The Club, Main Dining Room, Birmingham ALWednesday, February 21, 2007
Yesterday I posted about the newer dining room at The Club, so I figured I would go ahead and show some pictures from the original part of the building - especially because this part of it is supposed to undergo a renovation in the next few months. To me...well, I love it just as it is because it is **retro perfection**.
Really - retro perfection. Out-of-date in all the very best ways.
The View (that post is permalinked here), is contemporary and sleek - but this other side - the original side - just has......mmmm........personality.
It's older couples in evening wear (on crowded Friday and Saturday nights, the older women especially wear beautiful sequined and rhinestoned gowns). There's ballroom dancing - I love it when couples who have obviously had lessons get out there and really show off. Honestly, I'm not wild about the food in the main dining room - The View is much, much better - but Av and I go anyway just to watch the dancing!
This room, below, is called the "gold room" - there's a nice lady there that plays the piano, and people congregate there before supper to have cocktails.
See in the pic above, the cage in the back right part of the room? Inside is a white bird:
In the walkway between the gold room and the main bar are a couple of old-style phone booths. I am *in love* with the door hardware - a silver phone handset:
This is *such* a pretty lit wall - it's behind the bar:
...and this is the dance floor in the main dining room. It inspired John Badham (who is from B'ham) to include a lit dance floor in the movie 'Saturday Night Fever'! How neat is that!?
In the foyer, there's a John Badham-signed movie poster that shows John Travolta dancing on the lit floor in SNF.
Here's another pic that I took a couple of months ago when we had supper there. In this picture the band is in a break and there's noone on the dance floor so you can see it really well. I love it!