New York, NY 10002
- Daily 5pm-4am
Village Voice's Description
The L.E.S. swarms with wandering zombie-people on Saturday nights, though the Magician has developed immunity to such rowdiness. You will find cheap, cheap drinks ($2.50 during happy hour!), but the crowd never settles here, as seats are always readily available; the Magician is more of a pit stop. The interior design--a combo of black-and-white tiles, neon clocks, a glowing jukebox, and a mailbox(?)--furthers this idea, making the place look like a 1950's diner with the lights turned off. But that's OK: Use the Magician as a cut-rate spot to fuel before a night on the L.E.S., or as a wind-down afterward.
Tips from foursquare
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.
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)
Have a beer.
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.
More Bars and Clubs in New York
Reviews and News
In a perfect world, jukeboxes aren't Top 40-spewing robots, those glowing ATM-like contraptions hooked up to an infinite Internet playlist... More on The Magician »
There are drink specials and there are drink specials. For some, an $8 martini is a marvelous deal -- by New York cocktailing standards,... More on The Magician »
Best Of Awards
Don't expect to get anywhere near the bar at THE... More on Best Overused, Overcrowded, and Overrated Bar for Hipster Birthday Parties »
Today's Daily DealOver half off 4, 5 or 6 night stay at Mayan Village Resort in Baja California Sur, Mexico (see options) View more Voice Daily Deals
Essex Street Market
Tue, 11:00 am
Sat, 4:00 pm
Thu, 10:00 pm
Sat, 10:00 pm
Sun, 2:30 pm
Rockwood Music Hall
Thu, 10:00 pm
See More Events