We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Otto's Shrunken Head

Neighbourhood:
East Village
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods
Get directions
Address: 538 E. 14th St., between Aves. A and B, New York City, NY
Phone Number:
+1 212-228-2240
Website
Today
14:00 - 04:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 14:00 - 04:00

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 23 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Felt like I was back in the Seventies!

Great place! That said, you walk in and it feels like so many places we used to hit in the Seventies. People jamming in the back room, crowd milling around talking to each other... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 January 2017
Marques_DSounde
,
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Add Photo Write a Review

23 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 22: English reviews
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

I'd heard about this bar from my sister when she lived in NY. I went there with a group of friends on a Sunday night (probably not the night to visit a place like this!). The guy who greeted us and checked out IDs was the friendliest character you could meet. He then disappeared. The inside of the bar was... More 

Helpful?
Thank Alex_C55555
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level Contributor
42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Great place! That said, you walk in and it feels like so many places we used to hit in the Seventies. People jamming in the back room, crowd milling around talking to each other. Music promoter talking to bands. Felt great. Drinks were good, not overly crowded. We were late night crawling and had hit Bitter End just wrapping up... More 

Helpful?
Thank Marques_DSounde
Level Contributor
66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped by for a couple of drinks. Place was busy, bar staff friendly and a punk/rockabilly playing in the back room. Cool selection of cocktails - choose to have your drink in a tiki mug or regular glass, then either keep your mug as a souvenir or return it for a $6 refund. And just a reminder to take ID... More 

Helpful?
Thank Charmalion
Detroit, Michigan
Level Contributor
73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Great dive tiki bar, with DJ in front and live music in the back. Must try the German Chocolate Cake drink! Incredible drink you won't be able to stop thinking about. Important note: bar only accepts CASH

Helpful?
1 Thank Tatia C
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Strong drinks. Affordable tiki mugs. Live music. Great bartenders. This place rocks. Spend a little time to appreciate the decor while you're here.

Helpful?
Thank NoSleeptilnola
Level Contributor
149 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

As a bit of a fan of Tiki bars it was great getting to check out one in NYC. Cool grungy vibe and cocktails in cool tiki mugs you can keep

Helpful?
Thank Rebecca M
Level Contributor
34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Cool dive bar Close to manitobas for a pub crawl Sunday night had 4 bands - free to watch in small room, hat goes around at end Friendly owner Beer reasonable, cocktails more expensive Worth a visit

Helpful?
Thank Danielprince
Cleveland, Ohio
Level Contributor
30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Every time I'm in NYC, I go to Otto's at least once, if not several times. I love it! Supercool bar with vintage tiki decor. Drinks are awesome!! Try a frozen pina colada. It's just good and not at all like sickeningly sweet versions I've had elsewhere. Then there is the music!!! A great mix of punk, rockabilly, vintage surf... More 

Helpful?
Thank cityrealtorgal
Ringwood, New Jersey
Level Contributor
76 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

I went to see one of the last Tiki Bars in NYC on a Saturday afternoon. After a long hot hike from the bus station (I skipped the subways) it was great to get a cold tropical cocktail in a tiki mug. The place was busy which surprised me as the neighborhood was quite. The bartender was great and helped... More 

Helpful?
Thank Quality4122
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
102 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

Strong cocktails in great glasses that you can keep for an extra $5, cool decor, great music and live bands on a Sunday. One of my favourite bars in New York.

Helpful?
Thank Jay S

Travellers who viewed Otto's Shrunken Head also viewed

New York City, NY
New York City, NY
 

Been to Otto's Shrunken Head? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Otto's Shrunken Head staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in East Village

Neighbourhood Profile
East Village
There’s still an independent vibe to the East Village, which offers plenty of unique small businesses catering to longtime New Yorkers and area college students alike. The East Village retains a bit of the old-time neighbourhood feel that you can still experience today thanks to a mix of locally-owned shops, cozy restaurants, and lively bars. The scale of the residential blocks makes this a wonderful place to wander up and down the streets searching for the newest hip spot, or an old-school favorite. In the center of the neighbourhood, Tompkins Square Park serves as a gathering point for the New Yorkers that call the East Village home. The people-watching here is hard to beat.
Explore this neighbourhood