The Redwood Room
San Francisco-Pacific Heights
May 11, 2018
The Redwood Room is the legendary San Francisco nightclub in the Clift Hotel – established back in 1934, it has recently undergone a $US50 million makeover from the Ian Schrager-Philippe Starck hotel collaboration.
The Rooms have retained their original structure but the old world grandeur has been replaced by Starck’s typically high concept modernism: the eye-popping interior is part hunting lodge, part hospital operating theatre, though it still boasts a bar that, according to local legend (or, at least, hotel PR) was carved from a single redwood tree.
There’s also an ever-changing array of digital art displayed on giant plasma TV screens (so don’t ask them to change the channel and put the game on). Doormen keep the riff raff out while celebrities and socialites sip sweet, powerful drinks brought to them by waiflike waitresses in the skimpiest of skimpy outfits.
The drinks choice: lychee and lavender martinis are a hit; the Key Lime Tartini with vanilla vodka, butterscotch schnapps and lime is a liquid dessert; and the Honeysuckle made with orange honey and Cointreau is a sweet tooth’s fantasy.
The drinks list still pays homage to the old school glamour of the original venue, too you can order a Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe or Jane Russell (alas, no male movie stars make the cut).
If you need some top nosh to soak it all up, there’s an array of bar snacks on offer try the charcuterie board, cheese plate or the Maine lobster roll. For the hungrier types, the Asia de Cuba restaurant is in the hotel. Expect to pay for the privileges.