Bar Harlowe has been open for four months, now, and has become my favorite bar of the 1933 Group. It’s easy to see why, when Harlowe’s cocktail menu with housemade elixirs and modern techniques was designed by Dushan Zaric, Chris Amirault (recently named one of Zagat’s 30 Under 30) and Kyle Ackley.
Stellar cocktails are served from a beautiful marble, wood and subway-like ceramic tiled bar. The food menu, comprised of happy hour, regular and late night selections with brunch yet to come, is designed by Eric Greenspan (“I’ve got the entire block,” he bemused). And all of this is enjoyed within an artful mishmash of interior stylings from the early 20th century atop patterned tile, making Harlowe quite the spot. And so, I’m thankful for the after-work opportunity to take advantage of their $5 and $7 happy hour price points on bites and draft cocktails, respectively.
The $7 draft cocktails are served stiff, and are delicious. Opt for a Smoked Negroni (smoked because of cherrywood), Moscow Mule, Paloma or Manhattan. If you want to order off the regular menu, that’s available, too.
Included in the $5 menu are a trio of fresh, raw oysters at half price, perfect for anyone’s oyster craving. As for the cooked selections, the airy Cheese Puffs are my favorite (eager drinking compatriots dug in so unfortunately no picture!), but the Yucca Fries were surprisingly delicious and unordinary. The Camponata Bruschetta and Brussels Sprouts aren’t slouches, either. They’re pretty much all delicious. We ordered all of the available happy hour bites and would do it again.
With a daily happy hour like this, it would be a tragedy if Harlowe didn’t develop a steady crowd of regulars.