Bacardí’s happy hour at Las’ Lap held last Thursday evening invited guests to spend an evening on a hip, tropical, Halloween island vacation.
Okay–so maybe not a real tropical island, but Las’ Lap, a cozy bar in the Lower East Side, with foliage lining the walls and a self-proclaimed mission to embody “traditional rum culture” is as close as you’re going to get in NYC. Easy to miss and unassuming, the small entrance to Las’ Lap on Orchard Street might not attract much attention, but make no mistake–the happy hour crowd fills up the venue quickly. Dim lights, an unpretentious clientele, and a 2000’s R&B soundtrack you’ll want to sing along to are likely to be a few of the reasons why it’s an attractive place to be after work on a Thursday.
The island vibes and rum-inspired philosophy makes Las’ Lap an ideal choice for a Bacardí event, however the bar’s debut of its latest “Nightmare on Orchard” cocktail put a festive spin on the night’s atmosphere. Creamy but sweet like a pina colada, the drink was very heavy on the Bacardí Superior with just enough room for the other ingredients that gave the drink its sweet, smooth flavor. Coconut, fresh lime, pressed ginger, grenadine, and pimento dram worked well together as a party favorite all on their own, and an orange slice cut into the shape of a carved pumpkin grinning up at you added a cute seasonal detail.
To add to the experience, Veronica Varlow provided visitors with an introspective tarot card reading. We took Bacardí up on the offer to have a walk on our spiritual side, and were greeted by Varlow’s instantly warm and welcoming demeanor as soon as we sat across from her. Intricately printed cards, bold red lipstick, and Varlow’s classic, black style, set the scene for a fun and insightful end to the night.