Lit Lounge

Lit Lounge

(Now Closed)
Rock Club, Bar, and Dive Bar
East Village, New York
83 Tips and reviews
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  • coleen c.
    coleen c.April 18, 2011
    a sweaty, dirty dungeon with fierce drinks that plays the best retro and current non-radio airplay music. best place on earth!... but watch your stuff. the staff will take them =/
  • Tim V.
    Tim VetterJanuary 19, 2012
    simmering drama, glimmering fauna, unidentifiable spirit, come, spent, viable, leer at, dank basement, stank bass, bent, raucous dance floor, noxious hands, door, sticky fingers, prickly tinglers ...
  • Rowley S.
    Rowley SissonSeptember 29, 2011
    The long haired art fag downstairs is the worst thing that ever happened to humanity. Go back in time, kill his mother. You'll be new york's biggest hero. Spider-Man won't have anything on you.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 10, 2012
    “The best bands/craziest characters don’t show up until later on. Since the door’s not hellishly exclusive, make this a late-night destination.” More at
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseDecember 14, 2014
    Grungy bar/club/live music venue. Sometimes a pain to get into, particularly after midnight. Really has the East Village dive style going on here.
  • Sebastian R.
    Sebastian RodriguezJanuary 18, 2014
    Amazing service, amazing music, and a space made for dancing around like an idiot! (In a very good way though). Definitely recommend this place!
  • Felix G.
    Felix GarciaFebruary 10, 2014
    Sexy dark east vill vibe .Sunday nights for me I think is the best . Plus beats are on point. No drama just chill back an enjoy the people and vibe .
  • Luis daniel
    Luis danielNovember 4, 2011
    NOT dancing music and they force you to check in your bags and coats. They have security walk around and take your stuff if you leave it. Not coming here again.
  • Decibel Magazine
    Decibel MagazineDecember 10, 2010
    Booking a weekly series of metal shows called PreciousMetal, every Monday night, since May 2006. This is NYC's only weeklymetal event and the longest running metal party
  • brenna c.
    brenna cammeronOctober 18, 2010
    dance like a fiend. say goodbye to your friends as they decide it's time to go to bed. stay at the bar and keep dancing. repeat until 4am. hit deli next door for turkey wrap. successful night: done.
  • Geoffrey W.
    Geoffrey WNovember 22, 2009
    Super Dive bar. Great music! Go later in the light... will help you regret the decision to go, less.
  • Terry T.
    Terry TaylorJuly 12, 2010
    go to the seedy basement on thursdays, get all hot and sweaty and fucked up.. you'll have a blast.. plus a chance at probably catching an std! lol
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineDecember 14, 2012
    This damp cave is dark to the point of nonrecognition, which works in your favor. Trust us. Read more
  • Joe M.
    Joe MackJanuary 16, 2013
    Every time someone likes my last tip here, I get douche chills because I wrote "see" instead of "sea". Just so you all know, I'm not a moron. Thanks for your time.
  • Ash F.
    Ash FontanaSeptember 17, 2011
    Good crowd during the week but a little hit-and-miss on weekends. My local for a while :-)
  • jessica d.
    jessica daoOctober 19, 2012
    do NOT leave anything unattended, especially downstairs. staff takes your shit then makes you pay to get it back.
  • KO T.
    KO TheLegendDecember 6, 2010
    Downstairs is awesome!! They play my music which u can download at
  • Nick O.
    Nick OberMarch 7, 2014
    Check out Ethan Lusterman when he performs downstairs! Truly excellent vocals and guitar.
  • BaxterTheBoss
    BaxterTheBossFebruary 16, 2012
    Don't go here, save yourself the waste of a beer and realizing there are 1000 better places to be in NYC
  • Pierre V.
    Pierre ValadeMay 2, 2011
    Go downstairs to have fun during weekends. Great music and great people.
  • Bill B.
    Bill BergSeptember 16, 2012
    10 dollar vodka drinks in an East Village dive bar. Budweiser 6 bucks. Fuck this noise.
