Fat Cat

Music West Village
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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They don’t make ‘em like this any more (probably because Health and Safety would shut ‘em down). West Village hangout the Fat Cat is a basement bar and pool hall where the sofas are scruffy, the drinks are cheap and the ambience is jovial. There’s live jazz every night, and Fridays have formidable Brooklyn soul singer Naomi Shelton playing a residency with her Gospel Queens. Closing time is 4AM.

Venue name: Fat Cat
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Address: 75 Christopher St
New York

Cross street: between Seventh Ave South and Bleecker St
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
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Meredith R
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Fat Cat is an adult playground. Head down the stairs and you can play pool, shuffle board, ping pong, etc. all whilst enjoying beer and wine, good company and often live jazz. It's the ultimate basement party. 


It's a pretty big space, so it doesn't tend to feel crowded. They even allow reservations for a variety of tables, so it's perfect for a group outing. 

Aaron D

A West Village and NY institution!Avoid on weekend nights as you’ll wait forever to get on any of the games, and might have even had to line up to actually get in to the place, but on a quieter Sunday and during the week it is a great spot, pool, table tennis, shuffleboard and more in a really cool very ‘New York’ setting, made all the more enjoyable when there is live jazzing happening in the background.Definitely worth checking out!

TIM P

I took think Hannah D nailed it...Fat Cat is a great place to escape the NYC scene while still being in NYC.  The beers are reasonably prices, the games are plentiful, the atmosphere laid back, and the music actually tolerable!  This is definitely a go to if I'm trying to get my friends to take a break from the meatpackings of the world.  

Maria M
tastemaker

The person below explained the overall ambiance well - a dingy basement. That's not to say it's not fun - it has live music, pool tables and other fun games. It's a very low-key type of place that requires a cover to get in. The drink selection isn't very wide, so don't go in expecting to get nice cocktails or fancy wine. Fun to go if you're with a really large group or for someone's birthday.

Hannah D

This dingy, basement hangout may be a little rough around the edges, but its the perfect antidote to other Top 40–blaring bars in the area. Show up early in the evening to skip the cover charge and sip ice-cold PBRs while taking on your friends in games like shuffleboard, ping pong and various board games. The bartenders are a bit impatient, so know beforehand that there’s no liquor served here and have your order ready. You pay by the hour to hold down the game tables, so bring a group of people that are down for a relaxed night. Live jazz plays throughout the night, and you’ll be surprised at how much you like it.