It was by happenstance that I stopped by Bar Louie just hours into its opening day. The staff was pumped, and the manager went to each table to greet everyone.
The restaurant takes up a space at the southwest corner of Madison and Cooper and is dominated by a large bar in the center. There are TVs aplenty, positioned so to be in view of just about every seat in the house. A stretch of tables along the windows at Madison are ideal for people-watching.
The menu is pretty extensive, opening with a few pages of cocktails, martinis, wines, etc. Boxed items indicate signature drinks and dishes, including the Diva martini with pineapple vodka and pomegranate liquor. (Prices weren't included on the drink menu, so I was scairt ... at $11, probably warranted.)
Other intriguing cocktails on the menu include a Coconut Mint Lemonade and the Bloody Louie, their version of the Bloody Mary jacked-up with Guinness stout.
To eat, I ordered the very good grilled veggie wrap ($8.50), a kitchen sink of a sandwich with spinach, carrots, peppers, and avocado and dressed with hummus. According to the menu, there's pesto mayo in there was well, but I detected a small taste of honey.
The food leans toward upscale pub grub and ranges from a fried chicken melt and the Southwest burger topped with guacamole to Voodoo chicken, one the restaurant's "large plates" with blackened chicken and andouille sausage.