The Magician

118 Rivington St (at Essex St)
New York, NY 10002
(212) 673-7881
5:00pm - 4:00am
5:00pm - 4:00am
5:00pm - 4:00am
5:00pm - 4:00am
5:00pm - 4:00am
5:00pm - 4:00am
5:00pm - 4:00am


  • 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.
  • 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)
  • THE MAGICIAN!!! ! ! !
  • A sentimental favorite. Grab a table near the front window with your bud bottle and pretend you're checking in on Dodgeball 2004 style.
  • You're probably here because the other place is full.. And you feel better because this place is actually more fun
  • little known fact that they have post midight happy hour
  • Have a beer.
  • quite often my last stop in manhattan before getting on the JMZ home. therefore i call it my neighborhood bar not in my neighborhood.
  • They pump this place with A/C in the summer! Great place to escape the heat and drink a cheap beer.
  • 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.
  • Cream Ale on tap. Never a bad decision.
  • Horrible horrible customer service. I've never been yelled at before by a bartender. Don't give your patronage there.
  • Great happy hour, jukebox, and friendly staff. Bring cash.
  • 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."
  • 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).
  • Magic. Beer. Friends. Pool. Just awesome.
  • Cash only.
  • Magic, is finding a not too loud place to drink at prices that actually make sense, all in NYC. At the same time.
  • $3.50 drafts and well drinks, $4 most other things 5-8 pm. Cash only.
  • The bartender hereI don't know her nameis 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.

Nearby places

123 Rivington St (at Essex St.)
111 Stanton St (btwn Essex & Ludlow St)
158 Ludlow St (at Stanton St)