Trailer Happiness

London, United Kingdom
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177 Portobello Road
London, United Kingdom
Opened in 2004
Daily 5pm-3am
020 7727 2700

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Trailer Happiness

7.5

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by 24 people

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 6.9
Drink Quality 9.3
Drink Selection 8.4
Food Quality 7.2
Food Selection 5.6
Mood 7.9
Music 7
Service 8.7
Tikiness 5.6
Tilt 7.9
Vibe 8

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Humuhumu’s description

Trailer Happiness is a retro-California lounge in the Notting Hill section of London, opened by John Downey in 2004. Rather than a finding its inspiration in midcentury Polynesian restaurants, it aims for the feel of an American, kitch-heavy, basement rumpus room.
The tiki-heavy drink menu was developed with a helping hand from famed cocktailian Dale DeGroff.

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NeilSmith
NeilSmith has visited Trailer Happiness.
September 23, 2017, 11:54 AM
Lacking in Tiki Decor, however the drinks and rum selection were excellent, as were the Bartenders and Manager.
Roadriverrail
Roadriverrail has visited Trailer Happiness.
December 17, 2016, 12:38 PM
Definitely playing the late-era tiki card, but don't count it out. Their 70s swag evokes the exotic, and the drinks are absolutely on point.
SenorSwanky
SenorSwanky has visited Trailer Happiness.
November 21, 2016, 3:55 PM
Cute little club, very much a 70s/Kitsch decor with a nice complement of disco, soul and modern music. At the time of our visit the kitchen was not in service. The cocktail menu is Tiki in nature but again vodka forward but found a couple rum nuggets in there. This is one place where the bartender makes all the difference, it was a slow evening so she came over and chatted with us a bit when we made our usual Daiquiri/MaiTai order. She totally hit both of them out of them park. I'd certainly recommend Trailer Happiness but you might check ahead if you are expecting food. Lots of neat little shops and restaurants in the surrounding blocks.

Boilerplate London Tiki Bar Comment: (you'll see this on all my reviews from London so if you've read it once you can skip over it). All the tiki bars in London are very thinly tiki themed, under their skin they are all just after 9pm party bars. It should be noted that all our visits were before that, about 6pm. None of them played any music that came close to exotica, cocktail, surf.... They all had very vodka forward cocktail menus and even though there were recognizable drink names they were generally void of any rum. Our general process for cocktail evaluation is for us to try a couple of their signature drinks and then order a simple Havana Club Daiquiri and a MaiTai. None of the London menus had a traditional MaiTai or Daiquiri listed. There are probably exceptions to this rule but in general pubs are for boys and all other types of bars are for girls. The burlesque club and tiki bars we visited had pretty much exclusive customer base of women and "Hen Parties", just a drinking culture thing here in London I assume.
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