Lit Lounge

Bar / Live Music Venue / Lounge
Lit Lounge A quick glance at the grungy façade of Lit Lounge is enough to reveal the venue's attitude – secretive, grimy, and underground, the perfect reflection of skateboarder Eric Foss and the select enclave of artists who opened... New York United States 40.727198 -73.989096
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Lit Lounge - Bar | Live Music Venue | Lounge in New York.
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Party Earth Review A quick glance at the grungy façade of Lit Lounge is enough to reveal the venue’s attitude – secretive, grimy, and underground, the perfect reflection of skateboarder Eric Foss and the select enclave of artists who opened... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    6: Astor Place-4th Avenue; F: Lower East Side-2nd Avenue-Houston Street

  • Phone:

    212-777-7987

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Lit Lounge Review

The Scene

A quick glance at the grungy façade of Lit Lounge is enough to reveal the venue's attitude – secretive, grimy, and underground, the perfect reflection of skateboarder Eric Foss and the select enclave of artists who opened...

A quick glance at the grungy façade of Lit Lounge is enough to reveal the venue’s attitude – secretive, grimy, and underground, the perfect reflection of skateboarder Eric Foss and the select enclave of artists who opened this vampiric watering hole to support Fuse Gallery next door.

With a dimly-lit lounge and dance area on top and a raw, raging rock venue below, this bipolar spot is united by narrow winding corridors, one black and darkly classy, the other raw-red and deliciously dingy.

On the ground floor, high-end rockers and hip-hop hipsters draped over black cushions in the alcoves form the backdrop for the swirl of activity at the long bar, where punkish tattooed bartenders whip up cocktails for the parade of go-go dancers, artists, and occasional indie celebs anxious to slink back to their shadowy tables.

A DJ thumping out rock and new wave turns out a high-decibel vibe, but patrons who actually want to dance, make their way to the downstairs dungeon of exposed brick, where a ramshackle stage decked out in quilts and Christmas lights hosts a different band every night.

A crowded and sweaty VIP room provides a short respite from the rowdy action on the dance floor, where a range of post-punk, dub, and death metal keeps patrons on their feet.

For all its underground cool, however, Lit maintains a sexy sense of chill more conducive to tipsy but innocent make-out sessions than puking drunks and pick-up lines, and whether downing drinks to indie beats up top or diving headfirst into the mosh pit downstairs, patrons dressed to impress in their blackest garb know that at Lit Lounge, it’s all in the name of rock.

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Tip from Jonah:

The place is always epic, but the best bands and craziest characters don’t really show up until later on. Since the door’s not hellishly exclusive, definitely make this a late-night destination.

  • Crowd

    Stylish and cool downtown artists, musicians, and writers, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nightly DJs spin rock, new wave, and dance music upstairs. Live bands downstairs Mondays through Saturdays 9pm–midnight, followed by DJs. Karaoke Sundays 10pm–4am. Fuse Gallery next door.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Happy Hour daily 5–8pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $0–$6. Beer $5+, cocktails $6+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Fashionable rebellion gear: vintage designer, leather jackets, occasional blazers with jeans, lots of black.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Sundays for karaoke, Mondays for metal and rock, and Fridays and Saturdays for a crowded scene.

  • Close By

    St. Mark’s Place is the legendary punk-rock avenue where famed vintage shops like Trash & Vaudeville (4 St. Marks Place) provide edgy gear perfect for a night at Lit.

Lit Lounge User Reviews

Average rating:
True grit
Chris K. Nov 19, 2012
Lit Lounge is the kind of dirty downtown gin joint that other bars dream of being. Upstairs, the perpetually boozey bar is overseen by a myriad of black-clad hipsters and rockers who sling beer and shots backed by thousands of band stickers; at night, the space is full of artsy students and aged local color lounging about on the leather couches. Downstairs, in the claustrophobic dungeon of the basement, bands rage on the tiny stage, with everything from death metal to dance beats entertaining a sexy legion of go-go dancers, strung-out heshers, and gorgeous models with an edge and a love of debauchery. Many places in New York like to sell themselves on some grit and darkness; Lit Lounge is too busy hosting shows and mopping up spilled gin and tonics.
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