The Lucky Clover Opens in Brickell: A First Look (Pictures)
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Vanessa and Kiley are waiting to pour you a Guinness.|
The Lucky Clover Irish Pub, which opened last night, is in fact a lot like Disney. Designed by Retromania, a Spanish firm that specializes in creating exact replicas of authentic European ale houses, the giant pub is filled with vintage ads, reclaimed signage, family crests, and leather club chairs. Look closer and you'll see large flat-screen TV sets and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems on the stage -- you're still in Miami circa 2012.
Executive chef Pedro Galliardo and chef de cuisine Glenn Benito have created a menu that encompasses both traditional Irish pub fare and American bar favorites in the gigantic kitchen that is shared by Mare Nostrum, a Mediterranean-themed eatery set to open next week.
Guests can order favorites such as Lucky fish 'n' chips ($14.99) -- hand-battered cod with fries -- or spaghetti Bolognese, featuring pasta made fresh daily. Small plates include Clover wings with Guinness barbecue sauce ($11.99); Lucky sliders ($13.99), composed of Angus beef, caramelized onions, and Brie; and chicken quesadillas ($9.99).
An Irish pub wouldn't be complete without a good pint, so choose from ten drafts, including Guinness or 42 bottled beers. If you can't make up your mind, the Lucky Clover features three beer flights ($10 to $14) and three shot flights ($28).