Bryan Ames, bar director at The Service provider Kitchen & Drinks, first found the Overseas Correspondents Membership throughout a six-month journey across the globe, when he and his accomplice wandered into the three-story bar and restaurant in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Identified to locals as “the F,” the establishment was based by expats in 1993 on the finish of the Cambodian-Vietnamese battle, and nonetheless serves as a spot the place locals and vacationers can seize a cocktail and speak about their travels.
Now, Ames is hoping to recreate the convivial ambiance and world flavors he present in Cambodia at his new pop-up bar in downtown Boston.
The Overseas Correspondents Membership — Ames is utilizing the unique bar’s identify — is scheduled to open on the finish of July within the non-public eating room house under The Service provider in Downtown Crossing. The bar will first function as a pop-up, Ames stated, and can quickly shut in mid-fall earlier than reopening as a everlasting bar in 2020.
When it opens, visitors will test in at The Service provider’s host stand, the place they are going to obtain a postcard earlier than being led downstairs to the bar.
“The entire vibe down there may be one which’s aged, a little bit worn, scavenged,” stated Ames. “What I wished it to really feel like was this vibe of touring again within the 40s and 50s. It was a little bit rougher, dirtier, tougher.”
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A world map will cling behind the bar, and the pale mustard yellow partitions will give the downstairs den a lived-in look, but it surely’s the cocktails Ames hopes will actually give it the texture of a traveler’s paradise. Components will draw from Japan, Mexico, South America, and the Center East, with cocktails just like the Konbini made with inexperienced tea shōchū, lemon, white miso, Japanese knotweed honey, and matcha powder. The Manila Flip will function Don Papa rum, tamarind liqueur, coconut water, curry powder, and egg white, whereas Tales From a Slender Nation pays homage to Peru with pisco, camu camu syrup, lemon, and quinoa broth. Ames stated that he’s additionally excited to work with raicilla, which he described as “Mexican moonshine.”
An imported beer and two Hungarian wines (pink and white) can even debut on the menu when the pop-up opens.
Ames stated that Overseas Correspondents Membership is on observe to open in two or three weeks; when it does, it can additionally function small bites from Ignacio Lopez, The Service provider’s head chef, that visitors can share whereas speaking about their newest adventures.
“What I actually wished to do was create a spot that encourages interplay,” Ames stated. “I wished to create an area the place individuals can focus on their travels.”
Overseas Correspondents Membership; 60 Franklin St., Boston; opening in late July
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