A clone of the Hollywood nightclub scene slid into the Village at Mammoth Mountain. The new Hyde Lounge - a counterpart to the dance club made famous by partying stars - combines elements of its L.A. cousin with the Mammoth ski ambience, but without the exclusivity.
The Hyde, located across from the lower Village Gondola terminal, combines the look of a multiple television sports bar with the pump action of a loud dancing beat - all mixed in a décor of skis on the ceiling and retro lamps. A giant plasma screen enlarged the X Games Big Air competition to bigger than life when OnTheSnow.com visited, and the bar is sure to pack out for viewing the Olympics during après ski.
The Hyde is about drinks. The lounge offers a full VIP bottle service like the L.A. Hyde with rates from $150 for Krol Vodka to $1,000 for Dom Perignon Rose. Specialty cocktails drinks such as cucumber watermelon margaritas and white grapefruit cosmopolitans trip from the bar. Wines and beers, including two from Mammoth Brewing Company, are served, too, with Happy Hour specials offered Sundays through Thursdays.
Those looking for the post skiing monster plate of nachos won't find it at the Hyde, but you will find unique tastes. Delicate appetizers, like spicy Szechuan chicken wings, Sriracha glazed walnut shrimp, and seared albacore in warm vinaigrette, come served on oblong sushi plates with artful flairs. Appetizers run $7-9.
The Hyde's Asian-influenced bistro fare offers diners variety in fish, steak, and chicken. You can go lighter with a Kobe beef burger for $14 or get a full meal ale-braised short rib dinner with mashed potatoes and roasted veggies for $24. Soups, salads, and sides, including sweet potato fries, can be added on for $5-15. Sweet tooth finishes include Bavarian cream stuffed cinnamon churros or a double chocolate brownie topped with icy coffee gelato, hot peanut brittle, and toasted marshmallow.
Late evenings turn the Hyde into a dance bar with live DJs, sometimes featuring celebrity DJs. Those heading to the lounge for dancing can expect a waiting line outside on weekends. Just huddle near the heat lamp to stay warm.
The Hyde, which is open daily until 2 a.m., takes reservations for dining Sundays through Thursdays. Reservations are available for Friday or Saturday for parties of six or more. The final seating for dinner is at 8 p.m. because the tables convert to bottle service at 10 p.m.
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