Remembering Meow Mix on the 25th Anniversary of ‘Chasing Amy’

Posted on: April 8th, 2022 at 5:10 am by

Film still of Meow Mix from Chasing Amy

This week marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Chasing Amy, the third film in Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob canon. So, it’s only fitting that we exhume the history of a brief bar scene in the film.

Before area hangs Vasmay LoungeLocal 269, Suffolk Arms, and now, The Mayfly, each planted a flag, there was Meow Mix.

For nearly a decade, this hole was the lesbian dive. Proprietor Brooke Webster opened the doors in 1996 at 269 East Houston Street. Then, just one year later, Hollywood came a-knockin’.

Meow Mix was famously immortalized in Chasing Amy. This is the party venue where the Holden McNeil protagonist (Ben Affleck) chases love interest Alyssa Jones (Joey Lauren Adams), only to experience a rude awakening that she’s gay. There are classic shots of the storefront itself and the interior, including some handbills form CBGB. Even the bar itself – still very new – was namechecked.

Meow Mix was once upon a time described thusly by club guide

Ladies often bemoan the limited number of bars dedicated to the woman-loving woman and with the disproportionate number of boy bars, they have every right to complain. Nevertheless, Meow Mix with its never-got-over-riot-grrrl-grunge is hot nearly every night of the week. Lipstick lesbians and butch drag queens swarm the dance floor or rock on as live acts perform.

Aug. 2008

Meow Mix closed in 2004 due to a familiar circumstance. Much like Local 269, a flood was ultimately culprit. That and “city harassment, and a shift in the neighborhood demographic.” As has been the trend since the turn of this century, Webster opted for a change of scenery in Brooklyn and opened Cattyshack a year later. It, too, is a footnote in history (i.e. closed down).


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