Posted in music | venues on July 24, 2012

Court Tavern

Stickers covering the wall tell some of the story.

Bold letters and designs shout out names such as Spredhaus, All Eyes West and Dinosaur Eyelids -- as well as dozens of other bands who performed there.

"People have told me, 'Don't take down that wall,' " said Mike Barrood, new owner of the Court Tavern, the legendary New Brunswick bar and music venue that closed in January.

Barrood, 33, is renovating the place and hopes to open within a month.

"A lot of the old customers called and offered to help and work for nothing," he said.

"Actually, people don't want it fixed up," he said of patrons who affectionately remember the scruffy-grungy atmosphere at the Church Street venue that gave bands their start.

Drummer Benny Horowitz remembers playing at the Court Tavern with six bands.

"I celebrated my 21st birthday there," said Horowitz, now with the Gaslight Anthem, a New Brunswick-based group that tours internationally. The band's first show was at the Court Tavern. []

Previously: Court Tavern RIP

The Gaslight Anthem's song "The Diamond Church Street Choir" is about the Court Tavern. They play Webster Hall tonight, and talk about the club and its booker Andy Diamond, in the video clip below...




Comments (22)

Absolute garbage. Has nothing to do with


Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 11:57 AM

holy shit? DINOSAUR EYELIDS??? omg! like, OMFG!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 12:58 PM

Ichiro is the new L1n 5an 1ty.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:23 PM

LIN sane.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:26 PM

Nobody cares.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:33 PM

Glad to hear ..... but the clubs been a musical non entity for a looong time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 1:39 PM

No one gives a fuck about New Jersey unless you're talking about Maxwell's or ATP (which isn't even in NJ anymore). There's a reason this is BROOKLYN vegan. It's bad enough when I have to trek to Manhattan for a show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 4:13 PM

Brooklyn > Manhattan > Jersey > LA > Philly

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 4:22 PM

The Hub City really needs the home of the floating chromosome back.

Posted by review stalker | July 24, 2012 4:55 PM

Lol at the Jersey hate. Brooklyn Lager tastes like it was brewed from the pristine waters of the East River.

Posted by You | July 24, 2012 5:12 PM

4:13, I know it's shocking, but there are people who live outside Williamsburg who may not be as cool/trendy as you, but who nevertheless enjoy music.

I know it's scary to leave your gentrified neighborhood and go out and experience the real world, but you should really put down your parents' rent checks and take a look at your immediate surroundings for once, you entitled brat.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 6:48 PM

There are more pretty girls in Williamsburg than in the entire state of New Jersey X 10. You sure are ugly down there ....

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 7:04 PM

^^ what planet do you live on? pimply white bitches w/ blonde hair and mom pants who have the bodies of little boys are all I see in BK these days. one cutie for every nine pigs in makeup.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 9:37 PM

Decent hummus in hub city... Don't hate.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 11:29 PM

Anyone who hates on NJ is just trying to over compensate for being from the Midwest. Please just go back there and save us all from your shitty band and your holier than thou lame ass shit

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2012 11:33 PM

The Hub City really needs the home of the floating chromosome back.

Posted by vblog | July 26, 2012 5:26 PM

as someone who lives here let me say that NB is always a great place to catch rock shows and there is still a thriving basement show scene but we will never really be culturally relevant again unless people are being compared t the bouncing souls or Thursday. supposedly every bar in NB used to play live music at some point I have font childhood memories of almost seeing Samiam at the melody bar.
I still need to go to Brooklyn if I want to meet girls that are older then 22 and not trash

Posted by jonah | August 12, 2012 7:51 PM

I love it when hipsters expose their racism. Lucky for yous your behind a computer screen anonymous. Enjoy your privlieges!

Posted by Clever | September 27, 2012 5:49 AM

Very interesting article, I look forward to more research coming out regarding the remaining two thirds

Posted by Youtube | September 28, 2012 4:34 PM

Me to! I post to let people know how cool is this page. I don't know is about the money but is cool! I just wait until the next time!

Posted by Arab Ladies | October 14, 2012 5:14 PM

truly remarkable for fans.

Posted by vue 8 | September 27, 2013 10:39 AM

I don't like change! I never have. In my experience things usually change for the worse.

Posted by irina | November 19, 2014 7:31 AM

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