Boston, MA– Boston Public Library in Copley Square quietly opened its Map Room Tea Lounge to the public yesterday afternoon, the Boston Globe reports. The new bar has created a tea-inspired cocktail menu with the help of Nem Tea, based in North Cambridge, and Martignette, a New England wine and spirits distributor. The menu consists of alcoholic tea concoctions named after literary classics. The Map Room Tea Lounge plans to have their grand opening on May 21st.
Here’s a sneak peek at three of the drinks on offer, each for $12:
Tequila Mockingbird: made with blood orange hibiscus tea-infused tequila
Dorian Gray: made with vodka and blue flower earl gray tea
Catcher in the Rye: made with rum and apple berry tea-infused rye
The Map Room Tea Lounge will also offer small bites. Chefs for the library's tea and food service, Dan Martin and Kathi Wagoner, have put together a menu of desserts, cheeses, charcuterie boards, and an assortment of tartines, with salmon, duck confit, and white bean options.
Weekly events will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays. “Wisdom Wednesday” will allow visitors to enjoy their drinks while listening to tea readings. “Treble Thursdays” will provide visitors the opportunity to listen to local musicians.
Though the bar is not going to operate during late-night hours like a typical bar, it will be open from 3:00 pm until 8:45 pm on Wednesday and Thursday for people to stop by to get an after-work drink. 24 tabletop seats are available for reservations, while the 10 bar stools are first-come, first-served.
Boston.com reported on another new development at the BPL: the rebranding of the Courtyard Restaurant as the Courtyard Tea Room. The Courtyard Tea Room will be releasing a new food menu in the spring, along with cocktails from the Map Room’s drink menu. The overall look of the restaurant will be updated, too.
Ryan Clarke, the conference and marketing coordinator for The Catered Affair, the group that runs the library's food services, stated, “The Courtyard Tea Room is white linen, very elegant, very classic, but the Map Room is more exposed brick, with warmer tones and a rustic vibe.” Clarke added that the goal behind both changes was to draw in a younger crowd.
The Map Room Tea Lounge is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00pm-8:45pm; on Friday and Saturday from 11:30am-4:45pm; and on Sunday from 1:00pm -4:45pm. Menus can be found at https://www.librarytea.com/maproom.
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