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The Thirsty Scholar

155 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.729569 -73.986987
nr. 10th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-777-6514 Send to Phone

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Sun-Wed, 4pm-2am; Thu-Sat, 4pm-4am

Happy Hour

Daily, 4pm-8pm; $4 bottled beer and well, $5 drafts

Nearby Subway Stops

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

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa


The Thirsty Scholar gently nods to its patrons' intellectual side. A wild-haired Mark Twain effigy relaxes in an alcove and charcoal portraits of Samuel Beckett et. al. dot the nicotine-yellow walls. But is this Irish pub actually populated with geniuses? Well, discussions are more likely to center on Nietzsche than they are about the latest HBO original. Narrow as a shoebox, low-ceilinged, and set just below street level, the Thirsty Scholar could've been a pretty depressing place. But cheap stiff drinks and feel-good music guarantee the would-be intelligentsia never throw too many barbs when they're throwing darts.


Bar-hop over to the owner's other East Village pubs: Ryan's two doors down and Bull McCabe's on St. Marks.