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January 2022

Bars

Cafes and bars open in defiance of shutdown orders

The cafes in Groningen were open. Photo: Remco de Waal ANP

Saturday’s protests by dozens of bar and cafe owners, who opened in defiance of government shutdown orders, went off without a hitch

Dirk Beljaarts, director of hotel industry lobby group KHN, told TV talk show Nieuwsuur that there will be “further protests in the coming days”.

Beljaarts described public support for Saturday’s protests as “heartwarming”, adding that while the opening of cafes was “so deadly,” mayors reportedly acted to shut them down.

On Friday, the government said shops, universities and fitness centers could reopen, but bars, cafes and the cultural sector must remain closed due to the spike in coronavirus cases.

On Saturday, however, cafes and restaurants across the country opened for a while in protest, in several places with the tacit approval of local authorities.

In Valkenburg and Venlo in Limburg, cafes opened and city officials did not intervene, local broadcaster 1Limburg reported.

Hylke van der Werf, of Café Thús in Drachten, told Omrop Fryslan he only got the keys to his premises two years ago. “We’ve been closed more than we’ve been open,” he said. “We are now opening up a bit. We don’t want to ask for financial aid, we want to earn it ourselves.

Utrecht

In Utrecht, cafe owner Gijs Werschkull said he was opening his cafes for the day as the area had been hit extremely hard by the closures. “I hope the mayor sees this as a protest,” he told RTV Utrecht. “We’ve had a lot of support from our customers.”

Mayor Sharon Dijksma reportedly declined her invitation to lunch, but said she would pressure the government to reconsider its decision and be generous in its compensation to the sector.

Utrecht council wardens issued four verbal and two written warnings to landlords who opened their cafes and bars despite orders to close.

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Nightclubs

Boston launches vaccine requirement for domestic businesses

A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for many indoor public spaces in Boston went into effect Saturday. Customers aged 12 and over will be required to show they have received at least one dose of the vaccine to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gymnasiums and indoor entertainment venues. Proof of full vaccination will be required for adults by February 15. significant steps on the policy side to close these gaps and continue to protect our workforce and residents,” Wu said in an afternoon statement. “I continue to hear from our healthcare partners and healthcare institutions that the continued pressure on our healthcare system as a whole is still due to gaps in immunization rates.” Affected businesses will be required to post a sign at the main entrance and verify a customer’s proof of vaccination upon entry. Acceptable forms of evidence will include a vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a digital image of the card, an image from another official vaccination record, or a COVID-19 vaccine checker app. Also on Saturday, Boston launched its “B Together” app to allow individuals to store immunization records for themselves and for children or family members. It launched with support for English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. Other languages ​​will follow. On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker announced a different digital vaccine card system that vaccinated people in Massachusetts can get and download to their smartphones. This tool is built on the SMART Health Card standard, which is already used by several other states. Proof of the vaccination mandate in Boston is meeting with some opposition, as hundreds of protesters have been seen marching downtown. These demonstrators sometimes blocked traffic. Boston police say no one has been arrested in connection with the protest.

A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for many indoor public spaces in Boston went into effect Saturday.

Customers aged 12 and over will be required to show they have received at least one dose of the vaccine to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gymnasiums and indoor entertainment venues. Proof of full vaccination will be required for adults by February 15.

There are certain exemptions, including performers who are not regularly employed by a venue, professional athletes and sports teams.

“Today’s launch of our Be Together policy means we are taking politically significant steps to close these gaps and continue to protect our workforce and residents,” Wu said in a statement from the agency. afternoon. “I continue to hear from our healthcare partners and healthcare facilities that the continued strain on our healthcare system as a whole is still due to discrepancies in immunization rates.”

Affected businesses will be required to post a sign at the main entrance and verify a customer’s proof of vaccination upon entry.

Acceptable forms of evidence will include a vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a digital image of the card, an image from another official vaccination record, or a COVID-19 vaccine checker app.

Also on Saturday, Boston launched its Application “B Together” to allow individuals to store their immunization records for themselves and for children or family members. It launched with support for English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. Other languages ​​will follow.

