Night of Joy isn’t really a bar - it’s more like a garret or a living room once owned by your crazy grandmother. She scavenged for quirky keepsakes all over the world and hoarded them over the last Century. It’s since been handed to the hipsters in residence, but they’ve kept the gilded bamboo chairs, framed still life of flowers and pastel walls. The lace curtains keep the bad behaviour out of sight, and dim lighting makes pretty much anyone hot. Valcour from the Never Ending Story is painted on the ceiling – what more could you want?
Drinks are well priced and service decent. The cocktail list is short, strong and sweet (literally) with the ingredients grown in the garden upstairs. We went for their house-infused lavender gin, orange liqueur and grapefruit, which was like spring in our mouth. If you fancy something a bit more savoury, order the housemade beet & dill vodka.
Try and catch one of their musician-curated DJ nights. The bands that past artists have been in reads like a Spotify playlist belonging to the cool kid in class - MGMT, Au Revoir Simone, The Smiths, Blood Orange, Real Estate and Light Asylum... you get the idea. At the weekends it gets a bit crazy busy in here, but the real fun happens on the roof terrace full of ornate garden furniture, flowers and cool kids. When the sun is out, you’ll catch us up there with a straw hat and Basil-Lime Gin Gimlet in our hand.