Henry Public

Bars, Lounges Cobble Hill
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Henry Public (Photograph: LIzz Kuel)
Photograph: LIzz Kuel

Henry Public



The carefully crafted mise en scène (ragtime music, a rickety bar) at this old-timey watering hole comes to us from the owners of nearby Brooklyn Social. Henry Public’s studied collection of drinks sound awfully appealing on paper, but many don’t succeed. While the Ether (Scotch, vermouth, yellow chartreuse and absinthe) was an herbaceous delight, others—like the Eagle’s Dream, a cloying mix of gin, lemon, egg white and violet liqueur—fell short. The bar’s offerings are shaky, but the kitchen is sure-footed. Old-world snacks (plateaus of oysters) and filling sandwiches (milk-braised turkey on rye) are more memorable than the drinks.


Venue name: Henry Public
Address: 329 Henry St
Cross street: between Atlantic Ave and Pacific St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5pm–2am, Fri 5pm–4am, Sat noon–4am, Sun noon–2am
Transport: Subway: R to Court St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall
Price: Average drink: $10. Cash only
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I always enjoy my time at Henry Public due to the attentive, interesting, accommodating bartenders and wait staff. It's a casual, laid back time at happy hour and the cocktails are spot-on.


If you're looking for an excellent stiff drink, take a step into the first-world anachronism that is Henry Public.  While the specialty cocktail menu could use some refreshing, if you order off of the menu they make the best Manhattan in Brooklyn. Also impressive is their burger, fries and green beans.  I can't speak for anything else on the menu because I keep going back just for these items.  They're THAT good!