Join Live Jam Sessions at Sophisticated Music Lounge Clover Club

By Sophie Steiner, December 12, 2020

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The Clover Club is a sophisticated bar lounge featuring one of the best local bands, the Clover Band, with live musical performances every Wednesday through Saturday. Sporting a state-of-the-art JBL sound system, stellar acoustics, high-end lighting and a dream team of a musical ensemble, Clover Club has quickly become the destination for live musical performances in a lux speakeasy-style setting. And as the sister restaurant to The Anchor, guests can come for a sit-down dinner and stay for a show next door with some late-night bites. 

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Bonus, every Wednesday night from 9.30pm until late, Clover Club plays host to a jam session for all talents. Be it singing, dancing, juggling or telling jokes, the team invites anyone and everyone to come by and express themselves in a totally open format. No rules, no judgement, just free expression in all forms. All participants receive a free drink and a recording of the jam session. 

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We caught up with The Clover Band to learn more about how they got started, what their style of music entails and how they see the venue evolving over time. 

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How and when did the band get started?
About a year and a half ago, we came to look at Clover Club and get a feel for the space. We’ve all been in Shanghai for anywhere between 10-20 years and known each other through the music circuit, but never played in the same band. Byron Hill, the Music Director, pulled us together as the hottest musicians in Shanghai, creating the group. Our first performance together was on September 4, 2020. 

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What kind of music do you most enjoy playing?
As long as it feels good, we will play it. At Clover Club, we cover everything from hip hop to jazz to pop to reggae to R&B. We even sometimes do Chinese or Japanese songs. We mainly do covers, but also are playing around a bit with our own stuff. It’s fun to not be tied to one music genre and to really perform whatever inspires us. We just like swimming in the ocean. We never get stuck anywhere. We will always keep it new and interesting. 

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What can fans expect from your live shows? 

Soul. We do something different than most other musicians, and we do something different every time for our guests. Whether it’s five people in the audience or 500, we always perform the same, with 100% of our souls. We play together elegantly and adhere to professionalism in the true sense of the word. We want to make sure that everyone leaves with a certain experience from the music and atmosphere. 

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Aside from the music, the beverage list at Clover Club includes eight classic cocktails and eight signature cocktails – contemporary drinks that utilize modern techniques, like fat washing, smoke infusing and molecular sphere topping to showcase the bartenders’ technical skills. 

The Clover Club (RMB80), the bar's titular drink, is a refined twist on a classic but this time with fresh raspberrry and granulated sugar for a refreshingly juicy spin. The Manhattan Milk Punch (RMB95) uses four kinds of spirits along with a homemade Falernum syrup to create a creamy mouthfeel sans actual dairy products, and My Day Off (RMB105) is a playful mix of pisco, honey, lemon and chamomile tea, like a warming elixir for keeping the cold at bay this winter season. 

There is wine and champagne by the bottle and an extensive list of high-end rare whiskeys that line the back of the bar wall in a well-deserved display case. If whiskey isn’t your thing, there’s everything from aged rum to tequila. 

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Warm Beetroot Salad (RMB68), Image by Sophie Steiner/That's

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The Clover Club also does substantial bar bites to match the lux 1920s sophisticated music lounge décor. While small snacks – like breads and dips – are on offer, other heftier plates, like Braised Short Ribs (RMB138), act as an unforgettable bite. A unique compilation of South African BBQ flavors with Korean influences, the 72-hour braised short ribs are served with homemade kimchi, confit onions and smoked and fermented chilies.

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The ideal sharing plate should always involve cheese and fruits, but Clover Club raises the bar with an array of at least six different cheeses, preserved fruits, quince paste and fresh honey straight from the comb with chamomile essence for RMB278. Other sharing dishes range from Wagyu Beef Sliders (RMB78) to the Artisanal Meat Patter (RMB298) all the way up to the Chef’s Seafood Tasting Platter (RMB1,980). 

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The Clover Club also plays host to events of all kinds. Be it a business networking event, a birthday party or an anniversary celebration, they can accommodate parties of all sizes, tailor making both drink and food menus to accommodate any budget.

The Clover Club is not just one of Shanghai’s premier live music houses, it’s a place for innovative cocktails, unique fusion food and good vibes for all, no matter the time or day. 

Follow Clover Club's WeChat by scanning the QR code below for more information about menu updates, upcoming events and special promotions. 

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See a listing for Clover Club.

[Cover image by Sophie Steiner/That's]

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