The onward and steady push of genrtrification brings an immediate affect of new bars and loungessprouting up in that redeveloped area. One such bar to imbibe and enjoy one’s self in Clinton Hill is Hanson Dry (925 Fulton St. between Clinton and Waverly Ave’s). Hanson has that minimilist 50’s feel that has become ever so popular in the lounge scene and since the cult like following of the hit show “Mad Men”. Then again Hanson retains an air of class and slight sophistic but is laid back enough any proper Brooklyn head still in the hood since when Biggie used to roam the streets can swing through without feeling completely (but not entirely) misplaced.
Hanson’s signature drinks are all reasonably priced at $9. There’s also elements of Black American sensibilty like the “Hayterade” made with rum to go along with a classic drinks like the gin Martini named after the bar, the “Hanson Dry”. There’s a good spattering of bottled beers like Duvel’s and Speckled Hen’s to go with dark and pale ale’s and a hefeweizen on draft.
The creators of this bar collectively also own Prospect Heights new neighborhood standard bearers, “Soda”, “Cornelius”, “Franklin Park” and a personal Park Slope favorite SouthPaw. Soda is likeable, not great, and I love the idea, concept, look and execution behind Franklin Park. I even generally like the crowd at Franklin Park except on weekends (too many corny college types, no not the ones that can liven up the party either, more like dead it) but Hanson has good elements of both Soda and Franklin. It has the diversity of Franklin’s crowd and the small ambience of Soda’s.
Hanson Dry has probably found a good niche market in making itself a steady standby for the slightly chic but not extravagant neighborhood crowd that wants to go out and have a good time close to home. I definelty recommend it on Thursday through Saturdays which is an exception for me. For that reason I will give it a 4 for ambience and chillness. It can waver though never below a 3 never really over a 4.