The cat who lived in a Bowery dive bar

Minnie, the tabby cat currently residing at McSorley’s in the East Village (and facing a lawsuit), isn’t the first feline to make her home in a downtown drinking establishment.

This sly tuxedo kitty can be seen in a couple of 1940s photos of Sammy’s Bowery Follies—a legendary 1890s-style saloon at 267 Bowery that was part fleabag dump and part tourist trap.

No saucer of milk for this street cat. When a patron at Sammy’s nodded off, he made his move.

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5 Responses to “The cat who lived in a Bowery dive bar”


    they always had cats in this club

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    There’s another photo of this cat (or a strikingly similar black and white cat) lapping milk from a bowl on the bar. I’ll try to find it. I think it’s watermarked Corbis.

  3. petey Says:

    what’s this lawsuit now?

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    A NJ woman claims Minnie attacked her at McSorley’s. I’m not sure if the case is still headed for trial but here’s a fun write-up about it in the New York Post:

  5. Bowery Boy Says:

    Sammy’s is another terrrific Bowery building where some incredible events took place that is not landmarked. How soon before someone wants to tear it down?

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