Established in 2009, The Righteous Room is a local bar and cocktail lounge that served a prominent role in the re-establishment of downtown Cincinnati’s thriving entertainment district. Located across from the Aronoff Center for the Arts, The Righteous Room caters to a young professional crowd including patrons of the arts, the after dinner crowd, and the service industry workers from the neighboring restaurants.
The Righteous Room’s intimate, cool setting is brought to life with the artwork of local artists Shawna Guip and Pall Coors, as well as David Ellis of New York. Enter the main bar area for a warm and cozy aesthetic, or escape to the back into the 700 square foot open-air lounge and listen to some of the hottest guest DJs from all over the U.S.
We sat down with Brian Delehanty and Michael Blum, the dynamic duo behind the management of The Righteous Room for a lighthearted Q&A session.
What is your position at The Righteous Room and how long have you worked here?
B: “I am the General Manager at The Righteous Room, and I’ve been with 4EG for about a year.”
M: “I am the Assistant General Manager at The Righteous Room. I’ve been with 4EG for four years…and if you have a problem, bother Brian. He loves it.”
If you weren’t in the bar industry, what would your dream job be?
B: “I would love to have a show on the Food Network.”
M: “I would want to be the star of a TV show similar to “Man vs. Food.”
Personally, what is your favorite alcoholic beverage to drink?
B: “I like to stick with the classics; I’m a huge beer drinker. You can find me sipping on Stella or a Corona.”
M: “I prefer something a little stronger, usually just a Tito’s on the rocks.”
Which drink on the menu at The Righteous Room would you recommend to a customer?
B: “I would recommend “A Good Thyme” – Four Roses Bourbon, fresh lemon juice, muddled thyme, and honey simple syrup.”
M: “I’d say the “Tito’s Strawberry Mule” – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, strawberry puree, topped with ginger beer.”
If you could have a drink with anyone in the whole world, who would it be?
B: “I would have to go with Kid Rock.”
M: “I would like to have a drink with George Bush, hes an interesting guy and his new-found paintings skills are stellar.”
What do you like to do when you aren’t manning the house at The Righteous Room?
B: “In my free time I enjoy traveling. Being a native Canadian, my favorite place I have ever been to is Banff, Canada.”
M: “All of my free time is basically spent fishing and finding new places places to fish. I’m also always watching The Office on Netlflix.
And finally, and hidden talents or fun facts that you guys would like to share with us?
B: “Mean Girls is actually my favorite movie.”
M: “I may or may not be able to tie a cherry stem with my tongue.”