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Pete's Tavern

Map & Directions 129 E. 18th St.
New York, NY 10003
  • American
  • Sun-Tue 11am-11:30pm, Wed-Sat 11am-12:30am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Delivery, Private Party, Wheelchair Accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Not Accepted, Accepted
  • No Parking


Village Voice's Description

The battle for the title of "City's Oldest Operating Bar" continues. Pete's Tavern, established in 1864, is a prime contender. It's got literary street cred (O. Henry penned The Gift of the Magi in the booth by the window) and it's got regal dark wood and gold touches. This antiquitous appeal has landed Pete's in Seinfeld and Ragtime. Unlike McSorley's, the city's other prized historic bar (established in 1854), Pete's Tavern is a bit classier. There's no sawdust on the floor, for example, and the locals are free to enjoy drinks other than "dark" and "light," like Pete's good ol' 1864 Ale.

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  • Scott Ex R. on 11/19/10

    Pete's hasn't closed since 1851. It was even open during prohibition, disguised as a 'flower' shop speakeasy.

  • HBO on 09/03/11

    Sex and the city happened here. This is where Miranda took the reins and proposed to Steve "over three-dollar beers."

  • Rich G. on 08/18/11

    Experience one of the best Old New York bars by having a beer in the booth where O. Henry penned “Gift of the Magi”.

  • ThePurplePassport.com on 01/10/12

    This place fills up with singles and young professionals, though happy hour also draws a number of NYU students, post-grads, and pub-crawlers. It's a must-hit for anyone looking for a taste of Old NY.

  • WillMcD on 08/16/11

    The bar itself is considered the oldest physical bar... During prohibition, Pete's doubled as a floral shop.

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