Posted in music | venues on May 1, 2009

Johnny T

Black Book: What bars do you claim as your own these days?

Johnny T: Black & White, Niagara, Bowery Electric, Cabin Down Below, and Pizza Shop.

How'd you become the East Village guru?

I started hanging in the East Village when I was 16, working for artist Mark Kastabi. My first bartending job was at Ludlow Street Café, an after-hours café. I went to work at 2 a.m. and left by 8 in the morning. It was my first introduction to bartending and New York nightlife. I had my first bar upstairs at 2A, a local hangout on 2nd Street and Avenue A. By this time, I knew I wanted to start up another bar too. Along with Michael Sweer, who owns Bowery Presents, and Laura Fluto, we found a tiny place called Walley's, which eventually became Niagara & Tikki Bar. I also became involved in the Motherfucker events, another collaborative party project that I participated in for years, throwing massive downtown events with Michael T, Justine Delaney, the booker at Le Poisson Rouge, and George Seville, a partner at the Delancey. I opened up Black & White in 2000 with my brother Chris Yerington. After that, Bowery Electric in 2008 with Jesse Malin and Mike Studo. My newest projects are Pizza Shop located next to Niagara and Cabin Down Below, which is my new underground speakeasy-style bar, opened in January with Matt Romano.

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Comments (4)

Really like this place. Why on Earth did you post this?

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2009 10:37 AM

Cabin down below is HORRIBLE. The bartender mixed a gin and tonic with bubbly water and it was completely dead on a friday night....

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2009 2:19 PM

i'm kind of ridic excited for this album

Posted by dresse | October 17, 2009 2:04 PM

Hello Johnny,
I would like to congratulate you for setting up so many new ventures. Starting from bartender job you have grown up with hard-work. Unemployed youngsters must read your story to gain confidence and inspiration.
Good-luck,
James

Posted by Dosa Factory | March 9, 2013 9:48 PM

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