Back Room

Back Room

Speakeasy and Lounge$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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    Boberto P.
    "The liquid capacity of a standard tea cup + ice = a great business"(26 Tips)
    Untapped Cities
    "true Prohibition style teacups."(19 Tips)
    Kelsey M.
    "Get, "the bees knees!" Delicious cocktail!"(8 Tips)
    Melody E.
    "Prohibition era style bar with a great vibe."(4 Tips)
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  • tea cups
  • teacups
  • good for dates
  • bees knees
  • trendy
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  • Elizabeth P.
    Elizabeth PearsonFebruary 25, 2013
    Love this place! The real "back room" is a very special place to go. And of course, we were invited in..
  • Joey J.heart icon on user image
    Joey JJuly 27, 2016
    Walk down a slummy alleyway to enter a bar that resembles the prohibition era. Super cool spot.
  • Tyla F.
    Tyla FowlerMarch 6, 2013
    The vibe is cool, but don't expect a well made drink. If you do want a cocktail, order one on their menu as the bartenders don't even know the classics. Sticking to whiskey next time!
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaAugust 1, 2018
    Prohibition-style spot with a speakeasy vibe. Good spot to have a solid cocktail.
  • Dens
    DensDecember 9, 2008
    Been here 25+ times
    Winter time + midweek + Backroom + fireplace = one of the better spots on a cold night in Lower East Side (backup plan: fireplace @ The Delancey). Just watch out for the dbags!
  • Justin H.
    Justin HalsallAugust 20, 2017
    The cocktails are badly made, not well balanced, banged out without any love, but they come in tea cups so it's novel! Tip: stick to the beer, it's harder to mess up.
  • Orian B.heart icon on user image
    Orian BreauxMarch 15, 2013
    Catching Svetlana & The Delancey Five on Monday nights is a must! Ask one of the swing dancer regulars for a dance!
  • Razorfish
    RazorfishSeptember 20, 2011
    Beer bottles in brown paper bags, drinks in tea cups with saucers, and fabric on the walls. The only thing that was missing from this speakeasy was jazz and flappers.
  • Daniellaheart icon on user image
    DaniellaNovember 3, 2017
    Great vibe, delicious drinks, dj 👍👍 also, the owner doesn’t allow fur 💕
  • سليمان
    سليمانDecember 14, 2017
    Beautiful place but they blast pop music at full volume, which kind of kills the speakeasy atmosphere
  • Melody E.
    Melody EwingApril 7, 2012
    Prohibition era style bar with a great vibe. Good luck finding it, though. Can't go wrong with the Grey Goose cocktail they have.
  • Jessie L.
    Jessie LiAugust 30, 2014
    Cozy speakeasy serving drinks in teacups. Only slightly douchy but a good place to start the night.
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossOctober 31, 2015
    Great environment that will take you to a long-gone Nyc. Good selection of vodkas.
  • Saleemheart icon on user image
    SaleemApril 6, 2015
    Try-hard and got-it-wrong "speakeasy" where everything is wrong. E.g. Instead of straining cocktails to limit dilution, they're poured into ice-filled tea cups, which are a dumb novelty.
  • Steven Y.
    Steven YJuly 20, 2014
    Cocktail serving size is small given the tea cups they're served in, but the space is great for a group outing
  • Nex L.
    Nex LuthorOctober 1, 2016
    Nice history and decoration. Do NOT go there for the cocktails, they are subpar. Our Moscow mules were plainly bad. Just have a beer or tap water.
  • Sean M.
    Sean McKenzieSeptember 14, 2014
    I thought this place was lame with its tea cups and beers in paper bags. It still is. I just got really drunk one night and came here a 2nd time. It was cool. I'm still eh on the douche gimmicks.
  • Angel F.heart icon on user image
    Angel FelixOctober 20, 2013
    Drinks in tea cups and drafts in brown bags(tall coffee mugs). Great place to hang and just chill!!
  • Martin H.heart icon on user image
    Martin HockfieldSeptember 3, 2017
    Cocktails in teacups. Getting a bit touristy now, but still a great venue.
  • Fati H.heart icon on user image
    Fati HussainJune 23, 2015
    Cool decor but drinks are overpriced & served in a tiny teacup with a ton of ice. You literally have a sip & you are done.
  • Silver A.
