Party Earth Review Game lovers and jazz fans won’t want to miss Fat Cat, a vast subterranean, one-room club and game room offering a great mix of friendly competition and live music. Although there’s a simple bar serving only beer, wine... ... read full review
75 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
1: Christopher Street-Sheridan Square-7th Avenue South
M–Th 2pm–5am, F–Su noon–5am
West Village, New York –
Game lovers and jazz fans won’t want to miss Fat Cat, a vast subterranean, one-room club and game room offering a great mix of friendly competition and live music.
Although there’s a simple bar serving only beer, wine, and soju cocktails, most of the crowd of hipsters and students heads straight for the open gaming area in back to play everything from pool and foosball, to shuffleboard and Scrabble.
Well-lit ping pong dens separated by draped netting line the perimeter of the space, while various chess tables offer a place for the thinking set to get into some more intense competition.
After-work bohemians too tired to play can settle in at a cocktail table to watch from the sidelines, or lounge on the cluster of mismatched sofas to nod along to the live jazz happening on the stage and reminisce about greats like Dizzy Gillespie and BB King, whose photos hang nearby.
Laid-back but lively, Fat Cat is a cool and genuine retreat for anyone who’s been looking for just the right blend of air hockey and jazz, or the perfect haunt for listening to smooth sounds till the sun comes up.
Local hipsters, students, artsy young professionals, and jazz lovers, with a slightly older crowd for Sunday jazz, early 20s to 30s.
Live music nightly 7pm–4am, sometimes from 6pm on Sundays and Mondays, featuring mostly contemporary jazz with occasional salsa, gospel, and other acts. Check website for schedule.
Pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, foosball, and a variety of board games. Events include Draw Your Partner Foosball Tournament on Tuesdays and ping pong tournaments the second Sunday of every month. Individual instruction for pool, ping pong, and music. Free Wi-Fi.
Chips and nuts at the bar. Only alcoholic drinks served are beer, wine, and cocktails made with soju, a Korean beverage similar to vodka. Organic juices and hand-blended sodas also offered.
Cover charge $3 after the music starts. Beer $3–$9, wine $7, soju cocktails $7. Board games $1/person, foosball $1/game. Pool, ping pong, and shuffleboard $5.50/person/hour Su–Th and $6.50/person/hour F–Sa.
Anything goes: jeans, hoodies, button-downs, dresses.
Weekday evenings for a better chance at getting a gaming table, or Friday and Saturday nights for a packed crowd and livelier environment.
Wilfie & Nell (228 West 4th Street) is great for food and drinks before a night of games at Fat Cat.