Mon, 5pm-2am; Tue-Thu, noon-2am; Fri, noon-4am; Sat, 11am-4am; Sun, 11am-2am
F, G at Bergen St.; 2, 3, 4, 5 at Borough Hall
According to Matt Dawson, a partner at Henry Public, all stylishly antiqued bars that attempt to evoke a bygone era needn’t be thought of as speakeasies. His, for instance, is a saloon, and one that serves cocktails made with Kold-Draft ice cubes along with grass-fed “hamburger sandwiches,” oysters, turkey-leg sandwiches, marrow bones, and brunch. Not only that, Henry Public, says Dawson, is “a nod to the history of this part of Brooklyn—Whitman’s Brooklyn—and the amazing people, ideas, and movements of the late-nineteenth century.” Which is not to say that Walt Whitman himself— a notorious teetotaler and thus an unusual inspiration for a saloon—wouldn’t feel at home at the zinc-topped walnut bar. He could just order an egg cream.