Old Town Bar

Union Square, New York
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  • Village Voice
    "... no sawdust, and urinals that make you look forward to breaking the..."(13 Tips)
    Price P.
    "Great place for classic bar food and a good beer"(69 Tips)
    "It is also home to New York's oldest active dumbwaiters!"(4 Tips)
    Michael B.
    "easy during prohibition times."(5 Tips)
171 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • urine
  • chicken wings
  • casual
  • dumbwaiters
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  • Mark H.
    Mark Heyert1 week ago
    This is old time NY. Great simple bar food and cold drinks. Service is always good so enjoy this place for what it is, a great neighborhood bar.
  • Mark G.
  • Ryan W.
    The angry bar staff suck.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Amy M.
    Amy MixaMarch 14
    The chili is spicy and delicious
  • Arjun
    ArjunJanuary 24
    Classic old New York establishment. They serve beer by the pitcher in addition to by the pint.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JohnsonJanuary 5
    German beer. Large wings. Small potato salad. Extra celery and blue cheese. Date night complete. And make sure to check out the historic men's room!
  • Prasid P.
    Prasid PathakDecember 22, 2016
    Serving since 1892!
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisOctober 23, 2016
    Great classic wings. Nachos are good too.
  • Tom I.
    Tom IgoeSeptember 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    A New York classic.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangSeptember 11, 2016
    No nonsense old skool bar and great burgers. I like mine medium rare with a side of slaw. Bartenders are all mad chill.
  • T B.
    T BJuly 13, 2016
    Great bar food
  • Zachary H.
    Zachary HardingJuly 7, 2016
    Literally the worst service I have ever experienced- bartender completely ignored me. I'm sorry, do I look a little younger than your clientele? Left as fast as possible
  • Peter ☎💺📈
    Peter ☎💺📈June 13, 2016
    This is a great bar. Busy on weekends with decent bar food.
  • Mary C.
    Mary CrosseJune 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Booths only fit 4 people. Get a whiskey!
  • Brad L.
    Ignore any tips about an award for best wings in 2011. In 2016, their wings are terrible. The chicken was dry, the skin was not crispy and the sauce was thick and gloppy. PASS.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarrenderMay 4, 2016
    Skip it!!! unless youre into waiting 20 mins for one beer and paying $12 for jager shots. They might have the most salty staff in NYC.
  • Brendan
    BrendanMay 1, 2016
    Hot dogs are the best
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WarrenderApril 30, 2016
    Worst bar in NYC. $11 get the hell outta here old man. Service blows.
    Upvoted May 15
  • Brendan
    BrendanMarch 23, 2016
    Authentic design, really cool piece of history by union square
  • AT N.
    AT NarulaMarch 18, 2016
    Lamb burger is good
  • Sebastian G.
    Sebastian GFebruary 25, 2016
    This place is a real gem. Very old school, nice staff, very authentic and best burger I've had in New York!
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDJanuary 22, 2016
    A fantastic classic New York bar. PS burgers are pretty swell
  • Philipp Z.
    Philipp ZJanuary 21, 2016
    Perfect for a beer or two and good America style food.
  • Leanne Z.
    Leanne ZickJanuary 7, 2016
    Solid wings! Idk about "best" though.
  • Leanne Z.
    Leanne ZickJanuary 7, 2016
    Wings and craft beers. Solid dependable spot.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SpectorJanuary 1, 2016
    Classic no-frills pre-Prohibition bar. A solid NYC original not trying too hard to impress. Grab a pint.
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaDecember 31, 2015
    Great iconic old NY bar. Perfect for a low key evening.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HantzDecember 5, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask the bartender Fitz for his opinion on the Islanders, Kennedys and old Chinese women.
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonNovember 22, 2015
    Step back in time to a classic NYC pub. Liked the Pumpkin Ale.
  • 💎T
    💎TNovember 16, 2015
    Very popular after work spot so good luck getting a booth!
  • Marty M.
    Marty MonacoNovember 14, 2015
    Wings are perfectly sauced and pretty large. Could always be hotter but I am usually happy when I leave
  • Michael H.
    Michael HOctober 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good after work place.
  • jamie m.
    jamie mccullaghOctober 26, 2015
    Good after work spot.
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KanaleySeptember 12, 2015
    Solid burgers in a classic bar atmosphere.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BackusSeptember 4, 2015
    Classic New York City feel with good food and good beer
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Don’t leave without visiting the restroom on the ground floor. Trust us, you’ll be very impressed. Read more
  • Montse S.
