June Wine Bar
231 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY
Bars nostalgic for days of yore abound in Brooklyn. In keeping with this trend, June Wine Bar, a new watering hole in Cobble Hill, travels back in time and revives a bygone era in France, capturing pre-war Paris with its whimsical art nouveau and beaux-arts-inspired interior. Owners Tom Kearney, of the popular Ditmas Park–based Farm on Adderley, and Henry Rich, of local favorite Rucola, brought on hOmE, a design studio run by brothers Evan and Oliver Haslegrave, to revamp the 800-square-foot space.
The 1920s-style wine bar, formally home to an eatery serving southern comfort food, has shed its predecessor’s simple, rustic interior thanks to a gut renovation. The extensive rehab included a new ceiling, lighting, leather banquettes, and a marble topped bar, some of which came from reclaimed materials dating back to the turn of the century. The walls and bar face are made of salvaged wainscot from a 1910 Virginia school house, while the standing bar top is clad in reclaimed yellow pine from a 1900s apartment building in Philadelphia. Even the tiles on the facade were repurposed from an East Village 1920s-era theater on Avenue A.
Undulating, custom-designed lead glass partitions separate the banquettes. Though newly fabricated, they bring to mind the detailing in cafes where artists once gathered on the Left Bank. Rows of small globe sconces line the concave ceiling and area above the bar, emitting bright, warm light throughout the space.
Tucked away from the street, this intimate bar, with its old world charm, makes for a perfect, quick getaway, sans the travel.