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The sign outside reads “Welcome to the Happy Village Bar: The Happiest Place in East Village.” It’s a bold claim for such a low-key spot, but the friendly and chatty clientele may just make you believe it. The long bar hosts a super-casual neighborhood crowd with a taste for beer and nostalgia. Inside, they sit among vintage posters, slot machines without jackpots and a wall-clock flanked by pictures of Robert and John F. Kennedy. A pair of ping pong tables room in back are available for play during regular business hours and attract amateurs and pong devotees alike. The back door opens onto a giant patio replete with arbors, picnic tables, gardens and a goldfish pond adorned with figurines.