Thursday night, the much anticipated Emerald Lounge opened at the new Revere Hotel in downtown Boston. Just as the name suggests, the space draws heavily upon its Wizard of Oz inspiration, with a glowing green bar and wall displays, as well as some twister-like metal sculptures winding their way through the room. Likewise the drink list even sports an Emerald Punch, with enough liquor in it to make you wish it was as easy as clicking your heels together to get home at the end of the evening. The Emerald Lounge now joins a cadre of Boston-area bars, restaurants, and lounges that draw inspiration from movies and TV shows. The most famous of which, Cheers, is actually still technically the Bull and Finch pub, as the establishment has to pay royalties to license the name of the TV show that drew its inspiration from the real Boston bar. In Brighton, there’s a diner called The Breakfast Club and in Brookline there is a restaurant known as the Regal Beagle, which happened to be the name of the bar the gang on “Three’s Company” used to hang out at.
The opening party for the Emerald Lounge saw a few famous faces amongst the the Boston glitterati, including Aubrey O’Day, most well-known for her stint with the girl group, Danity Kane, and seen most recently on “Celebrity Apprentice.” O’Day hung out with former Celtic Walter McCarty, and Julie Pierce, who just happens to be Paul Pierce’s wife. O’Day later made her way to the Garden to cheer the Celtics on during what ended up being a rather disappointing game 6 of the eastern conference finals against Miami. Other famous Celtic fan faces in the stands included actors Chris Tucker and Kenny Wormald. Though O’Day was born and raised on the west coast, she found her way into the Celtic fold after witnessing the Boston fans cheering so hard for their team. O’Day now has her own special superstitions, including wearing a special pair of underwear for each game.