On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker announced a different digital vaccine card system that vaccinated people in Massachusetts can get and download to their smartphones. This tool is built on the SMART health card standard, which is already used by several other states.

Proof of the vaccination mandate in Boston is meeting with some opposition, as hundreds of protesters have been seen marching downtown. These demonstrators sometimes blocked traffic. Boston police say no one has been arrested in connection with the protest.

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Cafes

The 9 Best Cafes in Watford According to Tripadvisor

Whether you fancy a cup of tea, a coffee or a cake, Watford has a huge range of coffees that can sort you out.

But is your favorite coffee one of the best? Here are the city’s favorite spots according to Tripadvisor.

Artisanal bakery flourish. Image: Google Street View.

Artisanal bakery flourish is a family-run, award-winning artisan bakery in Garnett Close Unit 2 and counts Michelin star restaurants and five star hotels among its customers. All of their coffees are served with a double shot of espresso and whole milk, and they sell a range of breakfast and lunch items in addition to a range of cakes and platters. A cake and coffee could cost you as little as £7.

Watford Observer: The kitchen.  Image: Google Street View.The kitchen. Image: Google Street View.

The kitchen in nearby Croxley Green, it has a staggering 113 5-star reviews. The main draw for reviewers was their Afternoon Tea, which has been compared to the best hotels in London. You can also enjoy a simple coffee, tea and cake.

The Cha Cafe on Cassiobury Park Avenue offers simple breakfasts and lunches in a cafe showcasing the work of local artists. Near the beautiful park, customers can also enjoy their coffee to go if they want to admire the local sights.

Watford Observer: Ocean Bells.  Image: Google Street View.Ocean bells. Image: Google Street View.

Ocean Bells Cafe at 133 High Street is an artisan cafe that strives to source the best coffee for each season to ensure you have the best possible blend. It also offers brunch and homemade dishes, including a vegan and gluten-free options section. You can read more about coffee in one of the Observer’s September articles here.

Watford Observer: Eat and treat.  Image: Google Street View.Eat and treat. Image: Google Street View.

eat and treat at 241 St Albans Road is best known for its range of sandwiches. Reviewers on Tripadvisor said they were fresh and generous with the toppings.

Bloomsyard Watford is located in the Upper Mall across from Primark, so you can enjoy it while taking a break from some shopping. Started by a former accountant, BloomsYard offers specialty coffee, exotic tea, matcha and wine.

Amici’s Cafe Ristorante at Croxley Green doubles as a restaurant that serves a wide range of food, including an extensive selection of Italian pasta dishes. It’s also the perfect cafe if you’re in the mood for a night out, as you can order their products on Just Eat.

Watford Observer: Amici's Cafe Ristorante.  Image: Google Street View.Cafe Ristorante d’Amici. Image: Google Street View.

Rhubarb Cafe at 168 Cassiobury Drive prides itself on creating a comfortable and welcoming environment for its customers. It seems to work as reviewers have praised its warm and relaxed atmosphere.

Watford Observer: Rhubarb Cafe.  Image: Google Street View.Rhubarb coffee. Image: Google Street View.

bean here is close to Kings Langley and offers fresh bread and pastries with your coffee. One reviewer called it a “little gem”.

Watford Observer: bean here.  Image: Google Street View.Bean here. Image: Google Street View.

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Restaurants

Orange County restaurants closed by health inspectors (January 6-14) – Orange County Register

Restaurants and other food vendors were ordered to close and allowed to reopen by Orange County health inspectors Jan. 6-14.

Mariscos La Sirena, 515 S. Main St., Santa Ana

  • Closed: Jan 13
  • Reason: Rodent infestation
  • Reopening: Jan 13.

Cho Tam An, 9172 Bolsa Ave, Westminster

  • Closed: Jan 13
  • Reason: Rodent infestation

Hoshi Sushi, 1925 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton

  • Closed: 12 Jan.
  • Reason: Rodent infestation
  • Reopening: Jan 13.

