An Beal Bocht Cafe, in operation since 1991, began as a small cafe.  Serving only non-alcoholic beverages, it centered as a spot for artist to gather and performs, and quickly cemented itself as a neighborhood favorite.  A few years later, a Liquor License was acquired and things haven't been the same since.  Eventually taking over the adjacent store front An Beal Bocht expanded, as our commitment to the arts expanded as well.  When we grew we were able to include an Artist's Gallery and Theatre Space for our Poor Mouth Theatre Company.  Looking towards the future we hope to continue being the premier music and arts venue of our neighborhood.

 

Our Owners

Richard has owned and operated An Beal Bocht Cafe since 1991! An Irish Immigrant, he has managed to include a touch of home in all his bars around NYC: Arlene's Grocery, the Scratcher and Le Cheile.


A lover of the arts, he has created a space at An Beal Bocht Cafe to showcase all of our local talents. Music; Irish and all other, Poetry, Painting & Photography and Theater.

Our Staff

Our warm and friendly staff, sometimes ribald, will make sure your visit is enjoyable.  Get to know them now because if they're not up-and-coming, they've already gone on to fame!

ABB Meaning

An Beal Bocht, translated from the Gaelic as “the Poor Mouth,” takes it’s name from the novel An Beal Bocht by Irish author Flann O’Brien.  Set in a remote region in Ireland, the fictional memoir discusses life, language, and abject poverty in Ireland.  It is considered one of the greatest Irish-Language novels of the 20th Century

An Beal Bocht in the News

AM New York - What To Do & Eat in Riverdale
"...one of the coolest Irish venues in the Big Apple." - Her.ie
"...Not afraid to welcome you in..." - Eat the World, NYC
"...Most Authentic Irish Pub in the City..." - GrubStreet.com
"A Legendary Pub" ~ New York Daily News
"A top nite spot" ~ Zagats Guide
"...kind of place a visitor from Ireland would feel worthy of a pint" ~ New York Times
"An oasis of creativity and music in the Bronx" ~ Irish Times
"One of 10 Best Brunches in NYC." ~ Newsday
"Best Irish Pub in New York City" ~ Time Out

Timeout - The best happy hours in NYC

 

Wall Street Journal - Riverdale: A Bit of Suburbia in New York City

 

USA Today - 10 Best

 

Spoon University - The 45 Most Iconic College Bars Across North America

Movoto - These 15 Bars In The Bronx Will Make You Want To Stay Until Last Call

 

5 Boros - Find Your Voice at NYC's Most Creative Open Mics


Linda's Jazz Nights

The Battle in the Bronx Part II at An Beal Bocht Cafe - Riverdale Press

the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade

For the Other Guy collects money on a weekly basis to donate to the Aisling Irish Center's Homeless Outreach Program

 - the Irish Volunteers for the Homeless.  The World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade is a fundraiser for this noble cause.  Donations can be made by purchasing Green Feet, an entrance into the parade of sorts,   This is our 5th year hosting the parade, which has caused some controversy in the past!

 

Arkansas Times: Who's shortest? Bronx bar to challenge Hot Springs' St. Patrick's Day parade

 

Irish Central: Bronx bar in competition for the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade

 

New York Times: A 47-Foot St. Patrick’s Day Parade That’s Long on Fun

 

Highway 81 Revisited: BRONX BAR BOASTS ‘WORLD’S SHORTEST ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

 

New York Daily NewsThe Bronx is in a battle of the shortest St. Pat's parades

 

New York Daily NewsTiny St. Patrick's Day parade in Bronx raises thousands to help feed the homeless