Hop Sing Laundromat, the quirky Chinatown bar run by an enigmatic entrepreneur who goes simply by Lê, has launched what it calls its Short-Range Missiles Program for happy hour.
By "short-range missiles," he means shots.
Not Fireballs, friends. Top-shelf liquor, and at outstanding prices.
HSL, mind you, is not a "shots" place. You walk in, your ID is checked, you're inspected (no sneakers, no shorts), and you're seated in the anteroom until you are ushered to a roomy table in a dim, ornate room, where you sip cocktails in comfort without the annoyance of the flash of a cell-phone camera.
All very civilized.
But shots? Lê explained that his customers asked for them.
Lê introduced the program earlier this week as a "progressive" series of shots, requiring customers to order one from four price categories to get the discount.
After it was pointed out that consuming 6 ounces of alcohol in shot form might knock some of his customers on their collective bottoms, Lê decided to simply offer single, a la carte shots at the menu prices below.
In addition, there will be a daily cocktail offered at $6.66; tonight's is the Ward 8 (Wild Turkey 101 rye, squeezed-to-order orange juice, fresh lemon juice).
The program is on from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday; 1029 Race St. no phone or sign.
Maestro Dobel Reposado Tequila
Gosling's Family Reserve Old Rum
Glen Grant 16 year old Single Malt Whisky
Jameson 12 year old Special Reserve
Cabo Wabo Anejo Tequila
Don Q Gran Anejo Rum
Booker's Bourbon Small Batch
Patron Anejo Tequila
Glenlivet Nadurra 16 year old
Drambuie 15 year old Speyside Whisky Liqueur
Chivas Regal 18 year old Scotch Whisky
Yamazaki 12 year old Single Malt Whisky
Jameson 18 year old Limited Reserve Whisky