The historic mahogany bar (the full front bar) at CAV dates back to the nineteenth century. Purchased from Irreplaceable Artifacts in 1990, it came with a provenance, showing this bar was originally from Pete’s Tavern – the oldest Tavern in New York.
When Purchased by CAV, the bar was superb aesthetically, but originally, it was not deep enough to provide modern day legroom. That’s because 19th century guests were much shorter!
Thus at tremendous expenditure, the whole top of this antique historic bar was painstakingly lifted off it’s base, and moved forward over it’s base, to give our guests very comfortable legroom. It is now a state of the art bar, and yet retains the hand finished splendid patina of time. Guests have enjoyed drinks at this bar for over 150 years. It is said that O’Henry wrote many parts of his famous Gift of the Magi, at Pete’s Tavern, and probably often sat at this historic bar doing so.
We invite guests to the CAV bar to relax in the comfortable leather bar seats for cocktails, martinis, or beers and wines. We have 6 beers on tap served in tall glasses almost a pint. Of course, for Guinness, we use 22 oz Guinness glasses.
In addition to special cocktails and martinis, guests may also, if they wish, enjoy a whole meal at the bar.
In Summer, we also serve drinks and appetizers (also full meals if you like) al Fresco, in our courtyard.