Fat Cat Bar is a friendly underground bar to listen to jazz, play ping pong, and pool.
A place you can’t miss if you are traveling to NY.
Cellar Dog is the new name for FAT CAT! You will still be able to play games listening to quality jazz!
I didn’t get the opportunity to go to Cellar Dog! But they have a similar atmosphere, I can’t wait to go!
How is the Fat Cat?
Fat Cat bar is an underground venue. To get in, you’ll have to go downstairs to the basement of a building thru a little hallway.
Once you are there, you’ll find a bar with wooden tables, where people is having fun, drinking and playing. You’ll see pool tables, ping pong tables, couches and a stage on the right side.
At the end the deco is not important, the best thing is having a good time with your friends and playing games while you are listening to good music 😉
Who are the Fat Cat’s clients
The average age is around 30 years old, but you can also see people between 40 and 50, but you’ll find younger ones too. However from 6-7pm and ‘til close time you need to be older than 21 to get in.
You know what is the most interesting thing about this place? There are almost no tourists.
I like the mood and the spirit when going in. When you visit NYC, you are always going to the tourist places (I mean, it is normal) but if you want to live the whole New York experience and live like New Yorkers… Well, this bar is the perfect spot!
What can you find?
Fat Cat is eclectic.
It’s a bar with concerts every night, dozens of table games, they offer classes, and educative programs individually or for groups (chess, backgammon, science…) and art exhibitions.
What can you drink at Fat Cat?
They have lots of American beers, and of course Brooklyn beers.
You can have cocktails, non-alcohol beverages… but they don’t have anything to snack or to eat.
What type of music can you hear at Fat Cat?
They play rock, latin and all time classics, but jazz is the type of music you’ll hear the most.
Schedule at Fat Cat is its strength; they offer a great variety of talented artists. Delightful!
There are 3 to 4 bands each night. Check the program here.
Many bands have just started recently, but experienced musicians also love to play there.
This is what you can see at Fat Cat:
Fat Cat’s Table Games
Fat Cat offers a wide variety of gaming options:
– 10 Pool Tables.
– 10 Ping Pong Tables.
Every second Sunday of each month, they have ping pong tournaments starting at 1:30pm.
– 3 Shuffleboard table.
– There are soccer tables too, and every Tuesday night, you can test you skills in their tournaments staring at 7:30pm ($5 inscription).
– Chess tables, backgammon, Japanese GO game and Scrabble too.
How much does it cost to play?
The rates are as following:
– Pool tables, ping pong and shuffleboard: Sunday to Thursday $6.50 per hour and player. Friday and Saturday $7.50 per hour and player.
–Soccer table: $1 per match
To make any reservation (table games and table), you have to go to the bar, pay and leave your ID. When you give back the material (ping pong paddles, ping pong balls, chess pieces), then you get your ID back.
My best tip:
My friend and I found this plan for that night:
We went to another place to have a sandwich, close to Fat Cat and then we went back to the bar. We ask for a beer and backgammon. We had a good time: A snack a beer, games a good friend and an excellent vibe, and of course live music.
What else can you ask for?
Fat Cat’s Location:
It is located in Greenwich Village’s downtown, less than a mile from Washington Square Park and close by Metro lines 1 and 2 on Christopher Street.
Is it a good plan to visit Fat Cat?
It is understandable that I just loved this place, the vibe, mood, and feeling when going in, its whole concept, and the fact that you will feel like a New Yorker.
I can’t wait to go back!