Friday, January 6, 2012

Happiest Hour: The Elbow Room Sports Bar & Grill

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 3:39 PM

We are stoked to spend this week's celebration of local watering holes playing Big Buck Hunter inside the Elbow Room's sprawling new digs.

Ambiance: Polished wood walls give the new Elbow Room a homey feel, almost as if you’re in a friend’s living room. It is, however, a hi-tech hangout. The sports bar’s walls are dotted with 57 televisions and framed team jerseys—the Red Sox reign supreme here. “If you’re a Yankees fan, plan to pay double,” says Elbow Room owner Josh Paffhausen. “Or we’ll burn the food, either one.”

What you’re drinking: The tavern offers a full bar and wide variety of cocktail selections. Our favorites are the Red Sox themed drinks, including “The Big Papi,” named after David Ortiz, who holds the Red Sox’s regular season homerun record. For $5, it comes with Absolut Citron Vodka, peach schnapps and cranberry and pineapple juices. Or there’s the “Green Monster.” It’s named after Fenway Park’s 37-foot-high left field, the highest left field wall in the major league. That comes with Absolut Vodka, sweet and sour mix and Sprite. The Elbow Room also serves frosty 20-ounce and 32-ounce schooners of beer.

What you’re doing: Playing on one of two shuffleboard tables, honing your skill on Big Buck Hunter or reliving the past while playing old-school Atari Centipede. The Elbow Room also hosts gambling and live music. Paffhausen aims to start luring national touring acts to the Elbow Room’s Crimson Events Center in the coming months.

What you’re eating: Pasties, appetizers and burgers along with soups and salads from a new menu.


Happiest Hour specials: The Elbow Room sells two for one well drinks, house wine and domestic and bottled beer between 5 and 6 p.m. every day. Ask your bartender about Ladies Night specials on Thursdays.

How to find it: 1855 Stephens Ave. at Kensington.

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