Already on call at the Bistro are forty martinis -- just ten shy of having a different drink for each of the fifty seats in the bar area. That space is a comfortable, classy environment for a low-key evening, or you can enjoy Blakley's music from the dining room, treating yourself to such Bistro offerings as parmesan scallops with lemon zest and olive oil, or crème brûlée cheesecake with raspberry coulis.
Speaking of treats: Club Scout's favorite holiday has returned (my birthday comes two days before Halloween, which makes for a party-party weekend). Fliers are already flooding downtown with warm-up events, including the Church's 18+ Victorian Fetish Ball, an October 29 party open to the under-21 crowd for the first time. Then on October 30, Spook Day itself, head for Boulder and the Underground Freak Show, sponsored by Root of the Hill, 1360 College Avenue. Although Root usually devotes itself to selling records, local DJs always tout this annual bash as a top destination. With a hot lineup that includes Lords of Acid, you're sure to get an ear -- and eye -- ful.