Champagne Bakery at Asian Garden Mall, 9200 Bolsa Ave., Suite 116, Westminster

  • Closed: Jan 11.
  • Reason: Rodent infestation

M&C Grill Sports Bar, 31911 Dove Canyon Drive, Trabuco Canyon

  • Closed: Jan 11.
  • Reason: Sewage overflow
  • Reopening: Jan 11.

Miyako, 1210 W. Imperial Highway, Suite E, La Habra

  • Closed: Jan 11.
  • Reason: Rodent infestation
  • Reopening: Jan 12.

Food sales to The reception deposit, 601 S. Placentia Ave., Fullerton

  • Closed: Jan 11.
  • Reason: Rodent infestation
  • Reopening: Jan 11.

Double Bamboo, 7013 Katella Ave, Suite A, Stanton

  • Closed: Jan 11.
  • Reason: Cockroach infestation
  • Reopening: Jan 13.

Bear Flag Fish Co., 3421 Via Lido, Newport Beach

  • Closed: 7 Jan.
  • Reason: No water supply

Woody’s dinner, 3461 Via Lido, Newport Beach

  • Closed: 7 Jan.
  • Reason: No water supply

Updates since last week’s list:

Mix Mix Kitchen Bar at 300 N. Main St., Santa Ana, which was ordered closed Jan. 5 due to a cockroach infestation, was allowed to reopen Jan. 13.

Mrs. Fields at 2101 Westminster Mall, Westminster, which was ordered closed on January 5 due to a rodent infestation, was allowed to reopen on January 7.

This list is published weekly with closures from the previous week’s list. Status updates are posted in the following week’s listing. Source: OC Health Care Agency database.

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Bars

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Nightclubs

Relief as Wales prepares to ease nightclub trading restrictions to reopen vaccine passports

Today (January 14) Mark Drakeford will outline the two-week plan to ease the measures, which came into effect on Boxing Day (December 26) and saw hospitality venues once again required to follow a social distancing of two meters and collecting customer details. .

Nightclubs have been forced to close and social gatherings in hospitality venues are restricted to the ‘rule of six’.

The move to zero alert level will be staggered, with restrictions on outdoor activities being removed first.

It is understood that nightclubs will be given the green light to reopen on Friday January 28, with hospitality allowed to operate as normal from that date, although Covid passes, more commonly known as “vaccine passports”, will be always needed for big events, plus cinemas, discos and theatres.

“Finally a common sense approach from the Welsh Government,” says Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), which represents some 1,400 independent bars, clubs and music venues across the UK.

“After intense campaigning by industry and trade bodies, we have put an end to the uncertainty.”

Kill continues that while he is relieved to finally have clarity on the Welsh Government’s intentions, it has come at a cost to businesses, staff and the supply chain.

“It is hard to accept that we are still subject to Covid club passes in Wales.

“They were marketed as the solution to nightclubs and similar venues remaining open, and that they are an effective way to manage transmission in those environments.

“It is clear from the period of closure and restrictions that this is not the case, it is also clear that no evidence has been presented by the Welsh Government to support this decision.

“I urge the Welsh Government to realize the far-fetched basis for this mitigation, with no supporting evidence or scientific data, and end it in line with the date the restrictions for nightclubs are withdrawn on January 28.

“This policy appears to have only exacerbated market distortion, segregation, trade impact and compromised staff and customer safety.”

Earlier this month, UKHospitality Cymru warned the impact of trade restrictions meant incomes were at least 25% lower in Wales than across the border in Englandwhere no direct measures were targeted at hotel businesses during the holiday season; although the ongoing “work from home” order and subsequent decline in consumer confidence and footfall have hit businesses hard.

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Eatery Business

The best personal loans 2022 – Compare now

What is a personal loan?

If you take out a loan from a bank, credit union, or online lender, it is a personal loan. Typically, personal loans are paid out in a lump sum and repaid in monthly installments.

Some loan types are used to pay for specific purchases, such as a house or vehicle. But the best unsecured personal loans can be used for almost any reason. For example, you can take out a personal loan to make emergency home repairs, finance renovations, pay for a wedding, or cover medical expenses. With an unsecured personal loan, the lender asks nothing more than your good credit rating and your written commitment to repay the loan as agreed.

