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The Magician

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118 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002 40.719812 -73.987378
nr. Essex St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-673-7851 Send to Phone

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Daily, 5pm-4am

Happy Hour

Daily, 5pm-8pm; $4 well drinks; $5 beer pints, call drinks, Bud Light and Rolling Rock

Nearby Subway Stops

F, J, M, Z at Delancey St.-Essex St.; N, R at 8th St.-NYU

Payment Methods

Cash Only


Perhaps it's the popular conviction that magicians (read: David Blaine) are aesthetically unappealing that keeps this pleasant tavern empty on week nights—particularly strange given its location smack in the middle of the Lower East Side entertainment zone.  But on weekends, you're gonna have to use a little magic to get a seat on one of the heavy, old-fashioned wooden office chairs. Birthday, goodbye, and bachelor parties usually command the airy, brightly-lit (for a bar) back room lined with a bench and clusters of massive, round tables. The décor is roughly L.A. noir: venetian blinds in the front windows and Raymond Chandler-appropriate overhead office lamps. Keeping it from being some irritating set piece is the jukebox, stacked with eighties sad-teen music like the Cure and the Smiths.