Clem's

★★★★☆
  • 264 Grand St

    Brooklyn, NY 11211

    Cross street: at Roebling St.

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  • 718-387-9617

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if you want to mingle pretentious with pretentious
(barstaff, that is)
introduce yourself to the bartender in the hat with longish hair, obsessive cellphone checker
(not to mention any names)
and boisterously and aggressively demand an oral palliative

(It is certain you'll get the 86)
which is what any good reviewer would recommend

Furthermore, short people got no reason to live
that got little hands and little feet
and little cars that go 'beep beep'

and the notoriously prejudiced against the vertically challenged individuals
(2nd Avenue, NYC......can we say La fondue?)
probably influence all decision making at Clem's.

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★★★★☆

if you want to mingle pretentious with pretentious
(barstaff, that is)
introduce yourself to the bartender in the hat with longish hair, obsessive cellphone checker
(not to mention any names)
and boisterously and aggressively demand an oral palliative

(It is certain you'll get the 86)
which is what any good reviewer would recommend

Furthermore, short people got no reason to live
that got little hands and little feet
and little cars that go 'beep beep'

and the notoriously prejudiced against the vertically challenged individuals
(2nd Avenue, NYC......can we say La fondue?)
probably influence all decision making at Clem's.

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Normally I've thought Clem's to be quite a nice place, one can pass away a nice spring afternoon enjoying their fairly priced drinks while seated on the sidewalk.

Lately though their has been a rather boisterous, boorish fellow checking the ID's at the door. Checking ID's is no problem obviously, as no one wants to get a big fine and lose their liquor license. The guy just seems to have something to say about everything. As my party and I were enjoying a smoke outside we overheard the fellow butchering the French language while trying to wax poetic, once someone else (not in my party) corrected his grammar he decided to announce that "...thats the kind of sh*t that makes me want to k*ll more white people." Lovely ( has he already a few under his belt?). At this point it wasn't simply the white people who became uncomfortable with his uncouth commentary, pretty much everyone was caught off guard. He went on to explain how western folk are ignorant (though his accent seems to prove he himself was a product of the west). Long story short, he proceeded to call out a few girls in the crowd and make them feel utterly horrible about themselves and was rather relentless with his lowly remarks, all the while the bartender (who himself was pretty dull for the evening, you can only check your cell phone so many times in five min. also, I love The Clash as much as the next guy, but the album need not be on repeat all night) kept mum in the light of the ID checker man's ignorance.

As I've said before, Clem's can be a great place to spend some time, it just seems that in the months past the quality of the staff they hire on has gone to the pits. If you don't mind the renaissance men working the place then perhaps you can still stomach it, I sure as hell can't anymore. Clem's has gone from being a good neighborhood spot to just another run-of-the-mill, boring Williamsburg bar.

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★★★☆☆

Normally I've thought Clem's to be quite a nice place, one can pass away a nice spring afternoon enjoying their fairly priced drinks while seated on the sidewalk.

Lately though their has been a rather boisterous, boorish fellow checking the ID's at the door. Checking ID's is no problem obviously, as no one wants to get a big fine and lose their liquor license. The guy just seems to have something to say about everything. As my party and I were enjoying a smoke outside we overheard the fellow butchering the French language while trying to wax poetic, once someone else (not in my party) corrected his grammar he decided to announce that "...thats the kind of sh*t that makes me want to k*ll more white people." Lovely ( has he already a few under his belt?). At this point it wasn't simply the white people who became uncomfortable with his uncouth commentary, pretty much everyone was caught off guard. He went on to explain how western folk are ignorant (though his accent seems to prove he himself was a product of the west). Long story short, he proceeded to call out a few girls in the crowd and make them feel utterly horrible about themselves and was rather relentless with his lowly remarks, all the while the bartender (who himself was pretty dull for the evening, you can only check your cell phone so many times in five min. also, I love The Clash as much as the next guy, but the album need not be on repeat all night) kept mum in the light of the ID checker man's ignorance.

As I've said before, Clem's can be a great place to spend some time, it just seems that in the months past the quality of the staff they hire on has gone to the pits. If you don't mind the renaissance men working the place then perhaps you can still stomach it, I sure as hell can't anymore. Clem's has gone from being a good neighborhood spot to just another run-of-the-mill, boring Williamsburg bar.

Pros: outdoor seating

Cons: boorish staff

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I have been living in Williamsburg for nearly 10 years...long before it became "cool"...and only in Clem's, which I live right next to was I treated like I didn't matter. I tip $5 per drink and still cannot get attention...Mostly from the female bartenders who I guess think women don't tip. I see poor starving artists drinking $2 beers and leaving next to nothing. A lot of people in Williamsburg have a lot of money to spend. If you are one of us, this IS NOT the place for you. Clem's...wake up...you are losing customers and a lot of cash.

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★★★★☆

I have been living in Williamsburg for nearly 10 years...long before it became "cool"...and only in Clem's, which I live right next to was I treated like I didn't matter. I tip $5 per drink and still cannot get attention...Mostly from the female bartenders who I guess think women don't tip. I see poor starving artists drinking $2 beers and leaving next to nothing. A lot of people in Williamsburg have a lot of money to spend. If you are one of us, this IS NOT the place for you. Clem's...wake up...you are losing customers and a lot of cash.

Pros: close and local

Cons: serious drunks get service first

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Hola,
This is a response to the recent review by Benjaminlight. Clem is a good friend of mine and he would be horrified if any of his staff acted in the manner you described. Obviously he can't be there 24-7, so butt-head behavior like that may no be addressed immediately, but I assure you it will be. I have forwarded your posting to him and I am SURE he will respond. He has lived in the Williamsburg since 1993 and takes a certain pride in running a customer friendly joint. If you could remember the name of the barman or the id checker, please post it. You can be sure it will be addressed.
Sorry you had a bad experience.
Babygg- a regular patron and old buddy of clem.

2
★★★★★

Hola,
This is a response to the recent review by Benjaminlight. Clem is a good friend of mine and he would be horrified if any of his staff acted in the manner you described. Obviously he can't be there 24-7, so butt-head behavior like that may no be addressed immediately, but I assure you it will be. I have forwarded your posting to him and I am SURE he will respond. He has lived in the Williamsburg since 1993 and takes a certain pride in running a customer friendly joint. If you could remember the name of the barman or the id checker, please post it. You can be sure it will be addressed.
Sorry you had a bad experience.
Babygg- a regular patron and old buddy of clem.

Pros: atmosphere, bartenders, jukebox

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HIGGINS is the best!!!
Tuesday thru Thursday, HIGGINS is the man of the bar!
the best Juleps (w/ pleasure!) and party!

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★★★★★

HIGGINS is the best!!!
Tuesday thru Thursday, HIGGINS is the man of the bar!
the best Juleps (w/ pleasure!) and party!

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Williamsburg has long been approaching its nightlife saturation point, but among its old pubs, sexy lounges and factory performance spaces, one type of bar was always missing: the handsome cocktail joint. Compact littleā€¦

 

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