Monday, April 27, 2009

Peter McManus Cafe

Peter McManus Cafe is among the oldest family owned and operated bars in New York City. Located in the heart of Chelsea at 152 Seventh Avenue at 19th Street this bar was written about in the book, "The Hundred Best Bars in NYC" and placed very highly.

The newspaper clipping on the wall is headlined PETER MCMANUS AND SONS: TAVERNMEN FOR MANY YEARS. The date August 23, 1948 -- when the bar had already been in business for twelve years. This explains McManus's Tiffany glass, wooden phone booths, and overall time-capsule atmosphere. These days, neighborhood workers from bike messengers and electricians to lawyers and musicians drop in to chat with James "Jamo" McManus, the founder's grandson, who is on hand nearly every night.

When Peter and Mary (Gorman) McManus left Ballinamuck, Longford, back in 1906, they could hardly have imagined that a century later, "Peter McManus" would appear in the films of Woody Allen and TV shows like Seinfeld, and be a part of New York City lore. But that's the case with The Peter McManus Cafe, the famous watering hole located at 19th Street and Seventh Avenue since 1936.


analog telephone booths!
Tiffany glass... 

29 comments:

Virginia said...

Oh what a grand place. Thank you KM for these wonderful photographs and telling us all about it.
A treasure.
V

jeannette stgermain said...

Oooh, I like the stained glass windows too! Thanks for sharing

Laurie said...

Another great post, Ken. What spectacular shots! I would have a martini in that place. With extra olives.

Julie Hibbard said...

Gorgeous. I am definitely overdue on a trip to NYC...

nobu said...

Entrance, windows...every things are wonderful.

James said...

Great post.

amgphoto said...

Nice shots...I was a regular there from the late 70s until 84. I remember Billy the bartender, who was good friends with Vicky from the Toasters. I spent quite a few hours. Now I walk by there every once in a while, haven't been in there in almost 25 years.

EV Grieve said...

Makes me to be there right now...

Uh -- see you in 20 minutes!

Jarart said...

Fantastic photo's and history. Sounds like a place to put on our list!

Frank said...

Wonderful series. You've really captured its heart and soul.

Alex in NYC said...

It features in a nice scene in "Highlander," just fyi.

marley said...

Not only a great place to drink but a great looking place to drink in! Nice collection of photos.

bfarr said...

They just don't make 'em like that anymore.

Jacob said...

Wonderful photographs! You have captured the essence of the place. It looks so familiar, though...I wonder if it hasn't been used in some movies?

Ken Mac said...

yes, Seinfeld and woody Allen movies

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wow! Peter McManus Cafe looks a nice place and also it is very, very beautiful! I would love to be there some day...

• Eliane • said...

What a great find! Are you testing all the 100 bars of the book? ;)

D said...

love those great phonebooths
what craftsmanship!

Anonymous said...

Nice photos. Isn't McManus kind of a dump inside though? Last time I went there they had flourescent lights to illuminate the bar area, duct tape holding things together etc. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'll take it.

Ken Mac said...

dive bar is right...long may it reign...

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