Wonder how they get the top shelf alcohol?

Wonder how they get the top shelf alcohol?

If you’re ever in downtown San Francisco and looking for a 50’s ultra-lux chic bar that throws eco-friendly out the window, you should definitely check out the Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel (495 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.  415-929-2372.)

Originally built in 1934, this historic room underwent a massive $50 million restoration from the folks at the Morgan Hotel Group and Philippe Starck.  Once you walk in, the incredibly high ceilings and dark wood take you back to an era of old-school glamour and style.  It has so much glitz I felt like I should have been smoking a cigar, wearing a double breasted suit and been accompanied by an up and coming movie starlet (actually, that was the guy next to me).

Big enough to fit a redwood inside.

Big enough to fit a redwood inside.

Here’s a breakdown of The Redwood Room:

  • The service – Impeccable. 
  • The food – Fantastic; the menu is basically the same food served at Asia de Cuba next door. 
  • The crowd –  Definitely people you want wouldn’t mind being around.
  • The art – Don’t trip when the digital art starts to move.
  • The prices – You should probably be ready to spend about $100 to $150 per person.

A little piece of advice: make a reservation or arrive early.  We got there around 5 pm (before the happy hour crowd) and found ourselves at an amazing table at the back of the Redwood Room. 

By the time we finished eating our tuna pica and crispy calamari salad, we were in the middle of one of the best places to be in dowtown San Francisco.

For more information you can check out The Redwood Room’s main website here.

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