New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
About Slowly Shirley
At a Glance: Cocktails, Cocktail Lounge
Downstairs from quirky Midcentury-themed Happiest Hour is this elegant classic cocktail lounge from Jim Kearns (NoMad Hotel, Pegu Club) and Jon Neidich (ACME bar). Presenting a calmer, more elegant vibe than the upstairs bar with leather banquettes, classic Persian rug, Art Deco-influenced lighting and custom-made mahogany tables, all designed to channel 1940s Hollywood and the sophisticated hotel bars found in L.A. and New York City at the time. The drinks, however, are anything but stuck in time. From inventive glassware, on-point garnishes and table-side pours, classic and original drinks are presented in charming, engaging fashion. An element of audience participation is incorporated in the menu wherein five to 10 variations on iconic cocktails like the Martini and Manhattan allow guests to customize their cocktail or sip their way through the history of a specific cocktail. While much of the menu pays homage to days of old, you’ll also find trend-forward drinks like the Tahitian Coffee (rum, pisco, cold brew coffee, house falernum and a blend of orange, lime, guava and passion fruit juices). Built for two, it’s served over crushed ice in a Chemex coffee maker. Also noteworthy: The highly curated soundtrack featuring Space Age Jazz and Exotica (Henri Mancini, Duke Ellington alongside Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen) and a bar menu from upstairs consisting of charcuterie and small plates like bonsai chicken bites and buffalo cucumbers.