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)
    Gabriel H.
    "The Ear Inn Ale (brewed by Brooklyn Brewery) is very good."(3 Tips)
    Erin M.
    "Come on Sunday nights for live music!"(2 Tips)
    Thomas E.
    "The burgers are amazing and the waitresses are really kind."(27 Tips)
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  • David G.
    David GladstoneAugust 19, 2016
    Ear Inn ale is great. Service excellent. Atmosphere dated, it is suppose to be. Daily specials and reasonably priced menu items, make this a must see, drink and eat kinda place. I highly recommend!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Erin M.
    Erin MurphyNovember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesNovember 21, 2016
    Good spot for a summer weeknight. Sit outside and read up on the history of this bar, or get the bartenders inside to tell you stories
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spoon University
    Spoon UniversityOctober 20, 2016
    The most frequently spotted ghost is Mickey, a sailor who lived upstairs and was hit by a car outside the bar. Waitresses report that he often gooses them and tends to drink other people’s drinks. Read more
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sabrina
    SabrinaJune 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.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiSeptember 23, 2015
    Best spot for sunset watching during happy hour. All architects come here to hangout :)
  • 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
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownJanuary 3, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Alvin M.
    Alvin MiltonDecember 12, 2011
    The Shepard's Pie is amazing, order with a Guiness Stout and be super happy!
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • Shawn S.
    Everything is good from the front of house to the very back!! Been coming here for years and I won’t stop!
  • Meaghan S.
    Meaghan SmithNovember 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food, don't let the small kitchen and appearance fool you. Get a burger or the chili!
  • 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.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel W.November 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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?
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Emilio V.
    Emilio VitoloJanuary 5, 2015
    Fantastic jazz music real old world and good eats !
  • Barker B.
    Barker BlackMay 18, 2012
    Steeped in history, this is the quintessential New York Neighborhood bar.
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDOctober 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Sean S.
    Sean SalmonMarch 11, 2016
    When the weather is good, take it outside to the sidewalk with everyone else.
    Upvoted Jul 28
  • Sam O.
    Sam OriachJuly 22
    Oldest bar in the neighborhood. Laid back, unpretentious, and wallet-friendly. Bartenders are really nice.
  • Anna
    AnnaJuly 6, 2015
    One of the oldest bars in NYC! Great selection of draft beers and the food is delicious too!
  • Martha
    MarthaFebruary 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    historic bar. no frills. very local crowd. good beer and food. love it.
  • Carolyn
    CarolynJanuary 19, 2015
    Classic New York. Hop in here when the weather's nice and drink a beer outside.
  • 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.
  • Dan
    DanJuly 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • Elena P.
    Elena PolyakovaAugust 11, 2015
    Very cozy place with long real history. Amazing mussels! Yummy...
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Irene L.
    Irene LeonMay 27, 2013
    The best burguers that i & my byfriend taste in our lífe
  • Adam O.
    Adam OkrasinskiAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Always get the shrimp/crab cakes when they are the daily special. Love them.
  • Matteo D.
    Matteo DepaloJune 2, 2013
    Grab a beer and have a good chat with the bartender, funny guy!
  • 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...
  • Abi N.
    Abi NicholasOctober 14, 2011
    One of the best bars in Manhattan. Can't go wrong with the burgers!
  • Susan M.
    Susan MerloMay 11, 2011
    Oh I miss this place! Had many a good time here back in the day! Glad to see it's still as cool as ever.
  • Adam P.
    Adam PalmerDecember 16, 2014
    Nice little bar - they let you draw on the tables!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJuly 18, 2015
    The Ear Inn Ale (brewed by Brooklyn Brewery) is very good.
  • Anna H.
    Anna HollowayFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pay the extra bit to get the avocado on the BLT - totally worth it!
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonMarch 2, 2016
    Fabulous dive bar ambiance with decent food
  • Geo F.
    Geo FarrellMarch 30, 2013
    Great vibe on this Saturday afternoon. Like being in a London bar.
  • Joseph F.
    Joseph FasoneMay 9
    Been here 25+ times
    Burger is top notch, so are dumplings and quesadilla!
  • Martin L.
    Martin LiebrichDecember 22, 2015
    Authentic, friendly crowd, great Barkeeper
  • Wirasandi R.
    Wirasandi RuslanSeptember 15, 2016
    That duck you have to try!
  • Barcelona J.
