When The Association opened in the heart of Downtown's Historic Core about five years ago, it cemented the area's status as the place to see and be seen, and from that same group comes The Continental Club. Opened quietly on February 6 by Ashley Joyce (The Room, Barcopa) and John Lasker, the lounge follows a similar approach of modern speakeasy tucked in an alleyway next to Bar Ama. As for the aesthetic, think mid-century London member's only club fused with Havana and Vegas.
Touting a more substantial cocktail service, like the Perfect Manhattan (rye, both dry and sweet vermouth, scorched orange oil) and the Gordon's Cup, the drinks also promise to be a more rewarding experience than the turn-and-burn type configuration at The Association.
While perhaps not as progressive as some of the newer cocktail bars in Downtown, The Continental Club is more of a dress-up, hush-down place the promises the type of environment that will invariably attract a more sophisticated, relaxed crowd. Beware, however, that entrance might be a decision placed open the bouncer at the door, so it's probably ideal to make reservations via email on a busy night. Open nightly from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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