12/17/2010 01:12 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Legendary Dive Max Fish on Lower East Side Closing

MAX FISH, a bar on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, celebrated its 21st anniversary last Sunday. Balloons adorned the pastel walls, tin trays freighted with lasagna and chickpeas were unwrapped, and rock bands thundered through sets in the back lounge. But the mood was less exuberant than reflective. Days earlier, patrons learned that the storied dive bar would be shuttered at the end of January, another victim of high rent.