Dive Bars are institutions in NYC. It’s almost obligatory that they are not so well lit, that there’s music of some sort, live or recorded, a few pool tables and beer. If the average bar food offerings are on offer as well so much the better. They are usually frequented by regulars with a sprinkling of drop ins, and tourists sampling the ‘down and dirty’ life of the big City.
So when a dive bar gets a ‘reputation’ and people arrange get togethers there because they know everyone will have a great time what’s so different? The dive bar in question is the Fat Cat at 75 Christopher St between 7th Ave and Bleeker Street, West Village.
Well the Fat Cat’s reputation seems to hinge on three things, the games, the music and the beer. As regards the games they really pile it on. There’s not just pool tables, there’s ping pong, shuffleboard and foosball. Then there’s board games of all sorts, scrabble, chess, checkerss and heaps more. People who come to the Fat Cat obviously enjoy letting their inner kid hang out.
The music is pure New York Jazz and R & B and it’s live. Listen to the soundtrack on the video. It’s there every evening, good enough to dance to on the miniscule dance floor if you really want to, but most don’t bother and certainly good enough to just take in and enjoy.
And then there’s the beer, an excellent selection and some wine selections if that’s your thing, but the bar features the beer. There’s nuts to eat but not much else in the food department except you can go next door and buy some and no one complains if you bring it back and eat while you play games of various sorts. And lets face it, Fat Cat is the place most people gravitate to at about 9.30-10pm in the evening.
It’s a big place with comfy chairs and people just have a great time when they go to Fat Cat. There a ticket system for using pool and ping pong tables etc and there’s always a wait because they are always in use. The thing is it’s low key, patrons have a big choice of how to enjoy themselves and it’s big so even when it’s crowded it’s not packed. There you have it, that’s what makes a great New York dive bar. it’s got all the elements of the usual dive bar, just more of t