123 Rivington St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.719738 -73.987273
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
WORST BARTENDER I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED – if you want to be cursed out by a crazy asian bartender for absolutely ZERO reason....definitely go here!!! i was here last night for a bday party & have never experienced something so ridiculous. we are a nice group of people- fun, smart & definitely not looking to start a fight with a 90 pound asian who clearly forgot to take her meds yesterday. long story short- they let my friend who hosted set a table up with a cake, snacks etc....& as we were lighting to candles to sing happy bday....the bartender walks over & tells us to "clean everything up." we were like, okay....we will obviously, just let us finish singing happy bday first....& all of a sudden the b*tch goes INSANE. called my friend a c*nt....dropped every form of the f-bomb possible & told all 20 of us to get the eff out of the bar! she was 2 inches away from my friends face waving her bony hands all over the place & screaming at her in a packed bar. im telling you now this is with ZERO exaggeration. i was in complete shock & literally had to hold myself back from slapping the taste out of her mouth. my friend (who i am so proud of) just looked at her- half in shock, half not even believing it was happening.....& told her that we werent leaving. the crazy asian literally went on a rant screaming every curse word in the book for (no joke) 10 minutes & when she realized we werent going anywhere....she went back to the bar to high-five her 2 friends that were there like she was in 5th grade. unless they fire this lunatic- i will never go back here. neither should you! there are plenty of other fun bars in the area. i have to say the other bartender (jack) was amazing & i feel sorry that he has to work with someone who clearly belongs on a jerry springer episode.
When Bartenders Attack (If you want to be insulted, go here) – Originally me and my friends were loving this bar. It was a fun hang out and had great atmosphere. Then a bartender (female, asian, long black hair) blatantly and very rudely told me that I wasn't tipping her enough (I was tipping her $2 on $2pbrs...whatever) and if I didn't like it I should leave. She and the staff had been extremely uptight, not caring that they were way insulting. Then she got security to escort me and my friends out when she talking about me for the next ten minutes and I told her to relax. So, I threw my beer can at her, she called the cops, and made up some more bs. Just don't go there. I'm all about the punk attitude that goes along with the scene but she was just a awful and angry and took out her frustrations on her customers.
Great times always! – I love this place! We go here every year in October after going to the Haunted Nightmare Haunted House on Rivington. Cheap beer, good jukebox, kitschy place. It's perfect for a night like this. Highly recommend.
cheap cheap cheap – Welcome to the Johnsons is one hell of a dive in the LES. It's a mod-podge of people from your college hipsters, crazy regulars, or random business types. It has a homey- unpretentious feeling with all the vintage decor, fridge behind the bar and pac man table. Cheap beers always a plus ($2 PBR) but their Guiness on tap is either never properly working or the bartender just doesn't know how to pour... then again I'm sure getting a job there doesn't require much more skill than knowing how to open cans.
Also- the two reviewers below must have never stuck around until the wee hours of the morning, because pictured above is in fact WTTJ (with the lights on, it does look different.)
Bring a coozie and some older clothing – Welcome to the Johnsons is not pictured above as another reviewer noted. WttJ has shag carpeting, a gold-inlaid mirror and refrigerator behind the bar, and a genuine living room beside the bar with a pos television, fan, couch, lay-z-boy, a wall of pictures from your grandmother's house, and a line of emptys on the tv stand reminiscent of your last frathouse experience. The folks playing pool are typically 50-60 y/o Vietnam vets or Native Americans and will mack on the girls in your group. That's a good thing. You aren't going to a velvet-roped bar filled with hair gel and Ballys. If you want a bar with character, you want the aforementioned qualities and redfreakinneck interaction.
When we last went, the place was packed but service was really quick. After the second trip to the bar, the tenders remembered that we were all PBR drinkers and a quick flash of fingers told them how many we wanted. The previous time, WttJ was not very full so the quick service was understandable.
I don't know the quality of the rail drinks because I don't stray far from PBR.
If you visit NY and want a true experience, you have to stroll through the LES. WttJ is just one of many bars within a block or two that are worth visiting. It, however, is the crown jewel of the area in my eyes.
Just Another Inexpensive, No Thrills Dive Bar – First off, this bar is not the one pictured above! It's dark, small, and dingy. This place isn't bad if you're looking for cheap PBRs and to meet up with some friends without spending much money. They have a few tables/chairs set up. This bar also has a reclining chair for one lucky person who just wants to relax after a long hard day's work. The bartenders seemed to have a little bit of an attitude when I was there and took their time to serve me. They seemed to only concentrate on the regulars for the most part. There was a jukebox, however it wasn't being used. Instead, they had a CD playing from an unknown source (mostly older rock and southern rock music was heard at the time I was there). The patrons at this bar seemed to be very into themselves and were very clicky. Drinking here by yourself may make you feel a little out of place, although I did it and it didn't bother me. Just your average, no thrills, dive bar with mostly male patrons.
great stop! – love this place. it's a dive filled with awesome people definitely a regular here, check it out for sure!!
Complete Dive – Small place with limited beer selection although it it is cheap. Place smells which makes it hard to stay for a while. There is a pool table in back. Bartender looks like he hadn't showered since his pre-hippie days.
Sweet local... – The Johnson's...What can you say?A little smelly,very friendly,competely affordable.Very kind staff.
An Institution – When did this place go from being a theme bar to a dive? There is still evidence of the parents basement theme going on here and there, but it sure ain't clean and sparkly anymore. Super strong drinks, great jukebox, pool table, and for the most part awesome bartenders and patrons alike. Plus, you don't feel like a derelict drinking here at 3 in the afternoon.
This is the place that started the whole cool to drink beer in a can thing.
The bathrooms MUST be some kind of a test.
Anyway, it's a classic already.
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