Happiness Forgets

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Happiness Forgets is a small and perfectly formed basement bar in Shoreditch, on Hoxton Square. Found at the bottom of a discreet stairwell, it is the ideal place to enjoy an intimate and sensual atmosphere, created by the many cushioned benches grouped together, and enhanced by candle-light and blood red walls. 

Along with the quirky furniture and the comfy atmosphere goes the sophisticated 40s/50s "rare groove" music, a very refined blend of obscure jazz, pop, jazz fusion, R&B, soul etc which gives the final touch to the ambience of the place, making it suitable for couples and keen conversationalists. The aim to please is made clear as soon as you sit down, as they immediately serve you cucumber-infused water. This bar specialises in spirits and very original cocktails, such as Perfect Storm, Ward Eight, Tantris Sidecar, or Eastside Fizz.

Incredible Thai food nibbles are also served since the bar itself is located beneath a Thai restaurant. All in all, Happiness Forgets is a superb, little basement cocktail bar with a small capacity of no more than 50. The lights are low, the furnishings are quirky and comfy and the well-crafted drinks hit the spot.

It is perfect for pre-drinks in Shoreditch or if you want a cool but not too hectic night out in Shoreditch, and great for a date too.

Just a few notes on their booking policy, they only hold tables for 15 minutes from the booking time, the last reservations are taken form 8.00,  their largest table can seat 8 so the maximum number of people for a booking is 8, and they have a policy of no standing in the bar (because its a small bar).


No Door Charge
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
Over 21
No music


Day Open Close Notes
17:00 23:00
17:00 23:00
17:00 23:00
17:00 23:00
17:00 23:00
17:00 23:00
Sunday - -


Happiness Forgets
8-9 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

East London

Nearest station:
Old Street (Tube)
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Drink Prices Price
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.00
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.00
Cocktail £7.50
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £4.25
Bottle of House Wine £16.00
Bottle of Champagne £42.00

A word from the chef:
Enjoy some delicious thai nibbles served from the incredible Thai restaurant above us. Have pad thai, dim sum, satay or spring rolls. Prices range from just £4-£6.50

Our Review

Happiness Forgets Review | Shoreditch Bar, Hoxton Square

Happiness Forgets Review | Shoreditch Bar, Hoxton Square

  If you are crying out for a new style of bar, no more of this speak-easy 1920€™s trend with moustachioed bar tenders wearing braces that is spreading across East London then I have found€¦another one! Happiness Forgets. I loved the...

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One of the first in the London 'secret bar' trend, this place literally brings to life the concept of underground drinking den. Small space so book ahead and personally prefer a spot at the bar; it's a good date spot with top cocktails.
by on May 29th, 2017

Love this place! Very small and intimate, quiet enough that you can talk with your friends and it has a really nice atmosphere. We didn't like the look of anything on the cocktail menu but just asked the staff there to surprise us and they made us some AMAZING cocktails. Would certainly recommend this for a night out with a small group.
by on December 21st, 2016

What seems like a lovely venue is quickly ruined by the rude and disrespectful staff.
by on December 21st, 2016

I loved the vibe on London cocktail week and delighted to be served by one of the world's best bartender Guest! Sake and rose go well together, will return!
by on November 6th, 2016

Reasonably small bar, great for a first date. You have the choice of sitting at a candlelit table or at the bar. Drinks are on the sophisticated side, all around £9.
by on January 19th, 2016

Absolute hate the level of elbow shoving in a bar and this lovely place fixes that right up with their sit-down policy. Heavy drinks but brilliant take of some prohibition favourites!
by on June 8th, 2015

A great, albeit hard to find, speakeasy in the middle of Hoxton square. The bar staff and waitresses were incredibly welcoming and friendly. The cocktails were great and pretty reasonably priced. The only annoying thing about this place is how small it is; you can definitely feel a little claustrophobic here and you find yourself constantly bumping into loads of people on your way to the toilets. But this issue isn't too bad if you book a table (for no additional charge) before you turn up. Overall, i had a great night and will definitely be coming back soon.
by on June 4th, 2015
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Visited on a sunday evening before catching a play, was easy to walk in and grab a table. Busy for a sunday, cool music, nice atmosphere. Quick, swift service and beautiful fresh cocktails. Not an extensive selection of cocktails on the menu which stops me from returning.
by on March 30th, 2015

For a hidden speakeasy it was very busy. It was a reflection of the cocktails. Great menu, music and will be back
by on December 23rd, 2013

Great bartenders, cool music and the cocktails are pretty tasty too! Will be back very soon, had a great night.
by on July 3rd, 2013

Coctails are ok, but perhaps too big a block of ice. Venue is hidden away yet easy to find. Feels very private and cozy. Bartenders very attentive. Music ok but felt like something was missing.
by on February 7th, 2013

Really good find - thanks to designmynight on twitter!! Super cool but not stuffy at all. Great music and the perfect chill out basement bar (I was there quite early on a weekend night)
by on June 26th, 2011

Went at 7pm on Saturday. Love this place. Like a secret little gem. The music was great and the drinks were brilliant. My new favourite place for some pre-drinks and food in Shoreditch!!
by on June 19th, 2011

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