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It’s small, it’s dark, it’s loud and it’s as cool as a cucumber on a glacier – although friendly staff ensure that this moody Hoxton hangout is never too cool for its own good. There is a wine list
(featuring a commendable number by the glass) and some decent beers to choose from, but Happiness Forgets is all about innovative, fun and damn fine cocktails, served in a ‘low-rent’ candlelit
basement with ox-blood walls. Adam’s apple is an earthy mix of Calvados and gentian-flavoured Suze liqueur shaken with citrus juice, honey and celery bitters, but also check out Mr McRae (an
evolution of gin and tonic), sherry-based Jerezana or tantris sidecar (Cognac, Calvados, chartreuse, triple sec, lemon and pineapple juice). They no longer do any food, so suck on a lemon if you’re
I used to spend a lot of time in Hoxton and Shoreditch and grew weary of its tendency to the pretentious so I admit to some reticence about this venue. But, arriving early evening to ensure a cosy, appropriately clandestine corner, I knew immediately this bar had promise...
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