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White Horse Tavern - 90 Reviews - 567 Hudson St, New York, NY - Burgers Reviews - Phone (212) 989-3956

White Horse Tavern

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567 Hudson St (at at 11th St.)
New York, NY 10014
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Best

Ever since early 1957, either by myself or with old friends from the University of Delaware Class of 1956, I've been dropping by the White Horse for several Black and Tans in the ...

Worst

White Horse is a nice place to stop by during the day and grab a bite or a drink, but at night it turns into amature drunk hour and the waitresses have no sense of customer servic...

I'd rather spend an evening douching 9/14/2011

I went for a company outing the other night for some simple drinks and food. We were coming from The Upholstery Store which is a beautiful bar, so I originally thought I was being a bit unfair to White Horse Tavern as it didn't quite hold up in comparison. However, I thought it over and realized it's true, this place sucks big sausage. First, our waitress. Her hair alone was offensive. Awful roots, split ends and a hot mess the whole way between. She comes over, "What can I get you?" My coworker orders a cocktail and fries. "Woah! Let's just start with drinks. I don't even have a pad on me." Thus explaining the awful odor but not the tude. Less then a minute later while still taking our drink order. "Final call for food!" Soon after, another waitress passed us by and I catch her shooting an awful look at a coworker and then to the bouncer. At first thought a bug flew up her nose or she had a flashback to when she first moved to NY 10 with big aspirations. But no, the bouncer comes by and asks my coworker to scoot his chair in. Eventually the bill came while still in the middle of our food and she asked us 3 times within the next 10 minutes to pay because her shift was soon to be over. In all fairness, what they lacked in charm they certainly made up for in luxury and decor. Lovely handcrafted picnic benches, beautiful paper plates, delicious microwaved chicken nuggets and the finest art on the walls with cute little sayings like "Nobody permitted under the age of 25" or "$30 charge if caught eating outside food." I don't understand this place. Why is everyone so miserable? Why does the food look like its from the frozen food section at Gristedes? And is everyone really that ugly or is it simply their perma constipated face glare? more

I'd rather spend an evening douching 9/14/2011

I went for a company outing the other night for some simple drinks and food. We were coming from The Upholstery Store which is a beautiful bar, so I originally thought I was being a bit unfair to White Horse Tavern as it didn't quite hold up in comparison. However, I thought it over and realized it's true, this place sucks big sausage. more

Not Great 9/21/2010

Our table was so close to the next that my friend had to stand on his chair and step over our table to extricate himself from his seat. He was promptly ejected. The White Horse is no user friendly. more

Still the Best Bar in Greenwich Village 7/10/2010

Ever since early 1957, either by myself or with old friends from the University of Delaware Class of 1956, I've been dropping by the White Horse for several Black and Tans in the afternoon or evening, or for lunch, both inside and outside (in good weather), where I usually order the Shepherd's Pie). Contrary to several of the comments above, and (along with the "55" at 55 Christopher Street in the Village) It has remaind today virtually unchanged for the past 53 years. more

I don't think good tradition is to be treated like garbage 3/18/2010

They treat customers with such indifference at best, rude, nasty assults, at worst, that it's amazing anybody still packs in there!! I have seen such poor service, a myriad of times, & such a nasty tone from the staff, showered upon nice, civil, people (whom had class & were not acting badly at all.) that it was beyond words! I'm sure if Dylan Thomas came in there today, they would insult him & kick him out for taking the wrong table to drink & write at! more

You can't sit here. 10/19/2009

I want to like Whitehorse. Unfortunately, the staff make that impossible. I arrived last night to have a drink- all but one table in the bar area was open, and there was no waitress to be seen. I ordered a drink, and proceeded to sit down at one of 6 empty tables, and was promptly told to remove myself. Wanting to sit, my friend and I proceeded outdoors to sit on one of the 10 empty benches, only to be told the outside was closed. We returned indoors and requested more information from the waitress, who was busy watching baseball, as to why we could not sit if the place was empty, "It's policy. It's not my policy". Employees should be impowered to make decisions regarding the comfort of their customers. I think I'm less of a bother sitting down than standing up in the middle of the bar. more

