Little lounging at the Lone Tree The club: The Lone Tree and Lone Tree Annex, 528 Hennepin Ave., 338-1730 The concept: A place to dance and drink.
Scenery: Hunter green walls with a red and yellow border; hardwood floors and dim lighting. At one end of the bar, there's a pool table and a Golden Tee golf game, and at the other end there's a dance floor. Lots of tables scattered throughout. About a month ago, The Lone Tree took over the space that used to be Barney's Underground, and now it's called the Lone Tree Annex. Initially the only difference I noticed was the fresh coat of paint. The basement still features a huge bar wrapping around the corner, a sunken dance floor and stone walls; however, the major change is new huge overstuffed faux leather couches around the perimeter and behind the dance floor.
The crowd: Young and trendy, college students and recent grads; except for my 31-year-old friend, I would guess everyone there was under 30. It wasn't a surprise to see a bachelorette party, and I'm sure on the weekends there are more than one. Pretty close to an equal number of guys and girls.
Entertainment: Dancing. With two dance floors and constant music it's almost impossible to not to get up and move. Top 40 music and '80s hits played until it got closer to 1 a.m. and things turned a little more R&B. The dance floor upstairs was full, but the dance floor in the Annex was deserted and I'm sure that was only because it was during the week. And if dancing's not your thing, there's pool and Golden Tee.
Consumables: For the first round I had a Tanqueray and tonic ($4.50) and my friends had a Summit ($3) and a rum and coke ($4). The mixed drinks were perfect, a little strong but easy to drink. Rolling Rock and Miller Lite are two other tap beers offered. The kitchen closes at 8 p.m., so we missed out on food.
Servers and attitude: Friendly and flirty. There were two bartenders working and both were quick on getting new drinks. When we moved to a table by the dance floor there was a waitress who was just as friendly and quick as the bartenders.
Logistics: Thursday is Ladies' Night, and well drinks and domestic taps are $1 until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights there's a $5 cover that will get you into both bars.
The verdict: Definitely a great place to go and dance. The drinks were terrific and not too expensive, and there's a fun crowd.