495 Geary St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.786947 -122.411097
Sun-Thu 5pm-2am Fri-Sat 4pm-2am
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Tenderloin
lost its luster – i loved this place when it first opened. it can still be a pretty good place to go on weekdays, but fridays and saturdays are all about the bridge-and-tunnel crowd.
What a letdown! On my first trip there, I couldn't believe how bad the service was! Horrible drinks when added with an equally horrible wait staff but a damper on the night. We waited over two hours for a table as several of the booths sat empty the entire time. The next time I pay $12.00 for a drink, it better have some liquor in it.
I am in my early 20s and I felt that the – crowd was just dandy. Everyone and every drink was beautifully made and just divine to take in. Service was excellent and did not snub my friends and I for being young compared to the rest. Also mingled with some very nice people. Everyone was just friendly and the decor was fabulous. Watch those paintings or are they watching you?
okay – I agree that the crowd is on the older side, typically mid to late thirties. The room itself isn't particularly big, but it has a nice, swanky-looking interior with seating along the walls. However, most people are forced to stand as they awkwardly or drunkenly hover with their drinks. The lychee-tini is WAY too sugary, although it is good for a few sips before you keel over from the sweetness. And the bar does get crowded early on the weekends, although I noticed that it was also crowded on the weekdays. There appears to be no advantage to being a hotel guest beyond the convenience of walking downstairs for a few drinks.
Visiting celebs and locals who love them drop serious cash at the Clift's showpiece bar. – The Scene
Ian Schrager, the man behind New York City's '70s glam-club Studio 54, is responsible for putting the shine on this swanky destination. Amid soaring ceilings and polished redwood walls, businessmen scope well-heeled eye candy and vie for busy bartenders' attention. Amorphous wall art appears on a handful of plasma-screen TVs and designer couches line the perimeter, resting atop tiger-striped carpet.
The Clift is a popular place to stay for visiting pop stars, so locals come here to be part of a scene, with hopes of spotting someone famous. The room's centerpiece is a tall, back-lit shelf that highlights the bar's quality liquors, many of which are used in the signature martini drinks, like the delicious Lychee-tini. DJs spin music (Wednesday-Saturday), but this is not a dance club.
Swanky and Trendy...very classy – I love this place. It's definitely somewhere to go if you want a chance to see some famous faces. A great place to be seen. It gets really crowded on Friday and Saturday nights--hard to find a place to sit unless you make a reservation and the bar is usually packed. But the atmosphere makes it worth it.
Nice change! – I have been a regular fan of Ian Schrager's bars for a long time - but the Redwood Room remains one of my favorites. The service is quick and friendly, the music has improved a lot and yes - they still get quite a few celebrities (contrary to someone else's post). Last night I saw the Wilson's (Owen & Luke) and a few weeks ago Nic Cage! The real secret though is the side lounge - you can usually score a table and the service is much quicker. Rumor has it that this is where Sean Penn hangs on occasion.
So sad... – This place is filled with yahoos and wanna be's. There is nothing local or celeb about it. It's a shame because the interior is fabulous and the drinks, food and service are fab too! It feels like a frat party - not the elegant, sophistcated place that it should.
WAY TOO CROWDED – Unless you like to be bumped around and have drinks spilled on you by frat boys and old men in suits stay away. The Redwood Room used to be the sexiest destination in the city - now its just trying to be like all the other clubs. The music is too loud and you can't move on the weekends. They pack the place with too many people and you are constantly being bumped from one place to the next. This place WAS romantic. Its not anymore.
too crowded. – fun bar. everyone is pretending to be someone they are not. it is fun though. always meet nice people. some of the bartenders can be not so nice...have fun waiting for a drink
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