Heaps of nautical artifacts speak to the history of the waterfront bar—Ear Inn was an ideal spot for sailors, immigrant gangs, and river pirates to throw back glasses of corn whisky in the 1800s and early 1900s. During Prohibition, a brothel occupied the speakeasy’s second and third floors, and today the bar is rumored to be haunted, with the top floor reportedly being the ghost’s favorite hangout.
And, believe it or not, the watering hole’s notorious past has nothing to do with ears. To avoid a lengthly review by the Landmark Commission—the group was picky about new signs being added to historic buildings—the owners simply painted over part of the B in “Bar” to give the nameless establishment an official title.
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