Maple & Ash Debuts Eight Bar

Have you ever dreamed of having a cocktail inspired by a Magic 8 Ball? Well dream no more, because Maple & Ash has taken the ultimate nostalgic curiosity and made it real, with the addition of their brand new Eight Bar & Patio. Debuting at the perfect time of year, the patio is not only a stellar new addition to an al fresco Mecca of a neighborhood, but a fun and unique option for those looking for a little whimsy with their dinner. Here’s everything you need to know about your favorite new Gold Coast haunt: 


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"Very Doubtful" at Eight Bar

The food menu reads like a hit list of comforting bar food, elevated by chef Danny Grant. Expect classic American dishes upgraded with opulent ingredients and masterful techniques, like an aptly dubbed “Epic Hot Dog,” bacon-wrapped and topped with caramelized onion, foie gras, black truffle and cognac mustard sauce. There’s an Eight Ball Sub sandwich with meatballs on a roll with giardiniera, arugula, green goddess dressing and a “spaghetti back.” There’s also a warm butter-drenched lobster roll with bibb lettuce, tarragon, Old Bay and chips. Maple & Ash’s downstairs burger is still present and accounted for as well, made with cheddar, pickles, red onion, Dijonnaise and fries. 


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Epic Hot Dog

The jewel of the Eight Bar, though, are the cocktails, all of which are inspired by the Magic 8 Ball. These include a drink called Outlook Looks Good, featuring Madeira, Carpano Antica, orange bitters, smoked ice cube and whiskey mist; the Ask Again Later with Green Chartreuse, Chareau, lemon mint verbena shrub, ginger beer and lime; and All Signs Point to Yes, with Russian Standard vodka, lime, ginger beer, housemade Fernet and mint. 

Along with the food and cocktails, partner and director of wine & service Belinda Chang is overseeing the wine list. 

Located on the firth floor of Maple & Ash, Eight Bar is now open Monday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. for the bar and from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. for the kitchen. There’s also a late-night menu that runs until midnight. 

- Matt Kirouac