The Scratcher

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81 Good

Friendly barkeeps and frothy pints of Guinness; no shamrocks or other kitschy greenery.

209 E. 5th St., New York, NY, 10003


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The lowdown

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: pints and drink specials are ideal for “light wallets” or those on the “scratch” (unemployment).

What you need to know

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized