57 Grove St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.733165 -74.003462
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
great time up until the bill came – The atmosphere was great if you like cramped, customers that sing along to the music and a decor that hasnt changed since the place opened.
BUT watch out if your running a tab, almost positive they added 2extra beers on the tab, they did add an automatic tip, and like the other review below me there were only 2 of us, and $7 for a budlight crazy.
And they dont takew credit card!!!
I would go back, actually want to just to see if they try to rip me off, but there are other places in the city and that area just as good, if not better.
Beware of this scam artist haven! Me and my boyfriend actually had a wonderful time here, enjoying the funk/jazz band Off the Hook with blues diva Sweet Georgia Brown. But at the end of the night, after we had 3 drinks each, the cocktail waitress charged us for 4 each, AND charged $12 a drink instead of $10, as the menu clearly stated. To make matters even worse, there was a 20% service charge added to the bill, even though there was only two of us. We talked to the manager, who scoffed. This place is a scam! Beware! They will rip you off!
Best fun – I visited Arthur's Tavern in November 2006, just after Thanksgiving. I was pleasantly surprised. We arrived about 8 pm when it was quiet and not crowded. Then the band started setting up. By 9 pm, the place was packed with patrons and then in walked a uniquely dressed, well rounded woman in a hat and zebra outfit. She worked her way to the back and we realized that she was Sweet Georgia Brown. What a show person! She entertained us all evening, with song, a little crassy humor, and she made us laugh, loudly. If you are a bald guy who likes to laugh, loudly, be prepared for some friendly exchange with Georgia. Sit near the front of the tavern and she will still pick you out! It was a great time. I will visit every time I return to the Big Apple.
Snap your fingers for jazz and blues any night of the week. – The Scene
The wooden bar, tables, chairs and lingering scent of cigarette smoke of Arthur's Tavern predate the Beats; walk in and you're immediately transported to a bygone era. The rectangular bar bordering the tiny back stage puts music lovers and the night's live entertainment side by side. Distinguished couples share space at the main bar with an eclectic array of music lovers, all hungry for the bar's stiff drinks and soothing tunes.
Strains of old-school blues, jazz and R&B fill the cozy seating area and offer a chance to catch unknown legends like "Sweet" Georgia Brown. The bartenders treat their job like an art, and though fancy martinis aren't on the menu, they'll gladly make one if you ask.
Gotta Go – Arthur's Tavern has been around a long time. If you're visiting NYC and want to hit a club where you can hear good jazz and R&B, make sure Arthur's is on your short list. No cover. Reasonably priced drinks. Great service. Great music. A mostly white crowd, wide range in age. Loved it!
Top Jazz Bar! – Hi it was my 1st time to New York as I am from UK. Read about Arthur's bar and knew I had to try it. Was not disappointed at all! Fantastic music, great atmosphere and all the band members were great guys! The lead singer (whom I spoke to outside) had a great voice whic was not impaired by smoking! Or so he told me! The lead gutarist was awesome! He did a great rendition of Voodoo Chil'. When I go back to NY I am definitely going back to Arthur's bar! See you soon xx
Ahmad – Crowded, LOUD!, some good acts, Love Mr Parker, who is seemingly in deep slumber during the gig, but wakes up on cue and brings the house down.
Cool Place – Definitely worth the trip! We went to a couple other places rated by this site. I was not very impressed until I got here. This place was definitely cool. The house band was very entertaining. I was extremely impressed with Raul Midon. He is an incredibly talented musician. It was a very fun night. I would definitely go back.
okay, I guess – This place was all right, not too bad, not too good. I got served quickly, it got crowded, it's in a crazy area, lots of stuff going on. I just wasn't crazy abouot it...And their description of music was wrong. They said, "live blues, jazz...." and the band there was doing a cover of "Purple Rain." I understand that music can have blues or jazz roots, but come on....
Good Times – Crowded, Smelly, Smokey (not for long) Dingy, Gritty, Blues, Jazz, Live music AND no cover! This is the bar other bars try so hard to be like. Mix crowd on a Sat night. On my left, large, black woman with gold caped teeth, on my right, waspy upper east sider native Manhattenite. How could you go wrong! Capt. & Coke $7 bucks. Small place, but since there is no cover people were coming in an out all night long, so you can easly grab a seat!
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