Fat Cat Billiards

★★★★★
  • 75 Christopher St

    New York, NY 10014

    Map & Directions
  • 212-675-6056

Food

Food
More choices in New York:
Resultset_next

Pommes Frites

123 2nd Ave New York, NY

Resultset_next

Pazza Notte

1375 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY

4.6 25
Hi! Sign in to let us know how Fat Cat Billiards was?
Write a Review
.

Billiard, shuffleboard, ping pong, scrabble, chess + cheap beer and wine. Just one of those places where you need to go to at least once in your life.

3
★★★★★

Billiard, shuffleboard, ping pong, scrabble, chess + cheap beer and wine. Just one of those places where you need to go to at least once in your life.

.

Fat Cat is so much fun! I love going here with my friends or on a date. They have pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, and all sorts of board games, plus beer & wine. I do wish they had a full bar, though.

2
★★★★★

Fat Cat is so much fun! I love going here with my friends or on a date. They have pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, and all sorts of board games, plus beer & wine. I do wish they had a full bar, though.

.

Fun place for the young, very basic decor, pool and scrabble tables spread all over. Live music can be terrific there, but be prepared for loud decibels.

3
★★★☆☆

Fun place for the young, very basic decor, pool and scrabble tables spread all over. Live music can be terrific there, but be prepared for loud decibels.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

This underground place depicts NYC in steroids. You get there, there is a bar that only serves beer and label-less wine, and then to your right a live jazz band, a lounge, ahead of you pool tables, then ping-pong on the back, scrabble to your left, people making out to your right, this place is just great, it's where you feel home and nobody judges you. You will meet interesting people, from the B&T that came because of this review to the local millionaire that spits on Bagatelle/1OAK, the gold diggers and the spoiled cute girls (saw many cute girls at Fat Cat, trust me). If your girl likes this place, marry her, she is good sports. Don't forget to bring a Lysol spray though...

2
★★★★★

This underground place depicts NYC in steroids. You get there, there is a bar that only serves beer and label-less wine, and then to your right a live jazz band, a lounge, ahead of you pool tables, then ping-pong on the back, scrabble to your left, people making out to your right, this place is just great, it's where you feel home and nobody judges you. You will meet interesting people, from the B&T that came because of this review to the local millionaire that spits on Bagatelle/1OAK, the gold diggers and the spoiled cute girls (saw many cute girls at Fat Cat, trust me). If your girl likes this place, marry her, she is good sports. Don't forget to bring a Lysol spray though...

Pros: Location, friendly staff, large area, diversity, music

Cons: Pretty dirty, but oh well...

.

Fat Cat is mainly a game room. BUT you go down the stairs, pay only 3 bucks, and you go past the bar to the right, and THERE is the music. Nice comfortable sofas and chairs in a comfortable FUNKY setting, but interestingly enough, you can't hear any of the noise from the games going on in the rest of the place. You get your drinks, beer or soft drinks only, from the bar, and bring them to where you are sitting. A REALLY great find for some GREAT music and an AMAZINGLY cheap price. What a bargain!
Some really great musicians play here and you get to sit within a few feet of the band on a comfortable couch and hang out all night. Can't beat this in NYC.

2
★★★★★

Fat Cat is mainly a game room. BUT you go down the stairs, pay only 3 bucks, and you go past the bar to the right, and THERE is the music. Nice comfortable sofas and chairs in a comfortable FUNKY setting, but interestingly enough, you can't hear any of the noise from the games going on in the rest of the place. You get your drinks, beer or soft drinks only, from the bar, and bring them to where you are sitting. A REALLY great find for some GREAT music and an AMAZINGLY cheap price. What a bargain!
Some really great musicians play here and you get to sit within a few feet of the band on a comfortable couch and hang out all night. Can't beat this in NYC.

Pros: GREAT MUSIC at a VERY cheap price. If you don't mind funky, this is the place to go.

Cons: none

.

A ton of us shoved ourselves into a corner on a couch that looked like it had been dumpster dived. We were surrounded by other furniture that looked like all the stuff someone couldn't get rid of on eBay. The lightbulb above the table didn't work. After half an hour, I complained to the doorman who was collecting the $3 cover. An hour latter, somebody from the bar came to look at it, gave the ON switch a pull. When nothing happened he shrugged... twice... and walked away. "Food" was a notebook filled with take-out menus of nearby restaurants. Booze was order at the bar.
This basement club packed with pool tables, ping pong tables, chess board tables, you name it. A CitySearch review called it Granddad's basement. I'd say that... times 10. We had a great pool game with no discernible rules. Just enjoy yourself and aim for a hole! (A good philosophy of life, I'd say!)
It's a dive, but if you're with a lot of people, is as fun as you wanna make it. --Drink Club NYC is a roving group of NYC drinkers

