When it comes to McKinney Avenue's stretch of Uptown nightlife, it's impossible to miss Avenu Lounge, an expansive nightclub and lounge that prides itself on its delectable martinis, top-notch DJs and VIP service. On the entryway's red carpet, dozens of young, chicly dressed club-hoppers stand anxiously behind a red rope, not a coat in sight in the wintertime. Show up early if you want first crack at the pricey but well-crafted drinks (especially the martinis), although crowds don't populate the spacious dance floor until just before midnight. If you have a reservation, you can take advantage of the club's several VIP, booth and bottle services. If you don't, and if you're female, plan on getting hit on by some of Uptown's many young bachelors, who frequently flock to Avenu's multiple interior bars.