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The Back Room

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Lower East Side
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Address: 102 Norfolk St, East Village, New York City, NY 10002-3310
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+1 212-228-5098
19:30 - 03:00
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Mon - Wed 19:30 - 03:00
Thu - Fri 19:30 - 04:00
Sat - Sun 19:30 - 02:00

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Authentic Speakeasy

The Back Room provided a neat glimpse into prohibition times. The entrance is unassuming and tucked away down an alley. Upon entering you take a step back in time with velvet wall... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Back Room provided a neat glimpse into prohibition times. The entrance is unassuming and tucked away down an alley. Upon entering you take a step back in time with velvet wall coverings, Victorian style furnishings and low lighting. Drinks are served in tea cups just as they were during prohibition. It was a experience!

Thank Girlgonesouth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I thinks this is one of the thick boxes. Place is cool and we where lucky enough to be in a quite Saturday night(?). Not really a cocktail expert but the drinks are ok but as in every place in New York, very expensive and considering that drinks are served in a "small" tea cup, even more expensive. Staff normal... More 

Thank r16ccy
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I visited the Back Room last week and was very impressed. The hidden entrance has the perfect speakeasy vibe, and serving drinks in teacups and coffee mugs was a nice touch. The crowd was a mix of all ages.

Thank candlercook
Perth Western Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

We found this place having done a speakeasy tour in New York. I was initially really excited at the concept and idea and who doesn't love cocktails but once we tried it was a little disappointed. This was one of three speakeasies we tried, and was the least favourite of the three with Death and Co. and Please Don't Tell... More 

Thank Todd_Gogol
London, United Kingdom
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578 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Set though a small backdoor, this speakeasy bar has a great intimate decor, themed around the prohibition era, this bar looks great, unfortunately the service was the complete opposite, with the bar man who served us being extremely rude and dismissive

Thank Michael-James_Lee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Went there looking for something particular with high expectations but in the end I was not satisfied. The location is very nice, it really looks like a 1920 speakeasy with the funny tradition of serving booze in teacups but it all ends there. Cocktails were poor and music not appropriate and too loud. I got an Old Fashioned and i... More 

Thank IcyHot
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This should be on the to-do list if you are on the lower east side. Cool vibe with the hush-hush atmosphere but you have to be quick to grab a seat. $14.00 specialty drinks were ok but worth it for the climate. Nurse Betties next door is a great follow up afterwards.

Thank Lou D
Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

A local told me and my bf to go to The Back Room, and so we did. The entrance was super sketchy in a fun way, all secretive through an alley. Then we entered a room that was decorated kinda like an old living room. All drinks were served in tea cups to match the concept, which I thought was... More 

Thank Tine M
Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

So, mixed feelings on this one. Finding the place is fun and certainly adds to the mystique, the decor is great, definitely a speakeasy feel, and the drinks in coffee cups is fun. Unfortunately, that's about as good as it gets. The bartender was incredibly rude, the bathrooms are rather disgusting, and for some incomprehensible reason, an authentic 20's prohibition... More 

Thank GolfnGuitarNut
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I was sooooo looking forward to visiting this bar on our trip to New York. It was actually the first thing I googled when we decided to go to the USA. I have visited the speak easy ( Coal and Cedar) in Newcastle Australia and absolutely love that place but I was sooo disappointed with the New York toy shop... More 

Thank Vicky D

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