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White Horse Tavern

Pub and Burger Joint$$$$
West Village, New York
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    The Corcoran Group
    "Dylan Thomas’ ghost!"(16 Tips)
    Michael E.
    "A regular haunt for both Jack Kerouac & Dylan Thomas"(13 Tips)
    Adam S.
    "his favorite bar"(2 Tips)
    Alex T.
    "Juke box a huge plus."(4 Tips)
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  • Young to Publishing
    Young to PublishingAugust 31, 2011
    Made famous as the alleged spot where Dylan Thomas drank himself to death, this spacious pub near the river was also frequented by Kerouac and Mailer. Stop by for the jukebox and the burgers.
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    Carolina FelicissimoSeptember 12, 2015
    Great lambrusco sangrias in the summer and a nice selection of beers. Make sure you get Bree as your waitress, she is a sweetheart. As for Frankie, the cranky fellow by the door, keep your distance!
    Upvoted Jan 14
  • NYHistory
    NYHistoryJuly 24, 2012
    This designated landmark, built in 1880, was a speak-easy throughout Prohibition and a seaman's bar until the late 1940s. During the 1950s, it became a popular meeting place for artists and writers.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceMay 19, 2015
    Cash only. The outdoor seating is always full if it's a nice day, so that is a great reason to stop your day to absorb some West Village ambiance
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BeckDecember 17, 2012
    On the Road penner, Kerouac a regular at this Village pub. Rumor has it he overstayed his welcome so many times that “Kerouac, go home!” was scrawled above a urinal in the men’s room.
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon McGrawNovember 27, 2012
    Dating back to 1880, the White Horse Tavern was a center of bohemian culture in the '50s and '60s, as a favorite of Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac, James Baldwin, and others. - From Eater NY
  • David G.heart icon on user image
    David GodyckiNovember 19, 2020
    Beautiful bar, nice casual outdoor seating, service is a little slow, brunch and dinner the food is great
  • Chet M.heart icon on user image
    Chet ManciniApril 21, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic, historic low key bar in the village. Lots of outdoor seating when it's nice outside.
  • Swen G.heart icon on user image
    Swen GrahamMay 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The history of the horse is available on the food menu.
  • James A.heart icon on user image
    James AlexanderJuly 13, 2018
    Warm summer evenings were made for lingering on this sidewalk terrace watching the sunset reflect in your lover's eyes.
  • lomography
    lomographyJuly 26, 2011
    Take a trip back in time when you visit this famous landmark where some of the great literary minds ate and drank! Make sure to get a photo of the cool sign!
  • Tim d.
    Tim de GierSeptember 23, 2012
    Something with Dylan Thomas going on here. The bar feels deserted on an average weekday but there's a lot of history here. Go and see. And have a good burger.
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HJune 11, 2012
    "Where Dylan Thomas drank right before he died...also patronized by another Dylan (the one named Bob)...Anais Nin, Norman Mailer, Hunter S. Thompson and Jack Kerouac." (via @ShelfAwareness)
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.April 5, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Bacon Cheese Burger is so tasty--just remember to bring cash
  • Anthony P.heart icon on user image
    Anthony PopeoDecember 26, 2014
    Cash only. Three rooms + outdoor seating means you can usually get a table here if you want it.
  • Avin N.heart icon on user image
    Avin NarasimhanMay 3, 2015
    Solid place for a laid back beer session. Get the cheese fries.
  • Amber S.
    Amber SchreinerMay 16, 2013
    This establishment stays open purely for its rich history and not for its food or drinks. Great outdoor space but their food is prepackaged and their drinks are over priced, even by NY standards.
  • Mo D.heart icon on user image
    Mo DysonJuly 9, 2018
    The fare was about what I expected - bar food and macrobrews - but the tables outside were super wobbly and it felt like we were packed in like sardines.
  • Anthony L.
    Anthony LaRussoMay 14, 2010
    Guinness on draft. Def.come w/friends and sit on multi-wooded tables, bar, seats. Enjoy writerly memorabilia, 3 rms, megawindows & a couple dozen sidewalk tables. Come early, hog table.
  • Madeleine R.
    Madeleine RowanJune 13, 2012
    A great place to have a few outdoor beers when the weather permits. The beer selection is limited but not offensive. Steer clear of the food unless it's an emergency.
  • Chad B.
    Chad BAugust 23, 2015
    Cash only, great beer deals ($6 Dale's Pale awle)
  • Deepak S.
