2237 E. Riverside #108, 512/444-6396
As far as venues go, if you want to impress that special amor in your life, this is the place to go. Completely remodeled a couple of years ago to get rid of the disco look, the interior now depicts Aztec temple imagery, murals of pyramids, and large reliefs of Zapata with his army, all created by California artist James Sanchez. A classy place, Carnival has a dress code that is strictly enforced. Big acts from Mexico and Texas draw an international crowd with big bucks to spend; cover charge on Sunday night was $15 a person before 9pm and $20 after that. The friendly staff, fancy interior, good music, and large dance floor make it worth it.