The Scratcher

The Scratcher

East Village, New York
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    "... plenty of warm woods, low light and great beer prices."(3 Tips)
    "Great happy hour in a fun area."(7 Tips)
    jeffrey a.
    "Nice dive."(2 Tips)
    Valerie S.
    "Great for a date or casual drinks with friends."(8 Tips)
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  • happy hour
  • beer
  • casual
  • authentic
  • good for groups
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  • Densheart icon on user image
    DensJune 9, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Official after-work bar of team foursquare. If both bathrooms do not have foursquare stickers on the doors/mirrors/toilets, someone's getting fired... #justsaying
    Upvoted Jun 15
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    DevontaFebruary 28, 2016
    Met with some former and current coworkers here to catch up and chat. The place was perfect. It was not crowded and you could hear yourself talking. Would sit down and have a drink here anytime.
  • Ranu R.heart icon on user image
    Ranu RajkarnikarMay 23, 2015
    A great chill dive. You can do work here, enjoy a date or hang with friends. It's mellow and the staff are super nice. Sometimes they even have free pizza, what more do you need?
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 6, 2013
    $6 PBR + shot of Evan Williams special Sunday to Thursday. $2 off drafts and well drinks during happy hour, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
  • Cassidyheart icon on user image
    CassidyJune 5, 2016
    Never full, great music, decent beer selection. don't blow up our spot!
  • Cindy T.heart icon on user image
    Cindy TMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    On Sunday nights beginning at 7:15, The Scratcher has free live acoustic music, performed by Irish and local artists. Be sure to contribute to the artist tip bucket that is passed around.
  • Jack O.heart icon on user image
    Jack OsborneDecember 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're from out of town and have the ability to expense things the receipt will read "The Scratcher Cafe"
  • Valerie S.heart icon on user image
    Valerie SJuly 30, 2017
    Lower level bar tucked away from the street- chill vibe and decor. Great for a date or casual drinks with friends.
  • Zaarly NYC
    Zaarly NYCOctober 9, 2011
    Dive done right. Great crowd, great drinks and no tv's. Grab a drink, take a seat, and enjoy. Can't go wrong. Also, be wise with your restroom breaks. Can get crowded quick back there.
  • JPheart icon on user image
    JPFebruary 20, 2016
    Great happy hour in a fun area. Start you night here and let the night take you away
  • John C.heart icon on user image
    John CarneyAugust 8, 2022
    Been here 10+ times
    Great bar. Ask if Luke is there and tell him I sent you.
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceMarch 14, 2018
    Great spot just below street level with plenty of warm woods, low light and great beer prices.
  • The Local East Village
    The Local East VillageAugust 14, 2011
    "The vibe was ideally low-key, with dim lights and a low ceiling. There are tons of long, wooden tables where you can sit with your friends and make new ones." --Helen Zhang, "Best EV Dive Bars" Read more
  • Tom I.
    Tom IgoeJanuary 28, 2016
    Great, unassuming, unchanged bar. Don't tell your friends about it. I like it the way it is.
  • J Crowleyheart icon on user image
    J CrowleyFebruary 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite dive bars in the east village.
  • eme
    emeFebruary 21, 2015
    Cozy low lighting place ideal for winter. Happy hour until 8 and good beers on tap.
  • Artemheart icon on user image
    ArtemMay 8, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    All the beers are great and the ambiance is fantastic for group drinks
  • Erin L.heart icon on user image
    Erin LaneDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the happiest places on earth. BYO pizza, claim a table, order a Guinness. Maybe a whisky, I don't know, let's get crazy.
  • Raphael L.heart icon on user image
    Raphael LangenscheidtSeptember 15, 2015
    Good prices, relaxed vibe and not overly crowded. This place is easily overlooked but totally undervalued.
  • Patrick B.heart icon on user image
    Patrick BaskinOctober 13, 2014
    Cute, cozy bar perfect for hanging out with friends and grabbing a drink, maybe a date
  • Dan E.heart icon on user image
    Dan EDecember 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Generally quite, cozy and friendly dive with decent beers on tap. What more do you need?
