We adore this tiny basement bar – and so do critics the world over, not to mention hordes of adoring fans. Happiness Forgets has even been honoured at the prestigious Spirited Awards, held at Tales of the Cocktail in the New Orleans, where it scooped ‘Best International Cocktail Bar’ in both 2016 and 2018.
So, what’s the secret of its success? Quite simply it’s down to owner Andy Bird and his staff, who have a genuine passion for superb service and divine drinks. You’ll need to book ahead as it’s always busy, but from the moment you sit down (which you will, as it’s table service only), you’ll be looked after like an old friend.
The drinks list changes regularly, but the bartenders will probably remember that favourite mix you had six months ago – and be able to make it again. Expect the likes of Josephine (a rye whiskey sour with cherry, maple syrup, lemon and Dom Bénédictine) or The Bootlegger – a smoky blend of mezcal, chestnut, lime, apple and bitters.
The short list of wines is curated by Chris Madden of the Petit Pois Bistro upstairs, and the potable line-up also extends to two craft beers and a Breton cider. And that name? It’s the title of a Burt Bacharach song by Dionne Warwick.