Pete’s Tavern first opened its doors in 1864. From that date to today, it has remained open. While there are other bars in NYC that fight for the title of oldest bar in New York, Pete’s has legal claim to being “the longest continuously operating bar and restaurant in New York City”. Not even Prohibition forced Pete’s to close its doors: it remained open disguised as a flower shop. They even have their own brew named 1864 Ale. It was originally known as the Portman Hotel then it became Healy’s Café when it was purchased by the Healy brothers, John and Tom in 1899, which they ran until 1921. It was renamed “Pete’s” when Pete Belle purchased it in 1932.”The bar has hardly changed since it opened and the crowd is mostly local and totally mellow.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11:30am-3am; Sat-Sun, 11am-3am
129 E. 18th St., at Irving Pl., NY 10003 212-473-7676