Former Brothel and Saloon Is Reborn As the Globe

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One of the city’s oldest bar spaces kind of went to waste when it operated as Grand Saloon. But now Eamonn Dolan, a longtime bartender at the Half King, has reopened it as the Globe with his brother J.P., who's a drinkslinger from Swift, and with another sibling duo from Ireland. Dolan tells us he was attracted to the space’s history — he says it was used as one of the city’s first brothels after it was built in 1840, and began operating as a bar sometime around 1880. To restore it to its former glory, Dolan & Co. cleaned up the copper façade and exposed the interior brickwork, uncovering a couple of stained-glass windows and an antique mirror in the process. Then he brought in globe lamps and a salvaged back bar from Pennsylvania. By next winter, the fireplace will be back in working order, and in the next month, there will be old-fashioned cocktails, additional beers (there are currently six on tap), plus lunch, brunch, and dinner menus featuring “good pub food.” Baruch students and workers of the Flatiron district, rejoice.

The Globe, 158 E. 23rd St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-477-6161