    Deepak ShrivastavaJuly 22, 2013
    Solid drinks, solid atmosphere - especially for a chill drink in true NY pub style
  • Buford B.
    Buford BarnesFebruary 23, 2012
    Established in 1880 and continuously operated. Known as a haunt for several prominent authors and artists of the 1950-60s, including Dylan Thomas and Jack Kerouac, among others.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkNovember 21, 2011
    HauntedNYC: Dylan Thomas died here after taking 18 shots of whiskey at his favorite table. Now, as legend has it, his ghost rotates the table.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 29, 2010
    Come and relax with a beer and a whiskey in this old haunt of Dylan Thomas and Jack Kerouac…you might see Dylan Thomasghost!
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    Replaced restaurant formerly called James Dean Oyster House. Best known as where Dylan Thomas drank himself to death. Dan Akroyd bought drinks here night John Belushi died More site history here<LINK> Read more
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10April 7, 2011
    Look towards Magnolia Bakery a block away. Gorgeous girls devouring cupcakes the size of their heads, crowing about how Samantha from Sex and the City loves vanilla frosting flock here. Read more
  • EatDrinkBrandy
    EatDrinkBrandyJune 26, 2013
    Sit outside, after sundown, and order a frosty mug of'll thank me later!
  • Naomi M C.
    Naomi M CioppaSeptember 21, 2015
    White Horse Tavern with Lisa Johnson. Dylan Thomas had his last drink here. Jack Kerouac, Dorothy Parker all hung out here.
  • Rob O.heart icon on user image
    Rob OrtizOctober 18, 2015
    Great place for a quick drink. I've frequented for 42 years
  • Richard E.heart icon on user image
    Richard EllisNovember 1, 2015
    Great west village hangout anytime
  • Will H.heart icon on user image
    Will HarahanSeptember 28, 2021
    Get the smash burger and a Negroni.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SpearowOctober 3, 2013
    Nice place, great bartender. Place where Kerouac, Bob Dylan and Jim Morisson used to hang out.
  • Nicky K.
    Nicky K.August 19, 2014
    Good place to grab a drink in west village. Not fancy. Outdoor sitting.
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KOctober 12, 2013
    Bring cash, one of very few restaurants in city that doesn't take credit card.
  • Patrick W.heart icon on user image
    Patrick WalshDecember 15, 2014
    Try the kielbasa, and say hi to Jennifer. She is the best.
  • Karl H.
    Karl HudsonMay 3, 2012
    Great bar - great beer - great juke box... Hopefully you won't get table service from Taylor... Horrendously miserable individual...
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 11, 2015
    A village staple. This is the bar my grandparents went to in the 50s and 60s.
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PhillipsJune 29, 2019
    Been here 50+ times
    Trying out the new spin on this place. Some beer is now $10.
  • Franklin P.
    Franklin PerezJune 22, 2013
    Grab a beer sit outside and then go inside to get some cash bc it's cash only! :P
  • Linds
    LindsDecember 28, 2011
    This was a famous spot for Bohemian period artists, writers, and musicians in the 50s and 60s.
  • Lauren F.heart icon on user image
    Lauren FordJuly 3, 2018
    There are two. Didn’t have a great experience at this one. Maybe the other one is better.
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine MietekApril 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic bar. Sometimes I hate it, but mostly I love it. Avoid on weekends.
  • Philip H.
    Philip HarperMarch 25, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything is dope just bring cash!! $$$$ still 1880 up in here :)
  • Marc Jacobs Intl
    Marc Jacobs IntlApril 20, 2011
    Get over to the Whitehorse Tavern and try a burger with cajun curly fries! It's a perfect place to meet friends after work!! A NYC mainstay!
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BeckDecember 17, 2012
    It's most noteworthy drinker remains Dylan Thomas. The Welsh poet slammed his last whiskey here—allegedly his 18th of the night—before passing away a few days later.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RedstoneDecember 15, 2011
    I like the burgers. Very interesting crowd that morphs as the shadows creep across the floor boards.
  • Swen G.heart icon on user image
    Swen GrahamSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This bar dates back to 1880 and was a favorite of Hunter S. Thompson.
  • Marthaheart icon on user image
    MarthaFebruary 9, 2015
    excellent historic place popular with locals.
  • Nicole G.heart icon on user image
    Nicole GlarosMay 27, 2013
    Sitting outside was the best part. Other than that, the food was mediocre, the service non-existent, the beer warm, the cups disposable plastic, and the salad dressing in packets.
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