If there was any doubt Max Fish’s return to the LES would be epic, it was put to rest Saturday when the art bar’s reopening brought lines to its new door at 120 Orchard Street. Among those who packed into the sweltering room were downtown “it” girl Vashtie Kola, filmmaker Bill Strobeck, photographer Atiba Jefferson, artists Aliya Naumoff and Shelter Serra, and pro skater Braydon Szafranski.

Chan Marshall (aka Cat Power) grammed the firemen who were hanging out. Sometime around midnight, cops told the sidewalk scrum to cross the street. But for the most part, the scene was pretty mellow.

Check out our video, above, to hear what some of the Fish’s old regulars had to say. Then tour the space and hear more from owner Ulli Rimkus via our slideshow.