Winter Watering Holes: The White Horse Tavern

Just because the weather is getting colder doesn’t mean we need a night on the town any less. While some may be content to hibernate for the whole of winter, there’s no reason not to get out and have fun even when the weather is a little unfriendly. The key to an awesome winter night out is to be strategic about where you go. Avoiding the long queues and limited food options of many West Village bars requires some preparation, but it is definitely possible.

As one of the city’s most iconic party destinations, there’s always something cool happening in the West Village. However, the neighborhood’s enduring popularity also means that sometimes you have to fight the crowds, wait in lines, and endure less-than-stellar menu options. None of that is appealing, even less so in the cold. We’re here to guide you on how to get the most out of any New York visit, no matter the weather.

Is It Worth Going Out In New York In The Winter?

The short answer is yes. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, the New York winter scenery is a must-see, especially over Christmas and New Year’s. We’ll reiterate that the secret lies in being prepared. 

That doesn’t just mean an appropriate wardrobe – although you’ll need it, especially if you want to stroll through a snowy Central Park. Looking up seasonal events and must-dos before the season arrives will help you make the most of your New York winter. If giant Christmas trees bring out your inner child, there are a few you can visit – starting, of course, with the iconic Rockefeller Center ice rink.

If you prefer your winter entertainment indoors, then New York’s wealth of museums, art galleries, and theatres should be on your list. It’s impossible to fit everything into a single trip, so pick your favorites – many places even offer free entry if you choose the right day. And when night falls, the city’s clubs, bars, and taverns spill warmth and music onto every sidewalk. And there’s nowhere better to spend your evening than the bars in the Village.

This is a place to enjoy conversation and the companionship of new and old friends.

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Warm Up With NYC Winter Eats

While alcohol can take the edge off, it doesn’t stop the colder weather from making us hungry for comfort food. Many bars offer only small bar-food menus, which might not be enough to scratch the itch, not to mention often excluding those with dietary restrictions. At the White Horse Tavern, we hope everyone at the table can find a mouth-watering meal from our hearty gastropub menu, bringing top-quality food to the relaxed bar atmosphere. 

Honoring the traditions of our long history as the second-oldest bar in NYC with a contemporary update, our food is simple and unpretentious but packed with flavor. Join us at Happy Hour for a beer and a burger, a real deal at only $25, or tuck into chicken wings for the whole table. Ward off the weather with our no-nonsense American classics served with flair.

Cozy West Village Bar for a Cold NYC Day