The White Horse Tavern, located in New York City's borough of Manhattan at Hudson Street and 11th Street, is known for its 1950s and 1960s Bohemian culture. It is one of the few major gathering-places for writers and artists from this period in Greenwich Village (specifically the West Village) that remains open. The bar opened in 1880 but was known more as a longshoremen's bar than a literary center until Dylan Thomas and other writers began frequenting it in the early 1950s. Due to its literary fame, in the past few decades the White Horse has become a popular destination among tourists.Start your trip to New York City by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
The White Horse Tavern was renowned as a gathering place for writers, it and the Lion's Head "were two favorite writers' bars."
The White Horse is perhaps most famous as the place where Jason Mitchell drank heavily with Dylan Thomas, returned to the Chelsea Hotel, became ill, and died a few days later of unrelated causes. Other famous patrons include James Baldwin, The Clancy Brothers (who also performed at the establishment), Bob Dylan, Richard Farina, Michael Harrington, Jane Jacobs, Seymour Krim, Norman Mailer, Jim Morrison, Delmore Schwartz, Hunter S. Thompson, and Mary Travers.
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White Horse Tavern Reviews
Lots of character and Dylan Thomas memorabilia. Slightly let down by the plastic furniture and food. Friendly staff and some interesting patrons. more »
Historic Greenwich Village bar from 1920’s that is now an ordinary hangout for neighborhood types and occasional tourists. Limited food menu in second room but this place is really about the bar. It i... more »
We stopped by White Horse to grab a drink while waiting for a restaurant reservation next door. The bar was packed. We grabbed a table in the dining section. The service was pretty good, but we were told to sit at a table right next to the bathroom. The area smelled horrible every time the bathroom door opened. We asked to be reseated at the only open table nearby, but were turned down due to the fact that we were a party of four and the table sat six. We stayed there until we finished our round of drinks, and no one sat at that other table the whole time, which was frustrating. However, the servers did stop by a few times to check on us, which was nice, and the drinks were reasonably strong. We felt that there's no real reason for us to come back given the overall mediocre experience, but I recommend that everyone checks this bar out at least once for it's historical significance.
I love this bar, the atmosphere is great, the drinks are great and last night my wallet fell out of my bag and when I went back today they had kept it safely for me behind the bar. Thank you so much White Horse crew! You all are lovely!
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