A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 10, 2017
“A cat walks into a bar…” (bar joke)

“A guy walks into a bar...” is a typical form of what has been called the “bar joke.” A cat version has a cat request a drink, knock it over, and then request another drink. This is from a Shoebox cartoon that was posted on Twitter on June 3, 2014.


Twitter
Azure Collier ✨‏
@azurecollier
Hahaha #cat people will get this >> [COMIC] A Cat Walks Into a Bar…
(CAT: “A glass of water, please. BARTENDER: “Are you going to drink it or just knock it over on purpose?”—ed.)
12:30 PM - 3 Jun 2014

Twitter
phil‏
@PhilJamesson
WHEN CATS ARE SAD
Bartender: What’ll ya have?
Cat: Shot of rum.
[Bartender pours it]
[Cat slowly pushes it off the bar]
Cat: Another.
4:07 PM - 17 Mar 2015

Twitter
Matthew Inman‏
@Oatmeal
I’ll have a whiskey (Cat illustration is shown.—ed.)
12:40 PM - 3 Apr 2015

Reddit—Jokes
A Cat Walks Into a Bar
submitted September 21, 2015 by RowdyCanadian
A cat walks into a bar and sits down.
Bartender: “what can I get you?”
Cat: “a shot of rum”
Bartender pours the rum, and slides the shot over to the cat. The cat looks at the rum, then smacks it right off the bar top onto the floor. Bartender looks at the cat questioningly.
Cat says “ I’ll have another “

Deb Runs
My Favorite Walked Into A Bar Jokes Are Corny, Hilarious, And Even Educational
October 22, 2015 6 Comments Written by Deb Runs
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A cat walks into a bar and orders a glass of water.  The bartender asks, “Are you going to drink it, or just knock it over on purpose?”

Twitter
Gemtastic‏
@supernatural808
Repost @monty_happiness 😻😘💕🐾🐾
A cat walks into a bar… .
(just to be clear, this is o… http://ift.tt/2ax00Er
(CAT: “A glass of milk, please. BARTENDER: “Are you going to drink it or just knock it over on purpose?”—ed.)
4:14 AM - 3 Aug 2016

Twitter
McClintock ACCVet‏
@McClintockVet
A cat walks into a bar… #caturday #catjokes
(CAT: “A glass of water, please. BARTENDER: “Are you going to drink it or just knock it over on purpose?”—ed.)
2:17 PM - 27 Aug 2016

Reddit—Jokes
A cat walks into a bar.
submitted August 10, 2017 by EvyTheRedditor
The bartender says, “what’ll you have?” The cat says, “A shot of rum.” The bartender pours the cat his drink. The cat slowly pushes the shot off the table. “Another.”
(...)
COMMENTS
Twasbutafart
the joke is better in image form

KBryan382
The original, with credit to The Oatmeal (Matt Inman).

boopboopadoopity
It’s totally interesting to me how this means this post is like a modern folktale in a way. A guy who works at a bar saw a post and put it on his sign, then another person saw it, ect., until someone said it out loud and or translated it into text and OP posted it. Or maybe it went through many more steps. Or maybe OP just saw the comic, or just thought of the same joke. But it’s likely this joke “telephoned” its way onto this post somehow.
Trippy.

Posted by Barry Popik
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