Beam me up: Wah Wah Room is located in the former home of the Billiard Bar. Matthew Shelley

Bar Review

The Wah Wah Room Is Pure Cool

Go, drink, and live your best life.

There’s a DJ booth in the corner with a reel-to-reel and stacks of 8 tracks and records. Colorful rugs cushion the floors. A Bob Seger song plays overhead.

The Wah Wah Room is cozy and chill, like the back room of a concert hall or a recording studio. And as I stand in line at the bar, I notice a guy in a white dress shirt recording himself.

“I’m here at the Wah Wah Room, and it’s very cool, very eclectic. I dig it,” he says into his phone, whirling so his viewers can see the cork-paneled walls adorned with photos of ’70s stars like Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. “Well, we haven’t had the drinks yet, but I bet they’re gonna be great.”

He turns his camera on a lady in a tight skirt who’s photographing two cocktails: one with a candy cigarette on the rim and one served in a ceramic flamingo mug. She agrees with him: the drinks look great.

I peruse the menu of boilermakers, $12 craft cocktails, and shots—which, I learn upon ordering The Unicorn, are more like delicious mini-cocktails. A tattooed bartender tells me that the Wah Wah Room launched in May. It’s open only Thursday through Saturday, but the eventual plan is to serve drinks five days a week.

My friend and I find a comfy spot and watch as a waitress in rainbow platform sneakers carries drinks to the patio. Nearby, a couple gets cozy. One of the bartenders tells the man in the white dress shirt to check out the restrooms (which I later discover are covered in celebrity portraits). The guy bounds off down a narrow hall, phone in hand. He passes a neon sign with a message: Living my best life. It feels relevant, so I take a photo of it.

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