Schiller’s Liquor Bar Closes for Good on August 13

Posted on: July 20th, 2017 at 9:38 am by

Storied McNally haunt, Schiller’s Liquor Bar, has less than a month to live. Employees are telling customers that the last day in business is probably August 13.

As previously reported, the fourteen-year-old bar has fallen victim to a substantial rent hike. Management announced the imminent closure back in May with an email blast explaining the situation. Schiller’s was offered a lease renewal, but didn’t take it due to the increased monthly dole. “We simply cannot afford it,” Sophie McNally told Eater when the story first broke.

As if to soften the blow for Schiller’s faithful, a potential “new location” could be in the works. “We send our thanks to every single customer and staff member and look forward to seeing you all at the next place (TBA)!,” the original email read. Don’t hold your breath, though.

Schiller’s is now living out its final days jailed beneath a sightly sidewalk bridge…

Restaurateur Keith McNally opened Schiller’s at 131 Rivington Street in 2003, and it became a pioneering restaurant for area hipsters. Its casual vibe made it a popular destination for locals and outsiders alike. The establishment became so popular, in fact, that Richard Price used it as inspiration for his Lower East Side novel, Lush Life. (It’s on the book cover.)

Schiller’s, August 2009

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