Bad experience 7/10/2009

The White Horse came recommended as a famous pub. However, the experience is poor. We went there last night. It's packed in the main bar, everyone barging into you. You get told (rudely) you cannot stand in the side room because you can only buy drinks from the waitresses. You can't be outside with more than 3 friends ("a big group" according to the surly bouncer) or you get asked to leave. If you mistakenly buy a drink at the bar and take it outside, the waitresses, who only care about their lousy tips, tell you off. Terrible customer service all round. Not worth going, even for the name. Pros: None Cons: Terrible customer service more

Bad experience 7/10/2009

The White Horse came recommended as a famous pub. However, the experience is poor. We went there last night. It's packed in the main bar, everyone barging into you. You get told (rudely) you cannot stand in the side room because you can only buy drinks from the waitresses. You can't be outside with more than 3 friends ("a big group" according to the surly bouncer) or you get asked to leave. If you mistakenly buy a drink at the bar and take it outside, the waitresses, who only care about their lousy tips, tell you off. Terrible customer service all round. Not worth going, even for the name. Pros: None Cons: Terrible customer service more

White Horse - terrible service 7/10/2009

The White Horse came recommended as a famous pub. However, the experience is poor. We went there last night. It's packed in the main bar, everyone barging into you. You get told (rudely) you cannot stand in the side room because you can only buy drinks from the waitresses. You can't be outside with more than 3 friends ("a big group" according to the surly bouncer) or you get asked to leave. If you mistakenly buy a drink at the bar and take it outside, the waitresses, who only care about their lousy tips, tell you off. Terrible customer service all round. Not worth going to, even for the name. more

The Last Greenwich Village Writer's Bar 6/5/2009

This the only remaining Greenwich Village writer's bar. Chumley's (where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, womanized and got his picture on the wall) closed "for renovations" a few years back. It's still closed. The Lion's Head, Edgar Allen Poe's old haunt, used to be the only het bar on Christopher Street. Ironically, it disappeared during the de-gayzation of the West Village. So now we only have The Whitehorse, where Dylan Thomas wrote, and slowly drank his liver into pat?. For that reason alone, it deserves a visit. But I do mean "for that reason alone." Pros: History Cons: Rules and Rules more

The Last Greenwich Village Writer's Bar 6/5/2009

This the only remaining Greenwich Village writer's bar. Chumley's (where F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, womanized and got his picture on the wall) closed "for renovations" a few years back. It's still closed. The Lion's Head, Edgar Allen Poe's old haunt, used to be the only het bar on Christopher Street. Ironically, it disappeared during the de-gayzation of the West Village. So now we only have The Whitehorse, where Dylan Thomas wrote, and slowly drank his liver into paté. For that reason alone, it deserves a visit. But I do mean "for that reason alone." There are pictures and memorabilia inside, but place has lost its aura. Service is efficient, and not hostile, but also not special. There are a TON of "rules" (No posting paper anywhere-- even if it's just for a few minutes, no smoking inside the iron gates, no eating outside after midnight). This is not exactly conducive to the wordsmith mentality. And, the bouncer keeps a constant check to make sure the RULES ARE FOLLOWED. The menu has the usual bar foods and drink. Anchor on tap is a big plus. The food is pretty ordinary, although the wings are slightly better than the usual bland stuff of other bars. The outside space is nice, while you're allowed to sit there, but all-in-all, this special place is nothing special. --Drink Club is a roving group of NYC drinkers Pros: History Cons: Rules and Rules more

A great afternoon pub. 6/1/2009

My husband and I usually go for a drink here on our way to Myers to dutifully pick up our supply of British goodies and 'proper bacon' - so we've always gone on a Sat/Sun afternoon. The vibe has always been good. Not too young - a nice flow of people. We did get yelled at once by the waitress for ordering our drinks at the bar and then sitting down once a table opened. In our defense, we weren't even aware there was a waitress (and even when we were her level of service was so piss poor she might as well not have been), but we apologised for our ignorance and ordered another round. She was still snippy afterwards. Some people just shouldn't be in customer service. In their defense, they do pull a fine lager shandy and you can have a chat at the bar with some interesting people -which is more than can be said for alot of NY pubs. more

