Bar: Baby Boy
Location: 1121 North Second Street
Eats/drinks: Craft cocktails
Open: About a month
Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and. Saturday, and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday
As of about a month ago, there's a new cocktail bar at The Pemberton, the outdoor funporium located at the historic Pemberton House, just off Roosevelt Row.
It's called Baby Boy, and it was founded by Colton Brock (Ladera Taverna y Cocina), Tyka Cheng (UnderTow, Gallo Blanco, Jobot), and John Sagasta (Jobot’s owner). It's housed in an Airstream trailer hidden among some infant oleander bushes along Portland Street, and it's sort of hard to find; you have to meander through the lively, loud, vaguely dreamlike paths that course through the Pemberton's grounds. (Or you can just ask somebody where the hell it is.)
Ideally, you're already buzzed and willing to spend some money.
The menu is a mix of signature cocktails, wine coolers, and frozen drinks. We went for the Mojito ($12), Blue Hawaiian ($13), and the Oaxacolada ($14). Each drink is theatrically made, and topped with bright, fresh fruit you will definitely want to eat.
So, yeah: If you’re picking up the first round, be prepared to fork over some cash.
The drinks are ... sugary. They are very sweet. One member of our party bailed, both on the Mojito and the party, to go find a beer. Another took a few minutes to get used to the Blue Hawaiian (predicting a stomachache all the while) but then finished it within minutes. Turns out there was a Starbucks-level amount of ice in that cup.
Our verdict on Baby Boy: Thank goodness it has an excellent atmosphere.