42 E 1st St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.723889 -73.989961
Tue-Thu, 8am-2am; Fri-Sun, 10am-4am; Mon, closed
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Bowery, East Village
Chill, played 80s music! – I tagged along with a group of friends who decided on Arlo & Esme for a birthday. We got there around 11ish I think, and I didn't have to pay cover, which was cool. Coat check cost $3 though (wtf?).
Since we there there early-ish, there were plenty of benches available, so seating wasn't a problem, and we had a spot to put our crap. The bar was decent and the general atmosphere was pretty chill. They were even playing a mix of 80s and 90s music, which I love, so that was cool.
Strangely, in the dance room, they were showing the winter olympics, and everyone was just standing there watching. It was kinda weird.
As the night went on, the bar kept getting more and more crowded. Eventually, a few more friends showed up and couldn't get in because the bouncer wouldn't let them in. The lines for the bathroom were so long that they were letting the women into the men's bathroom while making the guys wait...lame.
All in all, the place was decent. Drinks weren't terribly expensive, but I liked the crowd and the music. The highlight of the night probably came at the end when the bouncer threw his cigar at our friends (the same friends he wouldn't let in earlier). He looked like he was about ready to beat someone down, but we were faster.
Cut the crap – Allegedly there has been good buzz surrounding Arlo & Esme lately, but after visiting I have no idea why. Their shtick is that this coffee shop by day turns into a club/lounge by night, which is clearly the most original concept ever...*sarcasm*. They even have a game room with a pool table and video games to remind guests that Arlo & Esme is quirky and oh so original. Though this place is overcrowded with boring people, somewhere along the line Arlo & Esme got the impression that they're a big deal and justified making patrons wait in line and pay a cover charge. Trust me, I don't even love paying cover at a hot club which this place is not. Though the downstairs portion plays decent music and has an interesting basement/dungeon decor, no dancing occurs (except for a few awkward drunken tools) due to the lack of space and magnitude of egos. Look around Arlo & Esme, in case you didn't notice this is the East Village where there are no sticks in asses.
Terrible coat check, otherwise OK – Last Satuday was my first time at Arlo & Ezme. There was a disappointingly long line but it moved fairly quickly, and the $5 cover wasn't too bad. Drinks were reasonably priced, although the plastic cups they used made the place seem like a cheap dive. Crowd was pretty good.
What really bugged me was the coat check: the girl had no idea what she was doing. She was rude to us and made us wait 10 min cos "there were no hangers." When we were leaving, we waited another 10 min as she couldn't find my friend's coat. And then she gave us a lecture about how we should be happy to wait and that it wasn't her fault. The customers behind us were complaining about her too, for similar reasons. The line of 6-8 ppl at the coat check ended up taking close to half an hour. WHAT???
i like arlo and esme,because it's got that little somethin something that's cute and bad ***simple. Not over done, it's my new favorite. Make out sessions galore. They give away a free bugaboo every birth, and the next subway series, for real, is going to be held in the downstairs room. Sonic youth,the cure, barak obama, audrey hepburn, kid koala are there, but you wouldn't know because they're in the i'm in the downstairs room mode. Beat the arcade high score and i'm sure you get something good. my mother loved the owners," just adorable, those two." not the typical **** hole.definitely a new swank for those in the know.
awesomeeeeee – i LOVE this place. I had my birthday here, went to another friend's bday, and also came here to dance at my friend's bachelorette. Every time, it was a great crowd, never too packed. Everyone in the parties always had so much fun and couldn't stop talking about how much they like the bar and atmosphere. DJ is great, playing a mix of indie, throw back hip hop, current hits, etc. Great decor, different rooms downstairs- dance floor, bar, pool tables. Drinks are reasonably priced and strong enough. Highly recommend for a fun night!!
Cheesy Music, Slow Servie, Rude Staff – It took me 5 mins to cut through the crowd to get downstairs. Once I got there it took 15 mins to get a drink. When I finally did get a drink it was a weakly poured Gin and Tonic in an 8 Oz glass, filled with ice for 7 bucks.(I asked for Vodka Club Soda. When I told the bartender she just looked at me with a blank stare for a second and walked away). I'm going to estimate that there was about 4 oz of liquid in that drink and about 0.5 oz of that was liquor. I had to start ordering 2 drinks at a time because I finished the first one before the bartender got back with my change.
Then I went outside to smoke a cigarette. Bad idea. I was outside for about 10 seconds before the bouncer informed me that I couldn't smoke in front of the bar because the neighbors complained about noise a lot. I guess their realtor didn't explain to them that there are 7 bars on this street.
He directed me to an area a half block away from the bar where it was okay to smoke. On my way back to the bar I started typing a text message and stopped walking briefly to read it over before sending it. The same bouncer approached me and asked me "how many times am I going to have to tell you you can't hang out here". I tried to explain to him, politely, that I wasn't making any noise and that I would send it and be inside in 5 seconds. He rudely replied "That's all cool but you can't do it here, either go across the street, over there (points to the spot a half block away) or don't come back at all". I guess he was worried that the sound of me typing on my blackberry would wake the neighbors. I tried to explain to him that he had made more noise asking me to move then I had made typing my text but he couldn't understand that.
I went inside and got my buddies. I would be damned if I would give this place a penny of my hard earned money. We promptly finished our drinks, all 4 ounces of them, and left the bar. I will NEVER in my life go back there for any reason. ZERO STARS!!!
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