First and LAST visit! 5/21/2009

This place is noisy, crowded, and the poor acoustics make it even noisier than you'd expect in a crowded space of that size. The customer service (if you could call it that) ranges from brusque to downright nasty. And here's the icing on the cake. This being New York, you once in a while get to see a famous person next to you in a bar or restaurant. So a party of 7 or 8 people is sitting in the tavern, among them one acoustic guitar, one violin, and one rather famous and respected singer from the golden age of prog rock. After a while we hear the guitar strum a bit and the singer starts singing. What a treat! We're not talking loud here, it's one guy with a wonderful voice and one acoustic guitar. No microphone. Can't even be heard on the other side of the bar. Suddenly Big Mean Bouncer comes over and throws the entire party out of the bar!! Anyone who tried to protest was threatened. This is NOT a nice place. I would never go back. more

Where Thomas Dylan drank himself to death 4/4/2009

The White Horse tavern is most famous as the bar where Welsh writer Dylan Thomas drank himself to death (at least that's what legend says). One room is like a shrine to him, with portraits, pictures of his home, etc.\r The menu is fairly standard bar food - good burgers and sandwiches at reasonable (especially for the Village) prices. The choices of beer are also standard. The back rooms are fairly quiet. more

Nice during the day BAD at night 1/24/2009

White Horse is a nice place to stop by during the day and grab a bite or a drink, but at night it turns into amature drunk hour and the waitresses have no sense of customer service. If you must see this place, go during the day and get your "feel" for NY history and then get out. Avoid it at night. more

Great bar with a lot of history 1/4/2009

This bar is one of the best places to go on a hot, summer night! They have a great set of tables outside and a good menu, I especially enjoyed their grilled cheese sandwiches while tossing back a few pints of cider! Enjoy! more

They ran out of the bar to return my wallet to me! 11/24/2008

Besides being a great bar with great staff and patrons, upon leaving the gentleman that seated us came after me to return my wallet which had a lot of cash, ATM card, credit card, corporate card, license...saved my hide! Still floored by the honesty and character of that man! Thank you!!!! Pros: Honest staff, great go-to bar Cons: bathrooms are a bit small more

They ran out of the bar to return my wallet to me! 11/24/2008

Besides being a great bar with great staff and patrons, upon leaving the gentleman that seated us came after me to return my wallet which had a lot of cash, ATM card, credit card, corporate card, license...saved my hide! Still floored by the honesty and character of that man! Thank you!!!! Pros: Honest staff, great go-to bar Cons: bathrooms are a bit small more

Great History 11/24/2008

I think this place has a great historical feature to it.. and its just a chill bar you can hang out at and not be bothered more

Great History 11/24/2008

I think this place has a great historical feature to it.. and its just a chill bar you can hang out at and not be bothered more
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  • White Horse Tavern is one of the most historic full service bars in New York City, once known for it's 1950's and 1960's Bohemian culture. A stomping ground for such writers and artists as Dylan Thomas, Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan, and The Clancy Brothers, we have been put on the map as a favorite neighborhood hangout. Enjoy great beer, wine and cocktails while enjoying staple tavern classics, including our delicious West Village hamburger! Feel free to let loose on our killer jukebox to listen to your favorite tunes! Our spacious outdoor cafe area is a great way to enjoy good weather, tasty food, quality cocktails, and great company. Join us for lunch, dinner, cocktails and brunch for a fantastic neighborhood experience!

Editorial

  • The literary-minded tourists and the local lushes who haunt this joint, open since the nineteenth century, on weekends know that Dylan Thomas may have been Welsh, but it was the scotch that killed...

  • 9/19/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu, 11am-2am; Fri-Sat, 11am-4am
  • Payments:

    Cash
  • Neighborhoods:

    West Village, Downtown
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