Inside Clifton Club, the Dallas cocktail bar you wish you had in your home

The funky, textured wallpaper, the dim, sexy lighting, the cozy booths exactly where you ought to spill a couple of strategies: Dallas’ latest community lounge Clifton Club appears and feels like the bar you want you had in your possess residence.

It opened in Might 5, 2022 on Fitzhugh Avenue.

Owner Greg Katz sits in the greatest home in Clifton Club: a side booth with views of all the action.(Ben Torres / Exclusive Contributor)

Operator Greg Katz, who operates the well-liked Beverley’s following door, made Clifton Club to really feel like a hotel lobby bar. But it’s acquired much more character than most hotel bars do. It’s possible it is the essence of the homosexual club Zippers that utilised to be below before Katz redid it. Or Maybe it’s Katz himself, who has set huge thought into producing a bar that feels effortless.

“This is a put where by you can arrive and be who you are,” he says.

Possibly people today going for walks on the nearby Katy Trail will prevent in for a drink. And likely, Park Towns and Uptown neighbors will visit, on the lookout for a standard position for a nightcap. Most undoubtedly, buyers waiting around for a desk at Bev’s, or just ending meal there, will stroll over with no acquiring to go their cars.

Snacks are the way to go at Clifton Club.
Treats are the way to go at Clifton Club.(Ben Torres / Exclusive Contributor)

Notably, the new Clifton Club has a financial institution of rounded windows previously mentioned the principal room’s banquettes, which let in some mild and give it some glammy design. (Go through: Design crews experienced to knock significant holes in the wall, as the bar before it did not seem to be to want any person looking at in.) The geometric cinder block walls at the entrance and on the patio, painted orange, provide a pop of shade.

We termed it just one of the most enjoyable new bars to open in Dallas-Fort Worthy of in 2022, and right after observing inside, it’s worth a check out.

VIP seats

For anyone who loves sitting at the bar, Clifton Club provides 14 fantastic seats, bellied up to the bartenders.

Clifton Club in Dallas is all rounded edges and cozy nooks.
Clifton Club in Dallas is all rounded edges and cozy nooks.(Ben Torres / Particular Contributor)

Beyond those, the greatest seats in the home are to the aspect of the bar, in an unnamed, crescent-formed place that’ll healthy 8 to 10 individuals. For now, it’ll be open up seating — first occur, very first served.

But we can imagine that inside of a number of weeks, Dallasites celebrating a small business deal or partners thieving a night absent from their young ones will be inquiring regardless of whether their team can sit there, sequestered from the principal eating place but continue to within just eyeshot of the exciting.

What ought to we get in touch with it?

Clifton Club is named for the city Katz grew up in around Cape City, South Africa. This tiny home is on the edge of the action, kind of like those people great seats at the opera, in excess of on the side, in which you can sit on your perch and take it all in. Phone this minor home The Cliff, possibly.

Nibbles and snacks

There is a trio of olives, nuts and pickled veggies sitting down upcoming to a swirl of whipped ricotta topped with pistachio dukka.

Grilled jumbo shrimp comes with a side of Green Point tartar sauce. Why the name? Green...
Grilled jumbo shrimp will come with a aspect of Environmentally friendly Place tartar sauce. Why the title? Environmentally friendly Level is Greg Katz’s coming-soon seafood and oyster cafe on Knox Avenue.(Ben Torres / Specific Contributor)

Katz’s intention was to provide foods that is salty, crunchy and spicy. “What we believed most about was: What do you want to eat when you’re owning a cocktail?” he suggests.

In that way, Clifton Club is a bar initially, restaurant next. Those who occur hungry can undoubtedly eat an overall dinner. But it is shareable treats all the way — sassed up from what you provide in your individual bar. Between the dozen-or-much more snacks are steak tartare toast, crudite with garlicky yogurt dip, mini smashburgers, and crispy potatoes with smoked trout roe.

Here's a look at a few cocktails at Clifton Club, from the left: Sunset Over Manhattan, Gin...
Here’s a appear at a couple of cocktails at Clifton Club, from the still left: Sunset About Manhattan, Gin Fitz, Passionfruit Vodka Highball, Espresso Martini and the Mexican Firing Squad.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

But 1st, cocktails

Katz was the controlling husband or wife and typical manager at Victor Tangos, just one of Dallas’ most effective cocktail bars. Clifton Club isn’t a Victor Tangos substitution, but it’s a cocktail-forward bar with major food stuff, so it is uncomplicated to see a resemblance.

“Victor grew up,” Katz suggests, imagining again to the bar’s 10-year run from 2008 to the finish of 2017. Probably an more mature, wiser Victor would want to consume a Oaxacan Affair — tequila, mezcal, watermelon, agave and lime, with black lava salt — and munch on hen liver and foie gras pâté.

Whipped ricotta with blistered tomatoes, pistachio dukkah and sourdough sounds like a good...
Whipped ricotta with blistered tomatoes, pistachio dukkah and sourdough seems like a fantastic snack to go with a cocktail. “It is really these kinds of a exciting group,” proprietor Greg Katz suggests about shareable dishes.(Ben Torres / Distinctive Contributor)

Cocktails at Clif Club are both modern day and typical. There are riffs on an aperol spritz and a gin fizz. There is also a basic cosmopolitan. Potentially it is for developed folks who recently watched the Sex and the Metropolis reboot and are wanting to consume down some reminiscences.

Upcoming door, at Bev’s, there’s an off-the-menu shot known as a Zapper, which is basically a little swig of an espresso martini. At Clifton Club, there’ll be the Zipper, a drink that will come to feel proper at property in the old Zippers.

You never have to have to know what is in it. Just get one.

Clifton Club is at 3333 N. Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas. It opened May well 5, 2022.

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