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The Times They Are a-Changin: Village New Year’s Eve, Bob Dylan style!

Bob Dylan & Suze Rotolo

2016 is coming to an end. What better way to ring in the New Year than at some of Bob Dylan’s old haunts?  Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the most well known (including ones that have moved) so your New Year’s Eve won’t be Blowin’ in the Wind!

The Bitter End

The Bitter End at 147 Bleecker Street saw the birth of Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue concert tour. What better place to end a bitter year!


Café Wha?

Located at 115 MacDougal Street, Dylan originally played backup harmonica here for singer Fred Neil. Stop by to help rock in 2017!


The Fat Black Pussycat

11-13 Minetta Street in the 1960’s and in the early 2000’s, long after a Mexican restaurant had moved in, the former spot of the Fat Black Pussycat (historic image courtesy of tinytim.org)

While this epicenter of the beatnik music Scene is gone from its original location at 11-13 Minetta Street, the new location at 130 W. 3rd Street is a purr-fect nightspot for an end of year celebration!

Current Fat Black Pussycat. Photo courtesy of idontdoclubs.com

Kettle of Fish

View of the exterior of the Kettle of Fish bar (114 MacDougal Street), May 10, 1959. Among those pictured is American poet Brigid Murnaghan who holds her infant daughter Annie in the doorway as she talks to an unidentified woman. (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images)

Both poets and folksies colonized the original Village bar at 114 MacDougal Street, but these days you can relive this past while welcoming in the future in its current location at 59 Christopher Street.

Current Kettle of Fish bar. Photo courtesy of Kettle of Fish.

Whitehorse Tavern

Dylan owes his namesake partially to the Whitehorse Tavern. This bar at 567 Hudson Street was the favorite drinking ground of poet Dylan Thomas (whose ghost is said to still haunt the establishment), and it was this regular at “The Horse” that inspired Robert Zimmerman to become Bob Dylan.  Follow in the path of both Dylans, come by to imbibe a highball as the ball drops!

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