Raise Your Glass to Tradition at the Second Oldest Bar in NYC

Even before you walk into the White Horse Tavern, you’ll feel the sense of history baked into the very walls. The second-oldest pub in NYC stands out from the crowd with its lovingly maintained and restored vintage facade. Our namesake white horse runs through our decor, which has barely changed since the bar first opened.

The tradition of raising your glass at New York City’s second-oldest bar has been carried on by some esteemed patrons. The bar became a literary hub in the 1950s and ‘60s, when Beatnik icons like Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg became regulars. It was even a favorite of literary luminaries Dylan Thomas and James Baldwin. Our literary fame keeps New Yorkers and visitors alike returning to enjoy the ambiance – and our menu, of course.

And the bar is much more than a museum or curiosity. Our bar staff balance tradition and innovation, taking a modern approach to mixology while consistently delivering on the classics. So, the tradition of raising your glass at the second-oldest bar in NYC is alive and well.

A Fascinating Drink Selection

Despite being one of the oldest bars in New York, steeped in over 100 years of history, our drinks menu is on the cutting edge. Our selection of spirits, cocktails, wine, and beer reflects both our long history and the very best the contemporary bar has to offer.

Making a great cocktail is part art, part science. Alongside the standard classics, our team of skilled mixologists has created a variety of White House originals to delight your taste buds. Enjoy the sweet-and-sour tang of Strawberry Fields or get swept away in a Summer Tempest. Take a sip of history with The Dylan Thomas – a simple, straightforward double pour of neat whiskey, water back, no ice. 

New York is a city that is at once steeped in history and constantly innovating, hustling to innovate, create, and build bigger and better. Celebrating the diversity of New York, we have a drink for every mood and preference. Whether you want to relax with a glass of wine or kick back with one of our draught beers, we have a drink selection for you. 

Lift your glass of premium rum, vodka, tequila, bourbon, or gin and raise a toast to the city that never sleeps.

Favorite Food & Drink Pairings

Nothing beats the perfect pairing of food and drink. Here at White Horse Tavern, we always go the extra mile to ensure you have a top-notch dining (and drinking) experience. Our bar team will match your drink with a complementary dish from our menu.

With our long history as a watering hole as the second-oldest tavern in NYC, it’s no surprise that you can expect the highest quality drinks on offer. Our food menu is no slouch either. In fact, it’s something of a secret weapon that’s won us hundreds, if not thousands, of hearts and stomachs.

Happy Hour Specials

Happy hour might be our favorite time of day! Join our friendly staff at the bar from 2 pm to 6 pm every weekday for discounts, specials, and some very pocket-friendly day drinking.

Where else in the city can you enjoy drinks with the ambiance of authentic New York history without breaking the bank? Enjoy our specialty cocktail of the day for only $15, or have a relaxed late lunch over some wine – 50% off on select bottles. If that’s not your scene, why not enjoy a tall glass of our $5 Draft of the Day?

Our unpretentious approach to food suits our warm, relaxed atmosphere. You’ll find that the second-oldest bar in NYC is a great place to tuck into a late lunch with a juicy burger and a beer for just $25.

NYC’s Oldest Bar Celebrations

Unsurprisingly, as one of the oldest operating bars in NYC, our calendar is packed with special events and one-of-a-kind experiences. We’ve picked up a few traditions over one hundred years, after all. You can even bring your own event to our historic yet welcoming venue.

Whether you’re bringing together colleagues or family members, the White Horse Tavern will ensure that it’s an event to remember. Soak up our historic atmosphere and add a personal touch with custom decorations. You can even work with our mixologists to create themed cocktails to add a little extra pizzazz.

What are you waiting for? Pop in for a drink, join us for dinner, or get in touch to organize your next celebration!