If a performance at the Alley Theatre or the Houston Grand Opera has left you in the mood for yet more drama, then the theatrical, Fellini-esque lounge Monarch in Hotel ZaZa is the place to go. Chef Bradley Manchester’s lounge menu includes fresh oysters on the half shell and a spunky Tabasco mignonette and salt-and-pepper rock shrimp with lemon cilantro aioli, as well as designer pizzas and the “deconstructed” ahi roll. Specialty drinks include the titillating Blue Nova, concocted from Bombay Sapphire, blue curacao, and white cranberry and citrus juices. For a guilty pleasure, your final act of the evening has got to be the rich Southern pecan pie, which comes with Shiner Bock ice cream and glazed pecans. For a more subdued atmosphere, drink and dine al fresco on the adjacent terrace or sit by the city's most sophisticated pool.