2
★★★★☆

A ton of us shoved ourselves into a corner on a couch that looked like it had been dumpster dived. We were surrounded by other furniture that looked like all the stuff someone couldn't get rid of on eBay. The lightbulb above the table didn't work. After half an hour, I complained to the doorman who was collecting the $3 cover. An hour latter, somebody from the bar came to look at it, gave the ON switch a pull. When nothing happened he shrugged... twice... and walked away. "Food" was a notebook filled with take-out menus of nearby restaurants. Booze was order at the bar.
This basement club packed with pool tables, ping pong tables, chess board tables, you name it. A CitySearch review called it Granddad's basement. I'd say that... times 10. We had a great pool game with no discernible rules. Just enjoy yourself and aim for a hole! (A good philosophy of life, I'd say!)
It's a dive, but if you're with a lot of people, is as fun as you wanna make it. --Drink Club NYC is a roving group of NYC drinkers

Pros: lots of things to do

Cons: You need to do them all yourself

.

Every time I come here, I have a great time. It's open late, and the chess/checkers are definitely ridiculous for drunk people. My last time at Fat Cat, I played chess with checkers pieces and had an amazing end-of-night. A great place, overall!

2
★★★★★

Every time I come here, I have a great time. It's open late, and the chess/checkers are definitely ridiculous for drunk people. My last time at Fat Cat, I played chess with checkers pieces and had an amazing end-of-night. A great place, overall!

.

Not for the sensitive! this place is made for REAL people who REALLY want to have fun. They have everything you could want to do and all for a great price. The bartenders have great suggestions for their beers or wines. Major bummer they don't have spirits but the live jazz and over all cheap entertainment makes this one of the best hangouts in the city. The only place like it! I'm glad I found It! Also, (my favourite part about this place!) they give you a letter card when you open a tab so that only you and your guest can put things on your tab by flashing your card, makes you feel super safe about keeping an open tab. Plus the music adds to the boho feel of the place. Who is the mastermind behind this?!

2
★★★★★

Not for the sensitive! this place is made for REAL people who REALLY want to have fun. They have everything you could want to do and all for a great price. The bartenders have great suggestions for their beers or wines. Major bummer they don't have spirits but the live jazz and over all cheap entertainment makes this one of the best hangouts in the city. The only place like it! I'm glad I found It! Also, (my favourite part about this place!) they give you a letter card when you open a tab so that only you and your guest can put things on your tab by flashing your card, makes you feel super safe about keeping an open tab. Plus the music adds to the boho feel of the place. Who is the mastermind behind this?!

Pros: Music, games and atmosphere!

Cons: ...

.

The fat cat is a great place to come and relax, any time of the day or night, and any day of the week. I haven't found anywhere else where you can play ping pong or fusball to live jazz, while drinking a great pint of beer (the Stones rocks - no pun intended). It's casual, completely attitude free, and just plain good fun. It's the bar equivelant of your favorite pair of jeans.

2
★★★★★

The fat cat is a great place to come and relax, any time of the day or night, and any day of the week. I haven't found anywhere else where you can play ping pong or fusball to live jazz, while drinking a great pint of beer (the Stones rocks - no pun intended). It's casual, completely attitude free, and just plain good fun. It's the bar equivelant of your favorite pair of jeans.

Pros: Ping pong, ping pong, jazz, ping pong, ping pong.

Cons: Can get very busy.

.

Cheap beer, dirty but plentiful pool tables, and any board came you could hope for, all with live music to keep you entertained. You might not take your mother here, but you should certainly take your friends!

2
★★★★★

Cheap beer, dirty but plentiful pool tables, and any board came you could hope for, all with live music to keep you entertained. You might not take your mother here, but you should certainly take your friends!

.

Something for everyone. Pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, etc. Staff is very friendly, good music, but who the hell makes a mean Manhattan? There's no hard liquor in there-just beer and wine-and the beer is on tap. Whoever said something about bottles of beer, maybe 3 years ago, but not lately. Tables need to be cleaned and leveled though. A shoutout to Mackenzie001. 8 year old girls should not get drunk. Nice try Timmy, but your horrible spelling is a dead giveaway.

2
★★★★★

Something for everyone. Pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, etc. Staff is very friendly, good music, but who the hell makes a mean Manhattan? There's no hard liquor in there-just beer and wine-and the beer is on tap. Whoever said something about bottles of beer, maybe 3 years ago, but not lately. Tables need to be cleaned and leveled though. A shoutout to Mackenzie001. 8 year old girls should not get drunk. Nice try Timmy, but your horrible spelling is a dead giveaway.

