Tell the cute bob-haired blonde in the tutu that youave seen the 1954 film noir that is this baras namesake, and maybe sheall bat her hipster eyes your way. Thereas a different act or DJ almost every night in the back room (a former movie screening lounge), so talk to the manager if youare a DJ, dancer, reader, rock-star-wanna-be or just need a place to hold a birthday party. Drinks are reasonable (vodka Red Bull, $5), and seats usually available.
Every Friday night brings Trash! to RIFIFI, flocked to by citywide Britpop and '80s lovers. Vintage Morrissey footage flickers on the screen of this former movie house while the dancefloor grooves to sounds from Depeche Mode, the Cure, and (of course) the Smiths. Like a high school dance party but less inhibited, the scene is abetted by frequent two-for-one drink specials. (On Saturday nights, a slightly older though no less enthusiastic crowd gathers for northern soul.) Best of all: no cover. More »