Great atmosphere.... went out a wednesday evening so it wasn't too busy - imagine it could get rather hectic on a weekend. Agree with the ice cubes (breezeblocks/icebergs).. But i'm not barman so what do I know!
Rob Greig / Time Out
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Posted: Sat Aug 10 2013
On a Friday night, when this tiny basement bar was rammed, our waitress said all the tables were booked. But she added that a table for four at the back had just two ‘really nice people’ sitting there and she’d ask if we could share with them. They said yes, and we were in. This warm welcome is typical of one of the best bars in Shoreditch – in all London, in fact. From the moment you walk in, they know how to make you happy. The short list of original cocktails is unfailingly good: lots of nice twists on classic ideas but never departing from the essential cocktail principles of balance, harmony and drinkability. Star turns: Mr McRae, Perfect Storm and Tokyo Collins. But the classics are brilliantly handled, and the food is fabulous. And that service! This very special place is not very large and plenty of people know about it, so booking is a good idea.
Happiness Forgets 8-9 Hoxton Square
- Venue phone:
020 7613 0325
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 5.30-11pm daily. Food served 6-10.30pm daily
Tube: Old Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
- 8-9 Hoxton Square
- 020 7613 0325
- 8-9 Hoxton Square
- Happiness Forgets
Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
- 5 star:18
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:4
Yes its a cool spot and the cocktails are amazing BUT the ice cubes are what fill up the glasses and you end up with only a few sips for a high price. I wouldnt go back.
Always my favourite. A warm, dark, little cave of a place. The drinks are amazing, the bar staff are warm, knowledgable and fun, and will mix you drinks based on your tastes. In fact, they get disappointed if you keep ordering on menu! Perfect for dates.
I've been going to Happiness Forgets for nearly two years now and it never fails. The cocktails are fabulous; expertly made, unusual without being weird and they are very reasonably priced for the quality you get. The menu also regularly changes so there is always something new to try. I always get a lovely welcome, the staff are brilliant. Sit at the bar, get chatting to the bar tenders and before you know it, they'll have your tastes worked out and be suggesting amazing cocktails they can make for you. I go to many cocktail bars and this is my favourite (and is also a favourite of many of the bartenders at the other bars I go to!).
I was so impressed by Happiness Forgets. It was a cosy and secluded bar, full of life and busy but not too crowded. Drinks were reasonably priced and the service was outstanding! I could not flaw the two waitresses who knew exactly what sort of drink to recommend to each customer. This is the perfect place to go on a date, I had a fantastic night and will no doubt be going again soon.
One of the better speakeasy style cocktail bars in London...nice staff, cool space, interesting drinks!!
The staff at Happiness Forgets exude a warmth so welcoming that any other such establishment has little chance of succour when it comes to delivering the same sepia tinted libation sensation as you’ll find here. Combine that with a formidable sense of craftsmanship and the result is a bar resplendent in so many qualities that you’ll be more than happy but you certainly won’t forget.
Best bar in London without a doubt. Amazing staff, fantastic cocktails, great music, lovely atmosphere. Perfection!
love it, been coming for years, a few staff changes recently, but they have picked well. Will still be going for what is my fave old fashioned in London.
Top date spot. Had several good and bad dates here, at no fault of the establishment of course. Dim lighting, romantic, perfect cocktails, cozy. Sure to increase your chances of getting lucky with this venue!
lived in new york and boston for 3 years and this does nothing but remind me of my favourite bars there, relaxed, comfortable friendly and knoledgable staff, beware though as they do get really busy, was told they are fully booked on the weekends a week in advance and there is no standing space, super small bar. We were lucky and nabbed to stols at the bar. so glad i found it, and ill be back soon.
I love this place, been 2-3 times now and it's relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Amazing cocktails and wonderful bar staff... they saw that there we some whisky fans so the went off drinks list to create some cocktails for the gang! Will be back asap!
Tried to go to this bar last week - a girlfriend and I took two empty seats at the bar but were pointedly ignored for at least 15 minutes by both bartenders (no eye contact, no "I'll be with you in a moment", nothing). After I finally stood up and said "excuse me" to get the attention of a bartender, he glared at me and said "those seats are taken" quite rudely. (I'm not sure how we were supposed to have known that - there were no "reserved" signs and no sign at the entrance saying that we should wait to be seated.) We left and won't be going back.
