In the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York’s awaits Record Room—a nostalgic journey back to the 1950s. The bar and lounge, conceived by ex-NFL player Aaron Weaver, is a carefully curated space that exudes the charm and style of decades past.
From the street, a façade of tessellated concrete tiles, warm wood paneling, and soft blue wood tones sets the stage for what’s to come. The interior design was envisioned by Record Room partner and designer Julien Albertini, the cofounder of New York- and Miami-based Asthetíque Group.
Upon arrival, visitors enter Cafe by RR, which mimics a classic ’50s café. A cozy and inviting ambience is achieved here through retro furnishings, checkered floor tiles, and a color palette that evokes a sense of nostalgia.
A discreet door then leads to a passageway adorned with a display of vinyl records, akin to a local record shop.
Once inside the hidden lounge, guests are transported to an earlier time. Record Room is bedecked with plush velvet curtains, a mix of custom furnishings, and nostalgic photographs and artwork. A large red neon sign hangs a DJ booth,where vinyl records—spanning different genres and eras—are curated and played, and custom speakers flank the booth to round out the space.