Someone once told me that people with charisma often have varying personalities. Apparently, we gravitate toward folks who have a few sides to them.

Such is the draw at The Corner Office, where both the customers and the bartenders contribute to the place’s charisma. Happy-hour customers are still freshly buttoned up from a day at the office, while bartenders are colorfully tattooed and hip looking.

The effect is a professional environment where everyone feels licensed to cut loose a little quicker. There may be a lot of suits at the bar, but everyone is relaxed and laughing. I notice my own merriment rise after one of the bar’s Paper Shredders, a martini (on special during happy hour for $5) featuring whiskey, ginger ale, and fresh ginger. (Be sure to peruse the cocktail menu. A lot of the drinks have special additions, like a Dum-Dum sucker or a Quik-rimmed glass.)

Happy hour runs in the bar area Sunday through Thursday, from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight. A list of specialty martinis are $5, house wine is $5, PBRs are $1, and Easy Street Wheat and 90 Shilling are $3. A happy-hour food menu is available during the same time periods, with fare like lemon edamame ($6), shrimp spring rolls ($7), and crab pad thai ($18), among other treats.

1401 Curtis St., 303-825-6500