Backal Hospitality Group Announces the Opening of Cellar Dog in the West Village



The Legendary Live Music and Game Hall Reopens Today with Major Restoration and Bring Back Live Entertainment, Musicians, Artists, and Guests


  As part of New York City’s great reawakening, Backal Hospitality Group (BHG) announces the opening of Cellar Dog, the legendary live music and game hall located at 75 Christopher Street in the West Village, which opens today. The 9,000 square-foot live entertainment institution will start to operate five days a week from Wednesdays to Sundays from 2 pm to 4 am with plans to extend its hours in the fall.  

“We are thrilled to continue the legacy of the former Fat Cat, which is located steps away from Stonewall Inn and some of the greatest literary, entertainment, political, and cultural moments in our City’s history,” said Arthur Backal, CEO of Backal Hospitality Group. “The venue was known to be a casual and approachable neighborhood staple that welcomed everyone from college students, celebrities, local residents, and visitors from all over the globe. We will continue to honor its tradition of inclusivity and will also look forward to bringing back artists, musicians, and guests to Cellar Dog once again after a year and a half of its closure.”

Within the 9,000 square-foot space, Cellar Dog will feature a variety of games including pool tables, ping pong, shuffleboard, foosball, checkers, and chess, as well as antique and novelty games including Pac Man and many more. A regular live entertainment schedule will be available throughout the week.

Restoring the majority of the original historic furniture, Cellar Dog will present a major facelift of the space with the latest purifying air filters, contactless ordering, updated restrooms, touchless hand dryers, Apple pay option, and more to continue to keep guests, staff, and the community safe.  The Cellar Dog team is excited to welcome guests back with hospitality at the forefront.

The casual F&B menu will feature small bites including movie theater-style nachos, grandma’s pizza, pretzels, and custom ice cream, coupled with wine, seltzers, and a variety of beers on tap.

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