The yellow brick road may pave the way to the Emerald City, but in Milwaukee, it’s the orange glow you want to follow if you’re in the mood for some out-of-this-world dessert or a chill place to linger with your date or a group of friends over after-dinner drinks. Apparently, not many people are aware of the recently opened Café Luna and Lounge, the new after-dinner/dessert lounge located right on the waterfront offering a spectacular view of downtown and the Historic Third Ward. But they will be soon, because Luna’s blend of contemporary décor, live music, creative drink menu, and selection of sweets combine together to create a stunning setting for schmoozing.
Last night a couple of friends ventured downtown with me and Scott to check it out for ourselves. Due to all the construction going on, parking was a little confusing, but finally we found a spot around the corner and made our way past in-progress condos to the beckoning glow of warm orange light shining forth from Café Luna’s large glass windows. We were a little disappointed to find only a few people inside. Not because we wanted to party things up with a large crowd, but because the place is so cool that people should be there, hanging in the hip atmosphere, with hot dates in the dimly lit corners, or clinking cocktail glasses while draped on the low-slung black lounge chairs.
But for last night at least, it appeared that only a few other people besides our little party were taking advantage of the new hot spot. Since I have to shy away from the bar for a few more months, I went straight to the dessert menu. While the selection is small – Heath bar pie, chocolate pecan bourbon pie, carrot cake, and a few more – there are plans in the works to add cheesecake, cheese plate, and some pastries at a later date. I myself was immensely impressed with the rich, velvety slice of chocolate pecan bourbon pie, even though it was served up on a very humorous pink and brown colored rabbit-shaped paper plate. (According to our waitress, the real serving plates are supposed to be in later this week.)
The drink menu is loaded with a nice selection of champagne, port, and wine, as well as an excellent array of coffee drinks – think Café Cubano, basic espresso, Café au Lait, etc., which may appeal only to those in serious need of a stay-awake solution right now, but should Café Luna ever be open during daylight hours it could prove a popular place for condo-dwellers to get their morning caffeine fix.
Scott ordered one of their specialty drinks, a Cigar, which was a balanced blend of scotch, coffee, and tawny port, while one of our friends sipped on an amaretto based martini and the other stuck with an 18-year-old scotch that he says went down smooth after having instructed the bartender not to shake it over ice (!) before pouring as he’d done at first. Despite the few small gaffs, we enjoyed the sweets and the drinks and look forward to lingering in the warm orange glow again soon.
Café Luna and Lounge
106 W. Seeboth Street