While the Blue 67 space (1475 Lawrence Street) is being transformed into the dual-purpose 5 Degrees -- a restaurant until 11 p.m. (with a menu by Eric Roeder of Bistro Vendome), then a clubby martini lounge -- another part of Francois Safeiddine's empire is going back to the future. On Saturday, June 25, Mynt Mojito Lounge (1424 Market Street) hosts "Shaken, Not Stirred," a James Bond theme party featuring a fashion show and specialty drinks. "Dress to impress," advises Mynt's Amber Fagan. "We're going to teach an old spy new tricks." But Bond may already be ahead of the game: In his last movie, the famous spy was spied drinking mojitos rather than his famous "shaken, not stirred" martinis.
The Castle Nightclub (83 East 120th Avenue in Thornton) is once again offering live music, starting with a grand opening party Friday, July 8, with original bands Friday and Saturday nights -- and no cover charge. After that, club management plans to alternate original bands and cover bands in all flavors of rock, with the first cover band slated for July 15. Mike Crisler of Drug Under, who books local acts at Coors Amphitheater and the House of Rock, is in charge of booking here, too.