Just across the street from the University of Iowa’s Pentacrest you’ll find a glass-paned door sitting under a striped canopy that reads: Clinton Street Social Club. Climb a narrow flight of stairs to the second floor and you’ll find yourself transported into a roaring twenties speakeasy.
The atmosphere this venue creates is remarkable. The gastropub, originally built in the 1920s, is lined with exposed brick walls, polished wood and tile floors, and visible rafters and pipelines. This two-level restaurant and bar is also fronted by large windows running almost floor to ceiling granting patrons a breathtaking view of the Old Capitol.
Clinton Street has more to offer than its atmosphere however. This speakeasy stays true to its persona with classic 1920s cocktails made from fresh-squeezed juices and house-made tonics, bitters, syrups, and tinctures. Both bar and food menus rotate with the seasons due to the way the social club sources its ingredients. Local, hormone-free, organic, and sustainable items are a high priority here.
If you wanted some entertainment after dinner, look no further. Clinton Street Social Club has live jazz every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Other specials include: Industry Sundays, Martini and Movie Mondays, Full Bottle Tuesdays, and Whiskey and Waits Wednesdays. Did I mention they have a half-priced social hour on weekdays from 4 to 6PM?
The social club really is, as they say on their website, an “Iowa City hideaway.” The food is indulgent, the drinks refreshing, and the atmosphere and service are both delightful. It is a truly unique Iowa City experience.
You can visit Clinton Street Social Club after 4PM Sunday through Saturday at 18 ½ South Clinton Street in downtown Iowa City.
Photo Credit: Iowa City Press Citizen