Ingredients: Spiced rum, muddled blueberries, ginger and lemon simple syrup, ginger beer
Taste: “It’s got a little kick and a little bite to it,” says the Social Register’s beverage director, Dan Bacigalupo, who wanted to add a punch to his take on a Dark ’n’ Stormy by throwing in extra ginger.
Pair it with: One of Bacigalupo’s favorite shareable plates, like edamame dumplings ($9) or crabcake sliders ($14), whipped up by chef Sean McCabe.
Namesake: Brought to you by the team behind the Brahmin, the month-old Social Register sits on the ground floor of the Aloft Boston Seaport hotel and is named after the directory of “the one percent of the one percent” that’s been in circulation since 1890. Says Bacigalupo, “[We want to] give that feeling to everybody from all walks of life.” That spirit carries onto the cocktail menu with tipples titled after prominent American families. See: a take on a raspberry lime rickey given the Thorndike name and a watermelon martini dubbed after the Whipple family.
Atmosphere: Guests are greeted by a giant black-and-white mural flecked with a gaggle of ’20s gals to evoke the moment “when you walked into a gin joint and all the celebrities were there,” Bacigalupo says. Tufted couches, high-tops and two bars—one copper-topped, the other covered in pennies—fill the 7,000-square-foot industrial space that leads to another 50 seats on the patio. The speakeasy vibe even extends to the delivery of the bill, presented in a hollowed book that one may have used to stash cash or a pistol.
The Social Register 401 D St., Boston (857-496-4104) socialregisterboston.com