Don’t Worry: New Bushwick Bar Got Rid of Its Cage for Humans

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Try not to find out why the caged bar patron sings. Photo: iStockphoto

Of course Mars Bar was a dank, dirty shithole, but we’ll bet that even that bar never had a holding pen, possibly meant for holding people, in its basement. But a former bodega in Bushwick did: During the pre-opening overhaul of Pearl’s Social and Billy Club, owner Betsy Maher discovered what sounds like a pretty big cage. (Feel free to leave your best "behind bars" joke in the comments.)

Try not to find out why the caged bar patron sings. Photo: iStockphoto

"It was for people," she tells BushwickBK. "I’m not sure what it was for, but my office is there now and I try not to get freaked out," she says. "So I’ll be down there burning sage." In other news: The bar, which opened last month, is named in part for Maher’s billy club-carrying grandma (self-defense); and eventually, she’ll donate some of the bar’s proceeds to a local homeless shelter.

At Pearl’s, Have a Drink, but Don’t Act Up [BushwickBK]
Earlier: The Long, Slow Death of Mars Bar