The space formerly occupied by the Abbey Lounge in Somerville is now Trina’s Starlite Lounge, a homey Southern-flavored joint owned by Josh Childs (Silvertone co-owner) and Trina and Beau Sturm (City-Bar, Highland Kitchen). As befits the Abbey’s history, Trina’s has a vintage feel, with shiny wood floors, a lot of classic cocktails on the menu, and a crowd with “ironic hair” says yumyum.
So far the reviews on the food are mixed, and those cocktails are what hounds like best. Good orders include:
• Starlite: white rum, lemon, fizzy water, purple liqueur parfait amour
• The Gentleman: Buffalo Trace bourbon, Belle de Brillet pear liqueur, lemon juice—“Brilliant,” says gini
• Z’s Negroni: pink grapefruit–infused gin, Carpano Antica vermouth, the Campari-like liqueur Aperol
• The Alfa Sour: Something like a Pisco sour, made with grappa and sweet vermouth
To go with the drinks, order a burger and/or gravy fries. “The gravy is absurdly delicious and the perfect foil for what some would say are overly salted fries,” says gini, who also calls the meatloaf “above-average-diner good.”
The Abbey’s live music is a thing of the past. “They tried, but the neighbors fought back and wouldn’t let them,” says jgg13.
Trina’s Starlite Lounge [North of Boston]
3 Beacon Street, Somerville