A kitschy-cool new bar has opened in Deep Ellum, with serious retro style. Called the Crowdus Bar, it's an homage to the disco era with the sights and sounds of an early '80s disco.
Crowdus comes from Braxton Martin, Corey Good, and Justus Pinkston, of High & Tight, the barbershop-speakeasy located just a few doors away.
For Crowdus, they've taken over the corner space previously home to Drugstore Cowboy and are bringing back all the things they found to be cool from the '70s and '80s, Martin says.
That means neon lights, dancing, pinball machines, daiquiris — and a crazy collection of more than 47 disco balls spinning from the ceiling.
"It's very '80s-centric, in-your-face bright and colorful, just a fun place to dance," Martin says. "We also have food — we're doing a menu of artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches."
Those include grilled cheese on Texas toast with brisket and pepperjack cheese; an avocado-bacon grilled cheese with spinach and sharp cheddar; a "margherita pizza" grilled cheese with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil; an "ultimate" grilled cheese with onions and two cheeses, goat cheese and sharp cheddar; and a vegan grilled cheese with mushrooms, spinach, onions, and vegan mozzarella.
They'll have a full bar with what Martin calls '80s-inspired cocktails — "we'll have a pina colada, plus six machines for frozen drinks," he says.
They're still in soft opening mode, working out details on their hours and looking forward to plotting their grand opening.
But first, the coup de grace, being installed this week: a lighted dance floor. Can you say Saturday Night Fever?
"We're waiting on the last few pieces of equipment, but we're getting a massive digitally lighted dance floor," Martin says. "It'll be an LED-powered dance floor with motion sensors that change color for steps, and we can also upload images."
The 47 disco balls are also LED-powered and come in a variety of sizes, making glittery magic as far as the eye can see.
The decor has a sultry, neon-on-black scheme, which takes its inspiration from another '80s icon. "We just went crazy with the '70 and '80s theme — it's very Miami Vice," he says.