Where: 110 Rivington Street (LES)
Overview: With more than 1.5 million Lychee Martini’s served since 2001,Verlaine Bar & Lounge on the Lower East Side in NYC, is the perfect bar and lounge to catch up with the girls and of course get a little tipsy after work. Verlaine is always crowded, so get there early or be prepared to wait. Don’t worry if you can’t get off work until late because the Happy Hour at Verlaine runs until 10pm daily.
The Deals: In case you missed it above, Happy Hour at Verlaine runs daily from 5pm to 10pm and includes their well-known and delicious $6 Hanoi Lychee Martini! I know their Lychee Martini (pictured above) looks innocent but be careful; this drink will leave you with a strong buzz, if you’re not very careful. (Trust me on this one)
Happy Hour also includes their delicious San Sangrias, Vietnamese Bloody Marys, $6 House red & white wines, basic cocktails, and $3 bottles of Yuengling.
The Food: Verlaine offers a limited, yet tasty menu of Southeast Asia influenced small plates and tapas to help wash down all those Lychee Martinis that you will be drinking. See below for what I’ve tasted thus far. In my opinion, the Five Spice Calamari with Vietnamese honey dipping sauce and The Fried Ginger Wings are the best tapas to order!
(Spicy Chicken Dumplings with sesame & ginger)
(Five-Spice Calamari with Vietnamese honey dipping sauce)
(Sake Shrimp Skewers with garlic teriyaki sauce & coconut rice)
(Fried Ginger Chicken Wings with honey soy dipping sauce)
(Chicken Satay with coconut peanut sauce & coconut rice)