Party Earth Review Situated in the middle of historic MacDougal Street, 124 Old Rabbit Club is a veritable Shangri-la of suds that any self-respecting beer lover will want to add to the barhop list. The venue shares an address with a restaurant... ... read full review
124 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
A, C, E, B, D, F, M: West 4th Street
M–Th 6pm–2am, F–Sa 6pm–4am, Su 6pm–2am
Greenwich Village / NoHo, New York –
Situated in the middle of historic MacDougal Street, 124 Old Rabbit Club is a veritable Shangri-la of suds that any self-respecting beer lover will want to add to the barhop list.
The venue shares an address with a restaurant on street level, so patrons in the mood for brew must descend a flight of stairs and ring a buzzer to get into this tiny single-room bar – which reaches capacity at barely thirty guests.
Industrial bulbs and the odd votive candle cast a dim glow over the edgy downtown professionals and chill rockers who settle in to peruse the lengthy beer menu – several dozen options, heavy on Belgian goodness – overseen by morbid bunny images, from bloody paintings and hunting targets to odd book cutouts, that decorate the exposed brick walls and tiled bar.
Groups of chatty work friends, deafened by the indie, noise, and classic rock blaring from the speakers behind them, pile in around the single tables in front and back, as good-natured booze snobs dole out advice to the NYU film students propped up on the room-length line of stools.
In the early evening, this bombed-out, Berlin-esque ale house sees a steady stream of regulars, though late at night is when it really overflows with excitable intellectuals ready to sip Tripels and scream over the music.
Dark and industrial, the strangely cozy 124 Rabbit Old Club is living proof that New York’s coolest spots are hard to find and easy to fill.
Artsy young professionals, laid-back rockers, beer snobs, NYU students, intellectual types, and the hip Greenwich clan, 20s to 30s.
Bartender’s playlist of indie rock, oldies, and punk.
No food. Cash only.
Beer $6+, wine $8+.
Downtown casual: nice jeans, band t-shirts, simple dresses, sneakers, boots, vintage wear.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for the largest crowds, but it doesn’t take much for the Rabbit to get full, so most nights see the venue busy with a good mix of bucks and does.
Burp Castle (41 E 7th Street) is another temple to beer – quite literally, given the Gregorian chants on the sound system and the oft-cloaked bartenders – with prices trending a bit cheaper than Rabbit’s.