In a town that’s been shellacked by gentrification and upending of the status quo for decades, NYC’s landmark watering hole Max Fish is a refreshingly anachronistic anomaly. It’s an old haunt that harkens back to a wistfully nostalgic, antique era: the 1980s. Max Fish is pre-Sex In The City, pre-Williamsburg upheaval, and reminiscent of a city rife with danger, filth and soul. It remains eternally beloved by New York artists, hipsters, skaters and fashionistas, and is now the subject of a video and article by The New Yorker.
The bar’s owner, Ulli Rimkus, has always ensured that both the temporary and permanent art collections at Max Fish keep up the air of unrepentant weirdness that has shaped the bar’s atmosphere since its opening on Ludlow Street in 1989. Having been under constant threat of closure over the past year, it’s been a difficult period of late, but the New Yorker’s recent video has shed light on the situation, and the bar is expected to remain open for at least another year.
Staking claim as one of the coolest bars and art spaces in NY, we all hope it won’t be shutting its doors anytime soon.