Hi-Life Back in Biz

Hi-Life Bar Grill Liquor License Restored

Hi-Life Bar & Grill is now serving liquor again! After getting its license suspended during a statewide investigation on July 29, a was launched to help the owner cover the legal fees needed to fix the issue.

And through many generous donations by local patrons, he was able to raise a whopping $38,765 and restore their liquor license!


On August 15, Hi-Life staff wrote a message of appreciation to their supporters:

“Dear Friends,

Good news to report: Hi-Life’s NYS liquor license has been restored – it feels like 1933 again! – and we’ll be doing Happy Hour drink specials (and a 21st Amendment Punch) tonight from 4pm – 11pm, and all day Sunday (Brunch & Dinner) to celebrate … just mention the code word 1933 :)

Seriously, this experience has been a tough one to endure after everything we’ve done to stay open safely while keeping our team employed and intact. I was shaken to have our livelihood taken away as it was, and then humbled at the outpouring of support and generosity that was nothing less than amazing! Your support means more to me than I can express in a short note – it is an affirmation by our community of friends and patrons that Hi-Life is important to them … and what could mean more to a neighborhood restaurant/bar at a time like this!

In this spirit, we are distributing the proceeds of the GoFundMe campaign (less the cost of the fine imposed and legal fees that we initially set out to offset) equally among Hi-Life’s full-time employees (partial shares to part-timers), that is: bartenders & servers, chefs & line cooks, managers & dishwashers, busers & delivery boys, etc. will all receive an equal share of the campaign proceeds … it takes 100% commitment from everyone here to bring you the Hi-Life.

Sincerely, Earl and the Hi-Life team”


So head over to Hi-Life for an outdoor martini or high-ball!

Hi Life Outdoor Dining

Or a fruity margarita!

Hi Life Margarita

Hi Life Bar & Grill first opened in 1991, and is located at 477 Amsterdam Avenue, at the corner of 83rd Street.

hi-life.com | (212) 787-7199


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  1. B Moshai August 18, 2020

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