The Emerson

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Type: Bar, Eatery

561 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11205
United States

(347) 763-1310 | map

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Added by slander on 06-26-2011

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Saw Fort Greene park today for the first time in my life. You see, Phil scored VIP tickets for what is, what was, clearly a free concert of not that greatness there. He still doesn’t know what these alleged tickets were to, and is smart enough to not ask. We arrived, walked the perimeter, and left. My, that was a whole lot of nothing done before we could start drinking...

And he says he knows a place to go. It’s local and we could walk it, but won’t, because fuck that. Drove it, yep, that’s what we did, we drove it. Paid to play the meter, ventured in, and let my head adjust. It’s a deep room with large single windows to both sides of the double red front doors, and ornate gatings on the horizontal windows above it all from end to end. Slat wood floors, splotchy pale yellow papered walls, and a gray painted ceiling.

Off to the right, a “C” shaped red sparkly topped wood bar seating a baker’s dozen. Glow rope strung below the bar inside (so they can see stuff). The barback is a vintage looking wood unit, with a large worn and spotty mirror on center, vertical lit red panel strips running up both ends, and a sizable circular spot atop. 3 tiered booze living counterside, and shelved glassware of all sizes and shapes below.

Small kitchen area over the shoulder of the bar. What do they food there, I wonder? Wait here, I will ask. Oh, it’s a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches and hot dogs with a few toppings. Running the wall across from the bar are 5 continual flow booths with shared benchings and ovalish tables serving, each with a large 4 x 6 mirror above; their notched borders lit. Breaking up the set more than halfway down is a vintage stand up radio fixture with a bust of Emerson, Ralph W., atop. Just above it, a board with old time postcards of things Brooklyn, and a print with Emerson, Longfellow, Lowell, and other gangstas.

In what we will call the rear room, an open handful of 2-seat tables in a row to the left, and a single pool table across the way, free ‘til 5 (Stop hogging the table, pool whores). The wall space over sharp wood trim lowers, holds some cool artwork (currently some great inner city prints), as well as a few large vintage street scene prints. Track spots highlight the art on both walls. There’s an ancient TV back there, and across from it, the raised far back left corner holds seating on leather couchables with a small coffee table. Past there to outside, where the dirty smokers be; a small but good bricked in space with benchings around the bend and some tree action. It’s a cool space, but you have to navigate the skateboard ramplike uneven concreteings.

Drop funnel lamps tracing the bar, and a few glass lamps down center. To the rear, a single glass bulb chandelier on center, a double wide pan lamp set over the pool table, and a crazy 5 prong lighting fixture over the back corner couch. Phil said it looks like a pentagon of mutant candy corns. I said ‘fingernails’ and then he said ‘claws’, and then I said ’ivory’. It is most unusual.

Barbell tower for 12 on the center of the bar, 10 currently up. A nice mix of mostly craft (Sixpoint Sweet Action, Kelso IPA, Ommegang Witte, Southern Tier IPA, Sly Fox O’Reilly’s Stout, Troegs Hop Back, Peak Organic Nut Brown, Lagunitas Pils), an import (Spaten Lager) and a cider (Original Sin). Plus 4 bottles (Miller High Life & Lite, Abita Turbodog, and something unspecified from Leinenkugel), 3 cans (21st Amendment Back in Black, Lionshead Pilsner & Light Lager), and a few wines. All of this printed out on a horizontal 4 x 6 horizontal blackboard to the right of the barback with pricing. It’s 2 for 1 drafts just now, part of the ‘does not suck Saturday’. Actually, it’s like that daily from noon ‘til 7:30.

I drank the Kelso IPA, Troegs Hop Back, and contemplated the Sixpoint (but it was the Sweet Action. Why is it always the Sweet Action and not the Brownstone or the Righteous Rye?) so I went with a canned 21st Amendment Back in Black. Beer is clean, beer is fresh.

The, “Shhh, respect our neighbors, keep it on the low away from the yuppies who like to bogart the street science and put their name on it”, sign out front pretty much sums it up. Another one reads, “Now with more Sweeny Todd look alike tattooed self in tacky vests, who like to hog the pool table”. Excellent. A good crowd this afternoon. Dustintender; inked and bowtied, was cordial, friendly & polite. Cool place, I do like.

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The Emerson in Brooklyn, NY
4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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