The next time you?re looking for a good post-work cocktail spot, skip the generic Irish pub and set your sights on another island: Jamaica.
Inspired by the nation's 1960s British colonial era, Kingston Hall is the latest outpost from the owners of the New Orleans-styled Ninth Ward and the Scottish-based Shoolbred?s. Similarly thematic, the impressive decor includes a carved-wood bar, a library-like billiards area and a breezy front veranda--all giving it the vibe of an old-school James Bond film.
The cocktail menu, as expected, is full of rum-based concoctions (yes, some even served in coconuts), but don?t expect sugary premixed daiquiris. Rather, look for a fresh-fruit punch ($12) or a stout dark and stormy ($12), our favorite. Classic bites like jerk-chicken sandwiches, Jamaican beef patties and conch fritters will also be on hand starting next month.
While we?re absolutely charmed by the weathered atmosphere of this downtown haunt, we think it?s best to enjoy it all before 8 p.m. Drinks are two-for-one until then, and you?re actually able to experience the cozy surroundings before the late-night East Village crowds take over.
149 Second Ave. (between Ninth and Tenth sts.); 212-673-2663 or kingstonhall.com