The cravings for sushi, cold beer, delicious cocktails and a friendly atmosphere were all quenched at Mr. An’s, 6091 N.Oracle Road last week.

The monthly Sippin’ Social gatherings continue to bring in numerous new faces from our community, while giving a few regulars the opportunity to talk about familiar topics.

The bar and happy hour open and begin at 4 p.m. and continue on until 7 p.m. For some extra happy hour, Mr. An’s offers all-day happy hour on Sundays. The very extensive happy hour menu consists of 18 different drinks comprised of beer, wine, sake and mixed drinks, and 22 different food items that range from a simple order of edamame to delectable sushi rolls. Drinks range from $2 to $5 and food ranges from $3 to $8.

Seeing two beers neither one of us has tried, Chris Flora and I were curious about the Mr. An’s Ale and Mr. An’s Pilsner. The attentive server was quick to offer us a sample of each to help us with our decision.

I chose the ale, which was slightly malty, but certainly not heavy. There was a crisp dry finish that was slightly similar to New Castle Ale. The $3 beer went down very smoothly.

Chris enjoyed the pilsner, which was light, smooth to drink, unfilling and all with hints of a sake flavor finish that is very fitting for the environment.

For our first round of food, we split the Tootsy Roll. For $5, a striking presentation of crab, spicy tuna and cucumber comes topped with Mr. An’s signature red and green spinach crunch and is finished off with a drizzling of sweet soy sauce.

The mixture of ingredients was balanced very well with a wonderful blend of chewy, crunchy, sweet and spicy. The beers paired perfectly with this dish.

Shortly after the beers and sushi disappeared, our orders for two signature cocktails were made from a selection of six unique drinks. 

An’s Main Squeeze was my selection. It is fruit-flavored infused sake, mixed with lemonade and freshly squeezed lime juice. This item can be ordered with raspberry, watermelon or apple. Flexing my muscles, I ordered raspberry. 

The drink was thirst-quenching and refreshing. Within my notes, I wrote down “dangerously delicious” as the drink was consumed very easily.

Chris enjoyed Mr. An’s Classic Mai Tai, which is black spiced rum and a blend of pineapple and orange juices. 

The drink, which was served with a slice of lime and an orange, had sweet, but not overwhelmingly sweet, taste similar to Sweet Tarts. It had the appearance of a summer drink but was tasty enough to drink in the winter. 

Our final menu item, Bacon of the Sea ($7), took a little bit longer to order and to arrive, which appeared to have been caused by the increased clientele at this very popular location.

When the six-piece roll arrived, all was forgiven. The tempura roll was filled with spicy shrimp, bacon and crab, and was served with a creamy wasabi sauce.

This creamy, buttery, crispy, bacon-y dish was demolished in minutes.

Mr. An’s has a very extensive and delicious bar and happy hour menu that I plan to check out again soon.

Join us next month on Feb. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Poppy Kitchen, 3770 E. Sunrise Drive. It is located at the Westin La Paloma Resort on the west side of the main parking area.

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