Openings and Closings

The Crimson Room Brings the Martini Bar Back to Larimer Street

Martinis, thumping trance beats and swanky, underground digs. No, it's not 2004 -- it's the Crimson Room, the latest nightclub concept from Corridor 44 owner Brian Siffermann, scheduled to swing its red door open on Friday, December 5. Located under Ted's Montana Grill in the former Wicked Garden space, the decor and layout has received a significant makeover since that club's rocker days (and gone are the unisex bathrooms). The entrance is unmarked, but just look for the crimson doorway to the right of Ted's patio. And if you book a table or buy a ticket (the lowest general-admission entry will set you back $75) to opening night, 75 percent of the proceeds will go to Bright Pink, a breast and ovarian cancer organization focused on educating and empowering young women.

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The throwback theme is intentional, according to Siffermann. "I'm reinventing the martini lounge," he says, "by blending mixology into an efficient delivery method." Since the Crimson Room will be closed three nights a week, bartenders have time during the week to work with fresh herbs and fruits to create infusions and other time-consuming cocktail ingredients. The bar is also barrel-aging negronis and a house bourbon. This means the bar will be able to deliver well-crafted cocktails without the wait, Siffermann says.

He's also aiming to attract an older clientele. "I'm over forty myself," he notes. "The Crimson Room is the kind of club my friend and I would go to." Primarily, he wants the club to be a destination for after-dinner patrons looking for fun on Larimer Street instead of heading straight home or taking their chances with the clubs catering to the under-thirty crowd. There's a cold kitchen featuring late-night noshes like meat and cheese boards, a caviar sampler, seafood cocktails and a few desserts, but the emphasis is on providing a place where people can relax in an exclusive environment, enjoying the music and seeing and being seen.

The Crimson Room offers VIP memberships with personal liquor lockers, reserved seating areas and a separate entrance. Of course, the vibe is dark and sophisticated, with exposed masonry and plenty of red highlights, chosen by Siffermann in part because they mirror the colors of his in-home recording studio.

The Crimson Room will be open from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with live DJs each night, a dance floor and plenty of glitz and glam for the club set. Tickets for opening night can be purchased through EventBrite.

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
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