Books, Booze & The Bluebird

11:48 AM

A new cocktail bar has open up that is definitely destined to be my new favorite watering hole. My good friend Emily suggested The Bluebird Cocktail Room in Hampden as a meeting spot for us to discuss a super secret collaborative book related project (watch this space for details). Created by former Woodberry Kitchen and Blue Pit bartenders it is a literary-themed bar found on the third floor of what I always joked was a former American Legion Hall. If you've ever been in De Kleine Duivel, located below it, you'll know what I mean.

The bar finds it's name in a Charles Bukowski poem : There’s a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I pour whiskey on him and inhale cigarette smoke.... which depressing visual aside is a rather apt reference for a bar. With cocktails that are nods to authors - a mint julep for William Faulkner, a gin rickey for F. Scott Fitzgerald - how could I not wander into The Bluebird! A bit hidden from view, which to me adds to the charm, immediately when walking in you feel as if you have stepped back in time.

Emily and I arrived around 5pm right as they were opening up for the evening so we were the first few in greeted by jazz music and European decor. The space itself is massive with navy blue walls, plush mustard yellow corner lounges along the window walls and around a fireplace. At the center are large communal tables and along the windowless wall is a long bar with mirrors, books, and plenty of liquor. Decorated with greenery and gorgeous chandeliers the massive windows lets gorgeous natural light fill the space. In the evening as it gets dark the lights are dimmed and candles add a moody glow to the bar. 

We took full advantage of our options, I tried the Pimm's Cup and the Jack Rose and Emily had the Mint Julip and A Secret Love. All our drinks were delicious and extra boozy. We also indulged in some snacks, trying their frites and lamb meatballs, both were wonderful. Food wise they focus on small snacks or appetizers but I did notice they have a sandwich of the day with frites for $11 which I am definitely getting next time. 

A few of my favorite details were the old school library lamps found at the center of the communal tables and the fact that one of the bartenders informed me that each season he plans to slip in at least one The Smiths reference onto the menu. I'm a huge Smiths fan and spotted the first one right a way, a cocktail named Handsome Devil with a song lyric from it quoted below it "there's more to life than books you know but not much more..." How appropriate.

Excellent service, gorgeous space, fantastic drinks.... yes I think you'll be finding me at The Bluebird very, very often. 

Follow my friend Emily along on Instagram as she shares her adventures through BmoreExplorative.
The Bluebird Cocktail Room
3600 Hickory Ave. Third Floor
Baltimore, MD 21211
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  1. This place looks amazing! I need to go! I love anything literary so this place makes me happy already. :)

    1. It's so so beautiful. The dreamiest spot in Hampden hands down. xx

  2. Went here on Friday and I'm obsessed with it!

    1. I've been there so much I feel like I should just move in! I can figure out a way to make a bed out of those yellow booths. haha xx