The back bar is beautiful with lots of interesting spirits to look at but I was particularly drawn to the taps. They have lambrusco on tap! The casual spot would be great to start at or end your night.
I checked out some of the cocktails on the list which is divided into several categories low ABV and house standards.
My friend got the Garibaldi which I liked because I like rye whiskey and Campari. It’s not a Boulevardier though as it has citrus (lime in this case). It’s a nice one to start with if you don’t want a stirred cocktail.
Garibaldi – rye whiskey, Campari, lime, sugar, concord grapes
The Cooler is a magnificent sandwich. It’s basically every meat they have at Bar Clacson. When you can’t decide between calabrese, capicolla, mortadella, serano ham, sopressata, proscuitto or speck for a meat board, just get them all as a paninni! I loved this bread that’s baked by Cole’s French Dip.
It’s not mentioned on the menu but the creme de violette in the Water Lily is actually a housemade creme de violette. Not only does it give the drink a cool gray color but it’s not as sweet as other creme de violettes on the market. This is a brunch drink for sure.
Water Lily – gin, creme de violette, triple sec
I like mezcal. I like Meletti. When you stir the two together and add orange bitters, it makes a great BBS (brown, bitter, stirred) for the Minty.
Mezcaletti – mezcal, Amaro Meletti, orange bitters
Despite the tabasco, the Dragon’s Breath ended up being a bit too sweet for me. I am glad for the pickled walnut to nibble on to help bring together the savory elements. I asked for the specs and I think I’d cut back on the apricot liqueur personally. My drinking buddies liked it though so maybe I just have a drier palate.
Dragon’s Breath – calvados, apricot liqueur, dry vermouth, tabasco, pickled walnut
I loved the name, Right Now, and it was a very balanced drink as well. I liked that the spirits and amari I normally think of as ingredients for boozy cocktails were turned into refreshing drinks. This one with gin and Cynar is something I’d try to replicate. I like cucumber but tend not to like it in cocktails because I think it waters down a drink. This one was definitely not the case.
Right Now – gin, Cynar, lemon, sugar, cucumber, sea salt
If you ended your night at Bar Clacson, a good one to get is the Roof Garden instead of just a bitters and soda. This ginger and blanc vermouth drink is just so festive. And it’ll help settle whatever big meal you just had.
Roof Garden – blanc vermouth, house ginger syrup, lime, Angostura bitters, soda water
Eventually Bar Clacson will open another bar in the back that even has a second floor. The plan is to open it around April of this year. I can’t wait for this bar. It’s going to be a very simple highballs bar (from the soda gun!) and a good place to hang. I got a sneak peek and it’s beautiful. It reminds me of 70s drinking dends. So you’ll get a little bit of everything- food, cocktails and a chill place in the back.
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