326 Spring St.,
Phone: (212) 226-9060
The Ear Inn, aka the Green Door is famous for being one of the oldest (if not the oldest) bar in the city. Located in the James Brown House of 1817, a registered New York City landmark and U.S. historic building, this place is just about as old as they get, so it’s worth a visit for the history alone. Local musicians consider it an honor to take the stage at the Ear Inn every Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday while regulars and newcomers enjoy simple, but always delicious bar food like the roasted turkey club and cowboy chili (traditionally served with cheese, sour cream, and onion). An average selection of about ten beers is available on tap, while a few others are available bottled. There’s nothing super special about the beer or food here, but the atmosphere and history keep the crowd coming back.