    Montse SolarAugust 10, 2015
    Best wings ever!!
  • John P.
    John PaterakisJuly 13, 2015
    Juicy turkey burger!
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FurgasonMay 9, 2015
    Finally some reasonably priced beers in the city! Great spot for a casual hang out
  • Renee T.
    Renee TMay 6, 2015
    Love it! It's conveniently located at Union Square, and there is plenty of room for large groups. We ate some fantastic turkey burgers (juicy!) and really great BLTs
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerApril 26, 2015
    Try the vegan burger. It's amazing. HA! Fooled you. Reward yourself after the crap day you've had with a bona fide whiskey. It'll help you come to grips with your pathetic existence.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceApril 4, 2015
    You can hide things under your seat in the booths. The women's bathroom is inconvenient to get to. It's very clear that Men were top of the list when this place was designed. Old, warm vibe.
  • f7o
    f7oMarch 16, 2015
    Looks like nothing changed for decades
  • Janine P.
    Janine PerryMarch 7, 2015
    This place is super authentic, you can tell it's really old. Very chill and comfortable, and a good bar good menu.
  • Manasi G.
    Manasi GandotraMarch 1, 2015
    Such a cosy bar! And everything is so well priced, also the staff is so friendly!!
  • Sabrina W.
    Sabrina WangFebruary 20, 2015
    old fashioned nostalgia interior. I like the typewriter style check out machine at the bar.
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BatchelderFebruary 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The bathrooms are like taking a p#ss back in the late 1800's. The wings are amazing.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CheskinFebruary 13, 2015
    A real throwback with great bar food. Try a burger, you won't be disappointed!
  • Martha
    MarthaFebruary 9, 2015
    classic historic bar. love stopping in here from time to time.
  • Trae F.
    Trae FJanuary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is so old school and I love it.
  • al v.
    al viciedoJanuary 9, 2015
    The Old Town Burger is a no-frills, diner style burger with a savory griddle grease finish to it. Not the best burger, I would go elsewhere. Read the full review at: http://bit.ly/14A2Zp6.
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FisherDecember 15, 2014
    Old school. One of the better bars around Union Square
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisDecember 4, 2014
    I'd fight a pack of wolves in the middle of the woods during a blizzard for the chicken wings here
  • Albert T.
    Albert TongNovember 25, 2014
    Get their wings. Very good flavor without being insanely spicy.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaNovember 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Dark, old and hospitable. Say hi to the cat that lives upstairs!
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 8, 2014
    It survived Prohibition by becoming a speakeasy under the name Craig’s Restaurant. During this stage in the bar’s history, patrons could hide their alcohol in a compartment underneath their seats. Read more
  • Janine V.
    Janine VeazueNovember 2, 2014
    Friendliest bartenders in the city. Also, coolest dumb waiter. A must for experiencing true New York bar history.
  • Meg M.
    Meg McNamaraOctober 27, 2014
    Neat interior. Not just the same type of place that you always see.
  • dipti p.
    dipti p.October 2, 2014
    nice wood interior. grab a pint of oktoberfest paulaner beer.
  • Dina F.
    Dina FierroSeptember 20, 2014
    They serve the fried calamari with cocktail sauce for some extremely odd reason. Ask for marinara.
  • Chris S.
    Chris ScottAugust 24, 2014
    The beer is cold, the food good, and service horrible.
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HealyAugust 18, 2014
    Burgers & beer! The little buttons in the wall at each of the booths don't work anymore, so don't bother the waitstaff asking about them.
  • Karina E.
    Karina EncisoAugust 16, 2014
    They have some if the best buffalo wings in NYC!!! You must try them!
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.August 10, 2014
    Cold beer and large servings of food in one really old bar that is a must place to check-in at
  • Will M.
    Will MayoAugust 7, 2014
    Good old fashion classics NYC bar, nothing fancy just good drinks and snarky service
  • Jason W.
    Jason WongJuly 22, 2014
    Legend has it, they filmed House of Pain's "Jump Around" here. No joke, look it up on Wikipedia.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BiddleJune 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good clam roll. Only bar worth going to in union square.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimMay 16, 2014
    Turkey burger fans, you can skip the turkey burger here. You won't miss much. Pretty dry patty and not much seasoning to it.
  • Marcus P.
