The new Moonfire Lounge lights up Austin’s nights with its elevated concept.
While the nation held its breath in April 1970 during the dramatic re-entry of Apollo 13’s command module, which had to abort its lunar landing after an oxygen tank exploded, young Ian Weightman reassured his mother that everyone would survive. Now the CEO of Formula Expo Inc., Weightman turned to that boyhood memory to name the new upscale nightclub he opened in the fall with Vice President Ginger Leigh—Moonre Lounge.
“We wanted to have a space that did exactly what the evening does,” says Leigh, a longtime Austin performer who has hosted Formula Expo’s annual BLU Party ATX during Formula One racing weekend since 2012. “From weekday happy hour to club night on the weekend, the design is elegant but organic.”
Moonre is one of downtown Austin’s few upscale nightclubs, oering classic and original cocktails and an extensive wine list in a contemporary, luxurious atmosphere. Small-plate selections include caviar, canapes from Antonelli’s and crafted Brazilian chocolates from Rio Bites.
e Moonre Lounge’s luxurymeets- laid-back concept is one that entertainment coordinator Jeff Strange says was lacking in Austin. “Nice doesn’t equal stuy,” says Strange. “We’re trying to be as diverse as we can on our music selection and offer a little bit of everything. We’re not trying to be New York.” 310 Colorado St., Unit B, 512.297.2215, moonrelounge.com