by Patricia D. on
It was my first time experiencing this place last Saturday and I would definitely come back and do some more exploring, even try the restaurant. To start with, I really like the name. When my friends told me about Velvet Margarita, I honestly couldn't create a picture in my head of what this bar could be like. However, I was not disappointed! There was no line and the bouncer was friendly and inviting, so that nice. After, I walked through black curtains and was greeted by a host. This place is very dimly lit, very gothic! Its one big room but with a wall creating two rooms. One side is a restaurant and the other is the bar. I didn't really get to look around either parts but the entire places give an intimate vibe. Towards the back where the wall ends and the two parts meet again, there is a hallway that leads to the restrooms, a staircase, and the outdoor patio area. The women's restroom is very dimly lit as well and has two room size stalls. The staircase was closed off but perhaps it leads to a private room for parties and what not. Now the patio area! The outside part of Velvet Margarita has a completely different vibe from the inside. There are murals on the walls, the bar looks like a hut, and theres lights! Its still intimate and the lights aren't harsh, it was a good balance. The music was very eclectic. The DJ played old school hip-hop, rock, reggae, Michael Jackson, an assortment of different things. It was great! Overall, I had no problems or major dislikes about this place. Like anywhere else in Hollywood on a Saturday night, the parking was a tad difficult and pricey but it could be worst.
by Darren H. on
Nice little laid back place, really good for a nice romantic dinner or early brunch. There are 2 patio's one upstairs and one downstairs. I perfer the one downstairs a bit more since it is a bit bigger. The entire staff is very nice & never try to rush you which fits in this laid back atmosphere. There is valet service which is nice & i have to mention the valet's are always nice to our dogs. One of my favorite spots in Inman Park.
by Mauro Marolf on
QUIZ: Please pick the best answer to the question below. What do you think of when you hear the words Top-shelf Tuesday? a. a puck shot in hockey. b. a high school English lesson on alliteration. c. Trudy's. d. none of the above. If you did not pick option c. Trudy's, then you probably did not attend the University of Texas or ever attempt the "Trudy's Trot" (see footnote). That's okay though. Once upon a few weeks ago, I failed the quiz miserably and found myself taking slap shots alongside Wayne Gretzky's nephew. Now, look at me: rateclubsing away. DRINK THERE: Okay, grab your Day-Runner, Blackberry, or what have you. Now, create a 5-7pm window on Tuesday night for some serious QT with one of Trudy's top-shelf Mexican martinis, free and bottomless baskets of tortilla chips, two (also free) types of keep-you-drinking salsas, and some friends (in order to not look like an AA candidate). I stress that you check out Trudy's Tuesdays during Happy Hour so that you can hit up the Mexican martini drink specials; however, Trudy's runs other specials throughout the week such as mojito special Sundays. DON'T DRINK THERE: Items that I suggest you avoid on Trudy's menu are the house margaritas. Whether frozen or on the rocks, the house margs taste like, well, any other cheap house crap. So, go ahead, spend the extra 50 cents or whatever it is, and treat yourself to a margarita made with the good stuff. EAT THERE: If hunger hits, this Tex-Mex joint offers the cheese-slathered Hondo Burrito (great w/ the chicken fajita meat) that comes paired with Spanish rice and your choice of beans--including spicy black, borracho, pinto, refried, or refried black. If you're concerned about the state of your arteries, try the smoked chicken quesadillas or the black bean veggie burger. ENJOY: Whether eating enchiladas in their restaurant, watching the game in the adjoining bar, or sipping on a Mexican martini on the outdoor patio, you're sure to find a comfortable place at Trudy's to enjoy and unwind with friends. And hey, you might just ace that quiz after all. __________________________________________________ Trudy's Trot: n. a rite-of-passage of sorts in which the true Trudy's connoisseur travels to each of the three Trudy's locations and drinks the maximum (2) Mexican martinis at each location.* * with the aid of a reliable designated driver. * without getting caught by suspecting waitstaff.