Lucky Clover Celebrates Grand Opening
New Irish bar in Westown will feature DJs and drink deals for first official weekend in business.
The pub got a jump start on the weekend Wednesday with its VIP Night and will officially open to the public Friday. DJ Cloroxx will spin for Friday’s grand opening and DJ Spex will perform Saturday. Both nights will feature $3 select taps and $6 doubles from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and $4 Guinness taps and $3 Jameson shots from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.
The full bar setup is complemented by 24 taplines. The pub plans to debut its food program in October.
Sydra Group founder and director Jake Dehne opened The Lucky Clover with operating partner James Manke. Dehne noted that in 20 years of working in the Old World Third Street Entertainment District, the area only saw one (short-lived) Irish bar.
“There really hasn’t been that that kind of the concept or or an Irish bar on the street in quite some time,” he said.
In line with the Irish theme, Dehne recruited Zoli’s Woodcarving to create a giant clover statue that guests can touch for good luck. Another dose of luck is a few steps away at the bar, which is entirely covered in pennies—23,000 of them, according to Dehne. They’re all are heads up — except for a few. “You need to find where those are,” he said.
The forthcoming food program will feature Irish-inspired dishes like corned beef nachos, potato skins, Guinness-infused cheese and onion dip, baked reuben rolls, Irish stew and pot pie. Other pub fare like pizza, chips and salsa and cheese curds will also be available. Desserts will be an assortment of pies and cakes.
The 3,000-square-foot Lucky Clover space is connected to Wisconsin Cheese Mart. Owner Ken McNulty was also owner of Brüdd Cafe, but closed the business earlier this year. The cheese store remains open.
The Lucky Clover also shares a building with another one of Sydra’s ventures, the Red, White and Blue (RBW) tavern.
Aside from Lucky Clover and RWB, Sydra also owns and operates Buckhead Saloon, Red Elephant Chocolate and Nicole’s Third Ward Social, which closed in April with the intent to reopen in a new location. Sydra opened State Street Pizza Pub a block southwest of Lucky Clover in June.
The Lucky Clover would be open Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to bar close and Saturday and Sunday from noon to close.
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