At the Bar: The Other Room
Refreshment Avenue in the Paseo
Here in 2018, the Paseo Arts District has already seen the opening of Scratch’s second location, with Buttermilk Southern Sliders and Frida coming behind. Other retail is also joining the restaurants in the new Pueblo at Paseo, the first business complex added to the district in nearly a decade. But if you’re in the area, it’s also a good time to stop into an older establishment – The Other Room at 3007 Paseo just completed a renovation, and is still keeping the neighborhood refreshed while now smoke-free.
They don’t put much emphasis on a cocktail menu – bartender Zack smiled that “We can make pretty much anything” – but since the district shares its name with the street running through it, I’d recommend a couple of drinks that follow the theme of place names. If you’re looking for a richer, darker, more complex flavor, they make a mean Boulevardier, which is Bulleit rye, Campari and sweet vermouth. For a lighter, more delicate concoction with a nice citrusy tang, try the house special 3007. It’s Absolut ruby red vodka, sweet and sour and Strong Tonic (the made-in-OKC mixer gives it a local connection) topped with champagne.
And if The Other Room remains unmistakably vintage – including some Egyptian-themed decorative touches from when it was still Isis, back in the day – that’s a good thing in a small, cozy hideaway like this. Thanks to proprietor Shaun Fiaccone and Free the Night for the switch to smoke-free; go enjoy the neighborhood.