93 Second Ave., New York, NY | Directions 1000340.727199 -73.989097
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
LIT IS RACIST. RACIST BOUNCER. WORST BAR IN NY – I came to lit around 11 PM on a Thursday Night. I was with a few friends and we decided to go to LIT. My friends who are caucasian were in front of me and they got to go in the bar after they showed the bouncer their ID. As I was walking in, the bouncer told me that he was waiting for a few other girls to come in before he let us in. I told him that our friends were right in front of us and had already gone in but he told us it would just be a minute. He then proceeded to let a group of 8 white guys come in as my friend and I (who are asian) waited for him to let us in. We then approached him and he told us to wait one more minute. We asked him why the other guys got in and he again told us to wait.
I am 24 years old and have lived in the city since graduating college three years ago. I have never been racially discriminated against in my three years in the city. Please dont go here unless you support racism.
Also, one of my friends said she got groped by the bouncer as she walked in. Eventually we confronted him about letting the Caucasians in and he started to get confrontational using racially derogatory remarks. I soon walked away to avoid unnecessary confrontation.
racist bar – i live across the street from here and enjoy a good dive bar in the area. i've been here a few times but every experience was dealt with the racist patrons of this place. my theory is that all the customers arent from new york so they think its ok to say racial slurs to me and my friends. my last visit was with a bouncer that said hold on at the line and let all the white people in first and made us stand there for 20 minutes when it was clearly quiet inside. they should of named the place "lite skin". i would also like to point out how violent the people are. theres always a fight outside and people are always shouting on a work night in the streets. if i lived right over them i would be throwing eggs out the window...lit needs to be closed down. its ruining the neighborhood!
Bipolar Bouncers – I totally agree with the reviews below. This place is ridiculous when it comes to the guys at the door. They act like its the best place to be in Manhattan. So first off every night is a "private event" which is complete BS. All you have to tell they guy is "your here to see the band" and presto your in.
Once you get in its not that bad but its not worth the harassment at the door. That's really it!
Skip This Place – Darn shame to see reviews this bad - thought we were moving into a more progressive lifestyle.
NOT AT THIS PLACE! Save your time and money - read more below.
SHAME ON LIT LOUNGE!
Worst Bar In The City – This place is a complete joke and waste of time. The Kevin James look -a-like bouncer is a total douche who mans the door with a holier than though attitude reminiscent of Hitler. He turned me and my friends away from the door because he said we were too Jewish.
I Really Appreciate This Bar – Really, thank you so much :) I can't thank you enough for showing me your hatred and banning me from your bar. I will make sure I recommend every friend of mine who is new to NYC not to go anywhere near your institution with a 100-foot pole, because of your discrimination policies and cold demeanor towards customers who have done nothing but great and consistent business with you guys over the years. Much appreciated. Have a good day- I'm sure I'll see you around.
That Dude Who You Banned.
Max Brennan: written by someone that's not actually him – Worst club owner ever - extremely rude. It's completely ridiculous. The first thing that came out of this guy's mouth to me and my friends was negative. No introduction.. this guy starts off the relationship horribly. And the worst part is... he is oblivious to how ridiculous he looks/acts. Oh well, this guy and his club would be a complete loss if it weren't for the friendly soundguy. The bartenders weren't so bad either. But Max needs to pull his head out of his a*s.
Lit is the coolest bar easily – I love Lit and Max Brennan is easily the coolest bar owner around. He's always friendly and totally down to earth. I read the hate mail reviews and i couldn't believe they were talking about Max.
He's always accomodating to all bands, my band included. I found out why these guys were hating.
It turns out Psycho 78 played Lit and drew 100 people but the time was running late and the soundman
cut their set short. the crowd freaked out at the soundman. so Max gets all the hate mail because he's the owner and he booked the band. Hardly fair. Maybe the band should've played longer but to blame all this on Max is not cool. It turns out he wasn't even at the club. Anyway I don't know where he got all his money from
but thank god he opened a cool venue for bands to play at instead of spending his time up in the Hamptons. Lit is the last of the cool venues in the East Village and the sound is awesome.
Also the sound people are cool and Lit always pay bands fairly.
No complaints here from this musician. Thanks a lot Max don't listen to the crazies.
my fire for LIT has been put out by poor treatment and service – I was extremely disappointed by the way that I was treated by the bar tender at LIT last night after having frequented the joint for about 2 years. rather than leave a wordy synopsis for the reader let's just say I was shocked (to say the least) that any service providers would treat customers in such a way. I did not even get to have one drink (for the evening) when the bar tender told me and my girlfriend that we were losers and that we should go back to queens. not only am I not from queens (not that there's anything wrong with that) but to me, the real loser is a bar tender that talks to a young lady like that and an establishment that employs such workers. he was frustrated because he kept forgetting my order and then didn't understand my response when he asked me the second time. a light beer-is that so difficult? bud, coors, amstel-it didn't matter. I was appaulled to be treated so poorly and immediately left the bar. I will never go back and encourage you to follow suit before finding yourself in such a degrading and similar situation.
Bouncers and Bartenders in Need of Anger Management – I had never been to Lit before until this past weekend. It came recommend by a few of my friends, whose opinions I usually trust. However, they never mentioned that the guys at the door are d-bags. You would have thought that they were manning the doors at Marquee. They took themselves way too seriously, considering Lit is a fun, casual bar best known for playing hipster music and having a great vibe. They got an attitude when I tried to bring in 3 guy friends, as if it mattered. The bar wasn't that crowded! In addition to the nasty Kevin James look-alike bouncer, and his skinny, idiotic sidekick, the bartender (the one who wears a fedora) was a complete a-hole. He yelled at my friend because he couldn't hear her order. And kept up this attitude for about 5 minutes, yelling at her and rolling his eyes. Aside from the staff consisting of a bunch of tools, the bar is fun.
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