The Scratcher

The Scratcher

209 E 5th St (btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave), New York, NY 10003
Open until 4:00am (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 AM
$ $ $ $
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  • "... bar +1 for no TVs" (2 tips)
  • "Tons of menus behind the bar!" (3 tips)
  • "... a great happy hour ($2 off drafts/well drinks) that you can find using..." (2 tips)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mike S.

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

    Mike S. · July 13, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • Evan C.

    Tons of menus behind the bar!

    Evan C. · November 17, 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 C. · February 5, 2010
  • Richard B.

    Best non-blogger blogger bar in the East Village

    Richard B. · October 5, 2009
  • Carol R.

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

    Carol R. · June 25, 2011
  • 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 G. · December 14, 2012
  • 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
  • Tim J.

    D-dubs showing how it's done

    Tim J. · March 23, 2011
  • Peter N.

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

    Peter N. · June 29, 2010
  • Jeremy G.

    if Kevin K. was not the Mayor this place would rock.

    Jeremy G. · May 9, 2009
  • Jordan H.

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

    Jordan H. · November 11, 2012
  • Ian H.

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

    Ian H. · January 26, 2012
  • Razorfish

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

    Razorfish · September 20, 2011
  • Heather F.

    I got my butt farmed here

    Heather F. · April 7, 2011
  • Peter O.

    consistent great live music on Sunday nights!

    Peter O. · January 9, 2011
  • Andrew C.

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

    Andrew C. · December 29, 2011
  • Angie A.

    Buy the mayor a Stella. He's the finest piece of meat in the city.

    Angie A. · October 9, 2011
  • Wes H.

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

    Wes H. · February 18, 2010
  • Phoebe E.

    They have Ommegang Harvest on draft. Get it.

    Phoebe E. · September 30, 2013
  • Mike G.

    Don't get an old fashioned!

    Mike G. · May 9, 2013
  • Ben R.

    Try ignoring the terrible tip from Red Bull.

    Ben R. · June 28, 2012
  • 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
  • Ben H.

    perfect neighborhood bar +1 for no TVs Read more

    Ben H. · July 11, 2011
  • Alexa v.

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

    Alexa v. · July 21, 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
  • neil s.

    Check out the live music, Sunday evenings @ the Scratcher Sessions.

    neil s. · July 15, 2009
  • 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. · 3 weeks ago
  • Deanna

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

    Deanna · October 28, 2013
  • Summer B.

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

    Summer B. · June 2, 2013
  • 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 S. · October 31, 2012
  • Paul S.

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

    Paul S. · June 13, 2012
  • Boberto P.

    I like this place

    Boberto P. · 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 C. · February 19, 2012
  • Jenny A.

    @Dens foursquare stickers on Guys side confirmed.

    Jenny A. · January 29, 2012
  • Tom S.

    Sometimes they put magic hat in the Sierra Nevada tap

    Tom S. · January 6, 2012
  • 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
  • Anne G.

    Best Boddingtons pour anywhere

    Anne G. · 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 G. · August 15, 2011
  • Jacki

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

    Jacki · June 3, 2011
  • irfan w.

    teungarti tguygukfyu

    irfan w. · November 6, 2010

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