Housed in the former Stir/Barcode space on Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa, this wired lounge is serving up more than just libations. The idea, according to owner Bruce Le (his family has owned several Asian eateries in town) is to create an IRL social networking space. Well, that and get your groove on.
The narrow bar has been opened up with the addition of several bar tables and white leather bar chairs in the front and a grouping of cozy lounges in the back. The front wall now features an abstract grid-like painting Le describes as “networks”. Open to interpretation.
On the menu, mixologist Aaron Gallo serves up drinks like “The Social Network”, a blue and white cocktail make with vodka; the PopStar, a martini drink with pop rocks and a margarita spiked with serrano chilis.
Teaming up with fellow newcomer, Thai Time, the bar will served nibbles from the next door restaurant.
Sunday through Tuesday, Le plans to have live acoustic sets in the evening, and late night karaoke on selected weeknights, along with rainbow-friendly Absolut nights. The rest of the week, expect a mix of Top 40 and DJ mixes, with dancing later in the evening. Happy hour is 3-6pm daily, with a reverse happy hour from 10pm to midnight Sunday through Thursday. Epic.
Epic Social Bar & Lounge, 404 Mendocino Ave #D, Santa Rosa, 583-7885. epicsr.com.