Burger 97 Day 89: SEVEN Nightclub, Zesty Red Burger

 

SEVEN tries so hard to fill a vacant niche in Bend that it ends up bleeding over into several adjacent niches. It’s fundamentally an EDM dance club (EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music, which is what the cool kids are calling techno these days). But that scene is so small in Bend that SEVEN couldn’t stay afloat during their target audience’s rolling bouts of serotonin syndrome. So they end up offering salsa dancing lessons. Or, like tonight, live standup comedy.

We’d arrived in time to eat and escape before the comedy began, but we did get to enjoy the dance music and pulsing colored LED lights covering every surface. Especially the bar. It’s an attempt at those smoke-machine and lasers nightclub scenes in hip movies staged in Miami. Except replace the shoulder-to-shoulder mob with a few scattered groups of middle aged tourists and a guy at the bar a little too interested in hamburgers.

I’d been told by a local burger informant, who wishes to remain anonymous, to attempt to order a Flaming Dr Pepper. The bartender quickly indicated it was no longer available. Burger Informant had anticipated this and told me request a Black Opal as backup. This, the bartender grew a smile, she assured me she could handle. It went down easy and tasted like blue raz kool-aid.

Their burger menu is a good cross section of choices. I went with the Zesty Red which, thanks partly to the Black Opal, I can’t exactly recall what it involved. Peppers and such. Maybe bacon? But it was good. Really good. And it was the first place that had waffle fries as an option. Amazing.

Though naming these foods and drinks after colors in a bar that’s constantly strobing through the full color spectrum is a bit of a trick on the head.

Metrics
Score: 3.75 of 5
Price: $10.25 with waffle fries
Drink: Black Opal
Bonus: Black Opal recipe:

1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz rum
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz blackberry liqueur
1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
1 oz 7-Up soda
1 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix

 

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