Hot spot: SM23 offers exotic drinks and professional mixers
NJ.com (Go to website)- Just off the Green, inside the Marriott at Headquarters Plaza, SM23 is an unassuming nightlife spot from the outside with all kinds of ultra-cool lounge chic on the inside.
Sandwiched between two of Morristown’s top restaurants, (Mehndi, serving Indian cuisine, and Ming II, featuring a menu of Far Eastern and Asian fusion selections) SM is the perfect spot for the before- and after-dinner cocktail or late-night spot.
With the lights turned down low and the music turned up just so, SM provides intimacy to its guests with a professional type of treatment from a polished staff.
While the management at SM chooses not to enforce a strict dress code, the atmosphere and patrons of this lounge dictate a business casual/club cool style of dress. Nice jeans and a decent shirt will get you through the door, but leave the jerseys and headgear at home.
Be sure to sample some of the libations from SM’s Black List: an eccentric blend of flavors from around the world, including the Go (fenel-infused sake, plum vinegar, china cola) or Deux (douglas fir-infused brandy, white willow bark extract, maple syrup, lemon) for $15 or any of the 40 SM signature drinks that are both sapid and potent.
SM23 mixologist Jeremy Strungis mixes things up on a recent Saturday night.
The Raspberry and Lemon Grass Martini, (fresh raspberries, Belvedere vodka, Chambord, lemon grass syrup, sake, lemon juice) the Grilled Pineapple and Cracked Pepper Martini, (muddled grilled pineapple, peppercorn infused Belvedere, chamomile syrup, lemon juice, garnished with cracked peppercorn) or the SM23 Martini (muddled lychees, Belvedere, lychee liqueur, apple juice, lemon grass syrup) all go for $12 and are worth tastebud tantalizing drop.
DJ’s Unique, Torrent and Tom spin a variety of house tunes Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, respectively, and go on around 10 p.m. ’til closing.
Asked what makes SM23 unique among the plethora of nightlife choices around the Green, head bartender/mixologist Jeremy Strungis said SM offers “an exclusive feel in a unique establishment with even more extraordinary drinks that keep people coming.”