When I was attending Rutger University, Clydz, in New Brunswick used to be one of my favorite neighborhood bars. It’s classier than a lot of the bars you’d find near the University, along Easton Avenue (Scarlet Pub, Knight Club, and Old Queens anyone?). It’s also more expensive, which is why, as a poor college student, I couldn’t frequent it as often as I’d like. But it’s expensive for good reason. Both the food and drink menu are so unique, unlike any other restaurant/bar in the area. I mean where else can you order braised python ravioli or kangaroo loin served with potato gratin and garlic broccolini?
Even though I don’t live in the New Brunswick area anymore, I occasionally find myself visiting Clydz to meet up with friends for a drink or for their happy hour, which is the best option if you’re not looking to spend a fortune. Happy hour is from 4-7pm, Monday through Friday and many of their drinks are half price and appetizers are discounted quite a bit ($6) as well. Try their wild boar arancini or their pierogies.
The drink menu is just as unique and even more extensive than the food menu. Clydz is famous for it’s martinis but they offer plenty of other options as well. My personal favorite is the sparkling sunrise, which is a mix of champagne, chambord and peach liqueur. The drink comes topped with fresh raspberries. The drink menu is so large, it borders on being overwhelming, but I always like to have options.
If you can’t make happy hour the bar and late night menu is another good option. If you just want to snack, the small bites section offers items like alligator in a blanket (so yummy), sriracha chicken wings, and crab cakes. If you’re more interested in an actual meal, the large bite section offers items like game burger du jour, oven roasted turkey wrap, or mac & chili combo.
Clydz offers a fun atmostphere, unique & creative menu, and delicious food and drinks. It’s a spot for the adventurous eater looking for more than the average, traditional bar fare.