An interesting read in the New York Times about the Caori Social Club in Brooklyn (Greenpoint).
The regulars do not gravitate there for its glamorous decorations or its trendy ambience. There are basic tables and chairs and a bar so old that drinkers can feel the contours in the wood from cigarette burns decades old.The drinks are cheap and the understated exterior blends in well with the surrounding apartment buildings.So much so that most customers would probably never guess that Jennifer Lopez had recently been filming a television show right where they were nursing a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
These days this simple looking but popular place doubles as a minimalist bar and a preferred shooting set for TV and movie makers.
The Greenpoint News did a great job explaining the place and its story. It tells us that Capri Social Club’s origins are known only through the oral history of long-time patrons. While an exact opening date is unclear, the original bar is still intact and dates back to the 1890s. Many other items have been there since at least the 50s: the clock, safe, coat rack, radio, cash register, and TV stand. Even the air conditioner is vintage, still running strong despite being over 30 years old. There is also a side door, which was used by women who weren’t allowed to come through the front entrance and sit at the bar until the 80s.
Worth a read.