The Raines Law Room

The Raines Law Room

Speakeasy, Cocktail Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Union Square, New York
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    Go here. Experience the speakeasy cocktails. It's worth it.
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    Matt B.
    "Loving the wallpaper and mirror placement in the bathroom lol."(15 Tips)
    @JaumePrimero
    "Ring the doorbell, sit back and relax with some amazing cocktails."(12 Tips)
    Noah L.
    "Relax and enjoy a Gold Rush or Amber Old-Fashioned."(10 Tips)
    Razorfish
    "A cool, intimate little speakeasy with great cocktails."(10 Tips)
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  • Nicoleheart icon on user image
    NicoleNovember 16, 2015
    Ring the bell, get seated in plush couches. Pull chain on wall to order, classy ladies come get your order then bring the drinks from an unseen back bar. Great music/atmosphere. Fantastic date spot.
  • Sam H.heart icon on user image
    Sam HMarch 5, 2015
    Sexy wallpaper, awesome booths, delicious drinks. My tip is to leave your name early, get dinner and drinks around the area, and then be ready for Raines at a minute's notice when they call!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsJune 20, 2017
    Check in with the hostess & try not to be a dick if there's a waitlist. Worth the wait, the cocktails are yummy and the back patio is perfect for a hot summer night. You have to order at the bar.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistOctober 16, 2015
    Has a speakeasy aesthetic from its windowless, living room-style interior down to a functioning doorbell guests have to ring. A charming courtyard with outdoor seating adds a little breathing room. Read more
  • Elisaheart icon on user image
    ElisaFebruary 10, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the vibes here. There can be a long wait, but if you arrive before 9pm, it’s quite easy to get a spot. Crimson fix and Magic hour if you like gin-based. Sherry colada is an amazing tiki drink.
  • Viren K.heart icon on user image
    Viren KaulJanuary 21, 2017
    The mixologists are one of the best in the city. Communicative, great personalities and better drinks. Get a lounge space or drink at the bar .. never a bad time at the RLR !
  • Simon K.heart icon on user image
    Simon KratzerDecember 25, 2016
    Nice speakeasy in cozy atmosphere. Make a reservation for groups greater than 3.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 11, 2013
    Speakeasy-style bar that feels like having drinks at your rich friend's house. Excellent cocktails and a beautiful patio. Reservations recommended for peak hours.
  • Hectorheart icon on user image
    HectorMarch 20, 2016
    Lives up to the hype. This speakeasy is very cozy. Only a single small dish of cheese, olives, and soppressata. Try the old fashioned, or anything bourbon based. Peep the wallpaper.
  • Gaia B.heart icon on user image
    Gaia BennettJune 11, 2015
    Best day to come is midweek after early dinner. The Raines Law Room is a beautiful, sexy and perfect place to unwind, catch up and sip on finely made shaken or stirred cocktails.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    There is no better scotch cocktail than the Philadelphia Story, which is mixed with amaro averna, st. germain, grapefruit, and bitters. It's smoky, spicy, with a strong hint of citrus.
  • Larisa G.heart icon on user image
    The speakeasy vibe is a little tired (secret stairs, ring a bell, get seated by a bouncer), but this place has a great cozy vibe and really good cocktails.
  • sue q.heart icon on user image
    sue qDecember 27, 2014
    Ring bell to be let inside(if full will take your# & call) and step into a cozy subterranean bar "living room" lounge. Bartenders/waitresses friendly. Great creative cocktails.
  • Emilie F.heart icon on user image
    Emilie FuttermanMarch 24, 2016
    Great for dates. Come 1h earlier than you want to drink. Expect to stand in the back for 1 drink and then sit. Look at the bartender favorites list in the menu for the most interesting cocktails.
  • Ashley
    AshleyFebruary 20, 2013
    Tucked away behind a staircase, locked door & a host straight out of the 20s, this vintage speakeasy is the perfect setting for a rendezvous. My vodka gimlet was beyond my normally high standards.
  • Danny Z.heart icon on user image
    Danny ZlobinskyJuly 7, 2016
    One of the nicest cocktails bars in NYC. Four separate rooms with totally a different feel and decor. Very good drinks too, obviously.
  • Russell H.heart icon on user image
    Russell HirschornDecember 30, 2016
    Ring the unmarked doorbell, put your name down, wait. Get a private space for 6. Order the spicy mexcal drink. Check out the wall paper. Only food is a charrcut platter. $20/drink w. tax and tip.
  • Ainsley M.heart icon on user image
    Ainsley McMasterOctober 12, 2015
    The bartender is completely amazing - if you don't know what you want, he'll whip something delicious up to please your palate preferences. Atmosphere is great. Best place in nyc I've been to yet.
  • Giovanni B.heart icon on user image
    This place has great ambiance. From the music, to the lighting, to the scented candles they burn. It's a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Try the Green Point.
  • Jason S.heart icon on user image
    Jason SchulweisApril 16, 2015
    Awesome speakeasy but often crowded...best to go at off times. All the drinks are good, and they have outdoor space/garden in the back for when it's nice. General decor is really dark.
  • Kylie J.
    Kylie JayOctober 3, 2014
    Gorgeous little speakeasy - ring the bell & you're granted access. Excellent selection of cocktails & the decor is stunning. The Kama sutra styled paisley print on the walls is really something!
  • Ashlee H.
    Ashlee HonAugust 6, 2014
    Freaking delicious drinks. Order anything on or off the menu and it'll be great. Just let the waitress know if you're looking for particular liquors and flavors and they'll make a drink just for you!
  • Lori L.heart icon on user image
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    While the set up isn't ideal for parties of two, the smart light switch for service and the superb cocktails (the Sicilian Cobbler and Aries Era, for example) are well worth the trip.
