This Olympic pop-up bar in Cambridge feels like a luxe ski lodge

Order pork belly steam buns and drink cocktails like the Alpine Slide.

Chalet Marlowe cocktails. Chalet Marlowe cocktails

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Most of us can’t travel to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But an Olympic pop-up bar in Cambridge aims to transport you there at least in spirit.

The Kimpton Marlowe Hotel and Bambara Kitchen & Bar is hosting Chalet Marlowe, an Olympic pop-up bar located in the hotel’s lobby (yes, the same spot that transformed into a Christmas bar during the holiday season). In the spirit of the Olympics, the bar has been made over to feel like a luxury ski lodge and will remain open through Feb. 28, three days after the Olympics closing ceremonies.

The Olympic pop-up bar at Bambara Restaurant & Bar at Kimpton Hotel Marlowe

The Olympic pop-up bar at the Bambara Restaurant & Bar at Kimpton Hotel Marlowe.


At Chalet Marlowe, you can mingle beneath walls decorated with animal heads, antler wreaths, and ski trail signs, and sip drinks on couches decorated with faux fur throws and chairs with backs shaped like skis. You can cheer on your favorite figure skater or snowboarder on a big-screen TV brought in especially for the occasion. And if you’re motivated to hit the slopes yourself this winter, you can enter a raffle to win lift tickets to Stratton Mountain in Vermont.

As a nod to South Korea, Chef David Bazirgan’s Olympic pop-up menu includes pork belly steam buns with kimchi and spiced peanuts, fried calamari with Korean miso aoili, and Gochuchang-glazed short rib lettuce wraps.

You can drink cocktails with names like Alpine Slide, Train to Busan, Canadian Tux, English Cup, Mexico vs. USA, China vs. Russia, and Germany vs. The Netherlands. Every Thursday through Monday, you can do shots of Fernet Branca or Branca Menta from an ice luge.

Cocktails sit on a ski at Chalet Marlowe.

Cocktails sit on a ski at Chalet Marlowe.

This Friday, the pop-up bar will host an Opening Ceremony Kick-Off Party from 5 to 11 p.m. Eat a la carte appetizers, including double-fried chicken wings with a spicy soy glaze, pork and kimchi dumplings, chicken rice porridge, and chewy Korean rice cakes made by guest chef Danny Lee of Chiko, a restaurant that serves modern Chinese and Korean cuisine, and Mandu, which serves homestyle Korean fare, both located in Washington, D.C.


25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily;