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    Pete’s Tavern

    129 E. 18th St., at Irving Pl. (Gramercy)

    New York, NY

    (1) 212-473-7676 | www.petestavern.com

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    • AMBIANCE

      Famed Literary Pub
    • HOURS

      Daily: 11:00am-2:30am
    • RESERVATIONS

      Accepted but not necessary
    • DOOR POLICY

      Relaxed; crowded on weekends and fair weather days
    • PRICE (APPETIZER; BEER)

      USD 6.50-11.95; USD 6
    • YEAR OPENED

      1864
    • SIGNATURE DRINK

      The 1864 Original House Ale
    • BAR

      Yes - long, intricately carved rosewood bar
    • FOOD SERVED?

      Yes - brunch, lunch, dinner, appetizers, and bar bites
    • NOISE

      Medium/Loud
    • OUTDOOR SPACE

      Yes
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      Yes
    • SUBWAY

      14th St.-Union Sq. (L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6); 23rd St.-Park Ave. S. (6)
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    VIBE

    Yet another historic bar vying for the title of “Oldest in New York,” this neighborhood legend dating from 1864 is best known for its former regular, literary alcoholic O. Henry, who, in 1904, wrote his fabled “Gift of the Magi” in one of its wooden booths. Over the years, Pete’s has transformed from a literati hangout to more of a sports-loving beer drinkers’ bar, but no matter–the magic still lives on in its dark, wooden, lamp-lit interior. The current owners loyally maintain its old traditions, preserving the eclectic curio-laden décor and Pete’s own 1864 Ale.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    Keep it casual with a cute tee, jeans, and flats.

    GO HERE WITH

    A group of friends; significant other; a casual date; the girls

    CROWD

    This place fills up with singles and young professionals, though happy hour also draws a fair number of NYU students, post-grads, and pub-crawlers.

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    It’s got history and it’s got soul. Pete’s is a true Manhattan landmark, and a must-hit for anyone looking to get a taste of Old New York. Plus, the outdoor seating is great for people watching on sunny spring days.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    The food isn’t much to rave about.

    GOOD TO KNOW

    In case you’re looking for it, it’s rumored that O. Henry sat in the second booth to the right of the front door. And O. Henry’s weren’t the only famous scribblings, either: author Ludwig Bemelmans wrote the first lines of beloved children’s book “Madeline” at the bar here. Fun fact: back during Prohibition, Pete’s became a speakeasy disguised as a flower shop and continued to serve the era’s politicians. Delivery and takeout are available.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    White Horse Tavern (New York); McSorley’s Old Ale House (New York)


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