Party Earth Review Harkening back to the classier side of Prohibition, the 2nd Floor on Clinton is a cozy piece of boozer nostalgia worlds apart from the Barramundi bar beneath it. Relaxed upper-crust groups and in-the-know students looking... ... read full review
67 Clinton Street
New York, NY 10002
J, M, Z: Essex Street
Th–Sa 7pm–2am; Last entry at 1am
Lower East Side, New York –
Harkening back to the classier side of Prohibition, the 2nd Floor on Clinton is a cozy piece of boozer nostalgia worlds apart from the Barramundi bar beneath it.
Relaxed upper-crust groups and in-the-know students looking to splurge make their way through Barramundi, ring a buzzer next to a door marked PRIVATE, and are soon ushered up a narrow staircase and into a single-room speakeasy where deco lamps throw a golden hue across antique furnishings and white brick walls.
It’s quiet inside, full of good-natured cocktailers and romantic couples perched on plush couches and armchairs as tie-clad waiters fill them in on the night’s specials. Classics are well covered from Manhattans to Negronis, as are rarer finds like the Glass Slipper (gin and orange blossom water) and the Corlaer’s Hook (brandy and pomegranate).
Patrons can order cocktail-inspired truffles to accompany their drinks – including flavors like absinthe and portly fig – though visitors would be wise to eat beforehand as these delectable chocolates are the only thing on the food menu.
Even at its wildest, the venue keeps the noise down to a calm chatter, and since standing room is not allowed, it doesn’t take much for the space to be at capacity.
Luckily, patrons can make a special VIP reservation online (call the venue for instructions) or leave their cell number with the host upon arrival, and perhaps chill in the casual dive on the ground level before being whisked to the 2nd Floor on Clinton to party like it’s 1925.
This is not a place to go with a big group. There are only eleven tables and they’re limited to a maximum of four people per table. Save this spot for a romantic night with that special someone or a classy evening with a close-knit group of friends. Or, better yet, rent the whole place out for a private party!
Students and post-grads with a little money to burn, cocktail connoisseurs, cool creative types, couples on dates, possible couples on first dates, and anyone looking for a chill evening of conversation, chocolates, and classic drinks, 20s to 30s+.
Barely audible ambient lounge music.
Handmade chocolate truffles with liquor flavorings including absinthe, martini, and portly fig.
Beer $10+, wine $11+, house cocktails $14, liquor $12+. Chocolate truffles $9/three.
Room rental $1500/Th–Sa and $300/hour all other times. Open bar packages from $20/person/hour.
Casual to classy: designer jeans, collared shirts, nice simple dresses, low heels, leather shoes, vintage wear.
Venue is consistently busy the three nights it’s open, though Thursdays tend to promise the shortest wait for a table, while Fridays and Saturdays all but guarantee a full house all night.
The Back Room (102 Norfolk Street) is another clandestine speakeasy that’s larger than 2nd Floor with a similar classy vibe.