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Ear Inn

This pub is one of the oldest bars in the city. The house itself was built prior to 1817 and is named after its owner, former slave and revolutionary war hero, James Brown. Mr. Brown originally sold tobacco to sailors before embarking on the docks right outside the door where the Hudson came ashore. Over the last century, it has lived a precarious existence slinging drinks due to developers and the constant maintenance of this almost two century-old house. The house is a relic of yesteryear and though the interior decor has changed due to zoning requirements in the city, there is history galore in the structure, as old jugs that date from 1870 and memorabilia are displayed throughout. Some locals still call the bar the "Green Door" due to the fact that before the "Bar" sign was painted over to show "Ear" and the door was the only viable moniker everyone knew. The place was originally a haunt for sailors, and several ghost stories are associated with the establishment making it something of a local legend. The kitchen offers the usual Irish/American pub fare with a few brews on tap. A true New York City bar, this is a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy a few pints.

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McSorley's Old Ale House

McSorley's is a Cooper Union landmark that first opened sometime around the Civil War. It is one of the oldest continuously operating bars in the city. McSorley's serves two kinds of beer, McSorley's Lager and McSorley's Cream Stock Ale, and they are served two mugs at a time. Inside, you'll find sawdust on the floor and historic bric-à-brac alongside photos and news clippings. The menu is simple, with appetizers such as hearty cheese plates. Just be sure to keep the pub's centuries-old motto in mind: "Be Good or Be Gone!"

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Wilfie & Nell

This restaurant is a little better than the standard Village pub that you see over on Thompson and Prince Streets. Here the owners still present an unpretentious atmosphere, yet the menu is more apt for the high-end spots in Soho. The bar operates on a first come first serve basis; they don't take reservations but will squeeze in as many people as they can. Since the kitchen serves an upscale version of many classics, try the gourmet rendition of the Shepherd's Pie or the thick-cut fries with malted vinegar. You'll also find Scotch eggs (hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage meat), chicken-liver pâté with onion jam, a gastronomic grilled cheese, pigs in a blanket, and other Irish small plates that will certainly whet your palate.

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Old Town Bar

Established in 1892 and surviving the Prohibition Era, the Old Town Bar is indeed old, and it is definitely a bar in the traditional sense (filled with lots of drinkers and smokers). However, it is also a restaurant with plenty of atmosphere and good bar food. The old booths, tin ceilings, frosted glass, beveled mirrors and mahogany bar all add to the charm. The menu features burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads.

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Pete's Tavern

Open and virtually unchanged since 1864, this homey destination attracts tourists as well as its share of locals. With a long attractive bar, wooden booths and well-drawn pints of beer, it is a comfortable stalwart in an ever-changing world. The menu features the usual selection of pub fare, including burgers and steaks, and also a large selection of Italian dishes and seafood. However, this is much more than just a local bar, and its location near Gramercy Park ensures a mostly upscale crowd. After work, it can be difficult getting a table or a stool at the bar.

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61 Local

Situated in Boerum Hill, just off Smith Street on Bergen Street, 61 Local is a bright sunny welcoming beer space specializing in local food and drink. On busy nights seating is limited, so there's a chance for some standing. Even if you have to share a table, there's a good chance new friends will be made anyway. Staff are very knowledgeable about the beers and are willing to offer samples before you make your selection. There's also a basic menu featuring snacks, like grilled cheeses and cured meat plates. Overall, the vibe is good at 61 Local anytime and a good reason to venture to Brooklyn.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Molly's Pub & Restaurant Shebeen

This fun but relaxed Irish pub, complete with Tudor ceilings, iron chandeliers and sawdust on the floors, is a favorite among locals and one of New York City's finest spots to have a pint of Guinness beer. The crowd is very friendly, and the bar is staffed by genuine Irish folk. There are occasionally Irish football matches (soccer to all you Yankees) on the television.

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Taproom No 307

Located on Third Avenue in Gramercy, Taproom No 307 bears its own address as its name. Taproom No 307 should satisfy your craving for a wide selection of beers, since it boasts a massive selection on the chalkboard above the bar. Never fear, non-beer drinkers, there are plenty of other drinks available from the full bar. Although beer appears to be the first priority here, food is available to cater those basic needs. The tables along the bar have stools, but make for a narrow walking space when busy, so it maybe best to grab a table if possible. Several televisions blast a range of sporting events, but they aren't too distracting for those looking for some conversation. Check out the game, bro!

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Mullanes Bar and Grill

Located in Fort Greene near BAM, Mullanes Bar and Grill is a good local bar serving up a range of greasy pub foods to soak up the booze. Burgers and Shepherd’s Pie are good hearty choices with a Thai salad as a somewhat lighter option. Up front, high tables allow drinkers to lookout or catch a game. Dining tables carry one to the back past the bar. Lunch specials vary weekly. Weekends offer brunch and a late night kitchen until 2 AM. Outdoor seating is an option in the summer.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Paddy Reilly's

Paddy Reilly's transports you to Ireland in more than one sense. The decor not only takes inspiration from pubs back in Ireland, but the knotted floorboard has also been taken from an Irish hotel and even the still was made in County Cavan. Live music, mostly traditional Irish, is played throughout the week at the bar. There are bluegrass jams on Sundays and Mondays, Irish pub sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, all genres open mic on Wednesdays, The Prodigals playing on Fridays, and singer songwriter open mic and The Raging Hornpipes on Saturdays. And while you are foot tapping to the great music, you can enjoy delicious Guinness, Stella Artois, and rotating drafts.

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Mugs Ale House

If you are looking out for a place to gulp down rare craft beers at reasonable prices, Mugs Ale House is the right choice. The kitchen churns out most pub grub favorites like burgers and fries, but you can also find specials sometimes. The ambiance is a bit unique with old bottles of beer and wine placed as decorations, however, this anachronistic little bar serves its purpose of plying drinks and feeding locals.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Stout

With a décor that will transport you to a pub in Ireland, Stout NYC is a beer heaven which houses exclusive brews. This high ceiling-ed bar sports an extensive beer collection and has varied stouts like dry, imperial, oatmeal and sweet. A traditional Irish breakfast including fish and chips, bangers and mash is available on Saturdays and Sundays. Burgers, thin crust pizzas, salads, eight different kinds of oysters are the culinary delights of this place. Relish delicacies like fire cracker shrimp, stout house salad, chicken and lemongrass dumplings, avocado toast, and grilled chicken among others as you admire your surroundings and unwind over tasteful drinks and scrumptious food!

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