As soon as we walk in, the monumental Art Deco-style bar, topped with an ornamental stork, sets the tone for this unique place. The bar is the centerpiece of the main dining area, which also has two adjoining mezzanines, cozy lounges, and an open pre-service kitchen. The main kitchen is in the old vault in the basement.
The concept designers have transformed this former bank, which stood empty for over 30 years, into a welcoming space, a multipurpose “social club”. Everyone can use the space however they wish, for any occasion or at any time of day – an outing between friends, family meals, a business lunch, after-work events, date nights…
The Stork mixes elements from a British pub, a brasserie and a bar, with an emphasis on conviviality.
Everything is designed to make visitors feel at ease: a modern interior in a vintage industrial style, a color palette consisting of a harmonious mix of dark teal, sage green, beige, terracotta and wood, white glass light fixtures, carefully selected eclectic details (vases, busts, dried flowers under bell jars, like one could imagine in an old-timey gentlemen’s club), and an Anglo-Saxon indie/pop playlist (the Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Ellie Goulding, Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club…).
We order a couple of cocktails from the large menu (classics with a twist, signature drinks, Pimm’s, and a wide selection of gin). We could also have picked a glass of wine, a craft beer, or a cider on tap. Several alcohol-free options are also available.
For our meal, we take our pick from a cosmopolitan, British-inspired array of dishes (like fish & chips and butter chicken). They have “small plates” if you’re in the mood for sharing or only feeling peckish, salads, full mains, or delicious desserts. There are also vegetarian and vegan options, as well as a “midnight snack” menu. All the food can be shared (or not). The menu, created by chef Marc Dufour, changes every quarter, and the dishes are tasty and well-constructed.
The staff are very welcoming, from the moment we call to make a reservation, until we leave the restaurant. Everyone is attentive, friendly, and efficient.
The Drunky Stork Social Club is open every day from 12 noon to 1.30 PM (happy hour from 5 PM to 7 PM) and is the ideal place to grab a coffee or tea, have lunch, dinner, a snack, or a drink… Separate dining rooms can be rented out for private events, team buildings or seminars.
We particularly enjoyed the friendly service, the large choice of drinks, the Pimm’s (which instantly brought us back to England), and the deliciously tender veal with carrots and potato churros.
“An atypical pub with an eclectic cuisine” – The Drunky Stork Social Club has most certainly kept its promise!
The Drunky Stork Social Club
📍 24 rue du Vieux Marché aux Vins, Strasbourg