Art openings that don't think their patrons are in it for the booze are fooling themselves -- why, they might as well call themselves bar-t openings. Not calling themselves that, but still garnishing their art with a twist of hooch, Dada Bar.
Named for the rebelliously nonsensical movement (and as a nod to the Taplin family collection lent to the Sagamore), Dada's a tiny bar done entirely in white (including leather banquettes and cube-like tables encrusted w/ pearlescent marbles), whose walls are tiled in screens casting images against a bar-backing 13ft-tall mirror -- all in all, a pinball machine of digital art. Furthering the culture, the music's overseen by a Grammy-winning producer (JLo, etc) who promises to spin tunes you've never heard on the radio (so no JLo, etc) through an audacious sound system designed for much bigger spaces, dubbed the Dynacord Cobra-2 -- sadly, as close to a sequel as Cobra will ever get. Bottle service can be had, but tables are for anyone who wanders in; booze includes magnums of both champagne and vodka, plus specialty drinks like the Chilean Passion Fruit: vodka, passion fruit liqueur & puree, and muddled jalapeños (so you know it's manly). Rustic Italian grub can be ordered from the Sagamore's Whitehall Restaurant, e.g., a big bowl of seafood soup (mussels, clams, shrimp, octopus, lobster); filet mignon with Parmesan fonduta, and desserts like crispy cannolis with an almond-Frangelico dip -- because cannolis who think you're not in it for the booze are also fooling themselves.
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