The name of the bar commemorates the Crisis pamphlets written by Thomas Paine, a hero of American independence. Paine died in a farm house owned by Marguerite Bonneville that once stood on the same spot. The plaque on the wall contains his epitaph: “The world is my country, to do good is my religion, and all mankind are my brethren.”
From 1850 to 1890, this building served as a brothel, then afterwards as a gay bar. Today, Marie’s Crisis Café—founded by Marie Dumont— is a piano bar where locals and theatre performers gather round to sing show tunes. If you like to sing, and don’t get the chance, you might enjoy this place.
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