The Fat Black Pussycat

Bar / Lounge
The Fat Black Pussycat A Village mainstay since the 1950s, The Fat Black Pussycat has earned its nine lives as a continuously popular bar and lounge for downtown bar hoppers and local regulars alike. New York United States 40.730763 -74.000827
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Party Earth Review A Village mainstay since the 1950s, The Fat Black Pussycat has earned its nine lives as a continuously popular bar and lounge for downtown bar hoppers and local regulars alike. An easygoing atmosphere with a splash of... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    A, C, E, B, D, F, M: West 4th Street

  • Phone:

    212-533-4790

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  • Hours:

    Daily 1pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Fat Black Pussycat Review

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A Village mainstay since the 1950s, The Fat Black Pussycat has earned its nine lives as a continuously popular bar and lounge for downtown bar hoppers and local regulars alike.

A Village mainstay since the 1950s, The Fat Black Pussycat has earned its nine lives as a continuously popular bar and lounge for downtown bar hoppers and local regulars alike.

An easygoing atmosphere with a splash of jazz flavor makes patrons feel right at home as they belly up to the bar to chat over Anchor Steams, or settle into the black leather booths for onion rings and cocktails.

Exposed brick, glowing lanterns, and a massive wrought-iron chandelier give the space a warm appeal, while the back lounge is done up in opium den chic, complete with overstuffed sofas, Oriental rugs, antique furnishings, and bird cages, perfect for the tattooed rockers and edgy young professionals who gather for cocktails and conversation.

Low-key and genial during the week when work buddies stop in to unwind, play pool, and warble some karaoke tunes, the place ramps up on the weekends when a DJ packs the place to the rafters and bouncing NYU students get down to Rihanna and other Top 40 favorites.

Classier than a regular dive bar but calmer than a club, The Fat Black Pussycat provides downtown partiers with a lively and exciting scratching post to call their own.

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Tip from Emma:

The Fat Black Pussycat is just the spot to bring a big group of friends looking to get wild – they offer half price drinks from Sunday to Thursday with an online reservation. Just remember to print the e-mail confirmation to get 50% off the whole check. Meow.

  • Crowd

    Downtown locals, NYU students, edgy young professionals, karaoke fans, and club kids, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Playlist of Top 40 tunes in the bar and lounge. DJs spin Top 40 and hip-hop. Karaoke three nights a week.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar snacks including mozzarella sticks and yakitori skewers available in front room.

  • Prices

    Bar menu $6+. Beer $4+, wine $8+/glass or $26–$45/bottle, cocktails $8+, specialty martinis $9+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Downtown casual: cool t-shirts and jeans, work attire, sneakers, boots, casual LBDs.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early in the week for karaoke, and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the best parties and biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    In the basement of the Pussycat is the Village Underground for live music and a clubbier atmosphere.

The Fat Black Pussycat User Reviews

Average rating:
I love that Fat Black PussyCat
Jordan H. Jun 18, 2013
I came to FBPC on a random night in the city with two friends. I loved the location of the Village it was located in. It wasn't too crowded since I went on a Wednesday night, but it was the perfect crowd. The bartender was super friendly and the music was just what I needed to put me in the groove. My friends and I spent some time in the pool hall after throwing back a few drinks. Definitely a great spot to grab a couple drinks with some friends if you're ever in the Village.
Cocktail Purrfection
Isaiah N. Mar 20, 2013
The West Village can be a maze to an exploring visitor or New Yorker alike and there are a plethora of places where you can stop in and get a food and drink on just about every corner. But if it's you're looking for something a but more out of the ordinary, look no further than the Fat Black Pussycat. The welcoming dim light and old-style New York decor set the scene as you look over possibly one of the most extensive drink menus in the city. From a myriad of martini flavors to a long list of specialty cocktails, this place will definitely find you a lip-smacking drink to complement their surprisingly tasty bar food. And with nights of live music and dancing during the week, it's almost always a party from the moment you walk in.
This Cat Lands on its Feet
Clarissa H. Nov 16, 2012
Sometimes, The Fat Black Pussycat is a NYU members-only stomping ground, but it felt welcoming a few weeks ago. My girlfriends and I partied with the locals and mavericks from Greenwich Village bohemian set. No one was really decked out in showy duds or dresses; an unrepressed, casual aura had comfortably settled over the place. People were so enthralled with shooting pool in the modern feeling front pub. But we were wayfarers because we couldn’t sit still. We stumbled upon into this hidden back lounge embellished with these cool antique couches and oriental rugs. And we kicked the night into full gear on the Village Underground’s downstairs dance floor. The eclectic mash-up of top 40 songs, hip hop and reggae was totally seducing like the live music pumping through this place’s heart (they have some memorable vocalists like Cheryl Pepsi Riley on Mondays). The dance floor was a hotbed of activity. I advise anyone to try one of their $10 martinis paired with calamari during a dance break. There are conventional munchies like sliders and wings, and the homemade infused vodka is also certainly worth indulging in at least once. Warning: they serve potent drinks! The best way to sum this place up is as a melting pot; the pub, lounge and dance areas have dramatic, yet distinct energies. Yet, it all merges together well enough to make a fresh impression.
Stop the ride, I want to get off
Chris K. Nov 16, 2012
The reviewer below me makes a good point--there is only a fleeting mention of the Pussycat's downstairs space the Village Underground, which is because the reviewer couldn't get into the Underground during open hours, because it, much like the rest of this place, thrives on some contrived image. The inside of this bar is a nonstop blur of influences and images, all bordering on a Russel Brand-ish decadence but also feeling forced. It's all so...thirsty, you know? Not as in boozey, but as in it's dying for something, anything, to quench its need to be noticed. Plus points for having the adorable seductive black cat everywhere, minus for being too much of a mouthful. Once is enough for me, thanks.
Village Underground, anyone?
Alicia B. Nov 3, 2012
I'm surprised there's just an offhand mention of the Village Underground here. If, instead of walking into the ground level bar, you make a left and head downstairs, you're in one of the best jazz clubs in New York-- a WAY better deal than what's going on upstairs. They have a live house band with some of the best musicians you've ever heard-- the lead singer is Cheryl Pepsii Riley, a well-known gospel and soul singer. They occasionally have an open mic night and regularly bring in big name artists. The crowd is a mix of old and young, and the music is a reflection of that. Sometimes you're crammed into a booth with strangers, and there is a two-drink minimum (and the drinks aren't great), but the show you get is incredible, so just head down to the dance floor if you're feeling smushed.
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