The Magician

The Magician

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Lower East Side, New York
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    Rebecca A.
    "Great happy hour, jukebox, and friendly staff."(10 Tips)
    Jase E.
    "How can you beat the best happy hour deals around?"(14 Tips)
    Meg L.
    "Great place to escape the heat and drink a cheap beer."(3 Tips)
    Frank W.
    "Genessee cream ale!"(2 Tips)
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  • Densheart icon on user image
    DensAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    This place was ground zero for the blogger/Gawker scene in 2003-2004 and has always been a big hangout for the early dodgeball.com crowd. My brain is hardwired to use "The Magician" as a test search.
  • Dean
    DeanApril 18, 2013
    Pretty chill atmosphere. Divey, but with a good beer selection. (You can still get your $3 Coors Banquet or especially a $4 Genessee Cream Ale on TAP).
  • eme
    emeFebruary 21, 2015
    This place saved one of my nights out. Excellent music, not too crowded and we managed to snag one of the front tables. Beers/prices decent. Stayed here the rest of the night for an enjoyable time.
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PhelpsApril 10, 2013
    The bartender here—I don't know her name—is the best in New York City. The kind of place you can come and read without being bothered. Or drink all night with a (big) group of good friends.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HobbyOctober 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Probably the best happy hour in NYC. $4 top shelf cocktails (Sapphire and tonic) until 8pm and one hell of a jukebox. For $20 you will leave "happy."
  • Jon C.
    Jon CowleyJanuary 29, 2019
    Great little dive bar, the bay window seats are great for exceptionally long chats 😉
  • Zii H.heart icon on user image
    Zii HammadJanuary 7, 2016
    Cheap and casual bar, with lots of room to sit and chat. The crowd's a mixed bag, so just don't talk to any of the new LESders and you'll be fine.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 9, 2013
    After work, put on the jukebox and kick back with a few beers. You can always count on getting a table or bar seat on weeknights.
  • Hector T.
    Hector TavarezJuly 27, 2013
    It's a great bar in the lower east side with down-to-earth people and cheap drinks. What more can you want?
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceNovember 21, 2018
    Solid spot for a hang sesh, especially if you have a bigger group, you can post up in the back.
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy MooreJuly 20, 2013
    Magic, is finding a not too loud place to drink at prices that actually make sense, all in NYC. At the same time.
  • Lindsey G.
    Lindsey GreenOctober 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    A sentimental favorite. Grab a table near the front window with your bud bottle and pretend you're checking in on Dodgeball 2004 style.
  • David H.heart icon on user image
    David HuAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great for groups and never really crowded. You can find seating for a group even on weekends
  • Corley S.heart icon on user image
    Corley StoneNovember 2, 2014
    Cozy bar that falls somewhere between dive and hipster. Cash only with an ATM right outside and one across the street as well
  • Red F.heart icon on user image
    Red FabbriAugust 8, 2014
    An endangered bar (along the lines of WXOU) with a great juke and plenty of space.
  • Mason M.
    Mason McCoyMay 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Calm on weeknights but bustling on weekends. They have a great jukebox and happy hour. Cash only, but there's an ATM outside.
  • Cristina H.
    Cristina HartDecember 6, 2015
    Chill place, great vibe, normal NYC beer prices aka overpriced but great environment
  • Meg L.heart icon on user image
    Meg LewisAugust 20, 2014
    They pump this place with A/C in the summer! Great place to escape the heat and drink a cheap beer.
  • Rebecca A.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca AtwoodJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great happy hour, jukebox, and friendly staff. Bring cash.
  • Edmund B.heart icon on user image
    Edmund BoeyFebruary 21, 2017
    There are so many great bars in the area, the magician is fine, cash only!
  • Jase E.heart icon on user image
    Jase EngMarch 8, 2015
    How can you beat the best happy hour deals around? Cash only.
  • Greg B.heart icon on user image
    Greg BrunoJanuary 11, 2020
    $4 well drinks, $3 bottles. Boom.
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Joe G.
    Joe GallagherAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    During the week, this is the most laid-back bars in the LES. The happy hour is fantastic.
  • Gideon O.heart icon on user image
    Gideon OlshanskyMarch 4, 2019
    $5 happy hour beers. What's not to like?
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SereniDecember 14, 2012
    Check out the rooftop! Amazing view.
  • Jose G.heart icon on user image
    Jose GonzalezMarch 4, 2016
    Great happy hour bar just remember to bring cash.
  • Cate W.heart icon on user image
    Cate WFebruary 27, 2016
    Great vibe - awesome jukebox
  • Dave D.
    Dave DaveMay 27, 2013
    $3.50 drafts and well drinks, $4 most other things 5-8 pm. Cash only.
  • Densheart icon on user image
    DensFebruary 14, 2009
    Been here 100+ times
    Front booths, right near the big windows, are by far the best people watching spots in the LES. (for a backup, hit the mini magic room at Local 138 around the corner on Ludlow)
  • Alice
    AliceFebruary 16, 2014
    Great bar! Low key and classy.
  • Alison D.
    Alison DeBenedictisJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic reprieve from the pretentious LES bars
  • Rick C.
    Rick ContiMay 21, 2012
    A Raspy poet named Tom will be pouring your drinks, congratulations.
  • Grace K.
    Grace KangAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    quite often my last stop in manhattan before getting on the JMZ home. therefore i call it my neighborhood bar not in my neighborhood.
  • Josh B.heart icon on user image
    Josh BeckermanJune 10, 2016
    Great Name! - the foodie magician
  • Keilon L.
    Keilon LawrenceAugust 21, 2014
    Strong drinks; cash only.
  • Erin S.
    Erin SDecember 29, 2011
    A great happy hour and low key scene.
  • Kylie J.
    Kylie JayOctober 1, 2014
    Happy hour beers for $3.50!
  • Chris R.
    Chris ReidOctober 12, 2013
    Cash only. Bring small bills for the jukebox.
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PeddeNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to bring cash, as it's a cash only bar.
  • Daveheart icon on user image
    DaveJanuary 9, 2016
    Good scotch selection
  • Corin L.
    Corin LianidesApril 17, 2010
    Well drinks are $5 which is always good. Smile and be friendly with the bartender and it'll go far.
  • Ian K.
    Ian KennedyApril 19, 2013
    All the clocks here are set to different hours.
  • Theresa R.heart icon on user image
    Theresa RoldanFebruary 26, 2017
    Like any other dive bar...cash only
  • Maxwell F.heart icon on user image
    Maxwell FoxmanNovember 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Still have a happy hour with $3.50 beers
  • James J.
    James JDecember 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Cash only but a decent juke box that isn't gull of shitty current top 40.
  • Hal S.
    Hal SparksApril 17, 2010
    You're probably here because the other place is full.. And you feel better because this place is actually more fun
  • Kraig P.
    Kraig ParkinsonApril 18, 2010
    Stick around for the buy-backs. Also, fav spot is the round table in the back room on the near right...
  • Martin K.
    Martin KRAugust 25, 2015
    Bloggers and social media people, unite!
  • Netta P.
    Netta PJune 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    best bartenders in the city. specially the ladies. ;)
  • Elicia B.
    Elicia Banks-GabrielAugust 15, 2011
    Magic. Beer. Friends. Pool. Just awesome.
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