From its battered diagonal-oak floor to its black-painted ceiling to the year-round Christmas decorations in between, there's no pretension, no irony, no signs of creeping fabulousness in this old Greenwich Village joint. If these walls could talk, someone would probably try to kill them.
Besides its funky decor, Arthur's offers no food, and so-so drinks. Drop in for top-quality jazz and blues most nights from 7 till closing time, and excellent people watching.
Pianist Eri Yamamoto's trio has played the early shift at Arthur's just about every Thursday through Saturday for well over a decade. Her musicianship and her deceptively simple original compositions are on par with what you'd have to pay a steep cover charge to hear nearby.
Arthur's doesn't always attract a listening crowd, so try to sit up front.
Those so-so drinks aren't inexpensive--$10 for a glass of Yellowtail. But there's no cover charge, the music is excellent and the atmosphere is unique.
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