American Food

Hampden: The Bluebird Cocktail Room

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.


The Bluebird Cocktail Room

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.


Mint Julep

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.


Mrs. Dalloway

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


Hemingway Special Daiquiri

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!


French Fries

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.


Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

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.


Yellow Lentil Hummus

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


The Pig Island

A Secret Love – lemongrass vodka, honey, black ankle vineyards verjus


A Secret Love

Gin Rickey – gin, lime, soda


Gin Rickey

Lamb Meatballs – Middle Eastern spices, pine nuts, raisins, tomato, yogurt sauce.


Lamb Meatballs

The Handsome Devil – honey gin, wild flower honey, amaro, and activated charcoal


The Handsome Devil

Absinthe Drip – absinthe, sugar, water


Absinthe Drip

Charcuterie Plate – housemade meats, seasonal jam, pickles, rustic bread


Charcuterie Plate

The Bluebird Cocktail Room is located at 3602 Hickory Avenue, Hampden

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The Bluebird Cocktail Room


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