next door at Pax Americana. Victor is probably a little fancy to be an everyday destination, but, by offering something a little different, it could be just right for Houston.