The highlight for us, though, was the interior bartop. Carrie Farler, General Manager of The Righteous Room, explained the bartop’s markings: “It’s a zinc bartop [weathered] in an acid solution that has the Book of John from the King James Bible etched into it.”
The etching machine had to be loaded with the entire text, the bartop treated and etched, and finally covered with an acrylic sheet to preserve it. “It’s a very fine and tedious process,” said Farler, ”I mean once it’s there, there’s no turning back.” Though the etchings are faint, created for design and concept rather than readability, it’s a great conversation starter.
In addition to the interesting decor touches, Farler thinks The Righteous Room’s jukebox is a draw. “It’s not necessarily the cheesy top 40 music you’re going to hear anywhere else,” she said. “We’ve got a couple local bands on it – the Bad Veins is on our jukebox along with You, You’re Awesome. So we support local people and we just think it’s a nice change of pace.”
On the weekends, the jukebox gives way to DJs in the courtyard, and though the lounge vibe is still prevalent, some patrons put on their dancing shoes.
The outdoor courtyard features a large mural, sleek outdoor furniture, and another full-featured bar. When the weather turns chilly, Farler said The Righteous Room will hook up “heater trees” to the underfoot gas lines that are installed in the courtyard (which means less obtrusive heaters without the large tanks attached). Because the outdoor area is protected from the wind by buildings on all sides, it is expected to stay nice and warm throughout most of the year.
Though the bar is open late nights 7 days a week, the best time to visit is definitely the extended happy hour, which runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Happy hour features all drinks (with the exception of bottled wine) at half off – a good time to try the outstanding microbrew and local beer selection.
The other chance to grab a deal is The Righteous Room’s service industry night, which goes down every Sunday. Service night features $3 Absolut drinks, $1.50 Miller Lites and a DJ in the courtyard.
The Righteous Room
641 Walnut St.