Menu from Cafe Bizarre in Greenwich Village.
NY: Cafe Bizarre, ca. 1960.
Single tall sheet folded to make four pages. This version features a cover illustration of a sinister, demented person acting as the doorman who personifies the "bizarre" concept of this cafe. A small illustrated map of Greenwich Village bohemian hot spots is printed on the back cover. The menu includes such items as "Pink Lady Bizarre," "Voo-Doo," and "Schizophrenic Sundays." One of the most popular and sensational clubs to capitalize on the beatnik phenomenon, the Cafe Bizarre presented poetry readings, folk music, and "assorted madness" for tourists and genuine bohemians alike. Musitron Records recorded an album there that captured the bongo-beating, finger-snapping beatnik spirit of this venue. In the '60s Andy Warhol discovered the Velvet Underground there billed as "The Velvets." Horizontal crease where once folded, else very good or better. Scarce ephemera from the heyday of the beatnik scene in Greenwich Village.