The Bluebird Cocktail Room opened quietly in Hampden at the end of July. I’m not one to turn down a well made cocktail so when some of my other blogger/Instagram friends invited me to join them for happy hour I was quick to say yes. Bluebird has been generating a lot of buzz lately so I was excited to check the space out.
Because I was with a group of bloggers, we all ended up trying each others drinks and sampling a large portion of the menu. I’ve also included images of the drinks and dishes that I didn’t try at the bottom of this post. First up was the Mint Julep. This was very sweet but not overpowering. I’m not really much of a bourbon drinker so this helped temper the strong taste that I’m usually so adverse to.
My favorite drink of the evening was the Mrs. Dalloway – vodka, pamplemousse liqueur, elderflower liqueur, lime, and cucumber made this drink so refreshing. I ended up ordering a second one later in the evening.
The other drink I had the opportunity to try was the Hemingway Special Daiquiri. I was anticipating your standard slushy-rum drink but this was exquisite. This daiquiri was made with Rhum agricole (cane rum), maraschino liquer, lime, grapefruit, and sugar over crushed ice. On a warm day, this drink was incredibly refreshing
In addition to great cocktails, The Bluebird Cocktail Room also has great small plates. We started with an order of French Fries. They were very straightforward – thin and crispy, just how I like them. They were topped with parmesan cheese and served with a side of truffle aioli – yum!
I also tried the Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms which I can’t turn down whenever I see them on a menu. The blossoms were lightly fried, but the real MVP of the dish was the red pepper garlic coulis. It was creamy and packed with flavor.
The last dish I tried was the Yellow Lentil Hummus. The hummus was topped with a drizzle of harrissa oil which added a nice kick. The dish overall was so creamy and bright, it was a perfect accompaniment to delicious cocktails.
While these were all the dishes that I tried, I’ve also included images below of the delicious things my friends enjoyed.
The Pig Island – pineapple rum, dark rum, pineapple, spiced bacon syrup, falernum, house grenadine
A Secret Love – lemongrass vodka, honey, black ankle vineyards verjus
Gin Rickey – gin, lime, soda
Lamb Meatballs – Middle Eastern spices, pine nuts, raisins, tomato, yogurt sauce.
The Handsome Devil – honey gin, wild flower honey, amaro, and activated charcoal
Absinthe Drip – absinthe, sugar, water
Charcuterie Plate – housemade meats, seasonal jam, pickles, rustic bread
The Bluebird Cocktail Room is located at 3602 Hickory Avenue, Hampden
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Categories: American Food, Date Night, Hampden/Remington, Small Plates