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William Barnacle Tavern

80 St. Marks Place, New York City, NY 1009
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10 Feb 2018
“History if you ask”
29 Jan 2018
“It was a gangster place”
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80 St. Marks Place, New York City, NY 1009
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

Upon entering this dark space, one is not impressed. Looks a bit dingy. But don't judge. Take time to talk to the employees. Learn a bit about this building and its history. It is fascinating. This was a speakeasy during the prohibition. Can you imagine...More

Thank bloomcrew
Reviewed 29 January 2018

This spot was a gangster bar in the Prohibition era. The wood desk is still original. You can drink a beer or absinto here.

Thank ABarbuto
Reviewed 6 November 2017

This place was a great original speak easy. We came in during happy hour and the drinks where $3.50 a pop. I have never seen a cheaper happy hour. If you enjoy sitting in a dimly lit bar with an original 100 year old counter...More

Thank Eugene Z
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This bar is billed as a historic tavern, but we just found it run down and totally unattractive. It is downstairs from the Museum of the American Gangsters and we had planned on having lunch here before we toured the museum, but the place was...More

1  Thank LWL3333
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Absolutely awful. We stopped in with a friend one afternoon for a glass of absinthe and to enjoy the stories Mr. Otway has been known to bedazzled customers with. Well, we neither got stories or warm welcome. As we entered the establishment, Otway seemed very...More

1  Thank aretemind
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Great little bar - very simple but does what it does well. Great absinthe with a real ceremony around the service. The barman was chatty and friendly and had a decent selection of other drinks. This was an original speakeasy and gives a real authentic...More

1  Thank GLWayne
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Went to see the show the Quantum Eye, was not one of the best shows we have seen. At that right next store is the William Barnacle Tavern. What a nice old bar to drink in. We ordered a few Absinthe based drinks which were...More

Thank Jaime O
Reviewed 22 April 2015

Hit the place just as it was opening so got the place all to myself. got chatting to the bar tender and the owner and both helped me with suggestions on my day's wandering of Manhatten.

Thank EnglishmanSA
Reviewed 13 April 2015

Don't take my word for it, but I'm not alone in this assessment. And for good reason! The drinks are great. The staff is awesome and attentive. They have alot of neighborhood meetings here and one of them occurs on Tuesday evenings, and I had...More

Thank doug001
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experience today thanks to a mix of locally-owned
shops, cozy restaurants, and lively bars. The scale of
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Good for
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Open Hours
13:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 04:00
13:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 80 St. Marks Place, New York City, NY 1009
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
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