Thank you LOCAL for including Bar Victor!
By Carlos Brandon – LOCAL
Houston has no shortage of bars, that is certainly a fact. But what the city, and frankly, what the states could use more of, are proper cocktail lounges that merge nightlife with fine dining. The streets of Paris and Rome are lined with quaint little lounges that serve light bites and cocktails late into the night to the sound of live music and raucous conversation. Victor, a new French lounge concept on Montrose, aims to bring the same night owl culture of Europe to the streets of Houston with a music lounge and cocktail bar that impresses on first sight.
Victor specializes in pre-dinner cocktails and after hours nightcaps with small bites and live music. Named after the famed writer-poet Victor Hugo, the ambiance and decor are undeniably high-end French chic. Co-owners Vincent Sinard and Jean-Pierre Glieze bring their love of French cocktails and culture to the Lone Star State, while not forgetting to tip their proverbial cowboy hats to the local culture. The Epicee is a classic Grey Goose and St. Germain cocktail with lime juice and ginger beer, only with an added kick of jalapeno ginger paste that adds more than a little spice to this wonderfully curious potion. Worth mentioning as well is the Tequila Soleil, which I would say falls somewhere on the scale between a tequila sunrise and a shaken margarita, with definite French infusions. Don Julio Blanco, lime juice, grapefruit, congac, dry curacao, agave nectar and fleur de sel make a tart and refreshing tall drink that stands apart from the classic straightlaced cocktails one might expect in a smokey, dimly lit lounge.
Victor proves that the diversity of Houston’s gastronomic culture knows no bounds. From pho shops and taco trucks to the very best in chic French Riviera nightlife, a trip around the world takes only a day in this town.