"For the uninitiated, Arthur's
is a West Village institution and realistically one of the last
places in the city where you can find good live music without sustaining
hearing damage, melodic insult or a cover charge. The decor is befitting
of an old jazz club that has been around since the '40s: dark, smoky,
cramped and sporting a comical mix of holiday decorations (Christmas
ornaments, New Year's banners, Easter bunnies) that stay up year
round. Arthur's is not a club for the claustrophobic; they pack
them in tighter than canned oysters, and expect a two-drink minimum
while you enjoy two nightly sets. What would normally be considered
an odd mix of customers - drag queens, tourists, frat boys and old
jazz cats – is somehow status quo at Arthur's. Perhaps it is because
everyone here appreciates a friendly jazz club that provides phenomenal
live music without burning a hole in your pocket."
-- SHECKY'S BAR, CLUB & LOUNGE GUIDE:
It's amazing there's no cover charge at this "quaint"
jazz club, since the music's really "worth listening to",
and despite some décor deficiencies, "that's all that
matters"; expect lots of "old Village charm" and
enough of a "laissez-faire" attitude to make its "touristy"
--ZAGAT SURVEY: NEW YORK CITY NIGHTLIFE
"Dixieland fans and New Yorkers who like a casual hangout
flock to the hear the Grove Street Stompers at Arthur's in Greenwich
Village, one of the last true city 'joints.' The six-piece Stompers
have been wailing their hearts out [at Arthur's] for 39 years under
the leadership of piano man Bill Dunham."
--WHERE MAGAZINE: NEW YORK CITY, DECEMBER
“You remember the bar in the movie Star Wars? Well, it was
modeled on Arthur’s Tavern, or at least that is what I like to imagine.
This place is minuscule, raucous, chaotic, smoky, loud and a serious
good-time joint with an infectious air of civilized anarchy.
It sports a jazz trio on a postage stamp stage, a sometime wandering
trumpet player, waitresses you could only find in New York, and
decor that consists of yellowing blowups of 20-year-old reviews
and the dusty remains of last year’s Christmas decorations.
- Delta Airlines Sky Magazine
Eri Yamamoto Trio
Arthur’s Tavern. 6:30-9pm. FREE
You've gotta love a pianist who prefers rambunctious saloons to
jazz clubs, and you have to love her even more when she does it
with a mix of elegance and immediacy. And yet, what’s even more
interesting about Japanese expat Eri Yamamoto’s regular gig at Arthur’s
is that her trio manages to do all that while injecting some icy-cool
subtlety into the mix -- and without coming off like party poopers.
We strongly recommend searching out her aptly titled debut release,
UP & Coming