In return for using the lender’s money, you pay back the loan with interest. The better your credit score, the lower you can expect the lender’s interest rate to be. Even if your credit score isn’t as good as you’d like, you can still qualify for a bad credit personal loan. However, you are likely to pay a higher interest rate than other borrowers.

When is a personal loan a good option?

Say your kitchen was designed sometime during the Truman administration, or you’re looking to consolidate debt. A personal loan can provide you with the funds to get things done. Most lenders don’t care how you spend the money as long as you pay it back as promised. If you know how you’re going to spend the money and have a plan to pay it back, a personal loan can be a good tool to help you achieve your goals.

If you need the money from your personal loan fast, look for a loan with “streamlined approval.” This means you don’t have to wait long to get the loan funds. Because some loans are same-day funded, a personal loan can help you when you hit a financial hurdle — even if you need the money fast.

What should I look out for with a personal loan?

You may be surprised to learn how many loan options there are. Whether you have great credit or are working to improve your credit, the very best loans on the market have three things in common:

Low interest rate

A good loan is one with a low interest rate. Interest on a loan is calculated as a percentage of the total loan amount. The lower the interest rate, the more money you save on the loan repayment.

Let’s say you need to borrow $20,000 to replace the roof on your home and you plan to get a five-year loan. You are considering two options: Lender A and Lender B. Below we have summarized these two imaginary lenders and how their interest rates would affect the cost of your loan. Even a small percentage change can result in significant savings. It is clear that the lender that offers the lower interest rate can save you money over the life of the loan. These are funds that you can use in other ways, e.g. B. to invest in your future.

Lender A

  • Interest rate: 5.5%
  • Monthly payment: $382
  • Total interest paid over the life of the loan: $2,921

Lender B

  • Interest rate: 6.9%
  • Monthly payment: $395
  • Total interest paid over the life of the loan: $3,705

You might only pay an additional $13 per month for a loan from Lender B, but that small difference will cost you $780 more over the life of the loan. For help finding the best low-interest loans, see our guide to good personal loan rates.

Do you have bad credit? You will likely pay a higher interest rate on a personal loan. If this is your situation, you have two options. You can take steps to increase your score and wait until it’s in better shape before applying for credit. The second option is to get a loan now and refinance your personal loan later (if your credit history is better and you can get a better interest rate).

Loan terms that suit you

The “loan term” is the period of time in which you must pay back a loan in full. Some people choose a longer loan term because it keeps their monthly payments low. However, the longer you carry a loan, the more interest you pay overall. Find your personal loan term sweet spot, the shortest term with the cheapest payment. The best loans fit your budget and schedule.

Low fees

Another important feature of a great personal loan is that there are no or very low fees. Fees can be sneaky. Suppose a lender offers you a low interest rate but piles up fees. This loan can end up costing more than a loan with a slightly higher interest rate but no fees. The best personal loan lenders charge no processing fee and keep other expenses — like prepayments and late fees — to a minimum.

For example, many lenders charge processing fees to cover the cost of processing and distributing your loan. Handling fees range from 1% to 8% of the amount borrowed. Using the above scenario and borrowing $20,000 to replace a roof, you could end up paying anywhere from $200 to $1,600 in construction fees alone.

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Cafes

Thunder Mug Cafe’s Lizette Apy Hopes Her 76ers Partnership Will Inspire Black Business Owners

Lizette Apy worked three jobs in Chicago as a single mom, doing what she needed for her children to attend high school and college. Yet even while she was spending those long hours – Apy was a full-time retail manager, part-time retail manager, and part-time accountant – she kept her dream alive.

She yearned to open a cafe like the ones she worked for while also funding her studies at the University of Illinois. But opening a cafe, Apy said, was quickly becoming “a fleeting dream” over the years.

Then the company she worked for suddenly closed, laying off all employees but offering severance pay. And Apy – who had recently become an empty nest – saw an opportunity to start from scratch.

