Chapel Happy Hour

Chapel looks like it belongs in The Shining. Blame history: The sinister space is housed inside a mortuary built in the early 1920s. (Apparently, the dead aren’t big fans of natural light.) But Jack Nicholson would have to be insane(er) to order a bourbon on the rocks at this bar, as Chapel arguably boasts the most unique martini menu in the city, offering 40-plus options infused with every ingredient imaginable, including rosewater, sweet tea, coffee, and blackberries. Getting through the list is a daunting but plausible feat, given that all martinis are $5 during happy hour (5-9 p.m., 12 a.m.-close Monday through Thursday, all day Sunday). If you want guidance, the most popular drink is the Chloe, a vodka-vanilla-lavender potion with a sugar rim, named after a resident bartender bearing a striking resemblance to actress Chloe Sevigny. Be careful, though; it’s easy to overlook your tolerance when downing glasses of liquid candy in a haze of pretty bartenders, throbbing house music, and darkness. Then again, feeling like death after spending the night in a funeral home may just be inevitable. ERIKA HOBART

Mondays-Thursdays, Sundays, 2010

 
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