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 =/
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Nick O.
    Nick OberMarch 7, 2014
    Check out Ethan Lusterman when he performs downstairs! Truly excellent vocals and guitar.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Ash F.
    Ash FontanaSeptember 17, 2011
    Good crowd during the week but a little hit-and-miss on weekends. My local for a while :-)
  • 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
  • KO T.
    KO TheLegendDecember 6, 2010
    Downstairs is awesome!! They play my music which u can download at
  • Pierre V.
    Pierre ValadeMay 2, 2011
    Go downstairs to have fun during weekends. Great music and great people.
  • 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
  • Dessy R.
    Dessy RabuseJuly 26, 2010
    super fun, good music, gets hot downstairs though. Great dancing!
  • 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.
  • Bruna C.
    Bruna CalheirosJuly 15, 2011
    Really cool & dirty bar. The basemant floor is too hot, but it's always fun. Read more
  • 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.
  • Inderpreet S.
    Inderpreet SinghSeptember 21, 2014
    Don't forget to check out the basement to see what's happening.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaDecember 28, 2014
    Ten dollars gets you a beer and a shot. Ladies in for free.
  • Kev O.
    Kev O'cAugust 7, 2011
    A lil older than the regular crowd but good drinks and good music
  • 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.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RapinApril 11, 2012
    Great place to bring the whole family, graduation party , first communion ,ect.
  • Lizz B.
    Lizz B.July 3, 2011
    A bunch of hipsters spinning snoop dog. Strange beers to be on tap...water is free though!
  • Dimitri D.
    Dimitri DarrasJune 22, 2009
    Went to the virtual worlds meet up, got the early bird special :)
  • Robert P.
    Robert PorterJuly 28, 2013
    Upset they decided to add a $5 cover Friday and Saturday. Really, was that necessary at 2am?
  • Chris t.
    Chris testJuly 31, 2009
    Go to Lit and ask someone if they have a side project they are working on
  • Bill B.
    Bill BergSeptember 16, 2012
    10 dollar vodka drinks in an East Village dive bar. Budweiser 6 bucks. Fuck this noise.
  • Angela D.
    Angela DayMay 8, 2011
    Lots of drunk dancing and that's great but don't expect your song requests to go through.
  • David H.
    David HsuJanuary 30, 2012
    One of the best dive bars in the city.
  • 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.
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GerstleFebruary 21, 2011
    Just remember where you stashed your coat at the end of the night!
  • liz
    lizJanuary 16, 2013
    fun place but my phone was stolen here. watch your stuff.
  • Ted W.
    Ted WhiteSeptember 20, 2009
    I wandered around in the dark cave and found out that I'm not a hipster.
  • Brigitte Z.
    Not too bad for a grungy place on a Sunday night- get down.
  • Joshua W.
    Joshua WeisenfeldFebruary 17, 2010
    go see the real dj spun at lit lounge Tuesday nights.
  • Joe M.
    Joe MackMay 1, 2011
    It's a see of Geraldo Rivera mustaches and tight pants with no bulge. Have fun.
  • Sherman S.
    Sherman ShermanAugust 7, 2011
    Nice swivel bar stools and cheap ass drinks.
  • AK
    AKJune 8, 2010
    Everyone does the same white-boy twitch to every song....but here it's OK....
  • BL'EVE B.
  • Richard S.
    Richard SarrachJuly 19, 2011
    2 for 1 from whenever and buying drinks for dead homies
  • Justine S.
    Justine Stewart-CromptonJanuary 30, 2010
    Great dive bar, but avoid the bathrooms
  • Aneel R.
    Aneel RanadiveNovember 12, 2011
    order the sandwich
  • Nat M.
    Nat MaDecember 30, 2014
    Definitely not what it used to be..what happened to the 80s new wave indie vibe?
  • Taylor G.
    Taylor GerardAugust 7, 2014
    Music, downstairs
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