We LOVE Lucy!!. I could never imagine watching the antics of Bourbon Street from anywhere but the bar stools in the corner of Johnny Whites Hole in the Wall. We were down there for 5 nights and 3 of those nights we NEVER left this bar! The atmosphere reflects exactly who we are, low key, smarta**ed, and close knit. The bartenders are good and the boys at the door are something to behold. However, one thing sticks out at this bar more than anything else, LUCY. You will never find a bartender better on the Quarter. Even if YOUR the bartender. Thanks again to the staff of Johnny Whites for making us feel at home. See ya next go round.
Best Dive Bar in the World.
Johnny White's is the best dive bar in the world. All of New Orleans are regulars. Some may come everyday, some once a week, some once a month, but when you walk in, you'll know someone or they'll soon be there.
I've gone back after 1, 2, 5, 10 years and nothing had changed. If I didn't see anyone I remembered, the bartender would remember them and know what happened to them or when they would be in. In most cases at least one of the bartenders would have been there when I was last there.
The reason why everybody adopts Johnny White's as some kind of home-office-gathering place is dependability.
1. In a lifetime of living in or going back to New Orleans, the one thing that you can count on still being there is Johnny White's. Businesses change or go broke all the time in the Quarter but Johnny White's just keep on trucking along.
2. There are no doors. If that doesn't tell you they're open all the time then you weren't there during Hurricane Katrina. It was the only bar that rode it out open.
3. $3 for a 20 oz. draft - during Mardi Gras!! Are you kidding? All, count them, all bars and restaurants double their prices at Mardi Gras. Not Johnnys.
4. Pictures and doodads going back 30+ years decorate all the walls. This shows there have been many regulars for many years and many of them, long gone, still come back when they can.
5. Then there's the absolute best view of life passing by in the Quarter out the always open doors. They also give the impression that anyone is welcome, anytime.
I'm going back to Mardi Gras this year. When I wheel into the French Quarter, the first place I will go will be Johnny White's. Maybe I'll see you there.
Greatest Bar in "da 1/4" If not in the world!.
No Need for a happy hour in this Bar. It is by far the cheapest watering hole in the city. "White's", as the locals call it has long been a tradition in the quarter for almost 40 years. Sitting at the bar you will find local bartenders, musicians and business men (and women alike), and even a few tourists. Stop by for one of their famous Bloody Mary's or some pony races with the bartender (they'll have to tell you when you get there).
Great staff! Great Bar! Great people!
This is definitely an oasis from the hustle of Bourbon st.
New Orleans' Best Washington Redskins Bar. Cheers in the Crecent City. As an out-of-towner, the bartenders make you feel like you are a regular and a local. The "Hole-in-the-Wall" location is a great Washington Redskins bar where bartender Lucy never needs encouragement to blast "Hail to the Redskins" over the sound system. Never had a bad time there.
Real neighborhood bar in one of world's most touristy areas..
This French Quarter hole-in-the-wall has earned institution status since opening more than 30 years ago. Photos of everyman Johnny White and his pals share the walls with a generation's worth of memorabilia, including NFL helmets from the '70s. Pat O'Brien's and Bourbon Street are steps away, but this is real New Orleans.
Plop down on a stool and you're likely to rub elbows with regulars who haven't missed a day in 20 years, celebrities stopping off while in town or neighborhood workers just finishing a shift. Pin down an old-timer, and you're in for great stories about the good old days. When talk turns to the passed-on proprietor, it's as though he might show up at any minute--the bar closed for the first time in as long as most regulars can remember when White died in 1993.
Open throughout / after Katrina. As a neighborhood "anchor," Johnny White's remained open under deprived (and possibly depraved) conditions following the devastating hurricane Katrina which flooded all N'Orleans. Johnny White's staff remained working, serving as able, beverages and hospitality to all managing to reach this lone haven. With delivery transportation impossible, neighboring/colleague "hospitality" businesses relayed their stocks, likely already considered an insurance loss, to Johnny White's who operated without the usual amenities of "civilisation," grid electrical power, city water, city sanitation, according to a BBC (British Broadcasting Corp) Sun. Sep. 4, '05 radio news report covering the aftermath of the hurricane which crippled the Gulf Coast. "Unless we get run out at gunpoint by enforced national guard evacuation, we're staying" an interviewed bartender stated. "We made it through the worst. Why leave now?" [no explanation was given on how the interview was obtained considering land telephone and cell towers all were out of service].
Great to hang out on a Wed Fri or Sat night!!!. I have enjoyed Johnny Whites now for many years.... I have meet some awesome people..Locals and from Far Far away places.. Great to beable to ride up on your motorcycle and park!!!! Bloody Mary's are great..
A REAL BAR. Everyone needs to stop in this whole in the wall for a Bloody Mary (or 6). Very quaint despite its surroundings. The bartender was great at recommending new places for us to go. We watched the College World Series here (HOOK'EM HORNS) and it was a great place to watch people come and go on the street.
Dripping with Character. This dark, narrow and smoky enclave of neighborhood hangout atmosphere in the midst of Bourbon Street's bacchanalia is a refreshing rest stop for aficionados of the grittier side of bar-crawling. Festooned with sports memorabilia and populated with grizzled regulars tattooed with the wear-and-tear of long, hard living, Johnny White's is as authentic as a French Quarter bar can get.
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