White Horse Tavern

Pub, Burger Joint, and Bar$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • amNewYork
    "Dylan Thomas died here after taking 18 shots of whiskey"(16 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "Dylan Thomas’ ghost!"(13 Tips)
    Michael E.
    "A regular haunt for both Jack Kerouac & Dylan Thomas"(7 Tips)
    Gabriel H.
    "This is the bar my grandparents went to in the 50s and 60s."(3 Tips)
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  • Cole K.
    The history is cool and all, but the beer sucks, cash only sucks, the ATM only gives out $50 bills which sucks, and the high tops are table service only. Skip it. Sorry, Kerouac.
  • jon a.
    Cash only. Hit the ATM before you get there.
  • Hana S.
    Cool for the history alone. Cash only. Worst burger I've ever had. (I asked for it medium, it came burnt to a crisp. Tasted like ash.) :(
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.April 5
    Been here 5+ times
    Bacon Cheese Burger is so tasty--just remember to bring cash
  • Tim P.
    Tim PomerFebruary 4
    Old school wooden watering hole. Avoid the food
  • Leo Y.
    Leo YanesNovember 18, 2016
    Just don't.
  • Ben G.
    Ben GaspariniOctober 26, 2016
    Cramped spot that will serve you alcohol. Not much to talk about.
  • Melissa Y.
    Melissa YuJuly 10, 2016
    Overpriced beer. Head over to WXOU instead.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsJune 22, 2016
    The outdoor seating is pretty much the only redeeming quality
  • Leia P.
    Leia PApril 16, 2016
    Bartender ignored me to chat with supposed regulars. Once we sat down we found the music too loud to talk and then we were trapped another 20 min trying get someone to take our money for the bill.
  • Jason D.
    Jason DennyApril 8, 2016
    Bring cash
  • Paulette O.
    Paulette OsborneJanuary 14, 2016
    a classic. great Bloodys.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MillerJanuary 8, 2016
    Beer. Has the history.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MazzaDecember 6, 2015
    Good beers but cash only
  • Richard E.
    Richard EllisNovember 1, 2015
    Great west village hangout anytime
  • Sean B.
    Sean BerryOctober 22, 2015
    Tried their Fall drink special: The Moscow Mule. Not only was it the worst Moscow Mule of my life, it was the worst drink of my life.
  • Rob O.
    Rob OrtizOctober 18, 2015
    Great place for a quick drink. I've frequented for 42 years
  • 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.
  • Carolina F.
    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!
  • Brian M.
    Brian McGAugust 24, 2015
    Loud, crowded, and cash only
  • Chad B.
    Chad BAugust 23, 2015
    Cash only, great beer deals ($6 Dale's Pale awle)
  • Peter E.
    Peter ElbaorAugust 22, 2015
    No dogs allowed outside
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 11, 2015
    A village staple. This is the bar my grandparents went to in the 50s and 60s.
  • Denise H.
    Denise HJuly 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    History and drinks. What more could you want?
  • Mechell E.
    Mechell ElleJuly 21, 2015
    Cash only.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJuly 13, 2015
    Cash only. Really??
  • Tony S.
    Tony SafrenoJune 20, 2015
    Cash only at the tables
  • Swen G.
    Swen GrahamMay 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The history of the horse is available on the food menu.
  • 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
  • Alex F.
    Alex FishMay 13, 2015
    Cash only & cheap drinks
  • Avin N.
    Avin NarasimhanMay 3, 2015
    Solid place for a laid back beer session. Get the cheese fries.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhMay 2, 2015
    They have a jukebox & cheap drinks here!
  • melissa H.
    melissa HochmanMarch 26, 2015
    Cash only but you can always get a seat
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsMarch 11, 2015
    It has beer. And the burgers ain't bad.
  • Martha
    MarthaFebruary 9, 2015
    excellent historic place popular with locals.
  • TAMMY G.
    TAMMY GIAJanuary 2, 2015
    Awesome hamburgers!!!!!!
  • Nuri J.
    Nuri JeonDecember 30, 2014
    What's special here except the fact that it is old.
  • Anthony P.
    Anthony PopeoDecember 26, 2014
    Cash only. Three rooms + outdoor seating means you can usually get a table here if you want it.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WalshDecember 15, 2014
    Try the kielbasa, and say hi to Jennifer. She is the best.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerOctober 6, 2014
    Total dive. Staff is pretty rude to the patrons.
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.September 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Top-notch burger🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔
  • Josef P.
    Josef PfeifferSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Write some poetry and drink yourself to death.
  • Swen G.
    Swen GrahamSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This bar dates back to 1880 and was a favorite of Hunter S. Thompson.
  • Jean-Louis H.
    Jean-Louis H.August 29, 2014
    Worst place EVER. Service is awful, food disgusting ...
  • Angie P.
    Angie PAugust 26, 2014
    Outdoor seating, unfriendly bouncer, terrible bathrooms
  • Gabby M.
    Gabby MolinoloAugust 25, 2014
    The smell of mold is absolutely disgusting, and I am a lover of dive bars. But this shit is crazy
  • Nicky K.
    Nicky K.August 19, 2014
    Good place to grab a drink in west village. Not fancy. Outdoor sitting.
  • Taylor G.
    Taylor GerardAugust 7, 2014
    Cheap drinks, jukebox
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShackletonAugust 6, 2014
    Grab a drink while waiting for a table at the Spotted Pig.
  • Eric C.
    Eric ChaseJune 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    First stop on the literary pub crawl, every Saturday at 2pm.