.

Fat Cat Billiards was an amazing experience! I went there on a Sunday night, had to pay a small $3 cover, and got myself a pool table (it was either $5 or $6 an hour). Overall it was a lot of fun and most importantly affordable. Beer was $3 for PBR and $6 for all other beers. The band they had playing that night, Fat Cat Big Band was pretty impressive. Great to watch if your on a date or just hanging out with your buds. There's plenty to do. With pool, ping pong, chess, shuffle board, jazz bands, beer, etc. all in one place, you'll never get bored.

2
★★★★★

Fat Cat Billiards was an amazing experience! I went there on a Sunday night, had to pay a small $3 cover, and got myself a pool table (it was either $5 or $6 an hour). Overall it was a lot of fun and most importantly affordable. Beer was $3 for PBR and $6 for all other beers. The band they had playing that night, Fat Cat Big Band was pretty impressive. Great to watch if your on a date or just hanging out with your buds. There's plenty to do. With pool, ping pong, chess, shuffle board, jazz bands, beer, etc. all in one place, you'll never get bored.

Pros: Affordable, plenty options to keep you entertained and busy

Cons: None

.

Don't be fooled by the divey atmophere, this place offers a great variety of classy imported bottled beers. I had no problem finding a chess partner while I waited for my friends to arrive. A unique, fun spot for a night out with a group or a casual date.

2
★★★★★

Don't be fooled by the divey atmophere, this place offers a great variety of classy imported bottled beers. I had no problem finding a chess partner while I waited for my friends to arrive. A unique, fun spot for a night out with a group or a casual date.

Pros: chess, ping pong, drink selection

Cons: It can be a bit drafty

.

just you guys are great my sister went their she was drunk the door man made sure he put her in a cab and than called to tell she was ok just want thank you his name was timmy just a good guy thank you their needs to more people like you thank you fat cat and timmy two

2
★★★★★

just you guys are great my sister went their she was drunk the door man made sure he put her in a cab and than called to tell she was ok just want thank you his name was timmy just a good guy thank you their needs to more people like you thank you fat cat and timmy two

.

For music there are clubs. For drinks, there are lounges. Throw the two together and a few pool tables, you have Fat Cat. The vibe is quiet, yet chill at the same time. It may not be extraordinarily cheap, but at least it beats wandering through a crowd of people who can't stand your BO. At least you have a stick to defend yourself in this scenario.

1
★★★☆☆

For music there are clubs. For drinks, there are lounges. Throw the two together and a few pool tables, you have Fat Cat. The vibe is quiet, yet chill at the same time. It may not be extraordinarily cheap, but at least it beats wandering through a crowd of people who can't stand your BO. At least you have a stick to defend yourself in this scenario.

Pros: Game Variety, Atmosphere

Cons: Prices, Service

.

Meet all your friends at the Fat Cat, it's in a great location and they have alright happy hour specials. Bartenders are great and make a mean Manhattan! Get's crowded later, but it's perfect for starting out the night.

2
★★★★☆

Meet all your friends at the Fat Cat, it's in a great location and they have alright happy hour specials. Bartenders are great and make a mean Manhattan! Get's crowded later, but it's perfect for starting out the night.

Pros: Great atmosphere and alright deals for happy hour.

Cons: Can get crowded later into the night and on weekends.

.

the place gets a very mixed crowd and i have felt safe here. a good place for meeting friends as it is close to all subways

2
★★★★☆

the place gets a very mixed crowd and i have felt safe here. a good place for meeting friends as it is close to all subways

.

Great place to hang with your friends (though they try to charge for people not playing sometimes).. there is a nameless bartender who likes to reply to everything you say in a truly condescending fashion and roll her eyes to everything to you ask.... but other than that, i loved the joint.

2
★★★★★

Great place to hang with your friends (though they try to charge for people not playing sometimes).. there is a nameless bartender who likes to reply to everything you say in a truly condescending fashion and roll her eyes to everything to you ask.... but other than that, i loved the joint.

Pros: great variety of games (pool, foozball, air hockey

Cons: gets loud and too crowded on weekends

.

A very upbeat place with a lively crowd. You never know who you'll end up talking to. Fun place but can get crowded at times so it's best go early. I would definitely recommend. Good atmosphere to hang out after school with a large group or to just chill with one or two closer friends.

