Thompson Hotel’s swanky-fun new cocktail lounge-gaming parlor returns the Hollywood Roosevelt to its 1920s roots.
There’s a new way of “striking” a pose, as it were, at the Hollywood Roosevelt. Designed by acclaimed architecture firm Studio Collective and created by nightlife wizards Med Abrous and Marc Rose, The Spare Room provides the iconic hotel a new nightlife space, as different as both the exclusive Teddy’s and the pool-side Tropicana as could possibly be.
The focal point of the cocktail lounge and gaming parlor is two reclaimed and working vintage bowling lanes, and a setting that hearkens to the bold Industrial Age of America. Rather than be accosted by techno music, the subtly romantic room also features cocktail tables integrated with backgammon and chess board sets. Gaming cases of dominoes and playing cards are as stylish as the intimate space, which rides along the Orange Avenue side of the Roosevelt. Velvet and leather upholstery, lighting fixtures and one-of-a-kind details also come from vintage pedigree. As do the cocktails, hand-crafted and conceived to blend with the setting by mixologist Aidan Demarest (The Edison, 1886).
The overall vibe is akin to spending an evening in the gaming parlor of a wealthy friend’s circa-1920s manse: civilized debauchery. The social gathering may be perfect for hotel guests, but it’s already the new go-to spot for nightclub aficionados bored with the same-old, who enjoy the challenge of winning as much as the pursuit of beautiful people. The Spare Room is open nightly from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m., but for Sundays and Tuesdays. Oh, and yes, George Esquivel did design those awesome and aerodynamic in-house bowling shoes.