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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

Photo by Christina von Messling

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Official Website

happiesthournyc.com

Hours

Mon, 5pm-1am; Tue-Fri, 5pm-3am; Sat, 2pm-3am; Sun, 2pm-midnight

Happy Hour

Mon-Thu, 5pm-7pm; complimentary fries in bar area
Daily, 5pm-3am; $10 beer and shot special

Nearby Subway Stops

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

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Profile

It’s always summer at The Happiest Hour, a cocktail-lounge homage to mid-century Florida and California resorts, and the living is very easy, once you elbow your way through the after-work crowds that flock here for the tropical vibe and accessible cocktail list. The bar and restaurant is a project from Acme’s Jon Neidich and bartender Jim Kearns, formerly of theNoMad Hotel and Pegu Club, and all of the reasonably-priced drinks come with a few spirit suggestions so customers can pick their favorite. Standouts include the Link Ray, with celery, lime, suze (a French bitter aperitif), soda, and spirit of choice (go for the jalapeno tequila), and the Pineapple Express, pineapple, sage, cane, lime and your pick of Cachaça, Venezuelan rum or tequila. It’s rare that the food at a cocktail bar is as good as the drinks, but some of the menu items at The Happiest Hour truly deliver, including the lightly fried salt and pepper broccoli with ranch dipping sauce and the Happiest Burger, an homage to the animal style In-N-Out burger with onion confit, which has developed a cult following. The din at prime time can feel a little more spring break than retro relaxing, but if you give it time, the drinks and palm tree-heavy décor win out, giving the sense, yes, we are among fronds here.

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