Brooklyn >The Clover Club
“Poor service, good drinks, uncomfortable atmosphere, bad lay-out of the space”
“The staff is rude and unaccommodating, the drinks are over priced and the staff is rude and unaccommodating.”
“Our bloody mary was delicious (I only wish they served more olives in it).”
“It had a cozy space in the back and the cocktail selection was amazing.”
“Bad scene, bad lay-out, so-so service, unaccommodating hostesses.”
“The stars are for the drinks which were good but not worth the annoying experience.”
More Than Just a Great Cocktail! Brunch Too!. I met my best friend for brunch at Clover Club, a total 1920s throw back club that serves up an amazing brunch. I was there for my bf's bday party a few years ago. A fun Brooklyn getaway with amazing drinks, so I decided to try the bloody mary after having a fun night out. Was not disappointed, so peppery and spicy. I also had the baked eggs with leeks and parmesan. The presentation was unreal. They served the meal on a slate rectangular board. On top was a small oval ramekin filled with baked eggs neighbored by two pieces of grilled sourdough and a small heavily seasoned green salad. It was delicious. My bf got the huevos rancheros, which was beautifully presented as well with a tortilla on the bottom with layers of flavor including black bean, a thin omelette, and spicy green salsa on top. Unbelievable! Great place to drink and now to brunch!
I love this place! One of the things I don't like about Brooklyn is the casual, dressed-down, hate-on-anything-nice attitude. One of the things I love about Brooklyn is that places like Clover Club exist and THRIVES despite those bad attitudes.
The cocktails are interesting and delicious. The small plates are really tasty (I highly recommend the deviled eggs).
I love taking out of town guests here to show them some class. I will return to Clover Club over and over again.
Not The Whole Story.
Re: Justthoughtyoushouldknow's comment: I happened to be there that night, and the account is biased, and lacking a few details.
The conversation with the mgr did start out calmly, but when the 3 realized that they would not be served, man 2 started yelling into the mgr's face. Yes, the mgr is a short, small framed woman, and these two men were getting upset and loud with her.
At this point, the taller of the two men started to push/throw chairs around, yell, act violently, hurl slurs and encourage a fight. Of course this prompted the shorter man to act in kind. This is when the male staff member (who kept his distance from both men), the bartender, and two other guests who were sitting at the bar, ALL went to stand with the mgr in support.
FINALLY after much yelling from the 2 men and the wife, they left the bar. Then the wife proceeded to kick the front door until she cracked the glass (one of the patrons took a photo of her with his phone), all the while screaming "I work at the Embassy!!" (not sure which one?), and on and on...
These ppl may not have been drunk (although after staying a "long time" and spending "over $400" one wonders...), but they certainly seemed to be on some other type of stimulants.
This incident should not have degenerated the way it did. If an establishment refuses to serve a patron, it is their prerogative, and at times, their legal obligation. Don't get upset about it, just pay your tab and leave!
Incredibly rude staff!. I was in this the Clover Club and spent over $400 dollars in drinks and food with my wife and friends after work. We stayed in this establishment for a long time. We were eating and drinking and having a great time with each other. When we were ready to go, a suggestion for one final round was suggested by my wife(guess she didnt want the night to end). My wife proceeded to ask for another round. Only the waitress she ordered from was not our waitress. This waitress proceeded to call us LOUD DRUNKS, and refused to serve us. Dont get me wrong, I have been apart of the LOUD DRUNKEN BAR CREW a few times in my life...this was not one of those times. I CALMLY asked to speak with the manager. A short girl with a british accent came upstairs to the main floor from the office in the basement. We walked towards each other, I said hello, and she did the same. At this point I made sure to be nothing short of a gentleman. I softley asked her why we were being denied another round after we spent somuch money in there establishment, and I also asked why were disrespectfully called loud drunks. She started stuttering, and could not give me a reasonable answer due to the fact that it was very obvious that we were not outrageously drunk. Mind you, we were having a very calm and curteous conversation(IM sure she would agree.) All of a sudden, the tall, shaved head, caucasian male bar tender, jumped from behind the bar and attempted to escalate the the situation by standing beside me and yelling to the side of my face. I never broke eye contact with the manager because I wanted her to see how we were being treated wrong. The bartender then proceeded to challenge my friend and me to a fight. We are decent, intelligent men, so his pointless offer was declined. Nonetheless, this whole situation was uncalled for, and we were treated very poorly in this establishment. If we were in the wrong, I would never write this, but we werent, and this place's wait staff is very arrogant, young, uninformed, and VEY VERY RUDE!! Take your money to another place, and have a good time. This place doesnt represent Brooklyn at all.
Best Brunch. My husband and I stumbled on this place when looking for a brunch spot to celebrate our first year wedding anniversary. Of course we were looking for something special and we definitely found it here. The space is modern and cozy. In the back is a nice lounge area with a fireplace and comfy chairs, there is also a separate bar there. The front eating area is just as comfy. The bar menu offers a nice history of the drinks. Our bloody mary was delicious (I only wish they served more olives in it). We were pleasantly surprised by the food, it was outstanding! We had the baked eggs with truffle and leeks and each bite kept getting better. It was well worth the $10. The staff is also friendly and attentive. Water glasses are constantly filled without being asked. We've been here twice already and have even brought friends who loved it too. We'll definitely be going back.
pretentious? did you look that up first?.
i think the most annoyingly overused word of late is "pretentious". it seems that anything that people find to be expensive is now termed pretentious.
now, the clover club is definitely not cheap. if you want cheap, there is no shortage of dive bars in the area. but this place is most certainly NOT pretentious. their extensive drink menu offers descriptions as well as histories of the spirits used. the staff is friendly and patient (ive been here in a party of 2 and a party of 7), and happy to make a drink recommendation based on your taste. typically a specialty drink bar such as this caters only to connoisseurs, but even beginners can feel comfortable here. far from pretentious.
ignore the haters. this place is well worth your money.
p.s.- almost forgot to mention the food. we had steak on toast, chicken wings, mac & chz, crostini, and oysters. every single one was brilliant. i couldn't even pick a favorite.
Worst bar on Smith Street. I will never go back to this place. The staff is rude and unaccommodating, the drinks are over priced and the staff is rude and unaccommodating. This is a horrible place to bring a group and is the opposite of the vibe that is Brooklyn. Very pretentious for no apparent reason.
Top-rate Cocktails and Cool Atmosphere. Went here recently with a few friends. The decor was great. It had a cozy space in the back and the cocktail selection was amazing. Food was better that standard bar fare. The staff was very knowledgeable, but service was slow/poor.
Thanks for making Clover Club happen!.
I heard so much about Clover Club that I decided to go and check it out myself. After going to all the mixology bars, you pretty much won't find me drinking anywhere else.
This place has great drinks, friendly, unpretentious staff and very knowledgeable!
After the recommendation of our lovely waitress, we decided to have one of their punches, and what a recommendation! Definitely a must!!!
And if you get hungry, they have a list of "savory bites" to choose from......tasty!
I will certainly be back!
Can't wait to check out their brunch menu!
this place is awful. rude, snotty, and completely obnoxious. i guess the drinks are decent. but i've had better. and you need to drink quite a few in order to stomach the elderflower-shoved-up-their-butt staff.
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