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Welcome To The Johnsons

123 Rivington St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Essex St.
212-420-9911

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5
"Mixed Reviews"

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57% would go back.

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Love It

By CarolanneM on 4/30/2012

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This bar is great if you want an inexpensive hangout spot with friends. There are a lot of punks, the bouncer is friendly and loves good music, and it's a nice size space so you don't have to worry about drinking while getting squished into a bunch of strangers. Chances are if you like Cake Shop you will like this place.

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37 out of 77 people found this review helpful.

Friendly, quirky, lovely bar

By PhoebeStar on 12/20/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've been coming here for a while.. and the $1.75 PBR is hard to beat. The staff is friendly.. and the bar itself is like a time warp, back to the 70s. A lot of the other reviews are pretty harsh on this little LES gem. It's a dive bar. Not a cocktail lounge. And it's pretty damn cool!

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115 out of 242 people found this review helpful.

save yourself. don't go.

By alm615 on 10/2/2008

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

If the dank, musty smell isn't enough to repel you, the terrible service and dismal atmosphere most certainly will. I'm not one for swanky clubs or expensive drinks, but this place takes "dive bar" to a whole new level. Drinks are dirt cheap; half-broken chairs and a sunken couch (likely procured through dumpster diving) offer plenty of seating; a pool table serves as a distraction from the overall drabness of the place. But neither drink specials nor seating nor recreation redeem "Welcome to the Johnsons" of its blahness. If you're going out in the LES I'd suggest walking a block or two to some of the best bars in Manhattan. It's well worth the extra $1 you'll pay for a draft beer.

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122 out of 238 people found this review helpful.

critic's pick? really? I usually trust ny mag's critics picks...

By slyro75 on 10/2/2008

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

This place has a "1.75 PBR" appearance with the pompous, LES attitude of a Pianos bar bouncer (if you are not familiar with Pianos bar, this is a very bad thing.) My friends and I, about 8 people in total, went to Welcome to the Johnsons for some drinks after work. Within 15 minutes, this easy going group discovered numerous shortcomings. From an incredibly bitchy bartender to the smelly, sucken couchs, this place failed on many levels.

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137 out of 267 people found this review helpful.

Dirty and Rude

By evg on 10/2/2008

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Last night a few friends and I went to this bar and left after the first drink. They were playing bad music, had gross couches, and the bartender was the biggest bitch in the world. It was so unenjoyable we downed our drinks and left. I would never go back because of how unbelievably rude the bartender was and I warn you not to either! There are so many great places in the LES and this place is not one of them!

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132 out of 270 people found this review helpful.

nifty

By soviet on 8/20/2007

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

cheap drinks, good music, and a roomy bathroom (the one that locks) for a kick ass pounding.

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224 out of 518 people found this review helpful.

Your Midwestern cousin's basement

By shamrock on 1/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

All the illicit thrills of making out in somebody's rec-room: plywood paneling, horrible/adorable grade school photos on the walls, La-Z-Boys. Pleasingly cheap drinks from friendly, cool bartenders. No shortage of Strokes wannabes here. Allergy sufferers note: This bar has been unofficially voted Smokiest in Manhattan -- though by April, that should be different. Word to the wise: The couch has no springs.

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403 out of 835 people found this review helpful.

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