The Magician

The Magician

Bar · Lower East Side
118 Rivington St (at Essex St), New York, NY 10002, United States
Open until 4:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 5:00 PM–4:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 306 votes

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    Rebecca A.
    "Great happy hour, jukebox, and friendly staff."(9 Tips)
    Jase E.
    "How can you beat the best happy hour deals around?"(13 Tips)
    Meg L.
    "Great place to escape the heat and drink a cheap beer."(3 Tips)
    Frank W.
    "Genessee cream ale!"(3 Tips)
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  • happy hour
  • cheap drinks
  • jukebox
  • beer
  • whiskey
  • casual
  • good for a late night
  • rooftop
  • people watching
  • scenic views
  • good for singles
  • great value
  • cocktails
  • cash only
  • pretentious
  • round tables
  • booths
  • Dave C.

    Good scotch selection

    Dave Cummings · January 9
  • Zii H.

    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.

    Zii Hammad · January 7
  • Cristina H.

    Chill place, great vibe, normal NYC beer prices aka overpriced but great environment

    Cristina Hart · December 6, 2015
  • Martin K.

    Bloggers and social media people, unite!

    Martin K · August 25, 2015
  • Jase E.

    How can you beat the best happy hour deals around? Cash only.

    Jase Eng · March 8, 2015
  • eme

    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.

    eme · February 21, 2015
  • Rebecca A.

    Great happy hour, jukebox, and friendly staff. Bring cash.

    Rebecca Atwood · January 11, 2015
  • James J.

    Cash only but a decent juke box that isn't gull of shitty current top 40.

    James J · December 26, 2014
  • Maxwell F.

    Still have a happy hour with $3.50 beers

    Maxwell Foxman · November 26, 2014
  • Corley S.

    Cozy bar that falls somewhere between dive and hipster. Cash only with an ATM right outside and one across the street as well

    Corley Stone · November 2, 2014
  • Lauren F.

    Happy hour is the 💣

    Lauren Fukano · October 15, 2014
  • Kylie J.

    Happy hour beers for $3.50!

    Kylie Jay · October 1, 2014
  • Keilon L.

    Strong drinks; cash only.

    Keilon Lawrence · August 21, 2014
  • Meg L.

    They pump this place with A/C in the summer! Great place to escape the heat and drink a cheap beer.

    Meg Lewis · August 20, 2014
  • David H.

    Great for groups and never really crowded. You can find seating for a group even on weekends

    David Hu · August 11, 2014
  • Red F.

    An endangered bar (along the lines of WXOU) with a great juke and plenty of space.

    Red Fabbri · August 8, 2014
  • Alice

    Great bar! Low key and classy.

    Alice · February 16, 2014
  • Jeffrey L.

    Happy Hour: 6-8PM

    Jeffrey Lai · October 14, 2013
  • Chris R.

    Cash only. Bring small bills for the jukebox.

    Chris Reid · October 12, 2013
  • 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 Hobby · October 4, 2013
  • 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
  • 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 Tavarez · July 27, 2013
  • 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 Moore · July 20, 2013
  • Dave D.

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

    Dave D · May 27, 2013
  • Michael P.

    Try the ballz

    Michael Pinochi · May 13, 2013
  • Ian K.

    All the clocks here are set to different hours.

    Ian Kennedy · April 19, 2013
  • 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
  • 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 Phelps · April 10, 2013
  • Renee C.

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

    Renee Cole NYC · April 5, 2013
  • Alison D.

    Fantastic reprieve from the pretentious LES bars

    Alison DeBenedictis · January 26, 2013
  • Michael S.

    Cream Ale on tap. Never a bad decision.

    Michael Sweeney · January 6, 2013
  • Jeff S.

    Check out the rooftop! Amazing view.

    Jeff Sereni · December 14, 2012
  • Joseph M.

    cash only - keep waking

    Joseph Misiti · December 7, 2012
  • Sam F.

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

    Sam Feder · November 4, 2012
  • Matt B.

    Cash onlyq

    Matt Branigan · October 6, 2012
  • 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 wrinkle · September 22, 2012
  • 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 McCoy · May 27, 2012
  • Rick C.

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

    Rick Conti · May 21, 2012
  • maura j.

    THE MAGICIAN!!! ! ! !

    maura johnston · April 8, 2012
  • Melissa K.

    Bartender is SMASHED.

    Melissa Kawecki · March 20, 2012
  • Emma H.

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

    Emma Haberman · February 5, 2012
  • Erin S.

    A great happy hour and low key scene.

    Erin S · December 29, 2011
  • Ryan P.

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

    Ryan Powell · December 9, 2011
  • Jenn P.

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

    Jenn Pedde · November 23, 2011
  • JD

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

    JD · November 15, 2011
  • Réjane P.

    The female waitress really is one cranky broad.

    Réjane Pierre · October 23, 2011
  • Dens

    This place was ground zero for the blogger/Gawker scene in 2003-2004 and has always been a big hangout for the early crowd. My brain is hardwired to use "The Magician" as a test search.

    Dens · August 29, 2011
  • Joe G.

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

    Joe Gallagher · August 25, 2011
  • Elicia B.

    Magic. Beer. Friends. Pool. Just awesome.

    Elicia Banks-Gabriel · August 15, 2011
  • 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 Kang · August 1, 2011

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