Whether looking to brunch over live jazz, sip locally-crafted Most Righteous Bourbon, or browse sculptures and portraits with ties to the 1969 Woodstock Festival, The Dancing Cat empire has it all. Founded in Bethel, NY in 2010, The Dancing Cat is an idyllic hang for lovers of music, art and leisure, all steps away from the Museum and amphitheater at Bethel Woods.
Owners Stacy Cohen and Monte Sachs began crafting their own Shangri-La with the birth of the Catskill Distilling Company, an agriculturally minded craft distillery that attracts visitors for products such as Peace Vodka, One and Only Buckwheat and Curious Gin—not surprisingly, in homage to the era and generation that produced the best music in history.
The Stray Cat Gallery—an arm of the Catskill Distilling Project, which includes the Catskill Distilling Company and the Dancing Cat Saloon—is sheltered in an airy, rustic restored building, and features a constantly changing array of photographs from photographer, Jerry Cohen, the intricate woodcarvings of Paul Stark and the eclectic mixed media of Ray Fiero. The Dancing Cat Saloon is lined with illustrious photos of Janice Joplin, Bob Dylan and the like, by famed 1960s photographers Elliott Landy and Jason Laure, and lead out to the sprawling “Peace Field,” a lush sculpture garden filled with structures by Denis Folz and Tom Holmes standing parallel to the iconic passageway to Woodstock.
For Stacy, the Catskills was the obvious choice to build their ideal, multi-purpose compound. “We understand the area’s natural beauty, proximity to New York City, its agriculture and rich history. We also understand the opportunity that exists for good people doing good things here to help revitalize an economy based on the Catskills’ unique assets. There’s a lot to share here.”
In addition to the unique dining experience and dinner tasting events—which feature paired cocktails and tasting dishes made with Catskill Distilled spirits—the Dancing Cat prides itself on building and supporting an artistic landscape in Sullivan County for those who connect with the roots of country living and the area’s colorful history. Infused with the whimsical spirit of the 1960s, the Dancing Cat is headfirst in creating an active and engaged community for tourists, second-homeowners and supporters of local arts, music and agriculture.
2032 State Route17B | Bethel, NY 12720
(845) 583-3141 | dancingcatsaloon.com