By Justin Hemmniger


I used to live a couple doors down from Club 185 at the corner of Livingston and Mohawk. While this was my neighborhood bar by default, I may have gone there twice the entire time that I lived down the street. I was a fish out of water down there, too young and poor to invest in rustic German Village’s lofty cost of living. Still, even without my few hard-earned dollars, they seemed to do brisk business as evidenced by the number of times I was awoken by a loud string of obscenities from a patron on his stumble back home.

One night last week I was invited to a happy hour get-together at Club 185 and I happily accepted. It’s not that I didn’t like the place – its ambience is tastefully maintained and the bar and kitchen selections are artfully curated – its clientele just never appealed to me. As is often my case, however, I was won over on this particular night by a simple gustatory delight.

As part of the happy hour spread, Club 185 offered us complimentary homemade potato chips and French onion dip. It’s a cheap, easy way to a beer-drinker’s heart: sour cream, mayonnaise, French onion soup mix and a garnish of green onion alongside a heaping bowl of golden brown potato chips. There’s really nothing exotic about this offering, but after a couple of half-price pints I was amenable to stuffing my face in front of six total strangers and was pleasantly surprised to have my taste buds shaken awake after a hard day at work.

If Club 185 is your neighborhood bar, I’d highly recommend stopping in during happy hour, meeting some friends and trying this simple little crowd-pleaser. As well as it goes over in the bar, you’ll want to remember this dip for the next time you have to bring snacks to a party. Skip the store-bought stuff and spend 5 minutes putting a smile on everyone’s face.

Club 185
185 E. Livingston Ave.
Mon – Fri 11:30am – 2:30am (Happy Hour 4-7pm)
Sat & Sun 5pm – 2:30am

French Onion Chip Dip (party size)
16 oz. sour cream
¾ cup mayonnaise
2 oz. French Onion soup mix
Green onions (chopped for garnish)
Salt and pepper (to taste)

Combine sour cream, mayonnaise and soup mix and stir until evenly mixed.  Stir in salt and pepper if necessary.  Top serving bowl with chopped green onion garnish.  Chill until ready to serve and accompany with your favorite potato chips.