I was downtown on Thursday after the theater with friends and wanted to nip in for a drink at the new Redwood Room.
First you are directed by one of many doormen to the side entrance--we thought "oh boy -- they think we are riff raft and we are going thru the back door!" but no, it's the new entrance. After negotiating the velvet ropes and annoying door man we finally made it in-- but with a bad first impression of: this place is gonna be too snooty and LA for good ole provincial SF. But I was surprised to find the place packed with Sex and the City wannabe's and social-type's galore. The staff was extremely nice and down to earth but actress-model types. It was all a bit much--we had cocktails which were delicious (I loved my light and dark rum mojito) but $10 each, and the dessert was a fun and HUGE chocolate mousse cake with cookies and vanilla ice cream with butter brittle. Too sugary and expensive at $15.
As I do not frequent these types of places it was an adventure--but too much for my low-key style. I wonder what kind of year it will have with the market the way it is. I have a feeling they will need to have alot of star sightings and PR to make it successful. I won't be returning though-- I really miss the old Redwood Room too much.