I came for a few times for some comedy nights and remember thinking to myself that they were in dire need of a makeover. The only way I can describe it is a Holiday Inn Lobby lounge from the 80's.
But then again, it's perfect for what it's used for - occasional special events like these comedy nights. Low key and assumably cheap to rent.
Snacks and drinks were well-priced and pretty tasty, but not enough to make this a regular hang-out spot.
I can't really comment on the 'Bistro' aspect of Stages, but I can definitely give my opinion of the lounge. (Stages is kind of half-restaurant, half-lounge. The restaurant caters mostly to families staying in the hotel while the lounge is, well.... more of a lounge.)
This is your typical Holiday Inn watering hole, which is to say they've got great chicken wings, Keno, lite radio, NTN Trivia, plenty of sports on the small screens, and the most endearing set of neighbourhood drunks East of Yew Street.
If you come in the afternoon or early evening you'll get the most bang for your buck, conversation-wise. If not with the regulars, then certainly with the lady bartender who's been there for ages and always has an opinion.
I want to say it's mostly middle-aged men but actually you get the occasional 20-something gal or guy, or both, and the ocassional couple from Missouri who'll do a round of shots with you.
It's also a great place to relax and read the paper.