The Magician

118 Rivington St (at Essex St), New York, NY 10002
Hours:
Closed until 5:00pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 5:00 PM–4:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No
9.2/10

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  • "... 8pm and one hell of a jukebox. For $20 you will leave "happy."" (7 tips)
  • "Genessee cream ale! On tap!" (2 tips)
  • "Happy hour till 8, best bar in LES" (2 tips)
  • Dens

    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.

    Dens · August 29, 2011
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  • Dens

    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)

    Dens · February 14, 2009
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  • Rachel S.

    Have a beer.

    Rachel S. · March 28, 2009
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  • maura j.

    THE MAGICIAN!!! ! ! !

    maura j. · April 8, 2012
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  • Lindsey G.

    A sentimental favorite. Grab a table near the front window with your bud bottle and pretend you're checking in on Dodgeball 2004 style.

    Lindsey G. · October 21, 2010
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  • Hal S.

    You're probably here because the other place is full.. And you feel better because this place is actually more fun

    Hal S. · April 17, 2010
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  • Netta P.

    best bartenders in the city. specially the ladies. ;)

    Netta P. · June 12, 2011
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  • Elicia B.

    Magic. Beer. Friends. Pool. Just awesome.

    Elicia B. · August 15, 2011
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  • Grace K.

    quite often my last stop in manhattan before getting on the JMZ home. therefore i call it my neighborhood bar not in my neighborhood.

    Grace K. · August 1, 2011
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  • Levi E.

    little known fact that they have post midight happy hour

    Levi E. · May 3, 2009
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  • Village Voice

    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.

    Village Voice · September 9, 2013
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  • Michael S.

    Cream Ale on tap. Never a bad decision.

    Michael S. · January 6, 2013
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  • Sam F.

    Horrible horrible customer service. I've never been yelled at before by a bartender. Don't give your patronage there.

    Sam F. · November 4, 2012
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  • Kathleen G.

    Cash only.

    Kathleen G. · October 17, 2009
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  • Matthew H.

    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."

    Matthew H. · October 4, 2013
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  • Jeremy M.

    Magic, is finding a not too loud place to drink at prices that actually make sense, all in NYC. At the same time.

    Jeremy M. · July 20, 2013
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  • Dean

    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).

    Dean · April 18, 2013
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  • Andrew P.

    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.

    Andrew P. · April 10, 2013
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  • Renee C.

    $3 happy hour till 8! Can't beat that.

    Renee C. · April 5, 2013
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  • Matt B.

    Cash onlyq

    Matt B. · October 6, 2012
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  • Rick C.

    A Raspy poet named Tom will be pouring your drinks, congratulations.

    Rick C. · May 21, 2012
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  • Erin S.

    A great happy hour and low key scene.

    Erin S. · December 29, 2011
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  • Jonathan S.

    Sorry, they're not accepting new customers. You might be able to get on the waiting list. Read more

    Jonathan S. · November 15, 2011
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  • Will G.

    Air conditioning like a Vegas hotel room!

    Will G. · July 12, 2011
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  • Frank W.

    Genessee cream ale! On tap!

    Frank W. · May 10, 2011
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  • Kevin R.

    Girl bartender is rude.

    Kevin R. · March 25, 2011
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  • Stephanie Y.

    7115.

    Stephanie Y. · January 14, 2011
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  • Kent G.

    Cash only helps you get drinks faster!

    Kent G. · April 17, 2010
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  • Alice

    Great bar! Low key and classy.

    Alice · February 16
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  • Jeffrey L.

    Happy Hour: 6-8PM

    Jeffrey L. · October 14, 2013
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  • Chris R.

    Cash only. Bring small bills for the jukebox.

    Chris R. · October 12, 2013
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  • Hector T.

    It's a great bar in the lower east side with down-to-earth people and cheap drinks. What more can you want?

    Hector T. · July 27, 2013
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  • Dave D.

    $3.50 drafts and well drinks, $4 most other things 5-8 pm. Cash only.

    Dave D. · May 27, 2013
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  • Michael P.

    Try the ballz

    Michael P. · May 13, 2013
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  • Ian K.

    All the clocks here are set to different hours.

    Ian K. · April 19, 2013
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  • Alison D.

    Fantastic reprieve from the pretentious LES bars

    Alison D. · January 26, 2013
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  • Jeff S.

    Check out the rooftop! Amazing view.

    Jeff S. · December 14, 2012
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  • Joseph M.

    cash only - keep waking

    Joseph M. · December 7, 2012
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  • meredith w.

    Lots of space and seating, decently priced booze but not a huge selection. Glad we found it when Welcome to the Johnson's was at capacity....

    meredith w. · September 22, 2012
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  • David W.

    Murder city devils on the juke box, fuck yea.

    David W. · August 3, 2012
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  • Mason M.

    Calm on weeknights but bustling on weekends. They have a great jukebox and happy hour. Cash only, but there's an ATM outside.

    Mason M. · May 27, 2012
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  • Melissa K.

    Bartender is SMASHED.

    Melissa K. · March 20, 2012
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  • Emma H.

    bring money for the jukebox...there's no music without it

    Emma H. · February 5, 2012
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  • Ryan P.

    The bartender fuckin sucks. Skipped me constantly. Never coming here again.

    Ryan P. · December 9, 2011
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  • Pedde J.

    Make sure to bring cash, as it's a cash only bar.

    Pedde J. · November 23, 2011
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  • Réjane P.

    The female waitress really is one cranky broad.

    Réjane P. · October 23, 2011
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  • Joe G.

    During the week, this is the most laid-back bars in the LES. The happy hour is fantastic.

    Joe G. · August 25, 2011
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  • Tommy D.

    Happy hour till 8, best bar in LES

    Tommy D. · June 24, 2011
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  • claudina sarahe

    4.50 glass of jameson Sunday after midnight

    claudina sarahe · May 10, 2010
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  • Kraig P.

    Stick around for the buy-backs. Also, fav spot is the round table in the back room on the near right...

    Kraig P. · April 18, 2010
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