A new hotspot in Bellevue that’s destined to shake up Northwest nightlife.
Munchbar’s arrival in Bellevue last year offered hope for a new age of Las Vegas-infused nightlife in the Seattle area, introducing a restaurant-turned-nightclub model which while successful, proved to be somewhat of a logistical headache. After more than a year of tinkering with the concept, Vegas-based Munch Group ordered up a complete overhaul of the space. The result is Mirror Nightclub, a venue destined to shake up Northwest nightlife.
“When we opened, our goal was to be a restaurant first, and a nightclub second,” said Shawn Olyaie, a managing partner with Munch Group. “The nightclub got busier and guests told us ‘hey, be a nightclub more.’ Then we did the rebuild.”
The dueling ivories of neighboring Piano Bash are gone (however, live music is still offered Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 pm). In its place is Mirror Lounge, an intimate area dripping with candle light and deep purple hues. Over-sized celebrity mug shots and mirrors of all shapes line the walls, while booths draped in fleur-de-lis patterns and sculpted sofas comprise elegant seating.
The lounge serves as a staging area while the Main Room is prepped for the night. A wall separating the two venues was ripped out, making for better crowd flow. The repositioned DJ booth, in keeping with current nightclub trends, is now the center of attention, propped up against the Main Room wall and surrounded by VIP tables. Add in attentive, no-nonsense security and VIP hosts, and it’s a first class experience reminiscent of some of America’s top nightlife destinations.
“Operationally, it makes us feel like we’re in Vegas,” Olyaie says, regarding the group’s mission. “We like to focus on service and experience. It’s not just about turning off the lights and doing laser shows.”
The open layout and assuredly bigger crowds have Mirror set to attract many artists and celebrities over the summer months. Upcoming events include a performance by Lupe Fiasco and DJ Sky on June 16th (tickets here), and Ladies’ Night on June 21st, hosted by Nik Ritchie of The Dirty fame.
Aside from décor, the restaurant retains its sports bar atmosphere. The renamed Munch Sports Grill still carries hi-definition sports action, with every league package in existence. A revamped lounge menu is sure to make its own statement in the culinary scene—Olyaie likens the offerings to something one would find in an upscale New York hot spot.
The Munch Group isn’t remaining content, either. Olyaie confirmed construction has already begun in downtown Seattle on a club concept never before seen around here. I’m sworn to secrecy beyond that, but just know that these game changers have something very special in store.
Mirror Nightclub | 505 Bellevue Square, Bellevue | (425) 454-MUNCH (6862)