Saturday, August 28, 2010

Candy - CLOSED

31 NW 9th Ave
Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday, 3 - 7 PM

This place really does live up to its name. The servers wear bright red tops, the decor is covered with all the sweet stuff you can imagine and the drinks are like sugar. Sugar with alcohol, but still SUGAR.

We walked in to find red tables and booths mostly empty but mostly reserved for later in the evening. It's definitely a night time place. In fact, we heard the servers preparing for a party of seventy coming in later for some sort of celebration. I can only imagine that this place is taken over by bachelorette parties on most Saturday nights. Thankfully, we were there around six and didn't have to fight any crowds to get a good seat.

The booths have built-in computers and drew us in right away. The computers are fully equipped to keep you entertained if the people watching and sparkly decor is not enough. We played a couple of rounds of Mahjong while we waited for our drinks.

The drink menu is loaded with sweet options. During happy hour there are at least nine different cocktails to choose from for just five dollars each. This is a great discount considering that the other side of the menu contains a dozen or more options for twice the price. Almost everything is fruity and bright on arrival. We tried three different drinks, the electric lemonade, a pineapple martini and the red riviera. All were bright in color, sweet in taste and as easy to drink as you can imagine from looking at the picture.

To go with the excessive colors of our drinks, I also ordered an appropriately themed item off of the food menu. The Red, White and Blue Salad was just four dollars and filled with dried cranberries, fresh blueberries and goat cheese. The blueberries were a little past their prime and I wasn't a big fan of the viniagrette, but enjoyed the overall flavor of this salad.

Service was quick and easy during happy hour. There were plenty of employees gearing up for a busy night, but our server was there for us and not just to prepare for what was in store for the evening. And although the crowd of seventy started pouring in before we left, we were able to get our bill and be on our way before things got to be too busy.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets (be prepared for a lot of shiny red)
Value: Meets


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