First Look at Hanson Dry, a Fifties Throwback With Ties to Brooklyn Social and Soda Bar


Since June, the old Laundromat spot at 925 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill has been mysteriously boarded up with the promise of a new nightspot coming. While the front remains entombed in plywood, the inside of Hanson Dry is almost finished. The bar is owned by Matt Roff (owner of Southpaw and Franklin Park), Anatoly Dubinsky (of Prospect Heights hot spots Soda Bar and Cornelius), and Franklin Park and Brooklyn Social alum Christopher Buckley, who styled the place after a classy fifties lounge. “I tried to imagine what kind of bar my grandfather would like to go to, and then we tried to update that feeling so it wouldn’t feel like a museum but something where life was going to happen,” Buckley tells us. “I’d like people to meet up, have a drink, and make out.”

In addition to eight rotating beers on tap and bottles of wine, Buckley’s list of $7 to $10 cocktails will include “The Hanson Dry” (a gin martini with bitters and Licor 43), “The Adopted” (a peppered vodka and dry gin blend named after one of his Franklin Park regulars), and a tequila-based drink called “Nautilus,” after Robert Fulton’s design for the world’s first working submarine. The bar seats around 50 with room for another 20 in the enclosed backyard. Roff expects construction to finish in the next couple of weeks (check out our slideshow to see the throwback bar mirror that the boys made themselves), but the exact opening date has yet to be determined.