October 29, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Just two days before Halloween and on Devil's Night Eve, we'll descend on New York's oldest continuously operating bar, The Ear Inn, for a possible encounter with its resident ghost, Mickey the Sailor.
Mickey is said to be the ghost of a sailor who once lived in the boarding house that used to be above the SoHo bar. He's believed to have died in a traffic accident in the street outside the bar sometime around the turn of the last century. Like any sailor worth his salt, he's been known to get fresh with the waitresses and even crawl into bed with female overnight guests in the rooms above the bar. Ladies, you won't want to miss this one. ;-)
Ghosts aside, the Ear Inn is one of the most historic venues in all of New York. It's been serving alcohol in some capacity since 1819. The bar is also the site of the James Brown House, originally built for an aide to George Washington and one of the last surviving examples of a Federal Townhouse left in Manhattan. It's been a smuggler's den, a tobacco shop, a brothel, a speakeasy and a brewery throughout its long colorful history.
Up until the late 1970s, it was known as the Green Door. There's even a funny story of how it got its present name, which you'll get if you look closely at the sign outside the bar. Martin Sheridan and Rip Hayman have owned and operated the bar since that time and will be our hosts for the evening. They're a wealth of entertaining stories about the bar, paranormal and otherwise.
I know it's early in the week, but that was the only night I could set this up as Martin and Rip don't typically work on weekends. Hope you'll be able to join us, it promises to be a fun evening that'll really get you into the Halloween spirit.