The Clift Hotel's downtown nighttime hangout the Redwood Room and their recently made over Velvet Room seem to be taking a cue from the Burritt Room by staging killer free shows to pair with their top-notch cocktails.
Collaborating with indie music tastemakers IAMSOUND Records, both lounges will host seriously-praised acts like tropicalia-pop collective Fool's Gold (we dare you to cut loose), alt-folk crooner Cass McCombs and Le Tigre's JD Samson's dance band MEN to make this winter just a little more bearable. The first concert is this Saturday, the 15th, featuring Francis & the Lights.
A whole list of suitably ironic hipster bars was concocted for this series and I fully intended to stick with it, at least until I found myself at the Clift Hotel with out-of-town guests on Monday night. People, drinking in the Redwood Room is like attending Hogwarts without the treacle pudding and magical ability. Fairly innocuous while displaying Klimt's greatest hits, the digital frames lining the redwood walls eventually switched to unsettling Harry Potter-esque portraits of people who move when really they should be sitting still. Rather than blinking and breathing and staring down their patrician noses as you gulp your second strawberry margarita.