By Kristine Barry
28 DEGREES is the new swanky lounge in the South End that makes you ask: Am I in Boston? 28 DEGREES rivals hot spots in New York City with its chic clientele, colorful cocktails, and whimsical dishes. Once you step inside the space, you are immediately taken aback by the cool and contemporary design. The space is filled with luxurious fabrics, sexy textures, rich woods, quirky graphics, and soulful music.
Once you get used to your new lavish surroundings, strut (in your Jimmy Choos, of course) to the bar for a fresh fruit drink served straight up by one of the surprisingly humble bartenders. 28 DEGREES has a never-ending list of delicious one-of-a-kind cocktails and wines. The frozen Bellinis have been a huge crowd favorite and were even rumored to be the drink of summer 2008. But the Blueberry Basil Martini alone is enough to make me return.
Accompanying the award-winning drinks is the delightful menu, which is a mirror image of the social setting and space. The menu offers a variety of cool, raw, brick-oven, hot, snack, and slider creations. The Caramelized Onion, Asiago Cheese, and Pesto Pizza was extremely delicious, but for fifteen dollars, I would rather stay with the drinks and grab a slice at the corner mart.
After sipping on a Lime Drop, I slipped into the highly regarded washroom and was once again taken away.
It sounds incredibly ridiculous, but this cocktail establishment has one of the most beautiful bathrooms. The ceiling can be described as psychedelic with water bubbles above glass panels, casting a rippling glow over the washroom with candles flickering in the walls.
28 DEGREES is going to be up for endless Best of Boston awards this year, so strut in there with your designer wallet to taste some of their delicious cocktails, munch on a few snacks, and most definitely people-watch.
Price: $$$...A bit expensive, but the cocktails were totally
Parking: Street and valet.
Attire: Can be casual or dressy as long as you look stylish.
Good for groups: Yes. They have areas for private parties,
separated by one of their chic curtains.
Wait: Unfortunately, there is usually a line to get in, so
get there early.
Takes reservations: Yes.
Good for: Light dinner and late night cocktails.
Music: In-house DJ and music videos at the perfect volume
between yelling and quiet conversation.
Best night: Sunday night is Bellini night and features a
Happy hour: No.
Coat check: Yes.