The Thirsty Scholar

Photograph: Jonathan Aprea
East Village
The folks at this subterranean bar are so proud of their Irish credentials, they display a James Joyce Pub Award on the wall—an icon that largely goes unnoticed in the dusky interior. Here, scruffy intellectual types and British expats engage in lively banter over college rock that may be a bit too loud for highbrow discussions. When there’s room at the shiny copper bar, pony up and try a pint of the Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen from Oregon, poured from an old-fashioned tap, or any number of frozen drinks (most beers are $5 during happy hour, daily from 2 to 8pm).
Venue name: The Thirsty Scholar
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Address: 155 Second Ave
New York

Cross street: between 9th and 10th Sts
Opening hours: Daily 2pm–4am
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave
Price: Average drink: $6. MC, V ($10 minimum)
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