‘Wise Men’ on the Bowery Calls it Quits Tonight After 5 Years

Posted on: November 3rd, 2017 at 5:02 am by

That trendy Bowery hangout, Wise Men, is calling it quits after five years on the block. Its final night in business is tonight, marked with the requisite sendoff party.

Three lady friends in 2012 – photographer Danielle Levitt, S Magazine creative director Christina Chin, and restaurant industry vet Caroleyn Ng – transformed the sushi-cum-jello-shot spot Orange Valve into the retro speakeasy there today. Named after a Chinatown steakhouse that Chin’s family operated decades ago, the watering hole at 355 Bowery offered cocktails and bites.

New York Magazine later called Wise Men a “fashion clubhouse.”

In retrospect, the closure isn’t totally out of the ordinary. Indeed, the space had been peddled on the market two years ago for $15,000 per month, but there were no takers at the time.

The following letter was blasted to its followers this week:

To all our friends and family,

The time has come for Wise Men to say goodbye. We thank you for all your support during the last 5 years, but it is with heavy hearts we will be closing our doors after this weekend. We have witnessed marriages, break ups, new friendships, therapy sessions, hot hook ups, tears, laughter, but most of all FUN TIMES.

Wise Men will truly miss you.

Please come have a drink with us one last time at our home we’ve all grown to love, and reminisce of all the good times we had at Wise Men.

Thank you for being a part of Wise Men history.


Caroleyn, Christina & Danielle

Recent Stories

Uncapped: Beneath the Paint with the Legendary AUDIE U5

This latest installment of Uncapped is more than a year in the making, and we are stoked to have Audie U5 join us. BOWERY BOOGIE: Audie U5. Welcome to the series. Instead of the cherished and/or default “what do you write?” how about, why do you write “Audie?” Audie U5: Always Undeniably Dope In Everything!  Nah, […]

Man Jumped to His Death from Ludlow Street Rooftop

A man jumped to his death from a Lower East Side tenement rooftop Wednesday night. The unidentified man, believed to be in his twenties, took the plunge from atop 175 Ludlow Street at about 11:45pm. The suicide victim reportedly lived alone in a studio apartment there, according to a report in the Daily News. An […]

Here’s a Map Showing How the Lower East Side Voted in the City Council Election Last Week

With more than a week having elapsed since the general election, the above map plots the results of the City Council District 1 race. It was a heated campaign that saw incumbent Margaret Chin fighting for her life against the upstart Christopher Marte. Chin defeated Marte by nearly 3,000 votes to secure a third term […]

Cafe Henrie Shutters on Forsyth Street After 2 Years

Cafe Henrie, the artsy eatery founded by nightlife maven (and street artist) Andre Saraiva on Forsyth Street, closed earlier this week. Thus capping two years on the block. All elements of the establishment are gone, replaced with token brown paper in the windows. In retrospect, the writing was on the wall back in the summertime […]

What’s it Like Living or Working in Hell Square? [SURVEY]

What’s it like to live and work in Hell Square? That’s the question behind the second phase of the Hunter College graduate program study that analyzed public health and safety risk of liquor density on the Lower East Side. No, this isn’t a farce. It’s a legit effort to figure out a way to make […]