Red Room News

Person Place Thing with Paul Schaffer

(Podcast - click here to listen on Person Place Thing site.)

For 33 years, he was David Letterman’s music director and comic sideman, a career that began in Canada with the Toronto production of Godspell, as did those of Gilda Radner, Martin Short, and Andrea Martin. Some production! Some careers! And now what? What do you do when your job ends after three decades? Savvy reflections on a life in show business for Humanities New York. ›› read more

The New Yorker

In 2001, James Wood, a professor at Harvard and, since 2007, a literary critic at this magazine, reviewed Jonathan Franzen’s “The Corrections,” somewhat harshly. Perhaps with a bit of irony (or maybe just because it sounds cool), it’s also the name of a torchy soul-rock group, with Wood on drums. The novelist Rebecca Donner is the lead vocalist, and the saxophonist Lily White, the bassist Gregory M. Jones, and the keyboardist Adam Klipple round out the ensemble when it plays on Nov. 14 in the Red Room at KGB Bar, a former speakeasy. No word on whether Franzen will... ›› read more

The Wall Street Journal
Denis Woychuk, owner of the Red Room | Agaton Strom for The Wall Street Journal

New Speakeasy Opens Above KGB Bar

Speakeasy-type bars have been popping up all over New York in the past few years, but not all of them have direct ties to Lucky Luciano.

The Red Room, located on the third floor of a Lower East Side tenement where Luciano ran Palms Casino in the 1920s and '30s, aims to recreate that Prohibition-era ambience.

"I love the space because it is like a time machine. Everything down to the sconces is from the Prohibition era," said owner Denis Woychuk, who is also the man behind the KGB Bar downstairs in the same... ›› read more

The New York Times
The Red Room at KGB Bar

NIGHT and day, New York reveals itself as the Art Deco capital of the world. I don’t mean just the obvious treasures — the Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center — but the Deco surprises that decorate just about every other block.

This seems especially so nowadays, with the growing interest in 1920s and ‘30s bar culture. Some of the detail is original, and some is hauled in from other places. But on a dark and rainy night, hurrying along under your slick black umbrella, you can move from Deco bar to Deco bar, Deco club to Deco... ›› read more

Red Room at KGB Bar

KGB Bar’s Upscale Upstairs Brother

This weekend, you say goodbye to an hour.

And hello to a tucked-away, burlesque-having cocktail spot.

You’ll take that trade every time.

It’s called The Red Room, a third-floor crown jewel of a cocktail and live-performance spot, now open above KGB Bar in the East Village. Regarding this place, here’s what to know... ›› read more