A couple of weeks ago I went out to dinner with some friends as part of Portland Dining Month. It was within the Hotel DeLuxe and the restaurant was great-I will write about that later this week. But we got there a bit early so we went to their bar for drinks. Their bar is called Driftwood Room. Here’s what the hotel says about the Driftwood Room:
“The Driftwood Room is a Portland landmark, serving thirsty revelers since the cocktail lounge heyday of the 1950′s and still today at the vanguard of Portland’s craft cocktail scene. Try one of our signature champagne cocktails. Order a sip from our extensive Manhattan menu. Temper the tipple with our legendary sizzling forest mushrooms. It’s a perfect Hollywood setting for a Hitchcock thriller or romantic romp.”
The room was so much fun! First of all, I felt like I was in an episode of Mad Men the way a lot of people were dressed–for some reason there were at least two tables of people in vintage clothing. The menu itself represented the theme as well!
I tried two drinks while I was there and was definitely a bigger fan of the first. Both were champagne cocktails. The first one I tried was the Rose Colored Glasses and was made with gin, rose syrup, fresh lemon juice and champagne. I think I’m in a floral mode because I’m loving anything rose flavored as well as anything lavender. . . must be spring in the air!\
The second drink I had with dinner but was still from the Driftwood Room so I’m going to include it here. It was called Elizabeth Taylor and was made with creme de violette and champagne. Not sure what creme de violette is but it was a little too sweet for me.
It also was the color of a grape Jolly Rancher, which you can’t see particularly well in this picture. We didn’t get any food because we knew we were having a big meal afterwards but I would definitely go back and try the Happy Hour menu because it looked good and the prices were reasonable.
The hotel itself also has that romantic look of days gone by in the lobby and I think it would definitely be a fun hotel to stay in, along with a fantastic location.
I tried to bring in some retro glam with my red lips. Something about red lipstick just makes me feel glamorous!
Hotel DeLuxe-Driftwood Room
729 SW 15th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205