The Boom Boom Room located on Yale is one of just a few bars in the Heights. Nestled just inside the loop between 25th and 26th you might not even notice the place if you weren't looking for it. But the place caught my eye while driving by in the afternoon and I made note of it because of the previously mentioned scarcity of watering holes in the "dry" Heights.
I mentioned the place to my wife and she said she had heard of it. A wine bar, she thought. One of her girlfriends had been there with a couple of other gals.
The bar is literally one turn from the house. When I suggested we try the place I met no major objections, so off we went.
I have to say I like the place. One visit, but there were some things that encourage me to try the place a second time.
On the plus side, the place was clean and seemed pretty well kept. The bartender, Kathy, was friendly and very attentive. The wine list was extensive. Something for everyone and well priced. The restroom was very clean. The music was classy and eclectic. (It was a soundtrack, but there is live music on weekends) The candles were all lit although the tables were not in use. A lot of little things that stick out as victories. Things that often fall through the cracks, especially in a small place with such sporadic traffic.
I say sporadic traffic because during the entire two hours we were there (7pm-9pm) only one other patron entered the place. And he left without ordering anything. This is the same thing that my wife's girlfriend had reported. The place was empty. Which, frankly, is odd for a place that has been open for two plus years.
The only negative for us was the intoxicated off-duty bartender who came and went during our visit. Not unfriendly, but loud.
Overall, I'd say give The Boom Boom Room a try. The place is clean and comfortable. The prices are right and there is plenty to choose from. As for why the place doesn't seem to generate a larger crowd, well it could be an "after dinner" stop or a "weekend" spot?
We'll drop by at a more conspicuous hour and see what turns up. And I'll get back to you with more.
Our Second Visit
I am pleased to say that our second visit reinforced our positive impressions. Kathy was again behind the bar. She remembered us. It was after dinner and the place had a few more guests, which added the energy that was lacking on our first visit. It definitely felt like more the neighborhood wine bar that we envisioned when we first visited.
I'd say try the St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc. A great buy for $40. And enjoy some quiet conversation with a friend.