Happy Hour: Bar Snacks

Seven happy hour snacks from bars around the world

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Crostini Di Scampi (Shrimp and Rosemary Crostini)

Shrimp are sautéed in smoky bacon fat and served simply on grilled bread with rosemary for this popular snack at Venice, Italy’s Da Fiore restaurant.
See the recipe for Crostini Di Scampi (Shrimp and Rosemary Crostini) »

Crostini Di Scampi

The Venetian happy hour is a moveable feast between bàcari, or wine bars, like Osteria da Fiore (Calle del Scaleter, Venice; 041/721-308), where crostini topped with shrimp and rosemary are among the city's favorite small plates, called cicheti. See the recipe for Osteria da Fiore's Shrimp and Rosemary Crostini »

Chicken Liver Toasts

At Louisville's Proof on Main (702 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky; 502/217-6360), chef Levon Wallace flambées chicken livers in Kentucky bourbon and serves them on grilled bread with spicy glazed pecans and a drizzle of deep, sweet aged balsamic. See the recipe for Proof on Main's Chicken Liver Toasts »

Djupsteiktur Camembert

In Iceland, where bargoers favor frosty Einstök ales, the lava-like, deep-fried Camembert at Nauthóll (Nautholsvegur 106, Reykjavik
), topped with raspberry jam, dried cranberries, and a mustard vinaigrette, counters the chill. See the recipe for Nauthóll's Fried Camembert »

The Bel-Air Club

Los Angeles
Amid the celebrity clientele at the Hotel Bel-Air's Bar & Lounge (701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles; 310/909-1644), the real head-turner is the house club sandwich: a triple-decker stack of thick-cut bacon, maple-glazed turkey, ham, Gruyère, tomatoes, lettuce, and a fried egg slathered in herb mayo. See the recipe for Hotel Bel-Air's Club »

Brick Oven Pizza

Spicy, creamy, crunchy, and luxurious, The Park Hyatt's (3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo; 813/5322-1234) pizza with snow crab, shishito peppers, ricotta, and mustard aïoli might be the plant's most satisfying bar snack. See the recipe for the Tokyo Park Hyatt's Pizza »

Patatas Bravas

In Spain, the stopgap to late-night dinners is bar snacks like patatas bravas—fried potatoes slathered with pimentón-spiked tomato sauce and mayonnaise; the atmospheric Bar Mut in Barcelona (Calle Pau Claris, 192, Barcelona, Spain; 349/3217-4338) serves an exemplary version. See the recipe for Bar Mut's Patatas Bravas »

Bondiola Sandwich

At Café Roldós in Uruguay's Mercado del Puerto (Montevideo, Uruguay; 29/151-520), a blended drink of sparkling and still wines goes with crustless buttered sandwiches of bibb lettuce and proscuitto-like bondiola.

Photos: Ingalls Photography

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