New York City-Brooklyn
May 11, 2018
Cobble Hill’s cocktail hotspot is a real winner. The brainchild of the Flatiron Lounge’s Julie Reiner, Clover Club’s drinks are divided into nine categories, including punches suitable for group-slurping, juleps and smashes, and collins and fizzes. There’s American caviar on the menu at £49 to soak it all up, or some slightly less pricey favourites such as pulled pork minis and steak over toast if you’re not feeling so flush. The cheese plate features daily specials from the neighbourhood fromagerie, Stinky Brooklyn. Design-wise the brick-walled, tin-roofed, tile-floored room is dominated by a reclaimed mahogany bar, which dates from the late 19th century and has travelled all the way from a Pennsylvania mining town.
There are vintage sofas and curved leather booths to recline on, and even a working fireplace to toast your toes on cold nights. But while the bar overplays the whole jazz era vibe a little for our tastes, the cocktails are truly superb – the bar tenders really, really, really know what they’re doing – and the atmosphere is warm and unpretentious. Are these the best drinks in Brooklyn? They’re definitely near the top of the pile. History buffs might be interested to know that the original Clover Club was a select group of Philadelphia journalists who formed in 1882 and met until the 1920s, gathering once a month at the Bellevue Hotel to eat, drink and talk. They even had their own snappy motto: “Who enters here leaves care behind, leaves sorrow behind, leaves petty envies and jealousy behind.”
What their peers say
“After opening Flatiron Lounge and the Pegu Club, Julie Reiner and Susan Federoff brought their stylish, hospitable brand of cocktail bar to Brooklyn and did it with swagger. A 19th century bar, exposed brick walls, antique furniture and a posh back room are just a few of the details that distinguish the Clover Club: and that’s before you order one of Julie’s lively cocktails.” Jim Meehan of PDT, New York
“This is by far my favourite New York bar to open in recent years. Upon entering this bar, you’re immediately transported into an incredibly sophisticated space with top notch ambiance. It is manned by some of the most attentive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff you’re ever likely to meet and the drinks and food are second to none. Sunday brunch is particularly recommended.” Sean Muldoon of The Dead Rabbit, New York City
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