Posted December 2, 2013

Cheers to Highball

Eat + Drink BOS

Highball. What a great word. It conjures up all kinds of images of “Mad Men”–style swank and swagger, with a touch of devil-may-care lust for life (“yeah, so I just lost the Lucky Strike account. Bartender, gimme a highball!”).

But what exactly goes into a highball? Well, in the case of our new Highball Lounge at the Nine Zero Hotel in Boston, it’s a lot of passion and creativity, plus a generous helping of sophistication.

Located just steps away from historic Boston Common, Highball embraces a vintage vibe with tufted Chesterfield sofas, antique cocktail tables, iconic Tolix stools and reclaimed wood walls. Yeah, you’ll definitely want a highball here.

And there are plenty to choose from on lead bartender Shaher Misif’s finely curated beverage menu. Misif is a veteran of San Francisco’s cutting-edge cocktail scene and his list is filled with drinks that look both forward and backward (careful, they might make you cross-eyed). You’ll find riffs on classic highballs like the Zazarac with rye whiskey, absinthe and soda, or the Burro Loco with mezcal, pineapple-serrano syrup and ginger beer.

And don’t think for a minute we’d ply you with liquor and then not feed you. Consulting Chef Ken Oringer and Highball Executive Chef Peter Hagerty have devised a small-plate lineup that rambles from soul to Seoul (hello, tater tot nachos and Korean fried chicken nuggets).

Then topping it all off is resident groovemeister DJ Kupah, who spins nightly, providing the perfect soundtrack to the laidback Highball atmosphere. As a DJ, motivational speaker and fitness instructor, Kupa’s a bit of a story himself; check it out here.

So while it’s true sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name (hey, give us a minute — we just opened), you can count on Highball as a sweet spot to hang out, unwind and chill, even if you just lost the Lucky Strike account. Cheers.

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