New and Venerable Institutions: Red Room
The Red Room is among San Francisco's newest institutions. Opened in 1996 at 827 Sutter Street, this joint avoided becoming a fad bar by serving great drinks. Only premium liquor is served here, even in well drinks. Juices are freshly squeezed and "cosmic cocktails" are the specialty of the house. Patrons taking in the scene here are attracted by the cosmopolitans as much as by Fun Display Design's scarlet decor. The glow here and some rich details surprise anyone expecting just a flat red paint job. Fun Display also decorated the Backflip bar in the Tenderloin. Situated next door to the Commodore Hotel, which is experiencing a renaissance after its own remodeling, The Red Room attracts music world visitors such as recent guest Mary J. Blige.


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