William Barnacle Tavern

William Barnacle Tavern

Speakeasy$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Liane G.
    "Best absinthe selection in the neighborhood"(3 Tips)
    Lawrence O.
    "Live Irish Music every Monday at 9pm!!!!"(2 Tips)
    Ruby A.
    "hot buttered cider with whiskey and a butter + sugar crepe."(2 Tips)
    Adrienne S.
    "Order the hot buttered cider with rum, for the winter."(7 Tips)
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  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie P.May 11, 2013
    This is an awesome Irish Whiskey/Absinthe bar with a rich speakeasy history. They play soft Gaelic ballads and only carry Irish beers. The creeps also look (and smell!) really solid!
  • Steve M.
    Steve MorrowMarch 23, 2013
    Monday nights come for good music Tuesday nights open mic for performers awesome museum upstairs can't go wrong here good people good drinks good times
  • Fouad E.
    Fouad ElAmirFebruary 27, 2017
    Absinthe here is properly done. Amazing idea for 1st/ early in the game date. Quite different + impressive. Discover impressive drinks like this at Hooch.co. Get your 1st mo. for $1 w code "fromfouad"
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardApril 25, 2014
    They're very proud of their "authentic absinthe" and their selection is indeed good. What you should really come for, though, is the live Irish music on Monday nights.
  • M
    MNovember 7, 2016
    Hot buttered cider with some whiskey is amazing. Great spot for some drinks and conversations. I love coming here on dates.
  • Giovanni D.
    Giovanni D'PalmaMay 29, 2016
    This place does absinthe right. If you are looking for some or want to try it, come here. The bartender was so very helpful
  • Michael G.
    Michael GillmanMarch 10, 2013
    Ask nicely, and the owner will give you a tour of the prohibition tunnels in the basement... and a really cool lesson in neighborhood history.
  • Vanessa V.
    Vanessa VergaraFebruary 15, 2014
    Order a cup of hot buttered cider with rum whisky or absinthe to keep you warm in winter ;) #SpeakeasyNYC
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaJanuary 19, 2016
    Bar/museum/theater/creperie - I recommend getting a hot buttered cider with whiskey and a butter + sugar crepe. Also butter.
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerMarch 10, 2014
    “Unlike other bars on the block, this one is devoid of televisions and brand swag. It feels both experimental and trapped in time.” Read more
  • Jason B.
    Jason BrewJuly 8, 2016
    Fun little spot to grab a drink before a show at Theater 80. They specialize in Absinthe
  • Meagan K.
    Meagan KirkpatrickFebruary 11, 2012
    Fantastic little place with a great history. Go when it's quiet & the owner will tell you all about it.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceJuly 18, 2015
    For me, this place is creepy in that way that you feel out of place and welcomed at the same time.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    It’s one of the oldest speakeasies in the city. The dapper-dressed owner is known to regale customers with tales of the Prohibition Era and Irish mythology.
  • loran j.
    loran jonakOctober 3, 2015
    Awesome place! Try an absinthe shot, they do an excellent one
  • Liane G.
    Liane GrahamJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best absinthe selection in the neighborhood, if not in all of manhattan.
  • Laura E.
    Laura ElizabethFebruary 7, 2013
    Amazing place!!!! So cool and the people who own it are awesome!
  • Kristen P.
    Kristen PayneJune 20, 2013
    Ask for a butter sugar crepe from Jean-Christophe. Divine.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicJanuary 20, 2015
    Great place to grab a drink before catching a play next door.
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne StanleyDecember 31, 2013
    Order the hot buttered cider with rum, for the winter.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SMay 24, 2015
    Absinthe is good here.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChiuAugust 28, 2015
    Great absinthe selection
  • Milo J T.
    Milo J TeplinFebruary 13, 2012
    Definitely grab a mug of cider and chat with the bartender
  • Lawrence O.
    Lawrence OtwayFebruary 19, 2013
    Live Irish Music every Monday at 9pm!!!!
  • Yunee B.
    Yunee BirdFebruary 11, 2012
    Please check the history of the place.
  • Megan F.
    Megan FriedmanApril 6, 2013
    A perfect pour of Strongbow cider on tap!
  • Robert Ross P.
    Robert Ross ParkerNovember 8, 2011
    Try the delicious soup under the lovely green ceiling.
  • Nick R.
    Nick ReischJune 23, 2012
    Historical talk of the building soon available on Kindle.
  • Vic C.
    Vic C.August 11, 2014
    Crêpe done right!
  • Michael F.
    Michael FabianAugust 16, 2014
    Absinthe drinks
  • Pema C.
    Pema ChodenDecember 20, 2016
    Just not my kinda bar. Good cider though.
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  • Axel V.
    Axel VilasJanuary 29, 2016
    Lugar que se especializa por Absenta
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