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“Good music, old-school atmosphere”
Review of Arthur's Tavern

Arthur's Tavern
Ranked #63 of 866 Nightlife in New York City
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Owner description: Established Greenwich Village jazz club.
New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good music, old-school atmosphere”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

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.

Visited September 2012
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“A great night out in The Village”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Spent a very enjoyable Saturday night here, listening to two very different jazz acts (one improv and one funk), whilst drinking beer and cocktails. There is no cover charge, just a loose expectation to buy one drink per set - but the sets are quite long, so it's no real problem. The atmosphere is great, and the staff attentive. Get hear early though, as it can get packed later on.

Visited August 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Don't Miss Sweet Georgia Brown”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Arthur's is a West Village institution that I first went to many years ago. Head in, buy a few drinks, put some dough in the bucket when they pass the hat for the musicians, head out when you've had enough. We often bring friends and relatives who are visiting us to Arthur's for a Sweet Georgia Brown set on a Friday night: it's a true NYC experience. I've read some of the reviews here and laugh at the complaints. Let's face it, without the music Arthur's is a dive bar and not trying to impress anyone. With the music Arthur's is a dive bar with music and not trying to impress anyone. So sit back and enjoy the experience.

Visited October 2011
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Perfect Monday night !”
Reviewed August 27, 2012 via mobile

This place is great if you are looking for that relaxed venue late at night with people that should have gone home but decided not too - a lot of fun to watch with live band and no cover charge, just the beers and drinks you knew from before with a kind and helpful staff!

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108 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Good music poor disinterested staff”
Reviewed April 7, 2012 via mobile

We originally intended to visit on a Monday but after getting soaked trying to find it on Sunday we decided to stay. The experience was very disappointing, the drinks were expensive and the staff were very disinterested. One waitress got a takeaway chinese and ate it. The music was great but not good enough overall to bring us back. It seemed to us at least to be better value overall to pay the cover at Birdland.

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