by George Pappas, who ran a restaurant and bar from the location and a general store. In 1947, George sold the business to Mary & Joe Hinton. Mary ran the business until she sold it to Dr. & Mrs. Bill & Betty Harrison in 1987. For the Harrisons, George's perhaps was a special place- where they had their first date in college in the late 1950s. They maintained ownership until January 2004, when they sold the business and property to Suzie Stephens, who sold the business to Brian & Day Crowne at that time. Brian & Day also purchased the property in 2012 and have sole ownership. Brian & Day have run Georges as the region's premier showcase concert venue since 2004.
Club and live music venue in Arkansas. Although live shows regularly began in the early '70s, many loyal locals recall social events, dances, and music on the old patio as far back as the 1930s. George's was the first bar to integrate in the late 50s, the first bar in Northwest Arkansas to offer color television, and the first pizza delivery service in Northwest Arkansas. We house an extensive library of University of Arkansas Yearbooks dating back to 1906 and often ask patrons to sign our yearbooks.
The incredible musicians that have graced our stages bringing the best in local, regional, and national acts through our doors. Some artists of note that have performed at George's through the years include Brandi Carlisle, Amy Ray, Eric Church, Old Crow Medicine Show, Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Johnson, Robert Cray, Leon Russell, Little River Band, Florida Georgia Line, Delbert McClinton, Eddie Money, Pat Green, Luke Combs, Derek Trucks, Sam Bush, Tower of Power, Leftover Salmon, Chubby Carrier, Eric Johnson, Tommy Castro, Coco Montoya, Michael Burks, Halestorm, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland, Dark Star Orchestra, Steve Kimock, Martin Fierro, North Mississippi Allstars, Robert Randolph, David Lindley, Big Smith, Cate Brothers, Oteil Burbridge, Fitz & the Tantrum, Parker McCollum, Whiskey Myers, NEEDTOBREATH, Riley Green, The Avett Brothers, Animal Collective, Sturgill Simpson, Cherub, Big Gigantic, Railroad Earth, Trampled by Turtles, The Floozies, Bassnector, Pretty Lights, Zac Brown Band, GreenSky Bluegrass, Read Southall Band, Koe Wetzel, Dierks Bentley, JJ Grey & Mofro, Marcus King, Charley Crockett, Chris Robinson, Yonder Mountain String Band, Hannibal Buress, and more.
Named Best Hometown Venue in the Southeast by Consequence of Sound
Named one of the 100 best venues in America by Consequence of Sound
Voted in the Top 20 Favorite Fayetteville Memories by University Alumni from the last 50 years.
In April 2006, George's was featured in the New York Times travel section in the article 36 hours: Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Voted one of the Top 100 College Bars in the USA in Playboy Magazine.