Nobody really knows what’s so magical about the Magician. Indeed, the dim lighting and cool-kid playlist make the drinkery seem a whole lot like every other Lower East Side bar.
But on a recent weeknight, the atmosphere felt laid-back and the music wasn’t blaring — you could actually have a conversation in the Magician (118 Rivington Street), and the happy-hour specials will certainly get you talking.
Beers cost from $2 to $3. For wines and well drinks, you’ll only shell out three clams, and everything else starts at a mere $4 until 8 p.m.