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White Horse Tavern

567 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10014
at 11th St.
212-989-3956

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5
"Mixed Reviews"

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47% would go back.

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Brilliant experience in the Tavern

By spawnyruud on 11/16/2011

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

My girlfriend and I were in NYC for the weekend visiting from London. We wanted to get away from the really touristy spots and experience a real bar. This place was awesome. We sat at the bar and chatted with barman Bob (who is a legend by the way). Well worth a visit!

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70 out of 130 people found this review helpful.

A truly great Village saloon.

By Cookied on 4/23/2011

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

If you truly want a feel for the Village of the 50s and 60s then spend some time, preferably at the bar, at the White Horse. There are plenty of "old timers" to chat with and share memories. The day bartenders are very good, especially Bob on the weekends. It does get a bit noisy at night but I guess tourists and the younger crowd need their chance to get honest drinks and a good selection of beers. It comes as close to a London pub as any place in the city.

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84 out of 152 people found this review helpful.

Still the Best Bar in Greenwich Village

By grampyjwilson on 7/11/2010

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

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.

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121 out of 224 people found this review helpful.

Before Dylan Thomas There was Charles Laughton

By cdorrell2 on 2/22/2013

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

Historical note. Charles Laughton made the place famous before Dylan Thomas found it. It was a wonderful, quiet pub with good beer, a small keg of "stock ale" on the bar when the weather was right, and fabulous roast beef sandwiches for 35 cents. And a cribbage board on the bar so you could play the bar tender for drinks. Laughton loved the place, and one night just before he was going to catch a liner to England, he decided it needed some publicity. He bought 300 of the white horse mugs and passed them out the next day on board ship. That did it. The people to whom he gave the mugs weren't interested in a village pub, but they wanted to see where Laughton drank, and then they told their friends about it, and soon the place went to hell. I think it was about three years later that Thomas arrived.

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50 out of 86 people found this review helpful.

Before Dylan Thomas There was Charles Laughton

By cdorrell2 on 2/22/2013

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

Historical note. Charles Laughton made the place famous before Dylan Thomas found it. It was a wonderful, quiet pub with good beer, a small keg of "stock ale" on the bar when the weather was right, and fabulous roast beef sandwiches for 35 cents. And a cribbage board on the bar so you could play the bar tender for drinks. Laughton loved the place, and one night just before he was going to catch a liner to England, he decided it needed some publicity. He bought 300 of the white horse mugs and passed them out the next day on board ship. That did it. The people to whom he gave the mugs weren't interested in a village pub, but they wanted to see where Laughton drank, and then they told their friends about it, and soon the place went to hell. I think it was about three years later that Thomas arrived.

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33 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

Not always like that...

By JpRAustin on 8/29/2011

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

Very sad to read all of the negative comments about my old favorite watering hole. I lived around the corner on Greenwich Street during most of the 1980's and ate many an evening meal @ the first table on the right, just inside the door...perfect seat for watching a game on the tv up in the corner. Oh well, hope they get their act together in the near future.

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61 out of 115 people found this review helpful.

A great afternoon pub.

By tracyj78 on 6/2/2009

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

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.

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122 out of 243 people found this review helpful.

Nice during the day BAD at night

By 7thunders on 1/25/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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114 out of 211 people found this review helpful.

Not Great

By barfly on 9/22/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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83 out of 176 people found this review helpful.

Not for a younger crowd

By Sjboatwright on 7/12/2011

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

I planned to visit the taver with my girlfrepiend and her friend who was in town visiting, just to be turned away at the door because I'm "only" 23. The bouncer rudely pointed to a printed sign in the window stating that visitors must have ID proving they are 25. I don't know whether to blame the NYU students or the tavern, but either way it was a disappointment.

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