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123 Rivington St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Essex St.
By CarolanneM on 4/30/2012
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.
Friendly, quirky, lovely bar
By PhoebeStar on 12/20/2009
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!
save yourself. don't go.
By alm615 on 10/2/2008
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.
critic's pick? really? I usually trust ny mag's critics picks...
By slyro75 on 10/2/2008
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.
Dirty and Rude
By evg on 10/2/2008
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!
By soviet on 8/20/2007
cheap drinks, good music, and a roomy bathroom (the one that locks) for a kick ass pounding.
Your Midwestern cousin's basement
By shamrock on 1/21/2003
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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