Hair of the Dog

Bars, Sports Bars Lower East Side
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Hair of the Dog
Photograph: Jessica Lin
Hair of the Dog

Bar owner Michael Asch’s rap sheet is chock-full of pubs with punny names, like Stumble Inn, Off the Wagon and 13th Step. Like those ventures, his new addition, Hair of the Dog, is an upscale man-cave designed to lure bros and their adoring consorts. Lit by glowing globes, the venue features two bar counters, made from salvaged wood, where you can dig into burgers stuffed with jalapeños and cheese, or pulled-pork sliders. The draft menu is composed of old standbys like Coors and Bud, but count on Jameson shots as the crowd favorite here.

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Venue name: Hair of the Dog
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Address: 168 Orchard St
New York
10002
Cross street: at Stanton St
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am-4am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average price of main course: $10, AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Ariel F
tastemaker

Hair of the dog is a college bar for grown ups. Or semi-grown ups. Its somewhere you will inevitably end up on the LES, but you wont be particularly happy about it. However, what it lacks in charm, it makes up for in liveliness - its always packed with the under 25 set, people chugging cheap beer, and decent top 40 music. If you slightly lower your expectations of classiness, you'll have fun - and inevitably see someone do something ridiculous, like continue to chug a pitcher while being dragged out by security. It gets incredibly crowded, so don't expect elbow room. All in all, it's fun, but not something one should go out of their way for - it's lucky enough to have a prime LES location, and that's Hair of The Dog's prime attraction.

Lindsey W
Tastemaker

I love the lower east side, especially because you're able to frequent the non-fratty bars that normally plague murray hill and the west village, sadly the Hair of the Dog is the exception to this rule. From the photo below you can see that things can get pretty sloppy because of the cheap drinks and pretty good music. I've been here a few times and I'm sure I'll be back again, but I can guarantee you I won't be happy about it. 

mattscheetz
tastemaker

"Ok so it's Saturday afternoon and ___ is playing. Let's go watch the game at Hair of the Dog!"- everyone under the age of 25 in New York City.


Hair of the Dog is harmless enough in theory- lowkey bar on the LES with cheap drinks and plenty of TVs- but too often have I come here only to ask myself, "Wait, I already graduated from college... what the hell am I doing?". The scene is one of the bro-iest in the city, with a typical afternoon seeing the place crammed wall to wall with Polo shirts, boat shoes, and seemingly endless chants of bros encouraging their fellow bros to "CHUG! CHUG! CHUG!" Lateral movement is all but impossible, so make sure when (read: if) you reach the bar you buy enough drinks to quench your thirst for the next 3 hours.


I know I may be coming off as a bit of a pretentious douche (and as a former bro I feel I'm at least a little validated in my opinion), but if you're looking for a spot that actually delivers on what Hair of the Dog only appears to be (casual sports bar to chill and drink beer), you have tons of other options. Bleecker St. Bar isn't far and considerably less bro-y; Kettle of Fish in the West Village; the Grayson; your living room; etc..

Batman

Not as insufferably bro-y as its brother bars elsewhere in the city (I’m looking at you, 13th Step.), Hair of the Dog is a solid go-to for NFL Sundays and most other major sporting events. I warmed to HoD initially thanks to the fact that they were one of the only Lower East Side bars open early enough for European soccer games and World Cup viewing last summer. It can get very crowded, especially on weekends, but the pitcher specials are hard to beat. For me, Hair of the Dog’s best draw is its super fun Lower East Side location.