Strap on your dancing shoes. Brickhouse Lounge is gonna get you moving.
The Brickhouse nightclub is a boy-meets-girl kind of place. Make that a man-meets-woman kind of place. IDs are checked at this late-night-party spot, where you have to be not 21 but 25 to gain entry.
At 7 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, only a couple of customers were dining inside this large venue in a strip shopping center in east Arlington. The glitzy bar was somewhat busier, and a number of people were nursing drinks at high tables. But most of the action was on the dance floor, where Pretty Toya was coaxing sophisticated line-dance moves out of a sizable group of students dressed to seduce and caught up in the rhythms of the night.
"Y'all look good. Full turn. One, two. One, two, three, back two, three. Step up," purred the instructor.
"Stop bouncing, ladies. Time for a break."
The drinks menu at Brickhouse offers complicated affairs like the Brick Candy Martini ($9), which is Tuaca, vodka, Apple Pucker and Sweet N Sour Mix.
Brickhouse is primarily a lounge, but it also offers a full dining menu, with an emphasis on appetizers. In general, the food is adequate but unexceptional.
The catfish appetizer plate ($9.99) has three medium-size, sweet fillets that have been breaded (choose from seasoned, lemon pepper or Cajun breading) and fried. The catfish is served with seasoned fries. It struck us as more of a dinner than an appetizer, which it was billed as, but it went down well. The fried mushrooms ($6.99) were portioned large and were served so straight-from-the-fryer hot that we had to wait a bit before we could safely eat them.
The barbecue sampler is two meats for $13.49 or three meats for $16.29. Meat choices are links, brisket and St. Louis-style ribs. We went with the latter two. The brisket was nicely tender and had an appealing sweet sauce on it. (Or maybe the sauce had dripped from the ribs, which were placed atop the brisket.) The ribs were a bit tougher than they should have been. The roasted red potatoes accompanying the barbecued meats were nicely seasoned but were barely warm. A mini cornbread loaf had a nice grain and just the right hint of sweet.
The rib-eye steak ($16.99) was tougher than we expect from rib-eye (more like a sirloin) and the mashed potatoes, again, were cold.
We would normally have called it quits at this point, but the desserts ($4.99 each) all sounded too good to pass on (apple dumpling, peach turnover and bread pudding). The slice of bread pudding we shared was moist and attractively displayed with two small scoops of ice cream to the side and an excellent bourbon sauce drizzled over all. We floated out on a cloud of goodwill.
You should know: Weeknights, Brickhouse pulls people in with free dance lessons (line dance Wednesdays, salsa Thursdays and swing Sundays). Weekends, it's live music. There's a cover charge on weekends and an automatic 18 percent gratuity.