93 Second Ave., New York, NY | Directions 1000340.727199 -73.989097
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
How the mighty have fallen! – Lit was always a favorite stopping-off point for my friends and I. Sadly, those days are long gone. When I was going there regularly (2003-2005), it had a good vibe to it and the DJs would always play good music. Even I, a fellow who prefers to make and listen to music instead of dancing, would be jumping about like a nutball. What I always enjoyed was when the DJ in the downstairs lounge would play classic 60's music (Who, Stones, Kinks,etc.) and early punk and some glam. The staff were great and it was a good place to people watch and even pick up a girl occasionally. However.......
That was then. Now, I have only been there three times in the past year. In those times, I have been severely disappointed with the service (it took me almost 15 minutes to order a stinkin' pint of beer), the DJ's (they never play the classic stuff much anymore and the same new wave-y dance music got on my nerves after five minutes), the clientele (goofy college kids, pseudo-hip idiots and stuck-up, too-cool-for-you girls) and the stupid coke dealers and users (I was approached by these two groups on multiple occasions). One of the last times I went there with my friends (Halloween, 2006), we were pestered by an annoying coke head and one of my friends spewed in the back area. I considered it a compliment to the place.
To add insult to injury, when I went drinking with one of my friends this past Halloween, Lit was turning guys away at the door. In all the time I had been there, I'd never seen anything so ludicrous. Even though my friends and I had been there multiple times and the staff knew us by sight (and to say hello), we would not be let in. That was the deciding factor to wash my hands of Lit.
"A place for painters, musicians, writers and performers whose visions are not accepted by the mainstream to hang out and build a community"? Not anymore. It's just a crappy dive catering to people who think they are hipper-than-thou, and they obviously ain't!
THEY OVERCHARGED MY CREDIT CARD!!!!! – Yes, Lit is a dive and i should have known better than to go to this dump. But i went against my better judgement and what happens?.... I opened a tab at the bar and closed my account at $38. well..... when i went to check the account activity on my debit card the next day, i was surprised to find that there were three charges from Lit. one charge for $50 and another charge for $40... and a charge for $38. hmmmmm.
I'm going straight to the better_business_bureau, cause if i'm gonna spend that much on cheap beer and bottom shelf vodka tonics at least, at the very least do something about the aweful stink!
you'de figure that a bar that has an HR Geiger exhibit would somehow keep themselves from slipping into the pits of bridge and tunnel hell!
Run far away from this hell hole – I would rather swim in raw sewage than ever return to Lit Lounge.
The crowd is a joke, trying way too hard.
The owner Max needs a serious attitude adjustment. The type of person you hate the second you lay eyes on him. Real slimy guy who thinks he's god's gift the world when in fact he's getting laughed at by EVERYONE.
This place should be shut down. From the stench of the main room I'm sure there are multiple health code violations
WORST BAR AND WORST VENUE IN NEW YORK - DO NOT GO HERE EVER – Lit is truly the worst that New York has to offer. I had just about the worst experience possible on Friday night thanks to Lit's horribly moronic pompous hipster owner Max Brennan. He truly represents everything that has gone wrong with live music and the bar scene in New York City. This guy screwed over a hundred people who were enjoying themselves for no good reason but to massage his own drug-fueled ego. It's the type of place started by a rich kid with daddy's money, who is attmepting to act like a big shot because he got beat up in high school.
DO NOT GO HERE. By setting foot in Lit you will immdiately be alligned with the sad wanna be element that has recently run rampant in the East Village. The clientele is a joke; people who moved to NYC last week and revamped their look based on terrible MTV bands like Fall Out Boy.
this place is the worst – lame bar
lame owner (max )
a bunch of people who think they're too cool for school
bands getting treated like trash , the sound is terrible, and it's quickly becoming a trendy nyu hang out where no one wants to be. they try to play it off like they're a cool punk rock club with good values and ideas, but u can see right through that the second u try to get a drink.
DON"T PLAY HERE! DON'T GO HERE!
i can't believe i just wasted more of my time on this place.
I would rather go to prison! – This place exemplifies everything that is wrong with NYC these days. Yuppie hipster patrons from out of town, a supreme d****bag owner (Mat or Max ...who cares), a dank insidious basement where you can't smoke cigarettes but where the coke is out in the open, and a bar staff that is composed of art school rejects who vent their frustrations on the patrons who pay their rent. This is the worst venue for a band to play in NYC. The bands are not even comped drinks and have to fight with staff to get their pay even if they have packed this urinal. Bands... DO NOT PLAY HERE! The sound is horrible and you are probably better off playing in your friends basement (with the exception of PJ's). The most absurd thing you will probably notice in the dungeon basement is that you cannot simply order a drink. You must go through an interpreter who relays the bar order to the bartender at the extremely small bar. Guess what, neither have any work ethic but they have plenty of "I'm cooler than you" attitude! On a positive note, this is the kind of shady place where if you do enough coke and drink enough watered down liquor you might wake up with a nasty scar and a few missing organs. Feel free to fire bomb the illustrious Lit Lounge.
The DJ Plays Everything You Ask For!!! – Coming from England we generally look for places in Manhattan that can accomodate our Indie tastes and this place does. The Libertines, The Stone Roses, Morrissey, the list goes on and on. Great crowd, great music, cheap drinks. Great place.
horrible lounge to go – i could say the workers are very friendly but the crowd is not great at all. you could pretty much guarantee a fight to break out, you'll find plenty of minors drinking here and being even more immature than they are when drunk, the place smells horrible and they illegally smoke in the basement.
if you must go to this bar, i would recommend sometimes between monday-wednesday. other then that you should be careful.
DISGUSTING STAFF MEMBERS – I HAD THE WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE AT THIS DISGUSTING FILTHY DIVE BAR. WHATEVER YOU DO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE EXACT AMOUNT OF MONEY YOU ARE HANDING THE BARTENDER BECAUSE HE WILL ACCUSE YOU OF STIFFING HIM FOR A TIP AND THEN PROCEED TO THROW A DRINK FILLED WITH VODKA IN YOUR FACE. NOT TO MENTION THROWING IT IN A PAYING CUSTOMER'S FACE THAT HAPPENS TO BE A GIRL, HE OBVIOUSLY IS THE FARTHEST THING FROM A MAN. THE BOUNCER IS A COMPLETE IDIOT AS WELL WHO STANDS THERE AND ACTS LIKE HES TOUGH AND DOESNT KNOW WHATS GOING ON. I WOULD NEVER STEP FOOT BACK INTO THIS PLACE BECAUSE ITS NOT WORTH THE BURNING FEELING I HAD IN MY EYES FROM ALL THE VODKA BEING THROWN IN THEM. THIS PLACE SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN ITS A POOR AND SAD EXCUSE FOR A BAR.
MY FAVORITE BAR IN NYC – This has been, and probably always will be, my favorite place to go in NYC. I walk in and head directly downstairs. This is where the best part of the club is. The exposed pipes and carved out bricks makes you feel like you're in a different world. 2 dance areas, DJ and a bar just make it that much better. All the people that come here are chilled and friendly. I feel so relaxed and comfortable everytime I go. You can lay around, smoke a cig and just party. Everytime we go bar hopping, we always end up here at the end of the night. Don't bother coming here if you're looking for some trendy, classy Chelsea-like club. Good music to dance to, an up-beat crowd and an original, dark, dungeon-esque atmosphere make this place my favorite place in New York.
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