    Marcus PenningtonApril 19, 2014
    Good bar. Would do again
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerMarch 21, 2014
    Check out the autographed VHS box on the wall, for the film "Q&A" starring NICK NOLTE, TIMOTHY HUTTON & ARMAND ASSANTE. "When the questions are dangerous, the answers can be deadly"
  • Benton Y.
    Benton YetmanMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at the north end of the bar and marvel at the food pulley system making cheeseburgers magically appear
  • Joe C.
    Joe CheskinFebruary 17, 2014
    Amazing burgers and hot dogs too!
  • Brendan J.
    Brendan JordanDecember 5, 2013
    Literary luminaries hung out here until they were discovered by the masses.
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RosenzweigDecember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My new go to spot!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WilliamsonNovember 23, 2013
    chicken fingers not that great, but homemade soup was DELICIOUS! $3/cup too! not a bad price
  • Jarrod M.
    Jarrod MillerNovember 16, 2013
    Was 'ok' by bar standards. Worth going to check out the urinals as strange as that sounds. Quite impressive.
  • 🍕🍺Tea C.
    🍕🍺Tea CurranOctober 9, 2013
    Old Timey urinals here.
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Spuds - Alone they'd be good but gotta love fried wedges with horseradish cream - my only wish is that it was spicier
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Americana Cheeseburger - I don't know why I even look at the menu here. I'm getting the burger medium rare with the mustard. Not a bistro burger but.....
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is a staple for me during the holidays. Avoid the crowds and sit upstairs. Order a cheeseburger (preferably with Muenster) and a seasonal beer. Be ready to be transported to food heaven.
  • Doug L.
    Doug LefrakMay 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite watering hole in the City. Grab a Bud and a seat at the bar.
  • Adrianne B.
    Adrianne BenzionApril 27, 2013
    Decent environment for Union Sq area. Drinks were sub par
  • Ranny M.
    Ranny MaApril 11, 2013
    The urinals -- definitely did not live up to the hype.
  • Lance C.
    Lance CrawfordApril 8, 2013
    Very good stiff mixed drinks at a reasonable price. A combination that is hard to find in most big cities. The place has a lot of character!
    SNOCRUApril 7, 2013
    Dudes only
  • Nicolas D.
    Nicolas DumontApril 6, 2013
    Great burgers!
  • Eliot S.
    Eliot ShepardMarch 29, 2013
    The only essential tip here is: urinals.
  • Mike Bloomberg
    Mike BloombergMarch 27, 2013
    Today, I was here to discuss the impacts of the 2003 Smoke-Free Air Act on its 10th anniversary: http://bit.ly/YDjLQB
  • Jerard R.
    Jerard RoggioMarch 27, 2013
    Old school NYC restaurant and bar
  • Anton B.
    Anton BarflyMarch 18, 2013
    Irish music on St. Paddy's Day! Great!
  • James G.
    James GillispieMarch 2, 2013
    Make sure not to put a napkin or coaster on your drink when outside because the bartender will give you lecture and pour out your drink!! Not withstanding an awesome bar!
  • Brad B.
    Brad BensonFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Dudes: christen the urinals that are older than your Great Grandparents!
  • James B.
    James BruniJanuary 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Stu / bartender & artist / is great
  • Kola B.
    Kola BelloJanuary 20, 2013
    Apparently House of Pain recorded the video for Jump Around here + the serve Glenmorangie
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BolgerJanuary 16, 2013
    Warm magic hat. Sad. Like the place otherwise.
  • Najeed K.
    Najeed KhanDecember 23, 2012
    Nice jazz music
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BeckDecember 17, 2012
    Literary boozers including Frank McCourt (a signed copy of his Angela’s Ashes is displayed above one of the booths), Nick Hornby, Seamus Heaney and Billy Collins—have sidled up to long mahogany bar.
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BeckDecember 17, 2012
    Flatiron saloon is one of the most ancient places to imbibe in town: It’s been pouring drinks steadily since 1892—even operating during Prohibition as a speakeasy.
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon McGrawNovember 27, 2012
    The Old Town Bar has been serving drinks near Union Square since 1892. It also purports to have the city's oldest dumbwaiter and 102-year-old urinals in the men's room. - From Eater NY
  • naveen
    naveenNovember 19, 2012
    the century club: since 1892. you've got to go with a burger.
    Downvoted May 15
  • lizbeth h.
    lizbeth hernandezMarch 27, 2015
    por supuesto las hamburguesas !!
  • Euller B.
    Euller BarrosAugust 13, 2014
    O balcão está lotado? Pergunte pela escada e suba para o segundo andar!
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