5 great happy hours in Nolita that really are worth your money and drinkin' time. We tracked down 2-for-1 craft cocktails, free bar snacks, and a great café with cheap wine.
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James Lombardino of 1534 in NYC wonders if the right combination of gin, mango, and allspice liqueur might have granted Gauguin a few more years in the tropics. This bright yellow cocktail is the perfect cure for grey sky blues.
This winter, drink away the chill factor with the Gypsy Woman. This breezy nomad channels springtime by way of jasmine green tea-infused gin with fresh lime juice, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and yellow Chartreuse.
Sometimes, an adaptation is a sad thing. Other times, as with 1534's Wally Harbanger, it's a happy departure from the original. The Wally Harbanger holds little in common with its nominal muse, aside from a dyslexic take on its name, and the ingredient without which the Harvey Wallbanger would be a mere Screwdriver: Galliano.
"We wanted to introduce people to mezcal who haven't had it before," says 1534 bartender James Lombardino. "It's like bourbon and scotch. A lot of people like bourbon, but they're not accustomed to a smoky scotch; going from tequila to mezcal is kind of the same thing."
When mixologists from Employees Only, Gramercy Park Hotel, Pegu Club, Vandaag, 1534, and Death & Co. (plus many others) are on hand shaking up cocktails, you know you're going to drink well. (Perhaps too well for a Monday night.)
The hidden, low-ceilinged room at 1534 is less speakeasy than captain's quarters. Named after the year that colonist Jacques Cartier set sail for the new world, 1534 has a drink menu (styled like a passport and divided by nation) that fuses French ingredients with those of once-exotic lands.