Ear Inn

Ear Inn

Pub, Bar, and American Restaurant$$$$
Hudson Square, New York
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  • jake f.
    "one of the oldest, best bars in NYC."(7 Tips)
    Erin M.
    "Come on Sunday nights for live music!"(2 Tips)
    Gabriel H.
    "The Ear Inn Ale (brewed by Brooklyn Brewery) is very good."(2 Tips)
    Thomas E.
    "The burgers are amazing and the waitresses are really kind."(26 Tips)
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  • Mindy T.
    Mindy TomJune 11
    They only serve home fries for fries option...but besides that the burgers and drinks are decent.
    Downvoted Jun 21
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownJanuary 3
    Pretty sure this place hasn't changed since 1817. You could spend all night in here looking at all the trinkets, posters, and nick-nacks around the joint.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiSeptember 23, 2015
    Best spot for sunset watching during happy hour. All architects come here to hangout :)
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacAugust 22, 2015
    Probably the best burger I've had in the city. Meat was moist, juicy, and pink even when I asked for cheese post-plating. Bar in front and food in back.
  • Elena P.
    Elena PolyakovaAugust 11, 2015
    Very cozy place with long real history. Amazing mussels! Yummy...
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangJuly 28, 2015
    They pour their beers right here. Get the burger or the lamb burger. Meat is aged well enough for you to get it at most medium rare, if not rare.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJuly 18, 2015
    Good place to grab a beer with a small group of people. The historical ambience adds to the vibe.
  • Anna S.
    Anna StassenJuly 6, 2015
    One of the oldest bars in NYC! Great selection of draft beers and the food is delicious too!
  • Sabrina R.
    Sabrina RyanJune 21, 2015
    Great spot for a classic burger and a beer to experience an NYC's oldest dive. But gets a bit loud at lunch time.
  • Martha
    MarthaFebruary 18, 2015
    historic bar. no frills. very local crowd. good beer and food. love it.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsFebruary 5, 2015
    The burger was good but have to downgrade it slightly because the bar is too old to have any outlets to recharge your phone. They do have a handy crank you can use but the wait is usually long.
    Downvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 27, 2015
    Oldest bar in NYC!! Go for the atmosphere and read up on the history! Burger is good and the people are friendly
  • Carolyn
    CarolynJanuary 19, 2015
    Classic New York. Hop in here when the weather's nice and drink a beer outside.
  • Emilio V.
    Emilio VitoloJanuary 5, 2015
    Fantastic jazz music real old world and good eats !
  • Meaghan S.
    Meaghan SmithNovember 23, 2014
    Great food, don't let the small kitchen and appearance fool you. Get a burger or the chili!
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 8, 2014
    During Prohibition, the townhouse was turned into a speakeasy with the upstairs apartment used as a boarding house, smuggler’s den and brothel. Read more
  • Erin M.
    Erin MurphyNovember 4, 2014
    I heard great things about Ear Inn and wasn't disappointed. I ordered the burger and it was amazing. It's made from Pat LaFrieda beef and was cooked perfectly. I love the old atmosphere - so cozy!
  • Eric V.
    Eric VenkerAugust 22, 2014
    Sit at the bar and have a stuff gin 'n tonic or a guinness. Have the bartender tell you about the old hotel and the history of the bar.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniAugust 7, 2014
    Order beer or wine. Avoid the cocktails--they're not that great compared to the ambiance.
  • Dylan M.
    Dylan McKenzieDecember 14, 2013
    One of the oldest bars in NYC. Tuesday night is motorcycle night, crazy amount of bikes there. One of few places you can drink on the sidewalk.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 22, 2013
    A designated NYC historical landmark, the old-time bar still advertises extinct beers while local bluegrass, jazz, and blues groups perform on the small stage.
  • Lisa Yvette L.
    Lisa Yvette LJuly 22, 2013
    Great place to hang with my ol school homies. I hear there's some new trailer park trash that hangs there now. But, not deep enuff to threaten us regulars. No chance! Don would never let it happen!
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HicarJuly 20, 2013
    I visited for the first time recently and it's already a favorite. The staff is incredible, and if you're looking for a real Irish pub, this is it! Sit on the benches outside - and say hi to Marcus!
  • Bernadette S.
    Feel like in another century. The staff is friendly and I liked the burger! The cabernet sauvignon is marvelous. Liked the no cell phone area.
  • Paul F.
    Paul FortJune 4, 2013
    There's a trap door in the mens room for a small animal or fish to escape. It's under a lid and the escape route is filled with water. A good flush will let your "little friend" escape to safety.
