Ernie's at The Half Pint is an ode to Ernie’s 3 Ring Circus located at this address back in the 1940s-60s. Visit Ernie's for classic American beers and cocktails from the period plus a small menu of fine fare.
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A BIT OF ERNIE'S FORMER HISTORY:
The former entertainment hub was a refuge for everyone from the working class to mafia bosses after WWII.
Music hall singer and male impersonator Ella Shields (1879-1952) performed at Ernie's in April 1943 according to The Billboard.
In the book Mafia Cop, a woman named Tess talks about the night she was married and went to Ernie's after the ceremony. Vito Genovese, who was considered "the boss of bosses" of the Mafia in New York, was having a drink at the bar. When he found out they had just gotten married, "he closed the bar and ordered champagne drinks for everyone. We had an all night party."
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