The philosophy behind Craft Social Club (CSC) is derived from the pre-prohibition era, The Golden Age of Cocktails, where personalization and a particular craftsmanship was put forth into hospitality.
Each guest was treated like a VIP, bartenders created timeless cocktail recipes using only fresh ingredients; there was an overall passion for cocktailing. CSC prides itself on being a “cocktail club” NOT a night club, redefining the way people socialize in an intimate nightlife setting, while showcasing the craft of cocktail making set to the tune of eclectic beats grounded in classic hip hop, soul and R&B. Craft Social Club is owned and operated by L.P. Steele and R.T. Murphy who share the same passion for bringing the art of cocktail making to the forefront of each concept.
What sets CSC apart is they are the first to offer a Craft Bottle Service Program and exclusive Cocktail Suites. Elevating traditional bottle service, each bottle purchase is accompanied by house-crafted mixers, artisanal sodas, and garnish presentation, where cocktails are prepared tableside in one of CSC’s revolutionary Cocktail Suites. Featuring custom built-in service bars, CSC’s Cocktail Suites allow for intimate, tableside cocktail experiences unlike anything seen before. Craft Bottle Service selection includes various top shelf brands of vodka, scotch, rum, whiskey, gin, tequila and champagne starting at $350 per package.
The innovative concept is the brainchild of Steele and Murphy which aims to deliver a consistent, high-quality craft cocktail with fresh, locally sourced ingredients-without the extended wait time. By implementing the “Minute Mixology” method through a “batching” process where large quantities of each cocktail are prepared daily in the open-aired cocktail kitchen on-site. Each batch contains specific ratios of the necessary ingredients per drink recipe then prepped and combined into a premium pouring vessel. Once a drink is ordered, bartenders are able to quickly add the spirit and garnish, drastically reducing service and wait time. CSC also features ready-to-serve cocktails “on tap” and “on-gun” which are batched inclusive of spirit for the fastest craft cocktail imaginable.
The cocktail menu created by Beverage Director, Evan Hawkins, features an eclectic array of specialty drinks with names inspired by 90s pop culture and classic hip hop, such as N.W.A. (Negroni With Attitude), Weekend at Bernie’s, the ODB and Goonies Never Say Die. The menu also offers “community cocktails” in large batches meant for sharing such as The World is Yours made with Don Julio 1942, strawberry-infused Mandarin Napoleon, lemon peach tea and Velvet Falernum.
The 3,500 square foot indoor/outdoor space in the desired South of Fifth neighborhood is industrial-chic outfitted with a sleek gray brick backdrop. White subway tile embellishes the L-shaped bar while contrasting cobalt blue and navy leather banquettes line the walls. The ceiling is adorned with elegant greenery and foliage, softening up the edgy industrial vibe. The open-aired style cocktail kitchen and “batching island” sets the stage for creative cocktail making, reminding patrons the very reason they came to CSC in the first place.
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