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Shore Leave Summer Camp
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Relive your summer camp days at Shore Leave's new pop-up

There'll be Bug Juice, a talent show and hopefully hand games.

Olivia Vanni
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Olivia Vanni

Attention all campers, please report to Shore Leave for its super nostalgic, summer camp-themed pop-up.

The Harrison Ave spot, which typically serves as a tropical oasis within the otherwise bustling South End, is doubling down on those vacation vibes and letting us relive the summers of our youth for the next couple of months. With the launch of Camp Shore Leave, the local bar and restaurant will be introducing a menu of elevated canteen fare and seasonal cocktails, as well as a whole itinerary of events so sentimental that you’ll be packing your duffle bag and dreaming of color wars.

As with any camp, this pop-up will kick off with Camp Orientation on June 23, where you can get ready to gather on the patio and meet new summer pals… and maybe some potential bunkmates? Each evening, this place will be letting guests sit down for arts and crafts—yes, you can and definitely should make friendship bracelets—playing table games and coed mingling. 

It wouldn’t be camp without sneaking in some contraband, which will now be totally legal because we’re all adults. Amongst the offered beverages will be a new cocktail called Bug Juice, whose menu description simply reads, “Who knows what's in it, but it hits the spot after the ropes course. We JUST SAID who knows!” This mystery mixture is served from a neon Igloo cooler for added authenticity.

Camp Shore Leave’s activities coordinator really put in the work, with the pop-up packing in a number of events fit for reminiscing. There will be a Counselor Kegger taking place the last Sunday of each month, when kegs will be tapped and enjoyed alongside classic camp bites, like $2 steamed hot dogs. Start practicing for the "Camp Talent Show on July 15, when you can try to impress your camp crush by absolutely killing it at karaoke. And dust off those scrunchies and cargo pants for the summer farewell party on August 20, which will include a 90s-themed dance and drag show co-hosted by DJ Kirbie Fully Loaded.

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