As a 12-year Houston resident who was born into the hospitality industry and is also a second generation lounge owner, Dominic Moreau knew a good location for a bar when he spotted one. Being an Astros fan, Dominic was on his way to 8th Wonder after the game and spotted a “For Lease” sign on one of the buildings. With a surge of excitement, he knew he needed to call the number and what unfolded was the birth of Sunset – an upscale rooftop lounge in the heart of East Downtown.
Inspired by the views the location boasted of Houston’s skyline and the rapid rejuvenation of East Downtown, or “EaDo”, neighborhood continues to undergo, Moreau wanted to bring something new to the expanding roster of beer gardens, breweries, sports bars, and nationally-recognized restaurants that could be found in the area.
Sunset will be an upscale lounge establishment, decorated with an eye for classic 50’s design — the kind of place you could envision a modern Frank Sinatra singing in — perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks. The showstopper won’t be a musical number, but the 1,600 square foot patio for guests to enjoy their drinks on, beyond the entirely glass wall separating the exterior space from the interior.
In addition to unparalleled views of downtown and the surrounding sports stadiums that Sunset will have premier access to as the tallest bar in the area, the rooftop will also have plenty of seating. The outdoor area will feature glowing patio centerpieces where patrons can enjoy the city views, be assisted by dedicated outdoor servers and order drinks through a waiting window.
Mock up of patio viewed through glass wall inside, skyline view from patio
Inside, a lounge atmosphere will be complemented with entertainment in the form of DJs or lounge singers who’ll perform on a stage which can be discreetly hidden with additional seating when not in use. The eclectic bar and tables will be designed by a local artist, and ample couches, chairs and barstools will aid the relaxing vibe on offer. Though it won’t be confused for one of the city’s ubiquitous sports bars, a handful of television screens will enable guests to follow the games in a refined atmosphere, and allow the bar to serve those that want to keep up to date on the city’s major sporting attractions without being doused in beer after an incredible play.
The menu includes a carefully curated selection of martinis, cocktails inspired by sunsets around the world, and a rotating selection of local craft beers, including those from several of the breweries found nearby. While living in Houston, Dominic became a level two sommelier and will be heavily involved in the drinks menu development. It was his love of martinis and the martini bar he spent many years working at in San Diego that inspired the menu’s signature cocktail. His travels around the globe gave rise to the concept for the remainder of the cocktail menu, influenced by certain cities’ spectacular sunsets.
A rooftop bar is a rarity in Houston, and much more so in the revitalizing neighborhood of EaDo, where Sunset will stand out for not only its fantastic proximity to the Dynamo’s, Astros’, and Rockets’ stadiums as well as the convention center, but also for its unparalleled view. Guests will be able to access the bar via a private entranceway at street level with both an elevator and stairway bypassing the building’s ground floor tenants, leading up to its location on the top floor.