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Slowly Shirley

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The Happiest Hour
121 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10011 40.73489 -73.999656
nr. Greenwich Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-243-2827 Send to Phone

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  • Scene: Bar Food, Hot Spot, Singles Scene
Photo by Christina von Messling

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Tue-Sat, 6pm-3am; Sun-Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.; F, M at 14th St.

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Located below the always-boisterous The Happiest Hour, Slowly Shirley feels like a 1940s-era Hollywood starlet saying she’s ready to slip into something more comfortable. The art deco space is filled with oxblood banquettes and tables dimly lit with Oscar Statuette-adorned light sconces, and jazz piping through the speakers. Settle in with a date for romance (tables can be held by emailing, or set up at the bar instead if you want to talk all things cocktail with the hyper-knowledgeable bartenders. The drinks run pricey, but it’s the drinking equivalent of fine dining — the spirits used are expensive, and homemade juices, bitters, infusions and syrups are de rigueur. The cocktail program is helmed by Jim Kearns, an industry veteran whose experience includes Death & Co. and Pegu Club, and drinks are credited to the bartenders who created them. Options include nuanced “scaffa”-style cocktails served room temperature to enhance the aromatics, to show-stopping Tiki-inspired drinks like the Tahitian Coffee (For Two) made with rum, pisco, cold brew coffee and tropical fruit juices, served dramatically in a Chemex coffee brewer. Historians can nerd out with interpretations of “The Three Families,” which serve as liquid courses in the progression of the Old Fashioned, Manhattan and Martini, with citations where the drinks first appeared. To keep from getting classily blotto, there’s bar food from the kitchen of the Happiest Hour, including the popular burger.