The Magician

The Magician

Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CohenApril 23
    They, aggressively, do not allow children inside. (It's their policy not a law.) This is great if you hate kids, bad if you've got one.
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanFebruary 26
    Like any other dive bar...cash only
  • Edmund B.
    Edmund BoeyFebruary 21
    There are so many great bars in the area, the magician is fine, cash only!
  • Josh B.
    Josh BeckermanJune 10, 2016
    Great Name! - the foodie magician
  • Jose G.
    Jose GonzalezMarch 4, 2016
    Great happy hour bar just remember to bring cash.
  • Cate W.
    Cate WFebruary 27, 2016
    Great vibe - awesome jukebox
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsJanuary 9, 2016
    Good scotch selection
  • Zii H.
    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.
  • Cristina H.
    Cristina HartDecember 6, 2015
    Chill place, great vibe, normal NYC beer prices aka overpriced but great environment
  • Martin K.
    Martin KAugust 25, 2015
    Bloggers and social media people, unite!
  • Jase E.
    Jase EngMarch 8, 2015
    How can you beat the best happy hour deals around? Cash only.
  • 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.
  • Rebecca A.
    Rebecca AtwoodJanuary 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great happy hour, jukebox, and friendly staff. Bring cash.
  • James J.
    James JDecember 26, 2014
    Cash only but a decent juke box that isn't gull of shitty current top 40.
  • Maxwell F.
    Maxwell FoxmanNovember 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Still have a happy hour with $3.50 beers
  • Corley S.
    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
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FukanoOctober 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Happy hour is the 💣
  • Kylie J.
    Kylie JayOctober 1, 2014
    Happy hour beers for $3.50!
  • Keilon L.
    Keilon LawrenceAugust 21, 2014
    Strong drinks; cash only.
  • Meg L.
    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.
  • David H.
    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
  • Red F.
    Red FabbriAugust 8, 2014
    An endangered bar (along the lines of WXOU) with a great juke and plenty of space.
  • Alice
    AliceFebruary 16, 2014
    Great bar! Low key and classy.
  • Jeffrey L.
    Jeffrey LaiOctober 14, 2013
    Happy Hour: 6-8PM
  • Chris R.
    Chris ReidOctober 12, 2013
    Cash only. Bring small bills for the jukebox.
  • 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."
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Dave D.
    Dave DMay 27, 2013
    $3.50 drafts and well drinks, $4 most other things 5-8 pm. Cash only.
  • Ian K.
    Ian KennedyApril 19, 2013
    All the clocks here are set to different hours.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Alison D.
    Alison DeBenedictisJanuary 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic reprieve from the pretentious LES bars
  • Michael S.
    Michael SweeneyJanuary 6, 2013
    Cream Ale on tap. Never a bad decision.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SereniDecember 14, 2012
    Check out the rooftop! Amazing view.
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph MisitiDecember 7, 2012
    cash only - keep waking
  • Sam F.
    Sam FederNovember 4, 2012
    Horrible horrible customer service. I've never been yelled at before by a bartender. Don't give your patronage there.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BraniganOctober 6, 2012
    Cash onlyq
  • 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.
  • Rick C.
    Rick ContiMay 21, 2012
    A Raspy poet named Tom will be pouring your drinks, congratulations.
  • maura j.
    maura johnstonApril 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    THE MAGICIAN!!! ! ! !
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KaweckiMarch 20, 2012
    Bartender is SMASHED.
  • Emma H.
    Emma HabermanFebruary 5, 2012
    bring money for the jukebox...there's no music without it
  • Erin S.
    Erin SDecember 29, 2011
    A great happy hour and low key scene.
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PowellDecember 9, 2011
    The bartender fuckin sucks. Skipped me constantly. Never coming here again.
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PeddeNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to bring cash, as it's a cash only bar.
  • JD
    JDNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sorry, they're not accepting new customers. You might be able to get on the waiting list. Read more
  • Réjane P.
    Réjane PierreOctober 23, 2011
    The female waitress really is one cranky broad.
  • Dens
    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.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GallagherAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    During the week, this is the most laid-back bars in the LES. The happy hour is fantastic.
  • Elicia B.
    Elicia Banks-GabrielAugust 15, 2011
    Magic. Beer. Friends. Pool. Just awesome.
  • 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.
  • Will G.
    Will GriffithJuly 12, 2011
    Air conditioning like a Vegas hotel room!
  • Tommy D.
    Tommy DodgeJune 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour till 8, best bar in LES
  • Netta P.
    Netta PJune 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    best bartenders in the city. specially the ladies. ;)
  • Frank W.
    Frank WashkuchMay 10, 2011
    Genessee cream ale! On tap!
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RankMarch 25, 2011
    Girl bartender is rude.
  • Stephanie Y.
    Stephanie YungJanuary 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    7115.
  • 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.
  • claudina sarahe
    claudina saraheMay 10, 2010
    4.50 glass of jameson Sunday after midnight
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Kent G.
    Kent GeorgiApril 17, 2010
    Cash only helps you get drinks faster!
  • 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
  • matt g.
    matt gentileJanuary 23, 2010
    Desmond Dekker AND Sisters of Mercy on the jukebox!
  • Madeleine D.
    Madeleine Di GangiJanuary 3, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    they have 'all that money wants' by the psychedelic furs on their jukebox. this makes it worth going to.
  • Gregory T.
    Gregory TomlinsonOctober 21, 2009
    challenge the bartender to quarters
  • Kathleen G.
    Kathleen GraceOctober 17, 2009
    Cash only.
  • Levi E.
    Levi ElderMay 3, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    little known fact that they have post midight happy hour
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel SklarMarch 28, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Have a beer.
  • Dens
    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)
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