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Pop Culture Martini
MATCH
94 Mass. Ave., Boston
617-247-9922.
www.matchbackbay.com
Hours: 5 p.m. - 1 a.m. daily
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Match

Comfort food has become increasingly posh, while martinis have grown as mainstream as beer and microwave popcorn. It was only a matter of time before the two bumped into each other — but who would have guessed that they’d be cavorting on upper Mass. Ave. in such swank surroundings?

Match, a newly opened burger and martini bar near the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Newbury Street, is a close approximation of an unholy union between White Castle and Whiskey Park. The space is a stunning study in rectangles and amber. The restaurant, which once housed the unfortunate Blue Cat Cafe, is all dark wood bathed in shades of bachelor-pad orange. A throbbing soundtrack of cool electronic music only accentuates the fact that Match feels eerily similar to a visit to New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. True to its tagline, the menu is dominated by martinis and miniature hamburgers, both imaginatively conceived. There are 10 varieties of martinis, and 10 types of burgers. For romantics, the idea is that for each burger, there is a perfect martini match. The Pop Culture ($10.50), perhaps the guiltiest pleasure ever poured into a glass, is a martini made with strawberry vodka, Bacardi Coco, cranberry and pineapple juices, served in a glass rimmed with Pop Rocks. The mini burgers (prices range from $4.75 to $8) are available in varieties such as lamb, tuna, lobster, and, yes, beef. Plan on ordering a pair of burgers and a side of onion rings to walk away feeling fulfilled.

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