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Happiness Forgets (Bar)

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Basement, 8-9 Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, London, N1 6NU
Cuisine: [Other/Unclassified]
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Happiness Forgets Review

Best for: Idiot-free comfortable seating; outstanding service; owners who care.

Great: for cocktails in Shoreditch.

Demand Notice. Council tax overdue. Amount owed: £385 (daggers on you absconding, former flatmate!)

Email received: As you may’ve noticed, we’ve been struggling to get your tenant to pay her rent. It seems she is sick of paying rent because the neighbours are using her car park. There is also a wasp nest outside and an ant problem.

8 missed calls from angry B&B owner who thinks I’ve written an unfair review on her ‘5’ star establishment where I had to endure a toilet that didn’t flush, a cold shower, and grey gunky stains on the bedding. How DARE I say she is abrasive, she shouts, before threatening legal action.

Text message: Your Aunty Sharon is having a boob job now just because I had one. Can you believe it?! Love Mom (Mum who had a boob job to make hers smaller, whilst Aunt Sharon has made hers bigger. They’re sisters; go figure!)

By now you’re feeling one of two things: either better about your problems (pleased to be of help), or worse because your problems are nothing compared to mine (I make no apologies). We all have problems and that’s life, but sometimes you want to cocoon yourself in a little spot far away where all problems disappear.

For centuries mankind and his sophisticated mind has found endless ways to wheel his worries away: exercise; healthy diet; therapy; self-help books; positive affirmations; drinking. After all, mankind has been brewing his beers, conjuring his spirits, and fermenting his wine for aeons. And with the invention of pubs and bars, humans have outdone themselves with ways to ensure drinking is orderly and refined, right?

Musing over the intelligence of our species, I decided it was time to finally deal with my problems. And as mankind has dictated since well before my problems came to light, I chose the oldest and most truly tested method.

In the womb of Happiness Forgets my worries evaporated into thin air over a delicious potion called Perfect Storm. I was happily brooding over my own stormy life, but with a touch of rum, honey and ginger, for a moment in time the storm seemed bearable. The low ceiling and soft seats made for an ever-so cosy atmosphere. It is not often that table service is offered at a bar, but at Happiness Forgets, it is.

“No standing and no wallies” is the ethos of the management here. The latter part of that statement would obviously eliminate most of the population, thankfully. Great to see I’m not the only person sick of idiots. Finally, some common sense, and what comfort! The place will never be overcrowded, which means no jostling or squashing. For once you won’t have to exchange bodily fluids to get a drink. And wow! A bar where everyone gets to sit down? If you thought it not possible, I tell you it is.

Oh, and did I mention that you don’t have to shout at the barman to get a drink? Well, guess what: you don’t have to shout at the barman to get a drink. Gentle background music of Louis Armstrong and Glenn Miller a thrilling treat. No thunderous beats from the latest and greatest X Factor whatevers.

So, with this kind of foundation, who in God’s name drinks at this bar? A friendly couple, an elderly couple, and a couple of ladies out for a quiet natter sitting in low lit corners. Want a decent bar to sit and enjoy a truly well-made drink? Tired of noisy idiots? Sick of the crowds? Like me, you’ll love Happiness Forgets. Finally, a bar that is not totally and utterly crowd cluttered, money hungry and stuck on sell sell sell. Forget your problems, find Happiness, because Happiness Forgets.

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Customer Reviews for Happiness Forgets

Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“I cannot say enough about this bar. I totally loved it. The service is just brilliant, not what you could usually expect in London. I loved the comfy cushioned seats and the fact that there is no crowd at the bar. The barman was brilliant, he explained the ingredients of the cocktails to us really well, and even brought us a little taster. Highly recommend.”
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Lani, London (6 years 10 months 21 days ago)

“Dark but dingy, this basement cocktail bar in Hoxton Square has the appeal of a dive bar almost. I can imagine get slowly slaughtered in here whilst the world goes about it's business outside. The table service is a good idea. It means there's more time for chit-chat (no queuing at the bar). The usual Shoreditch crowd is happy hanging out here.”
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The London Bar Man, London (7 years 3 months 2 days ago)

“I visited this bar last week with my girlfriend after a meal in Hoxton square. Its a hidden gem, the cocktails were amazing and we were given an infused water in-between the drinks we ordered. nice touch. Would definately reccommend.”
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Sam Jacobs, London (7 years 3 months 16 days ago)

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