4
★★★★☆

A very upbeat place with a lively crowd. You never know who you'll end up talking to. Fun place but can get crowded at times so it's best go early. I would definitely recommend. Good atmosphere to hang out after school with a large group or to just chill with one or two closer friends.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

This is a really great place to hang out and play ping-pong. Just be aware that if you bring friends that just want to drink beer and watch, that they will try to charge your friends as if they are players. I protested this policy when I found out because it clearly says $6 per player and nothing about being charged for just watching. So, if you go, be very explicit that only a certain number of people are playing and make Fat Cat agree that that is the number that they will charge for. Their excuse for this policy is that they can't keep track of everyone once they go into the pool and ping-pong area. My response - Put up a sign that states this!

2
★★★★☆

This is a really great place to hang out and play ping-pong. Just be aware that if you bring friends that just want to drink beer and watch, that they will try to charge your friends as if they are players. I protested this policy when I found out because it clearly says $6 per player and nothing about being charged for just watching. So, if you go, be very explicit that only a certain number of people are playing and make Fat Cat agree that that is the number that they will charge for. Their excuse for this policy is that they can't keep track of everyone once they go into the pool and ping-pong area. My response - Put up a sign that states this!

Pros: Cheap drinks

Cons: Sneaky Fees for Games

.

Drinks don't cost much. Jazz music. If you bring a couple of friends that don't like pool or pingpong they can sit back and play checkers or chess or even scrabble. This beatnick pool hall is not pretensious. It's a good place to bring co-workers or friends with different ideas of fun. There is something for everyone.

2
★★★★★

Drinks don't cost much. Jazz music. If you bring a couple of friends that don't like pool or pingpong they can sit back and play checkers or chess or even scrabble. This beatnick pool hall is not pretensious. It's a good place to bring co-workers or friends with different ideas of fun. There is something for everyone.

Pros: good music, not too busy, inexpensive

Cons: no fuzball!

.

The place is always crowded, but if you go a bit eariler, you'll beat the crowds. It's definitely a good place to go out with your friends to hang and relax. The food is shabby, but they do have jazz! How neat is that? The staff there are slow, and it usually takes a long time to get your drink, but overall, it's a good place to go.

4
★★★★☆

The place is always crowded, but if you go a bit eariler, you'll beat the crowds. It's definitely a good place to go out with your friends to hang and relax. The food is shabby, but they do have jazz! How neat is that? The staff there are slow, and it usually takes a long time to get your drink, but overall, it's a good place to go.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

Live music from the jazz club upstairs filters through the walls and adds ambiance to the slightly run down pool hall. Located in the middle of the West Village, the clientele is usually more fun to watch than the live band.

4
★★★★☆

Live music from the jazz club upstairs filters through the walls and adds ambiance to the slightly run down pool hall. Located in the middle of the West Village, the clientele is usually more fun to watch than the live band.

Was this review helpful to you?
Ratings_icons Ratings_icons

.

The atmosphere: nothing short marvelous. Much enjoyment to be had by all. I heard Nellie McKay (a singer/songwriter you should have heard of by now) was devasted when Small's closed and pitched in to give Fat Cat a face lift. It's looking, feeling good.

2
★★★★★

The atmosphere: nothing short marvelous. Much enjoyment to be had by all. I heard Nellie McKay (a singer/songwriter you should have heard of by now) was devasted when Small's closed and pitched in to give Fat Cat a face lift. It's looking, feeling good.

.

The editorial review is way behind the times. I can't speak much about the pool hall but there is an adjoining room that has become a top-notch jazz club. There's little noise from the pool tables, and most of the excellent jazz scene (and much of the decor) from Smalls has moved over after the latter closed down a couple years ago. There's now music most nights of the week, check fatcatjazz.com for a sometimes-unreliable schedule. One of the better places to hear jazz in the city.

2
★★★★★

The editorial review is way behind the times. I can't speak much about the pool hall but there is an adjoining room that has become a top-notch jazz club. There's little noise from the pool tables, and most of the excellent jazz scene (and much of the decor) from Smalls has moved over after the latter closed down a couple years ago. There's now music most nights of the week, check fatcatjazz.com for a sometimes-unreliable schedule. One of the better places to hear jazz in the city.

Pros: great jazz, not too expensive, good crowds

Editorial from

In Short
This is the sort of pool hall that fables are made of--cheap and gritty and cool. There's a communal feel in the low-ceilinged, well-worn basement, in the spacious sprawl of 10 pool tables, 10 pingpong tables, 3 shuffle…

 

Wait, you're the expert.

If you've been to or used Fat Cat Billiards, leave a review.

It's easy, only takes a couple of minutes and you'll help thousands make an informed decision.



Write a Review