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124 Rabbit Club

Bars, Lounges West Village
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Photograph: Michael Skigen
Photograph: Michael Skigen

European suds get the speakeasy treatment at this murky, unmarked cellar that could double as an S&M dungeon. Coarse brick walls and votives sheathed in broken bottles welcome serious beer geeks, whom you’ll elbow aside for a seat at the brass bar. Once there, you can sample 60-odd imported quaffs, such as the tart Belgian ale Rodenbach ($5), or devour a pretzel-bread sandwich (try it with ham and Camembert). Visit the loo before you leave: Appropriately, it features a re-creation of Brussels’ legendary peeing-boy statue.


Venue name: 124 Rabbit Club
Address: 124 MacDougal St
New York
Cross street: between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 6pm–2am; Fri–Sat 6pm–4am
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F to W 4th St
Price: Average drink: $10. MC, V
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I'm tempted not to review this, because it's such a hidden gem of Greenwich Village. Some friends and I came across it one evening after having dinner in the area, and after deciding it was in fact a bar we decided to check it out. We snagged the table in the back through some miracle and had excellent bartender access.

I won't lieit's incredible cramped and slightly dungeon-like down there, but that really just adds to the charm. The good beer selection made it even better. I'd definitely want to come back for a philosophic debate-type date. 

What a great little bar. Massive selection of beers, served in this tiny, dark, atmospheric basement. Reggae music playing at just the right volume , we felt like we had discovered a true New York gem.

Simply loved it.


The first time I went to 124 Rabbit I did what I'm assuming a lot of other idiots do and accidentally strolled into the Ethiopian place next store. Unless you're in the mood for some injera bread (which, actually, you shouldn't knock until you try), divert your path to the stairway outside that leads down into a basement with the tiny, almost illegible "124" written above.

Although not a "speakeasy" per se, 124 Rabbit shares some of the main ingredients as one (minimal signage, intimate vibe, etc.). But instead of some asshole in suspenders throwing around cocktail shakers, this is a beer bar first and foremost. The majority of the options are Belgian, with some German and English thrown in (along with whatever the bartender feels like scribbling on the menu at the beginning of each night).

While it's a great choice for a quick drink before/after a show at the Comedy Cellar (located MAYBE 15 feet away), this is surprisingly a really solid spot to take a date. One caveat, though- make sure she's cool with super sketchy basements that feature maybe a single light bulb in the entire joint. Maybe wait until date #2.

Seedy basement vibe? Check. Impressive imported beer list? Oh yeah. Tucked away so well, you're bound to walk past it several times, even though you know precisely where it is? That's a bingo. Right there folks would be my only quip about this joint, it's nearly impossible to find especially if it's your first venture. That being said, this is one of my favorite dives in the city. The atmosphere is moody due to the candle lighting. Perfect for a first date or even just a place to BS with co-workers. Careful not to bring a crowd as the space is CRAMPED. To avoid missing out on a seat, I suggest arriving early on or towards the end of the night.