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon McGrawNovember 27, 2012
    In a building that dates from 1817, the Ear Inn started serving beer and spirits in the mid-19th century, operating without a name until new owners christened it the Ear Inn in 1977. - From Eater NY
  • Sean S.
    Sean SalmonSeptember 20, 2012
    The B in the neon BAR is partially painted over to read EAR, after the the Ear Magazine that used to be published upstairs
  • NYHistory
    NYHistoryJuly 24, 2012
    The Ear Inn, originally built for the African American Revolutionary War veteran and tobacconist James Brown, is one of the few Federal style buildings remaining in New York.
  • Of a Kind
    Of a KindJuly 10, 2012
    Menswear designer, Matt Singer, raved about this local spot in his Soho neighborhood as a must-go! Check out exclusive designs by Matt (like a Giraffe Leather Lighter Cover) @ ofakind.com! Read more
  • jake f.
    jake furstJune 16, 2012
    one of the oldest, best bars in NYC. supposedly it's called The Ear because the sides of the "B" in their "Bar" sign out front wore out. ask the bartender if it's fact or myth.
  • Washington Square Hotel
    A designated Landmark of the City of New York (from 1817) the Ear Inn has been serving history and home cooking since the turn of the century.
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128February 22, 2012
    Built before 1812, it was the house of African-American revolutionary James Brown. The first-floor tavern opened in 1817. It reopened in it's current form in 1977, after a short gap in operation.
  • Drunken History
    Drunken HistoryDecember 13, 2011
    Built in 1817 for James Brown which is a controversy in and of itself. Stop in when Gary is working and have the house special, shot of Jameson and a pint of Guinness.
  • Alvin M.
    Alvin MiltonDecember 12, 2011
    The Shepard's Pie is amazing, order with a Guiness Stout and be super happy!
  • Adrián S.
    Adrián SteinslegerOctober 17, 2011
    Food is great, but I couldn't ear innything. If you come for the music, don't sit on the back. People won't shut up.
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDOctober 15, 2011
    1871 this place was 5 ft from the hudson. Today its said to be haunted. Clear your night you're gonna wanna stay for a few pints. Get the Ear Ale. Only served here. Brewed by Brooklyn Brewery. Cheers
  • Fredy K.
    Fredy KnapSeptember 28, 2011
    If gary is behind the bar request his especial cocktail , chewdiditagain on the rocks with a onion instead of a limon.
  • Lindsey L.
    Lindsey LSeptember 5, 2011
    Bring your scruffy mutt on a hot summer afternoon. Sit outside and have a pint of something fresh and crispy.
  • Adam O.
    Adam OkrasinskiAugust 24, 2011
    Always get the shrimp/crab cakes when they are the daily special. Love them.
  • Of a Kind
    Of a KindJuly 7, 2011
    This is the oldest working bar in NYC, and it's also designer Matt Singer's favorite neighborhood watering hole. Check out a whole list of his favorite spots on ofakind.com!
  • Avatar J.
    Avatar JackJune 30, 2011
    Nice alternative to your standard glitzy Times Square tourist trap. Widely considered to be the oldest bar in town. Grab some crab cakes, a pint or two, and leave with 30-45 minutes worth of stories.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Anna H.
    Anna HollowayFebruary 19, 2011
    Pay the extra bit to get the avocado on the BLT - totally worth it!
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel W. 🍕November 16, 2010
    A NYC Landmark (literally), The Ear Inn is the oldest bar in NYC. Inviting, cozy vibe. Drinks are cheap, burger is solid - what's not to like?
  • Garry G.
    Garry GoldenAugust 28, 2010
    Setting seemed better than food... but worth it! Check out note on front side of building showing shore of Hudson River 1770s...then look at where landfill has shifted boundary?! Historic cool spot...
  • Emilie B.
    Emilie BandyJuly 27, 2010
    They let you sit outside on the benches out front with your drinks when the weather is nice!
  • Dan
    DanJuly 1, 2010
    if yr interested there is a great book on the history of the ear inn available at the bar - it was a hit as a gift for the father-in-law!
  • Thomas E.
    Thomas EscherMay 3, 2010
    The grapevine says it's one of the oldest restaurants in town. It's definitely a cute and inexpensive food place. The burgers are amazing and the waitresses are really kind. Go and see for yourself.
    Upvoted May 26
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYMarch 30, 2010
    Have you seen Mickey? The Ear Inn sits in an 1817 building that has been home to a bar for much of its existence and is supposedly haunted by a frisky sailor named Mickey.
  • Abe D.
    Abe DMarch 18, 2010
    1. Tues nite is bike (moto) night 2. For their burgers medium = crispy....med rare is the only way to go.
  • Fil B.
    Fil BAugust 20, 2009
    get there early to grab a spot in the weird little sidewalk area
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