The infamy of the Prohibition Era was a not too distant memory when Arthur’s Tavern first opened its doors in 1937 and the vibe was of a NYC speakeasy that was commonplace in those times. We wanted to continue providing that same feel, which is why things haven’t changed all too much over the years in terms of our look & atmosphere.
Customers came to our speakeasy to enjoy themselves throughout the later part of the Great Depression and World War II. It was decided in the early 1950s that live music would be added to the bar’s offerings and it was a move that not only paid off in the short term, but also helped Arthur’s Tavern become synonymous with New York City culture.
Arthur’s Tavern is an internationally recognized speakeasy bar that has been operating for more than 85 years in a designated historic building in the heart of the West Village. We’re also known as the “Home of the Bird” since we are the last continuously operating NYC jazz club that regularly had the renowned Charlie Parker perform on stage.
Besides Charlie Parker, we’ve played host to a plethora of legendary musicians over the years including Roy Hargrove, Sweet Georgia Brown, Mabel Godwin, the Chicagoans and the Grove Street Stompers. Our speakeasy bar hosts outstanding live jazz, blues and rhythm & blues music each and every night of the week.
When you come to our bar, you will get the experience you would have a century ago at a vintage speakeasy from the Prohibition Era. Except the cocktails have been stepped up a notch so you can enjoy some craft drinks that you would see in other modern day bars.
We decorate our space the way we do because we want you to feel at your home away from home with us. Come and enjoy the music we have, whether you come on the same night each week or want to see the true variety that we have to offer by dropping in on different days.
Speaking of variety, that’s what you’ll get in our bar’s drink menu. There are so many different options to choose from that range from old favorites to unique alcoholic beverages that you can only find here at Arthur’s Tavern.
The Creole Cookin’ Jazz Band has been performing the very best Dixieland and swing jazz of the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s at Arthur’s Tavern every Sunday since 1986.