    Silver ArevaloJuly 23, 2010
    cool speakeasy bar. there's no sign, you go down the stairs and the entrance is at the back of the building. there's a secret room behind a bookshelf. fridays and saturdays are 25+ to enter.
  • Gregory M.heart icon on user image
    Gregory MoreheadApril 16, 2015
    This place is the fucking coolest! You have to find it! I loved the Jack Honey Cooler
  • Fred F.
    Fred FurtadoFebruary 11, 2014
    Take the Cocktail The Hair of The Cat, take a sit and travel back in time!
  • Sadik A.
    Sadik Aydin PhotographyJanuary 25, 2015
    Cool place, feel like 1920's. enjoy!
  • Jose C.heart icon on user image
    Jose CaoJanuary 6, 2016
    Amazing place. A little odd to drink from cups but it has a reason.
  • Zach G.
    Zach GreenbergerDecember 9, 2011
    @Gauri, did we get into the back room at the Back Room? Or was I with you when I walked in on those dancers changing? 4P's just for that... (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Dave B.
    Dave BrownJanuary 22, 2012
    The bees knees is the way to go. If a bouncer named CJ is working tell him you live in Texas and he'll let you in.
  • Jan S.
    Jan SichermannAugust 28, 2012
    Most authentic speakeasy yet! Drinks in tea cups and mugs anyone?
  • Zack P.heart icon on user image
    Zack PApril 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Mondays have live music and 1920's swing dancing, but needs a password (on the FB group). Fri & Sat are 25+ and need even ratio.
  • Henaliheart icon on user image
    HenaliOctober 27, 2015
    not my cup of tea for crowded weekend nites..but delicious Mules and decor! go during happy hour time!
  • Lee L.heart icon on user image
    Lee LawrenceJune 23, 2015
    Cocktails served in tea cups help create the illusion of a real prohibition-era speakeasy. NYU college chicks, not so much.
  • Brian L.heart icon on user image
    Brian LongtinDecember 11, 2015
    Super stylish, even if the teacups are a little gimmicky.
  • Sherry J.
    Sherry JuMay 20, 2016
    Try their absinthe here. And don't get too drunk. 🙈
  • Erin V.
    Erin VillaniJuly 6, 2013
    I'm determined to find out how to get into the secret room behind the bookshelf.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 10, 2016
    Cozy speakeasy that's roomy and down a graffitied alley way
  • Maria T.heart icon on user image
    Maria TsatsakiDecember 28, 2014
    Great murder cocktail!taste it!;)
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 16, 2012
    FUN FACT: Cocktails are enjoyable and served in true Prohibition style teacups.
  • Noviheart icon on user image
    NoviOctober 1, 2019
    Cool interiors. Real classic speakeasy.
  • Candice D.heart icon on user image
    Candice DSouzaNovember 30, 2016
    Transports you to the prohibition era. Explore to uncover its secrets.
  • Martin M.heart icon on user image
    Martin MostrømOctober 13, 2017
    The drinks were not good, but it was fun to visit since the history and all
  • Martha
    MarthaMarch 10, 2013
    They won't let you in if you're wearing a fur coat, but they're fine with leather shoes. Thanks for turning away my friend, asshats.
  • Fee D.
    Fee DoyleSeptember 21, 2018
    Enjoy your historic scenery in a coffee cup.
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanOctober 23, 2014
    Killer spot, great for a larger group after midnight.
  • Boberto P.
    Boberto PatricioJanuary 26, 2014
    The liquid capacity of a standard tea cup + ice = a great business
  • Conrad G.heart icon on user image
    Cocktails served in tea cups and beers in paper bags
  • Len G.
    Len GrandJune 26, 2014
    The first rule of Backroom: No one talks about the Backroom
  • Nicolette E.
    Nicolette ErnstMarch 24, 2013
    Suuuuper pretentious. But the bar tender was gorgeous enough to make up for it.
  • Lauren M.heart icon on user image
    Lauren MacMarch 14, 2014
    Murder Inc. is great if you like light citrus flavors! Cute decor
  • Eva H.heart icon on user image
    Eva HeijnenApril 24, 2015
    Live music, free swing dance class
  • Jan S.
    Jan SichermannAugust 28, 2012
    Put on your dancing shoes. Old school music and dancing!!
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