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Serious Mix, Casual Fix

December 23, 2014
The Happiest Hour

After noticing that New York’s cocktail circuit was mostly comprised of polarising extremes – either super serious sipsters (like Copper and Oak) or cool, casual pubs (think the Rusty Knot) – Acme’s nightlife doyen Jon Neidich decided it was high time a bridge between the two sides emerged. And with that in mind, he teamed up with mixologist Jim Kearns (of Pegu Club and NoMad fame) to conceptualise The Happiest Hour, a fifties-inspired lounge set over two floors that is both relaxed and intimate in equal measure.

While the interiors channel a tiki luau with palm tree-printed wallpaper, lantern lighting and dark wood surfaces, the cocktails remain true to the Mid-Century theme, featuring classic pours from Daiquiris to Sazeracs. For the more adventurous imbiber, Kearn has also prepared a selection seven signature concoctions that offer guests a choice of preferred base spirits. Results could include a scotch-mixed What The Doctor Ordered with sarsaparilla, vanilla, wintergreen and soda; or a Maid to Order with mint, cucumber, lime juice and tequila. And if the night calls for some sustenance, the tight edit of bar bites (like dark meat chicken tenders, or grass-fed beef burgers with lashings of confit onions and cheese) should well quell any rumbling tums. Serious mixes in casual surrounds? Truly, The Happiest Hour!

121 W 10th St / Greenwich Village / +1 212 243 2827 / happiesthournyc.com

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