Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Night at Icon Lounge

Since Icon Lounge opened last month, I have been dying to check it out. Located just off 6th and Main at the Gourley building, the converted warehouse lounge screamed for my attendance. Okay, it didn’t scream for me to visit, but a friend invited me and I jumped at the chance. To be fair, it was actually my second visit, and it only got better.

The location offers ample parking, both off and on street. Being just a block west of Phillips Avenue makes it ideal for those wanting to take in the revitalized atmosphere of the downtown district, without the hassle of fighting for a parking spot. If you’ve ever driven Phillips Ave. looking for that elusive spot near your destination, you’ll truly appreciate Icon’s locale.

As you walk up the steps you’ll find a gorgeous, sleek, well-lit patio area that makes you want to invite a group of friends and kick back with an icy summer cocktail. But don’t stop there, open the door and go inside. You won’t regret it. Let’s take a look, shall we? 

Admit it, you want to invite your entourage (who doesn't have one of those?) and occupy one of those VIP sections! Black leather sectionals, velvet ropes… If you don’t feel spectacular before you leave the house, you will when you settle in. You will feel transported to the days of Studio 54. Iconic, indeed!

Icon Lounge offers an extensive list of wines available by glass or bottle, as well as many bottle only options to tempt the tastes of any wine connoisseur. They also offer full bottle service for those who choose to purchase spirits by the bottle. Not able to finish? No problem, they will put your name on it and hold it for you until next time! Bottle service includes mixers. Also, make sure you check out their list of signature cocktails. I highly recommend the Cleopatra, a decadent chocotini the likes of which you’ve never tasted!

Yes, that is my empty plate, my Cleopatra, and those are my Ahi Tuna & Calamari bites. 
The menu at Icon lends itself to the noshing that goes along with nightlife. If you’re looking for gourmet appetizers, you’ve landed in exactly the right place. We started the evening with the Jumbo Buffalo Shrimp with Sriracha blue cheese dipping sauce. I am not at all ashamed to admit that I finished the sauce even after the shrimp was a memory. The shrimp was followed by Seared Ahi Tuna and Calamari bites with balsamic drizzle and finished the dining experience with veggie egg rolls with a zesty Asian sauce. While I wasn't impressed with the balsamic drizzle on my first visit, the Ahi and Calamari were a perfect marriage to carry the sauce. Just writing this makes me want to go back for more. Every bite was as good as the first, and I can’t wait to check out the rest of the menu!

To look at the venue and the options, you may think it outside your price range. Just because you feel like a celebrity doesn't mean you will be paying like one. Every item on the menu is moderately priced as well as comparable and competitive to the best establishments in town.

I would like to give a special shout out to our server for the evening, Jessica. She was warm, sincere, and accommodating. No matter what we needed, she was on the spot to make our visit remarkable. We were also honored with a tour of the new Icon Event hall that will occupy the south end of the property. The exposed brick and stone work, combined with the standard Icon finishes, will make this a sought after venue for private parties and events. 

To say that Icon Lounge is the hottest thing I've seen in Sioux Falls in a long time would be an understatement. It meets every criterion for class. It’s sleek, sophisticated yet edgy, and everything you've imagined your nightlife to entail. Simply stated, Icon impresses. Stop in, bring friends, and say hello to Hong and his team.

Again, I would like to extend a special thank you to Hong, Jessica, and Michael for the warm welcome and the incredible evening. I know we’ll be seeing each other again soon!

Icon Lounge
402 N. Main Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104


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Hong Phrommany, GM
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