New York City
Julie Reiner and Susan Federoff trailblazed the New York craft movement with Pegu Club in the mid-noughties. Then, the duo followed up with a true masterpiece, Clover Club in Boerum Hill’s hip Smith Street. The beautiful bar does not just serve classic cocktails, it fully embodies classic style. Adorned with leather chairs, dark woods, exposed-brick walls, pressed-tin ceilings and a roaring fireplace, drinks here illicit the old-time elegance of bygone New York bars.
The libations match the ambience. The titular Clover Club (gin, dry vermouth, lemon, raspberry syrup and egg white) helms a list of drinks with a century of staying power. Cocktail aficionados will delight in the nine-section menu, boasting historic lists of Sours and Cobblers next to classic Collins, Royales and more. Reiner’s modern classics like the Willow’s Fizz (gin, lavender, grapefruit and soda) round out the list. Elevated bar plates of oysters, steak over toast and the signature mac and cheese provide nourishment in the evening. But regular guests will tell you that the best time to visit Clover Club is for weekend brunch for plates of huevos rancheros, with its own set of cocktails to boot.