Venturing out to a new side of Broadway, a stop at Revolution Room proved an interesting spot to spend a Friday night — and not always for the right reasons. The place boasts four rooms of ranging entertainments, and while it’s hard to imagine an actual revolution starting at a bar — most pointed disagreements likely end in raunchy bar fights — who knows? I was ready to be proven wrong.
So there was Rev Room, nestled in a corner with blazing red letters. The place initially looked a little sinister, but as soon as I walked into the first red room an impressive grunge rock cover band, Prototype, was setting up and immediately put me at ease. There wasn’t much going on inside this first room; customers mostly sat around the bar and conversed with one another.
I decided to circle back later in the night and moved on to the blue room, which had a long bar that was lit up with blue florescent light. This room seemed to be Rev Room’s main attraction. One could grab a drink at the well-stocked bar, grind to Top 40 club hits on the dance floor facilitated by DJ Donnie Dee, or excessively make out in a corner chair (as one particularly amorous couple did). While grabbing a stiff Jack and Coke ($3.50), I noticed a lingering smell of burnt plastic hanging around the dance floor. I don’t know if it was the florescent blue light, but it was nearly overpowering. The ratio of guys to girls was around 6:1, and window-shopping was in high gear — most of the guys were just standing around watching the ladies getting down, While the couple in the corner may have provided some motivation for these danceless dudes, my friend and I got sick of the make-out session and stares and decided to venture into a small tunnel-like room off to the right of the bar. Inside the red den was, to my surprise, another DJ! This small but cozy area was the place to be. DJ Riggz spun hip-hop, which got mostly everyone grooving, while the long cozy couches against the sides of the room served as a haven for those who just wanted to lounge. There was also a smaller bar in which the words “ce qui est votre revolution?” (what is your revolution?) hung in red florescent light overhead, suggesting there are many revolutions. Ours was proving to be avoiding the booty bumps of the other patrons in this tight space.
As the small grotto started to fill up we decided to return to the front room to check out Prototype, who were now playing the grunge hit “Cumbersome” by Seven Mary Three. For us, that was the highlight of the night — it was as awesomely good as it was bad.
I had noticed earlier that the bar next door, Karma, had closed. There was a notice posted stating that Revolution Room would be expanding. Not wanting to leap to any conclusions, I asked one of the bartenders about the expansion, but he said he couldn’t talk about it. So the potentially border-expanding revolution at Rev Room isn’t to be publicized yet. Which is just as well. For all you ladies out there who don’t want to be hit on by a bunch of hard-up lounge lizards, you may want to stick to Rebar. Unless the top-secret expansion brings a new vibe and clientele. For now, the only thing truly revolutionary about this “room” seems to be the seemingly patriotic colors — and maybe the drink prices before 11 p.m. ($1.50 beers; $2 wells). •
Vibe: Upbeat atmosphere with live music, lots of DJs, and dancing.
Best Use: Hanging out in the tunnel and dancing to Top 40 hits in the blue room on any given night.
Prices: Before 11pm: $1.50 beers, $2 wells; after 11pm: $3.50 domestics, $3 wells, $3.50 Kamikaze shots