Clock Bar

By Irvin Lin

Union Square can be quite the nightmare of tourists—thankfully, the upscale Clock Bar offers a welcome respite from the frantic scene outside. At the dark and inviting rosewood bar—matching the floor-to-ceiling wood paneling—cocktails such as the seasonal Three Piece Suit will relax even the most frazzled of patrons. The signature light columns with digital clock display frame the room, making the cozy little bar less film noir hideout and more speculative fiction hip (if such a thing exists). Of course, drinks aren’t the only things available, with the small but spot-on menu that includes treats like savory ahi tuna tartare or the perfect to-share mixed plate with it’s quinelle of rich duck rilette, slices of tender pork terrine, and selection of cheeses, including the beautiful Humboldt Fog goat cheese with its ribbon of ash in the middle. With nibbles and drinks such as these, Union Square is finally a destination for something other than shopping.

the crowd

An attractive mix of well-dressed tourists, locals meeting out-of-towners, business men and women, as well as a fair number of solo adventurers.

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at your service
You might be tempted to just order the same old usual gin and tonic, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice. Head bartender Suzanne Miller has created a seasonal menu of cocktails that not only sparkle and shine in the double old-fashioned but on the palate as well, a feat that is all the more remarkable as she rarely drinks herself.

delicious tidbit
The house marinated Castelvetrano Italian olives, soaked in a mix of rosemary, citrus zest, and other herbs, are available on the menu as their own item, but they also come with the mixed plate, making it the best deal in the bar.


4 PM–2 AM daily

price range

Food: $5 (house-marinated olives) to $25 (mixed cheese and charcuterie plate)
Drink: $7 (daily punch) to $14 (cocktails)