Ear Inn

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89 Impressive

The first and last word in landmark Manhattan neighborhood bars.

326 Spring St., New York, NY, 10013



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The lowdown

Arguably the oldest bar in Manhattan, the Ear Inn is neither fossil nor throwback. For its lunch crowd of Teamsters and paper-reading regulars, the Ear’s Billie Holiday tapes, earnest no-cell-phone reminders, and dusty tchotchkes represent the way things are as much as the way things were. Nights and especially weekends, UPS uniforms are replaced by Gap and Dockers worn by 20- and 30-somethings particular enough to recognize a thinking-drinking-person’s tavern when they see one. Food is cheap, hearty, and swiftly served by waitresses who’ll patiently put up with your requests for a pint of Thomas Cloake’s Fidelio beer (an extinct ale still advertised on the walls of this, its former brewery).

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized