The Ear Inn

Bars, Dive bars Downtown
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The Ear Inn
Photograph: Donald Yip

When it opened in 1830, the historic Ear Inn was popular with colorful characters ambling in from the docks of the Hudson. The basic decor (dark-wood bar, wobbly tables and chairs, lots of retro ephemera) hasn’t changed much since, but locals continue to pack the place thanks to its relaxed vibe and historical charm. Free snacks such as fried chicken and sausages can be had weeknights from 4 to 7pm, mitigating any wallet damage wreaked by a few $6 pints of Guinness.


Venue name: The Ear Inn
Address: 326 Spring St
New York
Cross street: between Greenwich and Washington Sts
Opening hours: Daily noon–4am
Transport: Subway: C, E to Spring St; 1 to Houston St
Price: Average drink: $6. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Andi Y.

Ear Inn is a historical icon in NYC that you should definitely swing by for a drink... and maybe just a drink. It's a little hole in the wall with a vibrant atmosphere. With years of passerbys and regulars coming and going this place has certainly seen better days. However, it's a NYC icon so you shouldn't pass up the opportunity to contribute to it's history by grabbing a pint. 

Evelyn D

I went here because it's a historic location (one of the oldest restaurants in NYC) and wanted to see what the hubbub was about. I know a lot of village locals like it here too. The staff was rude, the whole back of the restaurant is on a severely tilted floor, and the food was just okay. Not worth it unless you're just going to get drinks and sit at the bar. The ghost stories I read online were the only cool thing about Ear Inn (sorry!)