Two Watering Holes For The Weekend
By Taylor Byrne Dodge
Montrose: Bar Victor – 4321 Montrose
And speaking of Zimmerman, the same Zimmerman family that owned and operated Zimm’s Martini Bar (later rebranded as Zimm’s after the opening of neighboring restaurant Pax Americana) at 4321 Montrose closed their Houston mainstay in November 2017, and in January 2018 a Francophile’s dream bar was announced: Bar Victor.
Business partners and French hospitality veterans Vincent Sinard and Jean-Pierre Gleize envisioned a lush, luxe champagne-and-celebrations bar with a lot of glam after Sinard visited Houston last summer (pre-Harvey) and dined at Cafe Azur just a few feet away. (Editor’s note: Cafe Azur has since closed but is reopening under a new name from the Victor team, soon.)
Manager Frank Boissy was tapped to oversee the bar’s everyday operations and highlighted deejay program which will host international and local deejays at the bar so that Houstonians can escape their natural habitat and enter a world which, depending on how much champagne you drink, feels just like Marseille at night. The bar opened with much media and patron praise in mid-March and celebrates its official opening on April 20 and 21. Guests can still expect ice-filled mini bathtubs of Dom Perignon and tableside allocations of Cristal even before the launch party, plus several custom cocktails using French spirits but are fuss-free.
“Frank has developed some fantastic specialty cocktails for the menu, but they’ll make you anything you’d like. We’ve had several long-time Zimms regulars come in here who like their martinis a very specific way and we’re accommodating them,” said a Bar Victor representative. “We want everyone to feel welcome here. Come as you are!”
Currently, guests can enjoy l’apero happy hour daily from 5 to 7 pm and on Wednesdays, bowing down to visitors’ desire to blow off mid-week steam with dancing and music from 7 to 11 pm at their La French event. While the bar’s menu does feature impressive meat and cheese sharables ($22+) and snacks ($8) using imported French favorites such as sardines and pâté sourced fromD’Artagnan and other specialty importers, the concept is intended to serve as a meeting place before dinner, with an atmosphere encouraging guests to relax and put the workday behind them while conversing with friends. Alternatively, it is well-suited as an after-dinner landing place for anyone who isn’t quite ready to go home yet.
A few private lounges up front are marked off by velvet curtains (with a larger private lounge in the back which could comfortably seat 20 guests) so if you’re considering a champagne-fueled birthday celebration or a romantic night for two, Victor allows guests to reserve the private spaces. We recommend booking now for your special celebrations this summer as the rooms are already being scooped up for bachelorette parties, soccer watch parties and more.