The Scratcher

The Scratcher

East Village, New York
  • The experts at The Wall Street Journal and Village Voice recommend this place
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • Village Voice
  • JP P.
    "Great happy hour in a fun area."(7 Tips)
    Valerie S.
    "Great for a date or casual drinks with friends."(8 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)
72 Tips and reviews
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  • casual
  • beer
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  • Deep G.
    Deep GujralOctober 9
    Great live music on weekends!
  • Kevin G.
    Kevin GrantOctober 3
    Perfect dive bar, lots of room for lots of people
  • Valerie S.
    Lower level bar tucked away from the street- chill vibe and decor. Great for a date or casual drinks with friends.
  • Jack O.
    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"
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanDecember 6, 2016
    Good happy hour beers $2 off
  • Christopher G.
    Christopher GoodhueAugust 4, 2016
    Get here early! It can get way too packed after 9
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YuJuly 17, 2016
    Quaint little basement bar. Decent prices.
  • Cassidy
    CassidyJune 5, 2016
    Never full, great music, decent beer selection. don't blow up our spot!
  • K
    KApril 20, 2016
    Typical bar but loungy, not too loud & decent beers.
  • Devonta
    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.
  • JP P.
    JP ParkFebruary 20, 2016
    Great happy hour in a fun area. Start you night here and let the night take you away
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KaoFebruary 12, 2016
    Casual, laid back vibes.
  • Tom I.
    Tom IgoeJanuary 28, 2016
    Great, unassuming, unchanged bar. Don't tell your friends about it. I like it the way it is.
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LonsdaleDecember 7, 2015
    Great bar. Not too big. Not too loud.
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaOctober 18, 2015
    Place is kind of hidden; go down the steps to get in.
  • chin1ta
    chin1taOctober 13, 2015
    cozy low key drinking den
  • Raphael L.
    Raphael LangenscheidtSeptember 15, 2015
    Good prices, relaxed vibe and not overly crowded. This place is easily overlooked but totally undervalued.
  • Raphael
    RaphaelJuly 10, 2015
    No fee at the ATM... Just saying
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayMay 26, 2015
    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.
  • Ranu R.
    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?
  • Jason G.
    Jason GilbertApril 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit in the back in the winter and by the windows in the summer.
  • Samantha V.
    Samantha VerdinMarch 17, 2015
    Check this place out no matter what.
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah ThomasMarch 15, 2015
    Not the hippest crowd in town, but cute and cozy
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaFebruary 21, 2015
    I'm surprised, Wednesday night was almost full. Nice place to grab a drink and talk with friends.
  • eme
    emeFebruary 21, 2015
    Cozy low lighting place ideal for winter. Happy hour until 8 and good beers on tap.
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyFebruary 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite dive bars in the east village.
  • Dan E.
    Dan EDecember 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Generally quite, cozy and friendly dive with decent beers on tap. What more do you need?
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsNovember 6, 2014
    Kind of hate the seats here. Kind of love everything else. Completely unassuming allowing you to fade into the ambiance.
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinOctober 13, 2014
    Cute, cozy bar perfect for hanging out with friends and grabbing a drink, maybe a date
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾October 2, 2014
    A nice dive with lots of seating and good drink specials. Can definitely get crowded
  • Mike B.
    Mike ByhoffJuly 18, 2014
    Literally the worst, most inefficient bartender I have ever seen. And I drink a lot.
  • Cindy T.
    Cindy TMarch 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ 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.
  • Deanna
    DeannaOctober 28, 2013
    Cool little bar that ill def visit everytime I'm in town!
  • Phoebe E.
    Phoebe ESeptember 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    They have Ommegang Harvest on draft. Get it.
  • Summer B.
    Summer BurtonJune 2, 2013
    Go on Monday nights when Grace is bartending. <3 <3 <3
  • Michael G.
    Michael GillmanMay 9, 2013
    Don't get an old fashioned!
  • 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.
  • Erin L.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RJune 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try ignoring the terrible tip from Red Bull.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SmithJune 13, 2012
    Great for happy hour - arrived just after six and got a Lagunitas IPA for $4!
  • Boberto P.
    Boberto PatricioMarch 31, 2012
    I like this place
  • 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.
  • Jenny A.
    Jenny AddisonJanuary 29, 2012
    @Dens foursquare stickers on Guys side confirmed.
  • Ian H.
    Ian HartzJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Go on a Monday or Wednesday when Renata works! She's the best!
  • Tom S.
    Tom SmithJanuary 6, 2012
    Sometimes they put magic hat in the Sierra Nevada tap
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaDecember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Be a pal and drop your empty glass/bottle off at the bar. Nobody likes a messy home.. err bar.
  • 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.
  • Razorfish
    RazorfishSeptember 20, 2011
    A good place to let your Irish drinking gene off its leash.
  • Anne G.
    Anne GlassSeptember 2, 2011
    Best Boddingtons pour anywhere
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mike S.
    Mike SingletonJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    foursquare hometown favorite, the staff may-or-may-not hate us, but they certainly can't ignore us
  • Ben H.
    Ben H.July 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    perfect neighborhood bar +1 for no TVs Read more
  • Carol R.
    Carol RosarioJune 25, 2011
    You might run into a super cool foursquare employee. She is the mayor! You better recognize.
  • Dens
    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
  • Jacki
    JackiJune 3, 2011
    Just met the founder of 4sq here... Awesome!!
  • Heather F.
    Heather FinkApril 7, 2011
    I got my butt farmed here
  • 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!
  • Peter O.
    Peter OlshanskyJanuary 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    consistent great live music on Sunday nights!
  • Evan C.
    Evan CohenNovember 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Tons of menus behind the bar!
  • 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
  • Alexa v.
    Alexa von TobelJuly 21, 2010
    have fun with the LearnVest team here, after work drinks!!
  • naveen
    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)
  • Peter N.
    Peter NJune 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Have a drink at scratcher and then go to curry ya a few blocks away.
  • Wes H.
    Wes HenstockFebruary 18, 2010
    must visit my old mates behind the bar some time soon...
  • Chris C.
    Chris CummingsFebruary 5, 2010
    Fun fact: Scratcher is Irish slang for a fold-away cot. This is also the closest decent bar to ITP. No TVs!
  • Dan
    DanFebruary 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ 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.
  • Richard B.
    Richard BlakeleyOctober 5, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Best non-blogger blogger bar in the East Village
  • neil s.
    neil southwardJuly 15, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the live music, Sunday evenings @ the Scratcher Sessions.
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GoldsteinMay 9, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    if Kevin K. was not the Mayor this place would rock.
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