Grocery has come a long way from its roots as a Spanish grocery
store. The former bodega closed up shop in the summer of '96
and re-opened in November of that year as a live music venue.
Since then, they have housed The Strokes, David Gray, Joss
Stone, Story of the Year, Space Hog, Vanessa Carlton and Jeff
Buckley in his last New York performance.
The bar (known as the Butcher Bar since
it used to be the butcher area of the bodega) is accompanied
by comfortable tables and seating. The homely decor and fireplace
add to the cozy atmosphere of the main level bar, which charges
no cover. There's also a downstairs music room which has its
own bar and large stage. The admission fee for most of the
shows is an inexpensive $7.00 and drinks are moderately priced.
One of the most talked about events
at Arlene's is the Monday night Karaoke, happening every Monday
night at 10:00pm. Patrons can act out their rock fantasies
by singing along with a LIVE band to punk and heavy metal
tunes. So whether you are there to be the rock star on stage
with the band or a spectator in the crowd, this night promises
to be interesting to say the least. And with no cover charge,
how can you go wrong?
Arlene's is also involved with One-Story,
Arlene Grocery Picture Show, Triple 666 Sundays, & All Ages
Afternoons. One Story is a literary magazine that contains,
ingeniously enough, one story. Approximately every three weeks,
subscribers are sent One Story in the mail. Then on the second
Monday of every month, the author of the featured story has
a reading at Arlene's, following a cocktail hour (6:30 -8:00)
that entitles patrons to a reduced price on a drink of the
author's choosing. (The last One-Story occurred Feb. 9th with
author Amanda Gersh and bargain Gin & Tonics.)
The Arlene Grocery Picture Show is a
film festival that the club supports annually. (Amateur filmmakers
can submit their films on VHS tapes by March 15th for this
year's festival.) This year, it takes place April 23rd -26th.
Several clubs in the area help to showcase the films, and
on the final day there is an awards ceremony called the "Groceries"
where directors, actors and others are honored for their contributions.
Check out www.arlene-grocery.com/events for more info.
Triple 666 Sundays happens on the last
Sunday of each month, featuring a night of 80's metal, go-go
dancers, and general debauchery. Five bands perform to make
it a real rock & roll party. All Ages Afternoons are for the
kids, sort of. Every other Saturday at 1:00pm, Arlene's Grocery
showcases top New York bands for ALL- all ages, all music,
If that weren't enough, they have just
filmed two episodes for a new MTV2 show called "Album Covers,"
which features bands performing their favorite albums. The
first show airs March 4th at 8 and the band is Dashboard Confessional,
performing R.E.M.'s "Automatic for the People" (with special
guest Michael Stipe himself.)
With live music 7 days a week and a variety
of special events occurring regularly, what's not to like?
If they maintain this level of quality entertainment, Arlene's
will soon be known as one of New York's most dynamic and distinctive
venues. For more info on upcoming events visit www.arlene-grocery.com