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Scratcher Cafe

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209 E. 5th St., New York, NY 10003 40.727702 -73.991007
nr. Bowery  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-477-0030 Send to Phone

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Sun-Mon, 3pm-2am; Tue-Sat, 3pm-3am

Happy Hour

Mon-Sat, 3pm-8pm; $2 off drafts and well drinks
Sun, 3pm-7:15pm; $2 off drafts and well drinks

Nearby Subway Stops

N, R at 8th St.-NYU; 6 at Astor Pl.

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa


Taking its name from Dublin slang for "bed," the Scratcher is indeed the perfect place to tuck yourself in for the night. The subterranean den has all the charm of an Irish shebeen: friendly bartenders and frothy pints of Guinness, but no shamrocks or other kitschy greenery. As a result, the young and hip pack the wooden tables and schoolhouse-style benches, and the low-key, all-are-welcome vibe invites locals to settle in and make new friends. An added bonus: $7 pints and drink specials are ideal for "light wallets" or those on the "scratch" (unemployment).