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On The Town: #DuckieRose at Highball Lounge

IMG_4873If you haven’t been to Highball Lounge yet – you should! Tucked inside the Nine Zero Hotel (a Kimpton property) on Tremont Street, Highball Lounge is the perfect mix of upscale and good old fashioned fun. The interior is upscale yet cozy, with modern features and a mix of classic games like Jenga, Connect Four, Uno and Twister. The theme also extends to the food and drink menus, from classic highball cocktails, to the adorable #DuckieRose, a blended wine cocktail which comes complete with a mini rubber duckie! If you’re feeling especially naughty, try the tater tot nachos. They are just as delicious and decadent as they sound!

Highball Lounge is located at 90 Tremont Street in Boston, MA.


Travel: The Kensington Hotel in London

Entrance to the hotel

Entrance to the hotel

Following an incredible time in Paris, I spent five days in London. London is my favorite city in the world and I cherish every opportunity to spend time there. On this trip, I stayed at The Kensington Hotel, which is part of the Doyle Collection, in South Kensington. From  the incredibly cozy lounge bar, to the charming Christmas decor and comfortable rooms, the hotel more than delivered. Here’s a peek inside.

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On the Town: A Fabulous 29th Birthday at 28 Degrees

Photo Courtesy of 28 Degrees

Sometimes you don’t find the right birthday party venue, it finds you. Case and point with my 29th birthday celebration last month. I had what I thought was the perfect birthday celebration planned. A nice little soiree at The Beehive. I imagined being surrounded by friends savoring Beehive Juleps, live jazz and good conversation.

The reality? The Beehive is typically all of these things – and then some (do try the mussels for dinner sometime). Unfortunately, on the night of my birthday it was overcrowded with a long line outside on a very chilly night. Add in an unsympathetic door man and frozen friends and you have a not so happy birthday girl.

The solution? 28 Degrees! One phone call to 28 Degrees to confirm that there was no line or wait, and I was whisking my friends down the street. Inside, we found great music, delicious cocktails and plenty of space to command. C’est magnifique! In the end, I got exactly what I had wanted and then some. I couldn’t imagine a better venue to host a birthday party at than 28 Degrees.

The moral of the story? If you’ve got a large group gathering, don’t waste your time on a bar that has the potential to be overcrowded. Look for a venue that’s easy to get into with good music, good drinks and plenty of space to hang. I know I will from now on!

28 Degrees is located at 1 Appleton Street in Boston’s South End. 


Au Revior, Foundation Lounge

When local nightclub Foundation Lounge closed on Saturday, April 17, it was not without its controversy.  According to a statement on the Foundation Lounge’s website, the Kenmore Square hotspot’s demise is attributed to being, “A victim of its own popularity and success.”

Adding fuel to the fire, the Boston Herald’s Inside Track is reporting that owner George Lewis, Jr. tried to take a jab at the closure by parking a hearse outside of the Foundation Lounge for the “last rites,” event over the weekend.  Apparently the setup for the Boston Marathon put the kabosh on those plans.

Controversy aside, I know that many Bostonians will be sad to see the Foundation Lounge close.  Stylish with a modern interior, an excellent weekend DJ and a tiny street-level patio on Comm. Ave., I’ve enjoyed quite a few fun nights there.  Though the closure has already occurred, let’s hope that Foundation Lounge is replaced with another chic lounge, or restaurant with a great bar scene like neighbor Eastern Standard.