Punctuate your night at Apostrophe

If you're looking for a cozy place to grab a drink this fall, head over to the newly opened Apostrophe Lounge.

The intimate (read: small) space is perfect for having a drink with a friend early in the night. As the crowd picks up … well, you might find it a little less cozy.

The Scene: Warm lighting is provided by chandeliers. The walls are painted in dark reds and golds. Artwork in similar hues hangs on the walls. The vaulted wooden ceilings add to the coziness of the room.

It's a small lounge – probably about half the size of Loft 1523 – and on the night I checked it out, there weren't nearly enough places to sit. Dark leather couches, armchairs and banquets were almost all reserved. And to accommodate a bigger crowd that night, the bar's high-top tables and barstools were removed to create an impromptu dance floor.

My feet were begging for mercy by the end of the night.

The bar itself is small, and with an extensive list of complex martinis that rivals the menu at uptown's Therapy, the two overwhelmed bartenders were seriously backed up.

The Music: A mix of hip-hop and R&B, including some Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe and Q-Tip.

The Crowd: A diverse mix of young professionals who spilled over from nearby Amos' Southend after last Friday's Musiq Soulchild concert. Most of them walked in and made a beeline for the dance floor.

Overheard: “Is this Apostrophe? Man, it's smaaaaaalllll!”

The Details: Apostrophe is at 1440 S. Tryon St.