Room 112 in SoNo is a clubby place for a cocktail. With a black-and-red color scheme, a pool table, and lots of sofas, it has a dark and decadent feel. Open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to closing, it’s also a private event space. Downstairs, there’s a smaller bar and a game room, featuring pool and darts.
We were invited to sample some cocktails on a quiet Wednesday evening. The cocktails other guests were drinking were layered and garnished with fresh fruit and herbs. My friend cast a needed light upon the cocktail menu (the room is dark). Overwhelmed by the lists of ingredients, we chose an old favorite, caipirinha. At Room 112, the Brazilian drink traditionally made of sugar-cane rum, limes and sugar, gets a mixologists list: cachaça, lemon bitters, muddled lemons, limes and sugar.
The Tom Old Fashioned is an aromatic blend of gin, vermouth, muddled tangerines, sugar and bitters. It’s garnished with a slice of orange and cherry.
The Magic Mule is served in a coppery pineapple vessel.
The Magic Mule shakes up lemon-grass-infused vodka, ginger liqueur, fresh lime, club soda, ginger, and mint.
Room 112 doesn’t have a kitchen, and is served by Harbor Harvest Catering. Harbor Harvest wasn’t on-site the night we were invited to sample cocktails. So afterwards, we walked down Washington Street and stopped into Match and had an excellent pizza at the bar.
“Would I go back?” is the essential question. I gave up staying out late long ago, but sure, I’d stop in to Room 112 for a happy hour game of darts. A bracing drink always improves my game.
Have you been to Room 112? What’s your impression?
(Photos courtesy of Room 112)