Blue bar front with leather-covered stools and bottles on wooden shelving
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Just when we thought the continuous eruption of speakeasy bars might have quelled in New York, a low-key gem – The Hidden Pearl – opens in the fashionable Greenpoint neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York.

Tucked behind the minimally styled noodle spot Wanpaku Ramen, The Hidden Pearl is a discreet watering hole, armed with a high octane cocktail list. Created in partnership with Leif Huckman, mixologists Jeremy Ortel and Natasha David have designed an evocative drinks menu that conjures up tropical Japan. From shochu- and ume plum whisky-based concoctions to the incorporation of white miso-infused bourbon and sake in cocktails, the exciting offering is complemented by a selection of small, modern Japanese bites that can be enjoyed at the elegant, blue-painted bar.

Proprietors Arnold Cheung, Chatchai Huadwattana and Kanruthai Makmuang have noticeably chosen to veer away from the usual moody, speakeasy vibe, instead filling the cosy, 18-seat space with natural daylight, a refreshing palette of blues, bleached wood stools and leather and bronze bar seats and brushed brass lighting fixtures.

Booth featuring the blue wooden panelling, white tables and framed, semi-circular mirrors

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A view along the bar with blue wood panelling and mirrored shelving for bottles of spirits

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621 Manhattan Ave


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