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The 'Other" White Horse - White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village New York City

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 (although the surrounding neighborhood is, more properly, the West Village) that remains open.

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 Dylan Thomas drank heavily, returned to the Chelsea Hotel, became ill, and died a few days later of unrelated causes.[citation needed] 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.

Another of the White Horse's famous patrons is Jack Kerouac, who was bounced from the establishment more than once. Because of this someone scrawled on the bathroom wall: "JACK GO HOME!" At that time, Kerouac was staying in an apartment in the building located on the NW corner of West 11th St.
It opened in 1880 and was popular with longshoreman and the local Irish immigrants. Many of these immigrants worked for the police department and city, so it’s no surprise that during Prohibition,the White Horse Tavern remained open, operated as a bar, and was never raided. It also did not hurt that the Tavern was a favorite of Mayor Jimmy Walker, who lived a few blocks away.

The White Horse Tavern has a long history of famous clientele, most notably the Welsh poet  Dylan Thomas. For the non-literary crowd, recall the famous words “do not go gentle into that good night.” For the even more non-literary crowd you might remember the poem featured in the classic Rodney Dangerfield film Back to School.

Besides his poetry, Thomas was famous for his heavy drinking at the White Horse. He used to carouse so loudly that patrons would crowd around him to watch his shenanigans. In 1953, at the age of 39, Thomas got his drink on at the White Horse for the last time when he partook of one too many whiskeys, fell down drunk and went into a coma. He died a few days later.

Many say Dylan’s ghost still visits the White Horse and sits at his favorite corner table by the window in the back room. His ghost is said to rotate the table like Thomas did when he wrote his poetry.

During and after Thomas’ time, the White Horse Tavern became a hangout for writers and actors. Other notable denizens include Norman Mailer, Anais Nin and James Baldwin. Jack Kerouac visited often and was often kicked out. Bob Dylan used to come to listen to music and John Kennedy Jr. came for lunch during his student days at NYU law school. The Tavern was also a favorite of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Aykroyd was known to arrive around 2AM and ask the proprietor to lock the doors, then he would buy the bar a round and party until the wee hours.