  • Bruna C.
    Bruna CalheirosJuly 15, 2011
    Really cool & dirty bar. The basemant floor is too hot, but it's always fun. Read more
  • Candela C.
    Candela CandelaNovember 13, 2010
    Hungry? Check out Candela Candela, right across the street for great Italian/Cuban food and a great vibe. Mention 4sq for specials!
  • Dessy R.
    Dessy RabuseJuly 26, 2010
    super fun, good music, gets hot downstairs though. Great dancing!
  • Roberto S.
    Roberto SalasOctober 23, 2010
    They don't know how to treat people here go to Kabin The Music sucks here and drinks aré expensive.
  • Ljubica
    LjubicaJuly 21, 2013
    Ugh. This is the place of the 30 second DJ...every song plays for 30 sec, every genre, RPM, and style mixed.
  • Citizen New York
    Citizen New YorkAugust 31, 2011
    Leave behind your high heels and nice sweater and step into this dive bar for some serious strong vodka soda's.
  • Inderpreet S.
    Inderpreet SinghSeptember 21, 2014
    Don't forget to check out the basement to see what's happening.
  • Brian B.
    Brian ByrnsJanuary 27, 2013
    This place is a dungeon of poor decisions, loosely dressed women, and overpriced booze.
  • Jesse K.
    Jesse KarmaFebruary 26, 2010
    Fun to get sloppy drunk, buy bad coke downstairs and dance to rock n roll, 10 years ago.. .
  • Erik R.
    Erik RapinJune 3, 2010
    You should come here now and get real drunk and see if you can dance better than me and/or Nate.
  • Angela D.
    Angela DayMay 8, 2011
    Lots of drunk dancing and that's great but don't expect your song requests to go through.
  • Robert P.
    Robert PorterJuly 28, 2013
    Upset they decided to add a $5 cover Friday and Saturday. Really, was that necessary at 2am?
  • Freka S.
    Freka SexyJuly 11, 2012
    Cool/Creepy place. Be careful going down the stairs. No lights in the bathroom, just a candle. Sorry ladies no mirror check :/
  • Lizz B.
    Lizz B.July 3, 2011
    A bunch of hipsters spinning snoop dog. Strange beers to be on tap...water is free though!
  • Nat M.
    Nat MaDecember 30, 2014
    Definitely not what it used to be..what happened to the 80s new wave indie vibe?
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaDecember 28, 2014
    Ten dollars gets you a beer and a shot. Ladies in for free.
  • Chris t.
    Chris testJuly 31, 2009
    Go to Lit and ask someone if they have a side project they are working on
  • Mike H.
    Mike HornMarch 1, 2010
    Upstairs is okay. Downstairs is nasty. Kind of a shithole.
  • AK
    AKJune 8, 2010
    Everyone does the same white-boy twitch to every song....but here it's OK....
  • Kev O.
    Kev O'cAugust 7, 2011
    A lil older than the regular crowd but good drinks and good music
  • Joshua W.
    Joshua WeisenfeldFebruary 17, 2010
    go see the real dj spun at lit lounge Tuesday nights.
  • Ted W.
    Ted WhiteSeptember 20, 2009
    I wandered around in the dark cave and found out that I'm not a hipster.
  • Eddie B.
    Eddie BarrousOctober 23, 2010
    F this place they dont know how to treat people go to Kabin a lot better a cheap drinks
  • Dimitri D.
    Dimitri DarrasJune 22, 2009
    Went to the virtual worlds meet up, got the early bird special :)
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GerstleFebruary 21, 2011
    Just remember where you stashed your coat at the end of the night!
  • Brigitte Z.
    Not too bad for a grungy place on a Sunday night- get down.
  • liz
    lizJanuary 16, 2013
    fun place but my phone was stolen here. watch your stuff.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RapinApril 11, 2012
    Great place to bring the whole family, graduation party , first communion ,ect.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MackMay 1, 2011
    It's a see of Geraldo Rivera mustaches and tight pants with no bulge. Have fun.
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