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Johnny's Bar @ 90 Greenwich Ave

Address: 
90 Greenwich Ave
10011 New York , NY
United States
(212) 741-5279
Toilet Paper: 
Expect to bring your own!
Neighborhood: 
West Village
Venue Category: 
Dive Bars

The Scrawl on the Wall

Jack and Coke. Feeling wobbly. And I have to pee. Like, bad.

When you pee in Johnny's, you're virtually sharing a toilet seat with just about every barfly, writer, artist, and local in the West Village. After one or two drinks, which flow freely (and cheaply) at this historic dive bar, you'll have trouble navigating your way into the back area -- past the amazing jukebox -- which houses the teensy lavatories. If you're sober enough to realize there are two, good for you. So what'll it be? Men's or women's? No matter at Johnny's. In the end, the one that is closest to the bar usually wins out.

We hope you've remembered to bring your Sharpie! And we hope you're ready to sit down on the porcelain bowl for a good long time. Because the bathroom at Johnny's is a graffiti artist's heaven. Some of our favorites? Well, there's the run-of-the-mill "If you sprinkle when you tinkle..." Then the less traditional "your mama has crabs"; "gun control sucks"; "for a good time call Nancy Pelosi"; and "Maud was here" to just about everyone's phone number south of 14th street. I even found mine in down in the corner, scratched into the wood. No, not really. (But it's there now!)

As for cleanliness? Forget about it. If bathrooms have diseases, you can be sure you'll leave Johnny's with one. But not before you've relieved yourself in the same bathroom that -- not that we're name droppers, but -- Dylan Thomas and Ernest Hemingway once did. Okay, we're kidding about Hemingway. But Dylan Thomas -- according to legend -- yes. Rumor has it that he dropped a deuce at Johnny's just before heading over to the White House Tavern for his very last drink. How's that for a slice of West Village history?






Poprocks Female, 47 years old.
New York, New York
On November 14, 2013, 9:32 am
What I Did in Here: Peed and got your mama's phone number.