Walking into The Lucky Clover in Brickell is a little like visiting an Ireland section of Disney’s Epcot. It’s every Irish pub you’ve ever walked into on steroids. Old signs for beer, spirits, and cheese are hung on green wooden walls well-worn by decades of use. Bar stools festooned with the bar’s name in gold beckon you to sit and have a pint, as girls in teeny-tiny kilts take your drink order.
The Lucky Clover, which opened last evening, 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 televisions and a state of the art lighting and sound system 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 also shared by Mare Nostrum, set to open next week.
Guests can order favorites like Lucky fish & chips ($14.99), hand battered cod with fries, or spaghetti Bolognese, made with pasta made fresh daily in-house. Small plates include Clover wings with Guinness BBQ sauce ($11.99), Lucky sliders ($13.99) made with Angus beef, caramelized onions and brie cheese, and chicken quesadillas ($9.99).
An Irish pub wouldn’t be complete without a good pint, so choose from 10 drafts including Guinness or 42 bottled beers. If you can’t make up your mind, The Lucky Clover features three different beer flights ($10-$14) and three different shot flights ($28).
Source: Laine Doss, miaminewtimes.com