The S Bar
$10 drinks for happy hour, and a Dolce Vita vibe. What's not to like?
The buzz: Unless you've had dinner at Senso, you probably didn't know they had a tucked away bar on Club Street with ever-closed doors. Now, the Senso Group is changing all that with the reopening of The S Bar.
The vibe: Nestled along some white shop houses as you pull in from Cross Street, the Italian-centric bar is small, but takes visual cues from the 1950s glamor a la Dolce Vita. They've employed a monochromatic palette coupled with a liberal use of floor-to-ceiling and antique black mirrors, paintings and a mix of red sofas and stools. It can get a little warm on a busy night, especially if you're seated closer to the open doors of the bar, but if you can spot where the hidden air conditioners are, you’ll be fine (psst, opposite the DJ console).
The drinks: The menu covers a range of cocktails, beers and Italian apertifs, and more. Try their special Prosecco cocktails if you like something sweet, such as the Rosecco ($18), a simple concoction of raspberry and rose Prosecco; or the Rossini ($17), made with strawberry puree and Prosecco. Their Club S ($18) is a delicious mix of Campari, Cointreau, orange and mint. But if you want to have something more classic, try the bar's take on the Negroni ($20), Americano ($18) and more. There are also other classics like the Old Fashion ($18) and Mai Tai ($20). For a full list, click here.
The food: What’s a revamped bar without new food menu items? It’s not an extensive list but it’s enough to get you through the night. Apart from the usual platter of cheese and cold cuts, they’ve added a selected of arrancini stuffed risotto balls, six pieces with Arrabiatta sauce ($13). Choose between the beef ragout or the mozzarella cheese, but if you want both, they'll serve you a mix, too. More food items here.
Why we’ll be back: No uphill walk involved, and their happy hour deals are pretty decent—glasses of Prosecco, house wines, spirits and beers are $10 a glass from 5:30pm to 8pm on weekdays. They also do these “cocktail of the month” specials, which you can get for $16.