  • A K.
    A KJune 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken nuggets
  • Engin C.
    Engin CilasunMay 21, 2014
    Surprisingly good Bratwurst, or I was lucky :)
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SingletonFebruary 9, 2014
    Doesnt take credit cards and guys have cute pick up lines
  • David S.
    David ShortJanuary 11, 2014
    Abandon all hope, ye who enter here
  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan KOctober 12, 2013
    Bring cash, one of very few restaurants in city that doesn't take credit card.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SpearowOctober 3, 2013
    Nice place, great bartender. Place where Kerouac, Bob Dylan and Jim Morisson used to hang out.
  • Jurjen d.
    Jurjen de VriesSeptember 28, 2013
    To much ice in a coca cola
  • Jay L.
    Jay LeeAugust 23, 2013
    Simply put, don't go here. Waitress wouldn't seat us at a two-top, but hey another couple? No problem...old dude behind the bar was a grumpy old hag about the whole thing. Good riddance.
  • Liz L.
    Liz LiangAugust 18, 2013
    Chill place, but service is super obnoxious.
  • Virginia M.
    Virginia MurdochAugust 15, 2013
    Aggro security dude made me never wanna go back.
  • Lindsay D.
    Beer. Good.
  • Deepak S.
    Deepak ShrivastavaJuly 22, 2013
    Solid drinks, solid atmosphere - especially for a chill drink in true NY pub style
  • EatDrinkBrandy
    EatDrinkBrandyJune 26, 2013
    Sit outside, after sundown, and order a frosty mug of beer...you'll thank me later!
  • 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
  • Nicole G.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Brandon K.
    Brandon KeeneMay 12, 2013
    Service is pretty nonexistent
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine MietekApril 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic bar. Sometimes I hate it, but mostly I love it. Avoid on weekends.
  • Peter W.
    Peter WFebruary 27, 2013
    Best glory hole in the city
  • John D.
    John DuffyFebruary 27, 2013
    Even the bathrooms are rude.
  • Brooke L.
    Brooke LoneganFebruary 27, 2013
    Rudest people ever
  • Tim F.
    Tim FogartyFebruary 27, 2013
    The most passive aggressive bar I've been to in NYC.
  • Peter E.
    Peter ElbaorJanuary 13, 2013
    Gets brotastic around midnight
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew TilburyNovember 4, 2012
    Good weekend place because "glamorous" west village tourists never come here.
  • 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.
  • Sandra B.
    Sandra BAugust 25, 2012
    Great a/c inside, though that's not why you come here.
  • 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.
  • Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl
    Legend has it Dylan Thomas drank himself to death here. Curious? Come on our tour Saturday. Visit our website Read more
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 15, 2012
    Jack Kerouac got kicked out of here so often that someone scrawled “Go home, Jack” on the bathroom wall. The graffiti no longer exists, but the café is still a great spot to get some writing done. Read more
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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...
  • SmartBarCrawls
    SmartBarCrawlsApril 7, 2012
    Do not go gentle into that good night.... Why does this poetic line "haunt" The Whitehorse? Which famous SNL actors use to lock the doors and buy everyone in the bar a drink? Answers on the link! Read more
  • Sophia L.
    Sophia LinMarch 20, 2012
    Waitress and bouncer were borderline rude about us bringing birthday cupcakes in despite us buying tons of drinks...so be warned, no outside food!
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128February 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.
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WisniewskiFebruary 12, 2012
    Get the NACHOEZ!
  • Guillermo Y.
    Guillermo YoungerJanuary 14, 2012
    Most awkward bathroom ever.
  • LJ
    LJDecember 29, 2011
    Awesome tuna melt! Add a tomato!
  • LJ
    LJDecember 29, 2011
    Awesome tuna melt!! Must have, add a tomato!
  • Linds P.
    Linds PantherDecember 28, 2011
    This was a famous spot for Bohemian period artists, writers, and musicians in the 50s and 60s.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RedstoneDecember 15, 2011
    I like the burgers. Very interesting crowd that morphs as the shadows creep across the floor boards.
  • Michael E.
    Michael EdwardsDecember 14, 2011
    A regular haunt for both Jack Kerouac & Dylan Thomas
  • 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.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren McGoughNovember 4, 2011
    What hood do you live in NYC?
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherSeptember 6, 2011
    Stop in for a drink at this watering hole where many great literarary minds, including Dylan Thomas & Jack Kerouac, have patronized.
  • Erin D.
    Erin DomingoSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Service is quite bad but place has a great vibe!
  • Denis A.
    Denis AkhapkinJuly 31, 2016
    Один из немногих сохранившихся баров в Виллидже из тех, что были средоточием литературной и творческой жизни. Дилан Томас допился здесь до смерти, да и Джим Моррисон частенько заходил.
  • Carolina F.
    Carolina FelicissimoSeptember 12, 2015
    Cervejas e sangria de lambrusco
  • Zé Renato C.
    Zé Renato CellaAugust 23, 2015
    O segundo bar mais antigo da cidade.
  • Fer C.
    Fer CAugust 14, 2015
    Tienen cervezas mexicanas.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SouzaMay 1, 2013
    Super agradável! E tem cervejas legais, se tiver passando por aqui vale a pena parar. 
  • Tim d.
    Tim de GierSeptember 22, 2012
    Doodse stemming. Maar Jack Kerouac is hier geweest en Dylan Thomas heeft zich hier doodgezopen.
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