Best bar in Hoxton Square! Amazing Cocktails and relaxed atmosphere, nothing even in the whole of London can beat it
This is the best bar in Hoxton, the drinks are great, the music is great, the decor is great, the staff are great. It's not pretentious, and I like that they bring you water, as I always ask for a glass of tap water when I drink alcohol anyway. But I don't want more and more people to go so yes, you're right, it's simply AWFUL don't ever go here honestly!!
gorgeous cocktails and gorgeous barmen... ;) a fab atmosphere and no pretention only friendly faces and comfy seats. Give it a try
Swung by last night at 10:15 it was very busy but the wonderful waitress said if we didn't mind we could have a seat on some stools, having ordered a clover club for myself it arrived in good time and tasted fantastic! The BEST I've had in my life so far. Don't be put off by reviews calling it pretentious it's just people actually enjoying their company and drinks. I will be back.
A very pretentious and uncomfortable experience. Having been greeted several times by all of the staff, which just felt odd, we were informed that you "shouldn't bring someone here if you wouldn't leave them alone in your own home." er ok. You're given this cucumber water straight away, as if to say, "you can't handle your drink." We were asked to move bar stools twice because they wanted to accommodate a group of 5 that had come in. The staff are good and they know their stuff but it just seems poorly managed. All the staff are forced to chat to you which just isn't natural and feels it. Overall not a great experience and not somewhere I'll be going back to any time soon. Plus notes are the cocktail menu, if a little absinthe heavy. Much prefer Bluu.
Wednesday night cocktails were absolutely perfect, lovely atmosphere, service and great cocktails. I will definitely be heading back with more friends!
my first time in this bar and most certainly won't be my last... faultless service and drinks... guys, thanks once again... will be back down the next time I am in London for sure. Laura.
Great bar on a Friday night. The staff were polite and helpful, even put my martini in the freezer when I went for a cigarette to bring it straight back when i returned. Small touches like this make all the difference. Staff knowledgable and Lovely atmosphere, would high recommend. I'll definitely be going back
You certainly will forget your happiness at this place, if you're coming as part of a group deemed to be too large or if you're tolerance for sitting dripped in your own sweat in 30-degree plus temperatures is limited. The cucumber-infused water (i.e. jug of water with some sliced cucumber in it) is a nice touch but it doesn't excuse what I found to be a fundamentally rude manager, constantly asking you not to stand or not to sit there - and so on. The rest of the staff do a great job though. Cocktails are okay - not as good as LoungeLover but then not as expensive either. At least they know how to make table-service work properly though. Good spot if there are only one or two of you but don't go as a group.
I honestly don't think I've encountered such unfriendly staff as they have at Happiness Forgets. I was there for a friend's birthday drinks on Saturday which was constantly marred by an unbelievably rude waiter harrassing the birthday girl - 'You booked for fifteen people, I can count seventeen here', 'Stop standing up to greet your guests'. Best of all though was the moment when, after waiting over twenty minutes for a drink, the bartender handed me my cocktail only to snatch it out of my hands two minutes later (by which time I had taken a couple of sips) and hand it to someone else on the other side of the room. Extraordinary.
What a great little find, in a mess of an area that is shoreditch, i can imagine many people not being able to find, just look for the steps heading infont of Ruby Cafe. Never to busy no matter what night, great cocktails, even if you dont want a drink that is on the menu they will make what you want. I have been a few times but on friday went with 5 friends and they didnt have a table, but they too our phone number and called us when one came free, it took 25 minutes but we had got a table. What service. checck this bar out, its just what the area needs.
Great chaps behind the bar, great drinks, great atmosphere and, as has been mentioned, a complete lack of pretention. A grown up bar for grown ups, exactly what the area needs. I absolutely love it!
When you've gotten sick of pretentious barmen and poorly made cocktails make your way down to Happiness Forgets. It has a menu that can please most any palate and if you are feel daring let them make you something special off the menu, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and approachable. I highly recommend stopping by.
smashing little basement bar hidden away in hoxton square, went in tonight for my sister's birthday and for once was glad it shuts early!! thanks as ever guys.. kelly xx