After a securities fraud hearing in Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday, "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli reached out to Twitter for bar suggestions near Brooklyn Heights. He ultimately decided to head to Henry Street Ale House for a "fan meetup," and promised his Twitter followers: "Drinks are on your boy."
FAN MEETUP: 5pm Henry Street Ale House -- 62 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) October 14, 2016
Drinks are on your boy. I have court just before and nearby.
Shortly after sending out this invitation into the digital ether, the team at Henry Street Ale House replied to the pharmaceuticals kingpin: "You did not contact us to reserve the space and your ‘fans’ are not welcome." The Tweet has since been deleted, but the management further communicated that they did not have room for Shkreli and his posse at the bar:
October 14, 2016
The Turing Pharmaceuticals founder decided to switch gears and invite his fans to the nearby Brooklyn Public House. After catching wind of Shkreli’s impending arrival, the bar shared this update:
Please be advised our drink prices just increased over 5000%.— Brooklyn Public (@brooklyn_public) October 14, 2016
Shkreli still managed to make it into the bar and mingle with the regular people.
Gothamist notes that some Shkreli fans tweeted angry messages and dropped critical comments on Henry Street Ale House’s Facebook page. The bar later thanked its fans for the support:
A big shout-out to all of our long-time loyal regular customers — and new friends! — for showing their support this...Posted by Henry Street Ale House on Sunday, October 16, 2016
A rep for Henry Street Ale House tells CNN: "This has nothing to do with politics, but this is a controversial figure... We're a low-key place, we needed advance notice."
No beer for you, Martin Shkreli [ENY]
Martin Shkreli Forced To Relocate Fan Meetup After Being Refused By Bar [Gothamist]