From Our Editors
Bar Red takes its name from the crimson brick walls of the historic building that it calls home?but that name also carries cheekier implications. Owner Zach Young has designed a space that begins the day as a rustic New American restaurant, but fades into night as a low-lit, romantic cocktail lounge filled with sensuous live music ranging from hip-hop to jazz. Chef Adrian Chidester spent time studying in Rome and brought back what he learned to Bar Red when creating the restaurant's menu. Featuring authentic Italian cuisine, charcuterie platters are served alongside chilled oysters from the raw bar, along with bread, pizza dough, and pasta that is made fresh daily.
Perhaps the biggest draw, though, is its cocktail program. Bar Red's head mixologist's original recipes and twists on classics have been praised by 5280, which attributed the "meticulously crafted cocktails" to "top-notch liquor (think cognac cocktails and house-barreled gin)."