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMarch 3, 2011
    A favorite of Voice staffers-They have a great happy hour ($2 off drafts/well drinks) that you can find using our Happy Hours app!
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾October 2, 2014
    A nice dive with lots of seating and good drink specials. Can definitely get crowded
  • Puu K.heart icon on user image
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 21, 2015
    I'm surprised, Wednesday night was almost full. Nice place to grab a drink and talk with friends.
  • Dan
    DanFebruary 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I go here weekly to celebrate my $5 Astor place barber school haircuts - ha! I agree one of the best Guinness pours in all of downtown. No idea what it's like late nites, but it's excellent early on.
  • Deep G.
    Deep GujralOctober 9, 2017
    Great live music on weekends!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    This is Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley's favorite bar, which he told us in a video tour of the East Village. Read more
  • Jordan H.
    Jordan HepnerNovember 11, 2012
    Always scratch your itch. Come on Sundays with the wedding section to drink fine bourbon and listen to jazz standards.
  • Tim G.
    Tim GeisenheimerAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Before it was the official Foursquare bar, I lived 100 yards down the block and enjoyed liberally poured Maker's rocks here after work.
  • Kevin G.heart icon on user image
    Kevin GrantOctober 3, 2017
    Perfect dive bar, lots of room for lots of people
  • Jason G.
    Jason GilbertApril 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit in the back in the winter and by the windows in the summer.
  • Nitzan B.heart icon on user image
    Nitzan BAugust 28, 2018
    Cute place! Was not crowded and good vibes
  • Ryan A.heart icon on user image
    Ryan AmbsNovember 6, 2014
    Kind of hate the seats here. Kind of love everything else. Completely unassuming allowing you to fade into the ambiance.
  • Melissa L.heart icon on user image
    Melissa LonsdaleDecember 7, 2015
    Great bar. Not too big. Not too loud.
  • Paul S.heart icon on user image
    Paul SmithJune 13, 2012
    Great for happy hour - arrived just after six and got a Lagunitas IPA for $4!
  • Deanna
    DeannaOctober 28, 2013
    Cool little bar that ill def visit everytime I'm in town!
  • Melissa Y.heart icon on user image
    Melissa YuJuly 17, 2016
    Quaint little basement bar. Decent prices.
  • Christopher G.heart icon on user image
    Christopher GoodhueAugust 4, 2016
    Get here early! It can get way too packed after 9
  • naveenheart icon on user image
    naveenJuly 5, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The wifi password is the bar's phone number (look for it written on a piece of paper behind the bar)
  • Summer B.
    Summer BurtonJune 2, 2013
    Go on Monday nights when Grace is bartending. <3 <3 <3
  • Grace C.
    Grace CheungFebruary 19, 2012
    Get your astrology reading here, back of the bar some nights, $10 for 10 minutes covering your entire life.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttSeptember 2, 2018
    Sure, it's a dive, but one bartender on a Thursday night? It took 30 minutes to close out my tab
  • Rafi S.
    Rafi SyedOctober 31, 2012
    This place is past its prime. But it's still a good dive bar to stop at on the way home for a water.
  • Phoebe E.heart icon on user image
    Phoebe ESeptember 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    They have Ommegang Harvest on draft. Get it.
  • Saif D.heart icon on user image
    Saif DiaOctober 18, 2015
    Place is kind of hidden; go down the steps to get in.
  • Ian H.
    Ian HartzJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Go on a Monday or Wednesday when Renata works! She's the best!
  • Saarim Z.heart icon on user image
    Saarim ZamanDecember 6, 2016
    Good happy hour beers $2 off
  • Carol R.
    Carol RosarioJune 25, 2011
    You might run into a super cool foursquare employee. She is the mayor! You better recognize.
  • Jeffrey K.heart icon on user image
    Jeffrey KaoFebruary 12, 2016
    Casual, laid back vibes.
  • Sarah T.heart icon on user image
    Sarah ThomasMarch 15, 2015
    Not the hippest crowd in town, but cute and cozy
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