Apy’s daughter had moved to Philadelphia and persuaded her to follow. She made the trip and took her dream with her, opening the Thunder Mug Cafe in East Falls in September 2019. When the pandemic started six months later, she continued to spin the dream – and that dream is now. a thriving small business on Ridge Avenue. .

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On Thursday, Apy was selected by the Sixers to be this year’s partner in their Buy Black program, which “was developed to promote local black-owned businesses and provide them with expert marketing advice, advertising value. , educational programs and additional tools for success. . “

“I look at the coffee and I’m like, ‘Wow, I made it,’” Apy said. “I always tell people that I’m not just dreaming. I dream and then I put it into action. I always knew this was going to happen to me. It’s just a very long dream. I finally put it into action. This is the cool part for me. If you follow your dream, it will never guide you in error. Never. Because that’s what’s in your heart. It’s your passion. The things that we feel and do with the heart, we do our best.

The Sixers selected Thunder Mug from a pool of 350 applicants, as David Gould, the team’s head of diversity and impact, said that not only would coffee benefit from the partnership, but that “the strong sense of Apy’s community and desire to give back is pretty much what we are, too.

The Sixers will highlight Apy activities on their digital and social media channels, provide advertising on their website and in the arena, promote Thunder Mug in emails to subscription holders, will feature the coffee on TV shows and broadcast radio commercials each Game. They will also host an in-person event to promote the coffee.

Thunder Mug will receive roughly the same treatment as traditional team sponsors. But it will be free.

“We know that black-owned businesses are under-represented, under-capitalized, and tend to be smaller than their regional counterparts,” Gould said. “We want to do what we can to provide different tools, resources and platforms to help them grow and that seems like a very natural way that we can do that.”

A sign on Thunder Mug’s front door reads “BLACK BUSINESS” and Apy is proud to be a black business owner – “There are only a few of us who survive and thrive here. She said – but getting there was not easy.

She held a credit score of 820 but was refused a loan by three banks before finally obtaining the financing to help open the cafe.

“As a black woman it was so hard to get a loan and get started,” Apy said. “A bank even said that in order to give me a loan, I had to ask a friend to put his house as collateral. I was like, ‘What?’ You could have bought me for a penny. I was so stunned by it and disheartened.

A secured loan, Apy devised a business plan before opening and outlined any possible challenges she might face. But there was nothing in there, said Apy, “which says quarantine and pandemic.”

The cafe was forced to rotate constantly, Apy said, as they navigated the pandemic with orders online and eating out. Thunder Mug survived and now Apy is hoping his partnership with the Sixers can inspire others.

“This program showed that I was able to stay open. I flourish. But it also gives me the tools to mentor and help future black entrepreneurs to open up and open up. I can be a resource, ”said Apy. “I feel like when I win, we all win. I want to uplift everyone. I would like to see the Black Business community grow, strengthen, prosper. I don’t want the pandemic to deter future black business owners from chasing their dreams. “

Apy’s coffee is named after a chamber pot in tribute to her great-grandmother, who lived to be 114 years old. Thunder Mug evokes “happy childhood memories” of her great-grandmother’s visit to Mississippi.

The cafe’s proximity to the Schuylkill River immediately reminded Apy of the lakeside Chicago, offering a slice of home in his new hometown. And a reminder of the life she lived while still clinging to her dream.

“My mom was a single mom and she had two jobs and that’s all I remember is my mom had two jobs,” Apy said. “I know my mom was more than that. She was a friend. She was a sister. She was a mother. She was a colleague. She was so much more than my sisters and I saw of her because she worked so hard.

“I wanted my kids to see me more as an individual. I wanted them to see me not only as a mom, but also as that person who also wanted to make her mark in the world. They are so proud.