  • Date Night Is...
    Date Night Is...May 12, 2013
    Ring the bell & wait for the maitre'd to stick his nose out. This is a fantastic Date Night spot with a true speakeasy feel. TIP: make a reservation for Mon, Tues, or Wed., otherwise be ready to wait.
  • Ashley C.heart icon on user image
    Ashley ChanJuly 1, 2017
    Come here for quality drinks in a comfortable & luxurious space. The service is impeccable and the hostess makes sure the bar doesn't get crowded. You are guaranteed a seat soon after ordering.
  • Marie R.heart icon on user image
    Marie RicherDecember 21, 2016
    Nice chill speakeasy vibe with velvet curtains and a bell for service. Extensive cocktail list. Good for a cozy quiet evening drink.
  • Masha I.
    Masha IovevaMay 6, 2015
    Pioneer Spirit (rye, apple brandy, orgeat and angostura bitters), the Andean Dusk (Pisco, grapes, lemon and rose champagne), 10 Gallon Hat (mezcal, ancho chile, lime and pineapple).
  • Candice D.heart icon on user image
    Candice DSouzaNovember 30, 2016
    By far, my favorite cocktail bar! The comfy couches, naughty wallpaper and speakeasy vibe make it my standard to go place when my friends are visiting from out of town. This is New York.
  • Polina W.heart icon on user image
    Polina WeitzFebruary 4, 2022
    Great cocktails, superb service and awesome ambiance (we went mid-week). Loved the retro design and the booths with the comfy sofas and the bell to request service
  • Sandy M.heart icon on user image
    Sandy MaJune 10, 2015
    Perfect hidden hole in the wall speakeasy! Looks like an apartment from the outside, you really have to know what you're looking for to find it. Great cocktails, excellent service.
  • Vivian R.heart icon on user image
    Vivian RamirezOctober 21, 2016
    Always a favorite for cocktails. I love this place. Great on a Sunday evening as the place is not as packed or hard to get into perfect for dates, romantic.
  • Toby M.heart icon on user image
    Toby MatejovskySeptember 20, 2014
    Intimate setting for hanging out with a date or a couple friends. Couches and chairs in the front, cocktail bar in the back. Try the Pioneer Spirit if you like whiskey.
  • Chet M.heart icon on user image
    Chet ManciniFebruary 25, 2016
    A first rate speakeasy. ring the bell. Worth the wait for a couch, but they let you watch cocktails being made before you get seated. Get a spicy one.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistApril 28, 2014
    Find the unmarked door, press the buzzer, and hope there's no wait for a table, so you can immediately start quaffing cocktails by expert cocktailer Meaghan Dorman. Read more
  • Daveheart icon on user image
    DaveNovember 30, 2015
    Max group size is six. A cozy booth is an ideal double-date spot
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistAugust 26, 2010
    This subterranean spot's only marked by a small plaque & doorbell you must ring to be admitted. Inside you'll find perfectly prepared, fresh-juiced, hand-stirred or shaken classic cocktails & punches. Read more
  • New York Post
    New York PostSeptember 1, 2014
    Lovers don’t have to worry about interruptions; each table has its own doorbell that you ring when you’re ready for a drink, like the suggestively named Hanky Panky ($13). Read more
  • Milind O.
    Milind OkeAugust 24, 2013
    I asked for the American Trilogy although it was not on the menu anymore and I am glad I did. It's an awesome drink. Also the ice is crystal clear, can't tell it's there from the side of your glass.
  • Conrad G.heart icon on user image
    Romantic spot for sure. I've never had a date at this place that went bad. The music is good and the cocktails even better. It's quiet enough for conversation.
  • IS
    ISApril 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Very nice place i love the drinks,and romantic the girls that work at coach check are very nice people, if u don't tip ,u should they are very nice girls and they take care of our staff.
  • Rewan P.heart icon on user image
    Rewan PartiApril 10, 2015
    Ross Collin is a top spot earner! Make sure you have a reservation to try some delicious concoctions. They stir up some beautiful symphonies of spirits!
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussJuly 19, 2016
    One of the best cocktail bars in America. Luxurious decor, very well executed drinks. They make everything they mix into the drinks save for the booze.
  • Sophie P.heart icon on user image
    Sophie ParksJuly 13, 2015
    Reservations are good, but you can also leave your name and number at the door and they'll text you when they're ready for you. Go pregame down the street!
  • drew t.heart icon on user image
    drew tarvinOctober 17, 2015
    Go with an even Guy-to-Girl ratio for a better chance to get in. Once inside, marvel at the delicious cocktails and great ice cubes.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.June 29, 2013
    Grab a drink at the Rye house while you're waiting for a table. Delish complimentary kettle popcorn. I liked the Pom Collins- very refreshing on a summer day!
  • Victoria N.
    Very interesting setup in here. Two sofas share a table and are surrounded by a black curtain to make it intimate. If you're sitting across people you don't know it could get awkward.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerJune 28, 2015
    Hidden, intimate spot perfect for a date. Similar to dear Irving or flat iron lounge. Great place to have a delicious cocktail & good conversation.
  • E D.heart icon on user image
    E DwardApril 9, 2016
    Amazing spot. You have to share booths with strangers. Awkward at first but you get used to it. Drinks are wonderfully balanced and interesting.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChaoSeptember 6, 2018
    Make reservations online! Otherwise you can probably get away with a late night weekday walk-in.
  • Martina M.heart icon on user image
    Martina MeneghettiSeptember 26, 2017
    The place is cozy and warm, drinks are very well made and it's great to try a few new cocktails together with all classics
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