Arthur's Tavern

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
Type of Place: Jazz Clubs Bars

Once in a while we could all use a night out at that kind of place where everybody knows our name. Arthurís Tavern, an old time favorite jazz and blues bar in the West Village , is just that sort of spot. I guess thatís why after decades of packing people into this small space to hear live music, they donít show any signs of slowing down yet.

On the Saturday night we visited, an eclectic mix of people, young and old, filled the seats. Flags from around the globe lined the back wall of the bar. A friendly bartender attentively refilled drinks if they were low, and even though they have a two drink minimum per set, she didnít make us feel rushed to drink up and order another round. Yes the place is ancient. Yes it smells a bit musty. But Arthurís Tavern is a comfortable and inviting place to kick back, enjoy live jazz and blues free of charge, and just relax.

I canít say after my one and only visit that anyone knew my name, but the vibe at this West Village institution made me really glad I came. Cheers!
  - Andrea Muller

Arthur's Tavern
57 Grove Street
New York, NY 10014