The Scratcher

The Scratcher

209 E 5th St (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave), New York, NY 10003, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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  • Jason G.

    Sit in the back in the winter and by the windows in the summer.

    Jason Gilbert · 1 week ago
  • Samantha V.

    Check this place out no matter what.

    Samantha Verdin · March 17
  • Sarah T.

    Not the hippest crowd in town, but cute and cozy

    Sarah Thomas · March 15
  • Puu K.

    I'm surprised, Wednesday night was almost full. Nice place to grab a drink and talk with friends.

    Puu Kampolratana · February 21
  • eme

    Cozy low lighting place ideal for winter. Happy hour until 8 and good beers on tap.

    eme · February 21
  • J C.

    One of my favorite dive bars in the east village.

    J Crowley · February 15
  • Dan E.

    Generally quite, cozy and friendly dive with decent beers on tap. What more do you need?

    Dan E · December 17, 2014
  • Ryan A.

    Kind of hate the seats here. Kind of love everything else. Completely unassuming allowing you to fade into the ambiance.

    Ryan Ambs · November 6, 2014
  • Patrick B.

    Cute, cozy bar perfect for hanging out with friends and grabbing a drink, maybe a date

    Patrick Baskin · October 13, 2014
  • Sara T.

    A nice dive with lots of seating and good drink specials. Can definitely get crowded

    Sara T. · October 2, 2014
  • Mike B.

    Literally the worst, most inefficient bartender I have ever seen. And I drink a lot.

    Mike Byhoff · July 18, 2014
  • Cindy T.

    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.

    Cindy T · March 23, 2014
  • Deanna

    Cool little bar that ill def visit everytime I'm in town!

    Deanna · October 28, 2013
  • Phoebe E.

    They have Ommegang Harvest on draft. Get it.

    Phoebe E · September 30, 2013
  • Summer B.

    Go on Monday nights when Grace is bartending. <3 <3 <3

    Summer Burton · June 2, 2013
  • Mike G.

    Don't get an old fashioned!

    Mike Gillman · May 9, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    $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.

    Serious Eats · March 6, 2013
  • Erin G.

    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.

    Erin Gleason · December 14, 2012
  • Jordan H.

    Always scratch your itch. Come on Sundays with the wedding section to drink fine bourbon and listen to jazz standards.

    Jordan Hepner · November 11, 2012
  • Rafi S.

    This place is past its prime. But it's still a good dive bar to stop at on the way home for a water.

    Rafi Syed · October 31, 2012
  • Ben R.

    Try ignoring the terrible tip from Red Bull.

    Ben Rossen · June 28, 2012
  • Paul S.

    Great for happy hour - arrived just after six and got a Lagunitas IPA for $4!

    Paul Smith · June 13, 2012
  • Boberto P.

    I like this place

    Boberto Patricio · March 31, 2012
  • Grace C.

    Get your astrology reading here, back of the bar some nights, $10 for 10 minutes covering your entire life.

    Grace Cheung · February 19, 2012
  • Jenny A.

    @Dens foursquare stickers on Guys side confirmed.

    Jenny Addison · January 29, 2012
  • Ian H.

    Go on a Monday or Wednesday when Renata works! She's the best!

    Ian Hartz · January 26, 2012
  • Tom S.

    Sometimes they put magic hat in the Sierra Nevada tap

    Tom Smith · January 6, 2012
  • Andrew C.

    Be a pal and drop your empty glass/bottle off at the bar. Nobody likes a messy home.. err bar.

    Andrew Cerda · December 29, 2011
  • Zaarly NYC

    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.

    Zaarly NYC · October 9, 2011
  • Razorfish

    A good place to let your Irish drinking gene off its leash.

    Razorfish · September 20, 2011
  • Anne G.

    Best Boddingtons pour anywhere

    Anne Glass · September 2, 2011
  • Tim G.

    Before it was the official Foursquare bar, I lived 100 yards down the block and enjoyed liberally poured Maker's rocks here after work.

    Tim Geisenheimer · August 15, 2011
  • The Local East Village

    "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

    The Local East Village · August 14, 2011
  • Mike S.

    foursquare hometown favorite, the staff may-or-may-not hate us, but they certainly can't ignore us

    Mike Singleton · July 13, 2011
  • Ben H.

    perfect neighborhood bar +1 for no TVs Read more

    Ben H. · July 11, 2011
  • Carol R.

    You might run into a super cool foursquare employee. She is the mayor! You better recognize.

    Carol Rosario · June 25, 2011
  • Dens

    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

    Dens · June 9, 2011
  • Jacki

    Just met the founder of 4sq here... Awesome!!

    Jacki · June 3, 2011
  • Heather F.

    I got my butt farmed here

    Heather Fink · April 7, 2011
  • Village Voice

    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!

    Village Voice · March 3, 2011
  • Peter O.

    consistent great live music on Sunday nights!

    Peter Olshansky · January 9, 2011
  • Evan C.

    Tons of menus behind the bar!

    Evan Cohen · November 17, 2010
  • irfan w.

    teungarti tguygukfyu

    irfan wildan · November 6, 2010
  • 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

    The Wall Street Journal · August 2, 2010
  • Alexa v.

    have fun with the LearnVest team here, after work drinks!!

    Alexa von Tobel · July 21, 2010
  • naveen

    The wifi password is the bar's phone number (look for it written on a piece of paper behind the bar)

    naveen · July 5, 2010
  • Peter N.

    Have a drink at scratcher and then go to curry ya a few blocks away.

    Peter N · June 29, 2010
  • Wes H.

    must visit my old mates behind the bar some time soon...

    Wes Henstock · February 18, 2010
  • Chris C.

    Fun fact: Scratcher is Irish slang for a fold-away cot. This is also the closest decent bar to ITP. No TVs!

    Chris Cummings · February 5, 2010
  • Dan

    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.

    Dan · February 4, 2010

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