Beloved dive bar Max Fish may be headed for…Brooklyn?

Yep: The Lower East Side bar's owners are trying to move the joint to Williamsburg.



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Photograph: Michael Alexander

Rumors of Max Fish's imminent demise have been making the rounds for years now: It seemed as though the LES dive would close a few years back, but it was granted a stay of execution in 2011 and has been going strong since. But no more: According to EV Grieve, owner Ulli Rimkus is seeking a liquor license for a space on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg. (The proposed space would be on the same block as Nitehawk Cinema.) EV Grieve also got intel that the bar may close by August.

If this move does happen, Max Fish would be just one of several longtime Ludlow Street establishments that have disappeared in the past year or so: In February, Motor City Bar announced that it would close by summer, and Pink Pony (which was located right next to the Fish) shuttered the same month. And that's not even taking into account other neighborhood spots like Mars Bar or Lakeside Lounge, both of which also closed not so long ago. We'll be pouring one out for Manhattan's dive bars today.

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