    They broke my screen cellphone and afterwards they gave me dirty beer bottle, It wasnt just dirt there were food residue around the bottleneck. I felt like this was todo mucho. I asked for the mán
  • Emilie B.
    Emilie BandyJuly 27, 2010
    They let you sit outside on the benches out front with your drinks when the weather is nice!
  • Matt L.
    Matt LAugust 16, 2012
    an Old Fashioned pairs quite nicely with a bowl of Cowboy Chili here
  • Jackson I.
    Jackson IsaacsonAugust 1, 2015
    Historic and fun, given the right crowd.
  • Simon M.
    Simon MSeptember 19, 2012
    Best try the chicken pot pie
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • Adam O.
    Adam OkrasinskiJanuary 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Crab and shrimp cakes. It's on the specials board sometimes. It's delicious every time.
  • Lisa I.
    Lisa ItoMarch 19, 2016
    Strange old spot off the beaten path. Def a piece of NYC history.
  • Vicente M.
    Vicente MunozJanuary 9, 2013
    great service and old school atmosphere
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LApril 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Thursday nights you can find the Ear Inn hockey team here for post-game beers.
  • Abe D.
    Abe DMarch 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    1. Tues nite is bike (moto) night 2. For their burgers medium = crispy....med rare is the only way to go.
  • Renee T.
    Renee TMay 6, 2015
    Speakeasy feel and a fun interior
  • Jen L.
    Jen LynchJune 8, 2012
    Go on Sunday night for live Jazz!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesJuly 18, 2015
    Can color with crayons on the table!
  • @joeljet
    @joeljetAugust 7, 2010
    get the roasted potatoes with whatever. they're unbelievably good.
  • Kai B.
    Kai BrinkerFebruary 29, 2012
    Watch you'd head when using the wintertime storm door (if 6'+). Ouch!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerJuly 16, 2011
    Don't let the dumpy appearance fool you, this place is full of history and charm.
  • Ethan C.
    Ethan CNovember 30, 2014
    Let's draw on the table!! It's the creatives hang out!!
  • Erin M.
    Erin MiuSeptember 4, 2011
    Come on Sunday nights for live music!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 29, 2014
    Check out Ear Inn as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more
  • Taylor H.
    Taylor HarveyOctober 5, 2013
    Good burger. Skip the bacon.
  • Karli S.
    Karli ScottJuly 22, 2014
    Crayons at the tables - what more could you ask for?
  • Olivia L.
    Olivia LentucciMarch 15, 2012
    Get the shell steak with mashed and greens! It's cheap and fab!
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Down and dirty shot and beer bar. How do you beat it?-Jimmy Bradley , Top Chef
  • Geetha M.
    Geetha MOctober 31, 2011
    Bartender has a heavy hand with the vodka - I love that!
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Down and dirty shot and beer bar. How do you beat it?-Jimmy Bradley , Top Chef
  • Kathryn F.
    Kathryn FoxGrovesNovember 4, 2011
    Best dumplings I've EVER had.
  • Jake T.
    Jake TunneyOctober 19, 2016
    Bartender is the dude!
  • Tiphany P.
    Tiphany P.July 7, 2012
    The Vinho Verde has a delightful sparkle to it.
  • Brad L.
    Brad LeegeAugust 22, 2014
    Actual Irish brewed Guinness on draught.
  • Tim V.
    Tim VetterAugust 28, 2015
    Look up ......
  • Yana B.
    Yana BrombergFebruary 18, 2016
    The music on Sundays;)
  • Owen I.
    Owen IversonJune 13, 2014
    My how this place has changed!
  • Erno T.
    Erno TauriainenAugust 28, 2012
    Live jamming was great!
  • Sam R.
    Sam RosenbergMay 11, 2012
    More hot sauce.
  • Ben Z.
    Ben ZweigJuly 1, 2015
    Skip the turkey burger. Not gonna win any awards.
  • vivan thi t.
    vivan thi tangMay 11, 2014
    west vil institution!
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SmithDecember 9, 2014
    Open until 4 AM...dangerous
  • Allen R.
    Allen RossJune 17, 2015
    Best cheeseburger
  • Jeannie
    JeannieNovember 14, 2011
    Cute place to get a burger and a beer.
  • Fil B.
    Fil BAugust 20, 2009
    get there early to grab a spot in the weird little sidewalk area
  • Juliano C.
    Juliano CarvalhoMay 22, 2015
    Pub antigo, pratos simples e fartos
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