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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Watermark And W20 - A Look Inside

Like thousands of others, I headed to downtown Ventura, CA on Saturday night for an evening of music, entertainment, and a preview of the long-awaited Watermark restaurant and its rooftop bar called W20. After waiting in line for an hour, I stepped inside Ventura's newest hotspot and was pleased that there was room to walk around, admire the murals, chat with locals, and have a seat at the bar on the rooftop. What's the verdict? It was well worth the wait. The bartenders at W20 were quick, knowledgeable, and efficient. The hostess was friendly and helpful, and both of the owners were on hand to monitor the crowd and answer questions. (Thanks to the owners for allowing photography.) I can forsee many merry nights at this gorgeously decorated establishment. Rich tilework, warm wood accents, flat panel TV screens, colorful murals (with video insets of the artists at work), cozy fireplaces, plenty of seating, and blue accent lighting are just a few of the elegant touches that make this historic building Ventura's top choice for a great meal or a few drinks with the perfect date.

Watermark Ventura

Above, happy patrons at the bar on the first floor

Watermark VenturaAbove, an intimate seating area with a fireplace at W20

W20 Ventura The bartenders hard at work at W20's blue-themed rooftop bar

Watermark on Main Ventura My lemon drop on the beautifully backlit bar

The view of downtown Ventura and the hillsides from the W20 balcony just after sunset

One of the murals that is visible from the first floor and the mezzanine

I don't usually photograph restrooms, but here is the Ladies' room loo on the first floor and its detailed tilework. (After going through a bathroom remodel at home, I am sure the Watemark's contractors can appreciate me posting this. It takes a lot of work and it looks great!)

The Watermark tent and gift bags