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Restaurants

California restaurant 105 Noshery extends closure due to understaffing

What would normally be a busy day has turned into unanswered calls as restaurants take a break. 105 Noshery in Roseville closed last week and was scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, but this has now been delayed for two more days. The shutdown comes amid a number of workers falling ill. Lisa Peters, owner of 105 Noshery, said that while the employees are eager to get home, “We really believe that we have to make sure everyone is safe, so hopefully Friday.” Eddie Salcedo, who was stopping by the restaurant to celebrate his wife’s birthday and retirement, said he felt compassion for workers who don’t work as a team. A few doors down the same block, The Monk’s Cellar and Public House general manager Kelly Long said it closed last week for the same reason. To maintain the best environment for our staff and customers and not expose anyone to more potential illnesses, we have chosen to close our restaurant, ”said Long. Despite the shutdown, Long hopes they will return to normal soon and adds that they, ‘Meanwhile, the two restaurants are awaiting COVID-19 testing, they say they have ordered to continue testing their employees. more days, which is why the staff are not able to get tested, ”said Peters. Other restaurants like Mikuni Sushi and Chando’s Tacos currently only offer take-out services.

What would normally be a busy day has turned into unanswered calls as restaurants take a break.

105 Noshery in Roseville closed last week and was scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, but this has now been delayed for two more days.

The shutdown comes as a number of workers fall ill.

Lisa Peters, owner of 105 Noshery, said that while the employees are eager to get home, “We really believe that we have to make sure everyone is safe, so we hope Friday.”

Eddie Salcedo, who stopped by the restaurant to celebrate his wife’s birthday and retirement, said he had compassion for workers who are no longer working.

“It’s a little bad for everyone right now because a lot of people are losing their jobs because of the pandemic,” Salcedo said.

A few doors down the same block, The Monk’s Cellar and Public House general manager Kelly Long said it closed last week for the same reason.

“We had several staff members who fell ill quickly, so what we decided to do in order to maintain the best environment for our staff and customers and to not expose anyone to more potential illnesses, we chose to shutting down our restaurant, ”Long said.

Despite the shutdown, Long says they hope they will return to normal soon and adds that they are on the cusp of being fully staffed.

In the meantime, the two restaurants are awaiting the COVID-19 tests they say they have ordered to continue testing their employees.

“We continue to monitor the follow-up and it just keeps adding up five more days and five more days, and that’s why the staff are not able to get tested,” Peters said.

Other restaurants like Mikuni Sushi and Chando’s Tacos currently only offer take-out services.

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Bars

Miami cocktail bar brings tropical pop-up to Soho House

Fancy a tropical vibe during a Chicago winter that brought single-digit temperatures and black ice to the city? There are plenty of cocktail bars in Chicago that may make you think of a warmer climate: Three Dots & A Dash, Secret Sound at Time Out Market Chicago, and Lost Lake, which is soon to be extinct, to name a few – a few. But you’ll soon have an added option: a Miami cocktail bar that pops up inside Soho House during Chicago’s colder months.

Sweet Liberty Cocktail Bar brings some of the same drinks it serves in South Beach to the downstairs bar of Soho House Chicago, decorating the space with an origami flower installation, a nine foot tall palm tree, and a neon sign that says, “‘Pursue Happiness.” There’s also a custom DJ booth, where local selectors will perform Latin, funk, and deep house music throughout the pop-up’s residence.

Much of the pop-up’s menu is made up of drinks that Sweet Liberty serves at its original South Beach location, including the Florida cocktail made with Bacardi Añejo Cuatro, lime, pineapple, and creme de mint, as well as the Dope AF Lychee Martini, which features tender tropical fruits. Those looking for an alcoholic pick-me-up can enjoy a piña colada made with three types of rum, pineapple, coconut cream and Jamaican coffee.

Much like the Fox Bar at Soho House Chicago, the Sweet Liberty pop-up will be open to the general public, so you won’t need a Soho House membership to stop by and grab a drink. You can also grab some incredibly thin pies from Paper Thin Pizza to accompany your tropical drinks (available Wednesday through Saturday 6pm to 11pm).

The Sweet Liberty pop-up at SoHo House will open on January 14 and will operate on a first-come, first-served basis until February 12. You can have a table from Tuesday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., or Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Discover the Sweet Liberty cocktail menu below.

Courtesy of Soho House
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