With its lost generation-inspired décor, mixologist-crafted drinks and shelf of vintage cocktail recipe books, the Traveller Bar invites you to go back to a time when the booze was illicit, the bars were hidden and the parties were wilder.
But your opportunity to live the bootlegger lifestyle is limited; the unique pop-up bar, which debuted at the Loews Boston Hotel on July 12, is only staying at the Hub until August 4.
It’s doubtful you’ll leave the Traveller Bar thirsty, with unique cocktails and a full list of beers and wines. The pop-up bar is touring around Loews Hotels across the country, and eight cocktails from its complete menu of 32 mixologist-designed beverages were chosen for Boston. Highlights include the Fedora, a mix of Remy Martin 1738 cognac, cointreau, Mount Gay Black Barrel rum, Basil Hayden’s bourbon and lemon oil; and the Revolving Door door, which keeps it simple with Old Overholt rye whiskey, lemon juice and maple syrup. Guests can also sip on bottled and draft beers, hard cider and a large selection of red, white, rosé and sparkling wines.
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While the Traveller Bar is a contemporary creation, its aesthetic captures the spirit of the roaring twenties. The bar was assembled from an old elevator car and features an antique cash register and metal mesh walls lined with shelves of bottles and books. The 50 volumes are not just decoration, but vintage cocktail recipe books from the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Notably, the Traveller Bar includes a first edition of the oldest ever cocktail recipe book, “The Bar-Tender’s Guide” published in 1862, which sells for about $8000 in today’s market. The pop-up bar also has an intimate feel, with four leather bar stools and a zinc countertop.
Mark Weiss, senior vice president of food and beverage at Loews Hotels, said in a statment that the bar is all about giving cocktail enthusiasts a new kind of drinking experience.
"Our ultimate goal is to shake up the modern day drinking culture and honor the industry's talented and artisanal beverage artists,” says Weiss.
If you go:
Now through August 4, Tuesday-Friday 4 p.m.-8 p., Lowes Boston Hotel, 154 Berkeley St., Boston, thetravellerbar.com