The Scratcher

The Scratcher

Bar · East Village
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:

Based on 390 votes

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    JP P.
    "Great happy hour in a fun area."(6 Tips)
    Ranu R.
    "A great chill dive."(6 Tips)
    Sarah T.
    "Not the hippest crowd in town, but cute and cozy"(5 Tips)
    Dan E.
    "Generally quite, cozy and friendly dive with decent beers on tap."(4 Tips)
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  • K

    Typical bar but loungy, not too loud & decent beers.

    K · 1 week ago
  • Janna P.

    My favorite place to cheat on The Thirsty Scholar.

    Janna Proehl · March 2
  • Devonta

    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.

    Devonta · February 28
  • JP P.

    Great happy hour in a fun area. Start you night here and let the night take you away

    JP Park · February 20
  • Jeffrey K.

    Casual, laid back vibes.

    Jeffrey Kao · February 12
  • Tom I.

    Great, unassuming, unchanged bar. Don't tell your friends about it. I like it the way it is.

    Tom Igoe · January 28
  • Melissa L.

    Great bar. Not too big. Not too loud.

    Melissa Lonsdale · December 7, 2015
  • Saif D.

    Place is kind of hidden; go down the steps to get in.

    Saif Dia · October 18, 2015
  • chin1ta

    cozy low key drinking den

    chin1ta · October 13, 2015
  • Raphael L.

    Good prices, relaxed vibe and not overly crowded. This place is easily overlooked but totally undervalued.

    Raphael Langenscheidt · September 15, 2015
  • Raphael

    No fee at the ATM... Just saying

    Raphael · July 10, 2015
  • Tony X.

    This place is just the way I like my ladies, inexpensive and unpretentious. Honest service and a relaxing atmosphere makes it a must go if youre with friends. Get drunk and have fun.

    Tony Xerray · May 26, 2015
  • Ranu R.

    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?

    Ranu Rajkarnikar · May 23, 2015
  • Jason G.

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

    Jason Gilbert · April 17, 2015
  • Samantha V.

    Check this place out no matter what.

    Samantha Verdin · March 17, 2015
  • Sarah T.

    Not the hippest crowd in town, but cute and cozy

    Sarah Thomas · March 15, 2015
  • Puu K.

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

    Puu Kampolratana · February 21, 2015
  • eme

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

    eme · February 21, 2015
  • J Crowley

    One of my favorite dive bars in the east village.

    J Crowley · February 15, 2015
  • 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 R · 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

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