Like an art collector’s home brought to life, Red Room at The Connaught is equal parts luxury and comfort.
Nestled behind a velvet-curtained doorway from the hotel’s Champagne Room, Red Room is The Connaught’s first bar in a decade. Named in tribute to the crimson laden artwork adorning the space, guests can sample from the hotel’s extensive 30,000 bottle wine cellar in addition to a few curated cocktails.
In addition to celebrating wine, Red Room also focuses on art and design, with a particular emphasis on female visionaries from the industry. From one of the most celebrated of our time to a young Vietnamese artist, all the art has been created by women barring the arched stained-glass panels by British painter Brian Clarke.
The striking interior is the work of Bryan O’Sullivan, whose use of pale pink hues really allows the red art to come to the fore. Perfectly appointed nooks feature small ceramics and objects d’art that shimmer under the glow of antique pendants and jewel-like lamps.
At the centre of the room stands ‘I Am Rouge’ by Louise Bourgeois. A striking work in watercolour, gouache and pencil, this particular artwork is on display for the first time at Red Room. You can also spot her scarlet-saturated hologram, a dream-like image from the French-American artist’s 1998 untitled series of eight holographic pieces. Bourgeois’ centrepiece is joined by works in crimson and scarlet from Jenny Holzer, Ti-a Thuy Nguyen and a single photographic piece by Trina McKillen.
This one-of-a-kind edit forms the perfect canvas for a gallery of renowned wines, which lies at the heart of Red Room. Rare vintages and first growths arrive by custom-crafted marble trolley – accompanied by a capsule collection of six cocktails, each inspired by the wine selection and developed in tune with the changing seasons.
Equipped with a Coravin, the line-up at Red Room includes a 1994 Petrus, a 2011 Richebourg Grand Cru from the famous Burgundy estate, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti — considered to be among the best producers of wine in the world — and 2016 Montrachet Grand Cru, produced by Domaine Baron Thenard.
The cocktails at Red Room have been designed by Agostino Perrone, the hotel’s director of mixology. His repertoire famously includes the martinis in the main Connaught bar, triggering high anticipation for what’s on offer. The bar at Red Room also holds two custom-built trolleys, designed to carry decanters and to serve wine from.
Complementing the extensive wine list is a menu of light dishes. Think charcuterie, veal carpaccio and kale tempura, amongst other imaginative plates.
There’s a lot to love at Red Room, a sanctuary for art and wine connoisseurs alike. After all, what finer evening than one spent with a glass of rare vintage and art that doubles as aesthetic food for thought?