Slowly Shirley and The Happiest Hour

Words by Simon Difford on 18-May-2015

Address: 121 West 10th Street, (nr Greenwich Ave), New York, NY, 10011, United States
Tel: +1 212 243 2827
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Tue-Sat 6pm-3am, Sun-Mon closed
Style: Lounge bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
Established: 2015


The Happiest Hour sure sounds happy with happy hipsters chatting over the rock and soul soundtrack. Palm tree wallpaper, slushy machine, a loose tiki theme and the general buzz of this place give it something of a holiday atmosphere. The dining area lies beyond the island bar at the front of the room and is noted for 'The Happiest Burger'. Whimsical signature cocktails are supported by a solid selection of classics. So popular is The Happiest Hour that a 20 minute wait outside is to be expected at weekends, but serious drinkers should head downstairs to 1940s-50s Hollywood-themed, Slowly Shirley bar below. Take the door on the left at the bottom of the stairs and you'll find a far less hectic and more glamorous spot.

Cocktails served at Slowly Shirley include: Tahitian Coffee (Barbados rum, pisco, col brew concentrate, house falernum, honey, guava, passion fruit, orange and lime), Monkey Man (Tennessee whiskey, El Dordado 15yo rum, banana, cinnamon, vanilla, pineapple and lime) and Fu Tang Cobbler (genenver, scotch, apricot liqueur, jasmine, lemon, orange bitters and cucumber).