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I'm no expert on Etex....
Sounds like you had more bubbles than usual. How did you mix the Etex? By hand? What device did you use to stir it? Did you let it set for a couple of minutes before pouring? Did you mix it for the full 2 minutes recommended? Don't whip it, mix it slowly.
Easy on the sanding. The next coat will correct a lot of errors.
Try this....pour some water over the area you think is too hazy.....look down through the water and see if it looks clear. If it does, you will be okay when you pour your next coat of Etex.
The next batch, mix well, I used a wooden kitchen spoon, let it set up a minute or two, you have plenty of time to pour. Relax and don't be in a hurry to bust out the torch. After you pour your final coat, wait a minute or so, this will give some of the bubbles some time to rise to the surface. Then you can get the torch out and use it high off the surface, remember it's not the heat but the CO2 that will assist the bubbles to the surface.
I don't think you are going to have a surface completely free of bubbles. Remember, your surface is going to age and have fine scratches from bottles and glasses. Call it bar patina.