This Saturday, Sam Barron, who runs the Fort Greene café Maggie Brown, will open the Emerson — a throwback bar that’s named after the street, which is named after the poet. Barron built the bar over the course of six months to resemble a “real community center, with alcohol,” and it’ll host movie screenings, a pool league, game nights, D.J.’s, and something the neighborhood really lacks — happy hour.
Running the new lounge with Barron is his fellow neighborhood bud Tom Wentworth, a writer and TV producer. Another partner, artist and Pratt alum Gina Jankowski, plans on lining the walls with sketches, black-and-white photos, and neighborhood art that won’t clash with the dark wood and vintage décor, while bartender Matt Preis (a.k.a. Max Power, organizer of the Bloody Battle) will help line the shelves with booze. Poetically themed drinks include the Sir Walter Scott and the Emerson, plus there’ll be a root-beer float cocktail and a house special martini, the Old South, which comes with pickled tomatillo. The food menu will boast four types of grilled cheese, Niman Ranch Hot Dogs, McClure’s pickles, and condiments by Schoolhouse Kitchen.
The Emerson, 561 Myrtle Ave., nr. Emerson Pl., 347-763-1310