Posted in NYC | venues on April 26, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Max Fish

When it opened in 1989, Max Fish was an outpost in a down-and-out neighborhood, but it became a relic in what one former customer called today's "fratified" Lower East Side.

Word of the probable move hit the blogs on Wednesday, though the current bar's death rattle began over two years ago, when the owner, Ulli Rimkus, announced it would close at the end of January 2011, the victim of soaring rent. Hand-wringing and eulogizing quickly ensued, but a last-minute reprieve arrived in the form of an extended lease.

This time, though, the end seems nigh, with Ms. Rimkus confirming in a text message: "We are trying to move to Williamsburg. Nothing certain, except that we have to move." She declined to answer more questions -- or her phone -- and later shooed a reporter out of her bar. - [NY Times]

We've known for a while that longrunning bar Max Fish's days on Ludlow St. have been numbered, but the end is in sight and looks like they'll be moving to Williamsburg. Here's text from their online liquor license petition (via Bowery Boogie):
'We'll Take the Spirit and Everything Else With Us' -Ulli
The Lower East Side institution and cultural icon Max Fish will be moving. We are seeking a 2pm - 4am liquor license for the following address:

132 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

If you've enjoyed time at The Fish please sign and share this petition. And if you live or know anyone that lives within 500 Feet of either 132 Metropolitan Ave or 99 North 1st St in Brooklyn, please contact me directly at: tmq777@gmail.com.

Thanks for your support.

I hope "everything else" includes that melty Julio Iglesias picture that used to fascinate me in the early '00s. The address puts the new location right beside Nitehawk Cinema, and with the country-themed Skinny Dennis on the corner of Berry it's becoming a hot block.

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Comments (45)

LES is sucks, and has since it was rezoned, and that first ugly tower, the hotel Rivington, opened (and Moby wrote and album about it. A hotel? What a vagina). Come to Brooklyn, don't look back.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 4:41 PM

who
the
fuck
cares.

this
is
not
music
or news
or music news

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 4:44 PM

Except it is: evgrieve.com/2012/03/from-tin-pan-alley-to-max-fish.html

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 4:50 PM

"Max Fish is moving to Williamsburg"

of course it is

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 4:51 PM

We don't want it here.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 4:52 PM

Leave the L.E.S. because it has become insufferable to move to Williamsburg? Yeah, that makes sense.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 4:52 PM

Place is full of absolute cornballs; 99% of them being transplants.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 4:54 PM

Are they bringing the velvet rope with them? Last time I walked passed there on a Friday night, they actually had a velvet rope outside with a bouncer.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 4:56 PM

bro-er east side. manhattan has become a midwestern frat party.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 5:03 PM

nice, welcome to the neighborhood

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 5:11 PM

That area of metropolitan (west of bedford) is beginning explode. For me, at least, max fish is a welcome addition.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 5:19 PM

It would have been a welcome addition, had it not become a bro-bar with a velvet rope outside.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 5:27 PM

*yawn

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 5:31 PM

"Place is full of absolute cornballs; 99% of them being transplants."

This is as much Brooklyn as it is Manhattan. And big pockets of Astoria, Long Island City, yeah I'm looking at you too.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 5:41 PM

Eff Max Fish. They should open Z-Bar or Babyland in Williamsburg.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 5:46 PM

Nooooooooooooooo!

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 6:16 PM

I hope that Czech guy who bombed Boston goes to Williamsburg next

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 6:16 PM

The LES has yes long been frat yuppie kids & they are generally from Uptown Manhattan as well as other areas of the East coast.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 6:34 PM

Max Fish is perfect for shitty Wiliamsburg

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 7:33 PM

Best pool table in the neighborhood.
And the LES is still cooler them williamsburg.
More diversity in Manhatten, whereas Brkln is all cool kids.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 7:43 PM

Who gives a shit? Anyone lamenting its LES closing either:
a) hasn't been there in years
or
b) is just a fucking asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 8:31 PM

Two evils.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 9:02 PM

Williamsburg sucks ass.

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 10:35 PM

10:35 lives in Murray Hill

Posted by Anonymous | April 26, 2013 10:40 PM

L.E.S. Fratistes

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2013 12:40 AM

NY ain't what it used to be.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2013 10:10 AM

You are correct, 10:10. When people are going to places like Bushwick and Bed-Stuy to find grittiness (places where you would easily get shot for being in the "wrong place at the wrong time", only 20 years ago), NY has definitely changed.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2013 10:34 AM

Still a good hang just not on weekends. Non-corny jukebox & bartenders.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2013 11:31 AM

This song is amazing people should not critisize people for liking this song

Posted by butler | April 27, 2013 12:25 PM

Murray Hill > Williamsburg

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2013 12:33 PM

I was born and raised in Brooklyn and it has changed... for the better.

Posted by Anon | April 27, 2013 3:17 PM

Amazing that Manhattan sucks so bad that this place thought even a shitzone like Williamsburg would be better.

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2013 3:29 PM

Max Fish is a fucking cutpurse. I'm never going back to his show again.

Posted by JONDY | April 27, 2013 5:57 PM

Max Hummus

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2013 6:24 PM

bklyn iz 2 vegan 4 max fish

Posted by Anonymous | April 27, 2013 6:45 PM

12:33 lives in Kansas.

Posted by Anonymous | April 28, 2013 2:26 AM

LES and Williamsburg are the fucking same. Douchebags,trustfund brats, and hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2013 10:22 AM

Millennial Party Animals + Beer = Puke

Good riddance.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2013 12:53 AM

Max Fish is a fucking cutpurse. I'm never going back to his show again.

Posted by free e3lanat | April 30, 2013 5:08 PM

Omg this place is awesome this is my favorite place a lot of crazy people and a lot bar fights

Posted by Jody | May 14, 2013 5:01 AM

Ulli Rimkus, the owner of the Lower East Side bar Max Fish, gives a tour of the art on its walls and considers the future of her business.

Posted by Gilmer | May 14, 2013 6:56 AM

Omg this place is awesome this is my favorite place a lot of crazy people and a lot bar fights

Posted by Loftin | May 14, 2013 6:56 AM

one of the guys who worked there for years is secretly opening a bar in Brooklyn

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2013 7:19 PM

Max Fish has sucked since at least 2002. It's only fitting that it is moving to insufferable Wburg. Trust fund assholes, rich skateboarder hipsters and wannabe brainless model types. Ugh. Who cares where it goes?

Posted by JT IV | July 12, 2013 9:48 PM

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