#54: Fat Cat to drink a vat, swing a bat or dance to scat

The Fat Cat is without doubt, one of the most bizarre bars I have ever come across. You nip down a few stairs in West Village student-ville, and all of […]


The Fat Cat is without doubt, one of the most bizarre bars I have ever come across. You nip down a few stairs in West Village student-ville, and all of a sudden you find yourself in a massive dungeon-bar filled with a wide array pub games.

There are tons of table tennis tables (my personal fav) pool tables (a bar staple), shuffleboards (I don’t really understand this game), together with foosball and several sedate board games like chess, checkers and backgammon (good to show your friend who’s best). You can get involved with whatever takes your fancy and be as competitive or laid back as you need though there can be lineups in peak times. Although I have to say I was slightly disappointed there wasn’t one of those giant Jenga games.

What makes this subterranean leisure centre/bar even more random is that it throws a rather groovy live jazz band into the mix each night. Just because it can. You can’t help feeling it shouldn’t work, but it does. Kind of the opposite to their aircon system, but never mind – the armpit patches serves as good battle scars from your ping pong wars.

Fat Cat 75 Christopher Street New York, NY 10014

Fat Cat NYC

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