Kate Buska, Mike Robertson, Brandon Wise, Christine, DJ AM Gold, Christina and AlexSandra at Driftwood Room
MAD MEN & MARTINIS:One of Portland’s most iconic cocktail bars, Hotel deLuxe’s retro-cool Driftwood Room, is turning 60 this year and celebrated in May with a month of cocktails inspired by the 1950’s, a series of star turns behind the bar by some of Portland’s best bartenders and a Memorial Day blowout featuring classic cars, vintage fashion and more. Plus, to commemorate its first 60 years on the Portland cocktail scene, the Driftwood Room published a pocket-sized book filled with its most beloved stirred and shaken recipes.
Opened in 1954 at the then-Mallory Hotel, the Driftwood Room has long been beloved by Portlanders for its authentic Mad Men-era décor. When the hotel was reborn as Hotel deLuxe in 2006, the Driftwood Room’s mid-century interior was lovingly restored and preserved just in time for the resurgence of the city’s cocktail scene. Today, the experience of stepping into the dimly-lit hideaway is a must for visitors and locals seeking expertly crafted cocktails and gracious, welcoming service.
Portland’s bartenders are an infamously collegial bunch, and during the Driftwood Room’s birthday month, they turned out in force each Monday in May to celebrate its lasting impact on the city by stepping behind the bar and mixing up their own versions of classic 1950’s cocktails.
On Monday, May 26, the festivities culminated with a mid-century-inspired 60th Anniversary Memorial Day celebration from 4-7 p.m. Guest bartenders Sue Erikson of Fireside, Brandon Wise of Imperial, Mindy Kucan of Hale Pele and Alan Akwai of Raven and Rose who all hopped behind the bar and mix up retro cocktails. Chef Mark Hosak of Hotel deLuxe created a tantalizing menu featuring modern versions of 1950’s cocktail party fare including Swedish meatballs, pigs in a blanket, crudite with spinach dip and deviled eggs. Swinging cocktail time tunes, classic cars organized by Reid Trummel, chairman of the Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Rally, were on display in front of the hotel and models outfitted in period-correct fashion from Xtabay completed the scene. Guests were encouraged to wear their best 1950’s cocktail garb.
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