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Grassroots Tavern Info

St. Marks Place


20 St. Marks Pl.
New York, NY 10003
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Hours of Operation:
Daily 4pm-4am



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Cover Charge:

Juke Box

$4 Pints

Grassroots Tavern Quick Facts

  • Grassroots Tavern is one of the few true neighborhood bars in East Village that are left.
  • Grassroots NYC  serves cocktails, pints, bottled beer, pitchers and wine.
  • Grassroots Tavern New York is a popular bar for locals - this is not a big tourist spot. 

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6 at Astor Pl.; N, R, W at 8th St.-NYU

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Gina Hornung

Joined: November 2010



Would recommend to a friend

Date of stay: 10/11

A Peaceful, Cheap, Friendly Neighborhood Bar on St. Marks!

Grassroots Tavern was the first bar I ever went to in NYC and it was just 2 doors down from the hotel I was staying at – St. Marks Hotel in East Village.  It was Halloween day when I arrived and after settling in, I took a walk down the street to see what kinds of food and drink were around.  The Grassroots Tavern sign caught my eye, and otherwise I never would have known it was a bar – pretty discreet from the outside.  The sign had grass, flowers and water on it, and drew me in.

I stepped downstairs from the street into a basement-like door, into a dark, long and narrow bar.  The friendly bartender greeted me as I took a seat at the bar.  There were only about 5 other patrons in there at the time (it was only 5:45pm on a Monday)  - a few guys at the end of the bar and one older man sitting solo enjoying some bar popcorn and an Amstel Light. He later gave me advice on getting to the NYC Halloween Parade later that night.  

It was happy hour from 4-8pm which meant $2 draft pints and $2 off pitchers, $4 glasses of wine and $5 for a small bottle.   You really can’t beat those prices in any cite, let alone New York City. They have a popcorn machine with $2 bowls of popcorn, and as other patrons started coming in as the time went by, a lot of them were bringing in their own outside food and eating it at the tables along the wall parallel to the bar.

I happily ordered a $2 pint of a beer I had never heard of and was pleasantly surprised.  Everyone in there was friendly and it had the feel of a neighborhood bar.  Most of them knew the bartender by name and vice versa.  There was a jukebox in the back, which is always a plus and dart boards as well.

The most interesting part of my experience at Grassroots Tavern was the trick-or-treating children that would come inside and march right up to the bar to ask for candy from the bartender. I had never seen children in a bar, let alone children trick-or-treating in a bar, but apparently in NYC that is the norm.  

Grassroots Tavern was my first of many NYC bar experiences and remains a favorite on my list. 

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Grab a Cheap Drink, Play Some Darts & Snack on Popcorn at Grassroots Tavern Neighborhood East Village Bar

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Features:  Grassroots Tavern East Village bar is easy to miss for the average passerby, but locals know exactly where to find this home-away-from-home hole in the wall.  Look for the blue-skied, green grassy logo on the sign outside, step downstairs into the door, and meet the bartender and enjoy some popcorn and cheap drinks.   

Why We Go: Grassroots NYC gives visitors a taste of the true New York lifestyle, being a locals dive bar.

  • Cheap Beer:  Grassroots Tavern New York gets right to the point - cheap, strong drinks that your tolerance and wallet will both appreciate. Pints average about $4 and there are daily happy hour specials on top of that.  
  • Minimal Entertainment: The dive-y atmosphere is what attracts most of the regulars at Grassroots Tavern.  This place keeps it simple with a jukebox, pool table, dart boards and a popcorn machine. What more does a bar really need?
  • Plentiful Seating:  Besides the long rounded bar complemented by stools, Grassroots NYC also has a section of tables with chairs, and although they don't have a kitchen, guests are welcome to bring in food from other places and eat here while they drink. 

Inside Knowledge: Grassroots Tavern New York is a cash-only bar, so be sure to hit up the ATM ahead of time. 

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Hit Up The Jukebox: Like any dive bar should, Grassroots Tavern NYC provides a jukebox full of classic and modern hits, as well as some off-the-wall albums to throw into the mix of any given night's play list. 
  • Do Drink for Cheap:  On top of the already cheap drink prices, Grassroots NYC also has happy hour specials Monday-Friday from 4pm-8pm, which include $1 OFF pints and $2 OFF pitchers!
  • Don't Miss the Popcorn:  Some bars serve peanuts, but popcorn is the Grassroots Tavern snack of choice.  It's just $1 for a bowl of popped colonels, and if you know the bartender or make friends - sometimes it's free!
  • Don't Dress Up: Folks don't come here to be impressed with flashy decor, a dance party or trendy cocktails.  Accordingly, wear what you want, but feel no need to dress up.

Venue Amenities

  • Full Bar
  • Happy Hour
  • Jukebox
  • Specialty Beers on Tap