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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  • Colleen S.heart icon on user image
    Colleen SheaApril 16, 2017
    Cute speakeasy w/ great cocktails! If it's a weekend get there before 9 if u want a chance at a seat! All drinks served in teacups makes for cute twist! Look for the gated alley with a toy shop sign
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Kate B.heart icon on user image
    Kate BoykoDecember 29, 2016
    Interesting, bizarre but unique place worth visiting. Serve drinks in tea cups - spirit of old school secret bars. Nicely decorated, good music, people are dancing - boys and girls, boys and boys, etc
    Upvoted Feb 13
  • Harryheart icon on user image
    HarryJune 6, 2015
    Operating on the premises of an original Prohibition speakeasy, drinks are served on tea cups and mugs as a tribute. Not the best cocktails you'll have, but the decor and setting make up for it.
  • Stefan S.heart icon on user image
    Stefan StathopoulosDecember 31, 2016
    A must see at NY. Near to New Museum, you have to take the steps down and through a hallway to go in this amazing bar from the prohibition days. Good for dates!The music should be more "old" style :(
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MackeyJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Go on a Monday night and enjoy the live band and 20s style swing dancing. Talk to the friendly dancers and ask them for a dance if you're keen.
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceFebruary 19, 2019
    This is an extremely popular place because of the charm of the below-street-level alleyway entrance. And of course, the tea cup drinks. It is worth a stop for sure but go early to get seating.
  • Joshua B.heart icon on user image
    Joshua BoggsSeptember 11, 2016
    Cool bar tucked away in the back of the building. The short walk down the stairs and into he actual space makes for a fun experience. The drinks aren't great but this place has a sweet vibe and decor.
  • Liam O.heart icon on user image
    Liam OliverApril 25, 2016
    Classic original speakeasy. Perfectly hidden entrance. Great atmosphere with decent cocktails. Teacups, pinky out.
  • Polina W.heart icon on user image
    Polina WeitzSeptember 22, 2021
    This is the definition of a speakeasy. Hidden entrance and a 30s decor. Live jazz band on Mondays with swing dancing. No food items. Just cocktails and beers in tea cups. Great vibe!
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerOctober 6, 2014
    Cool little speak easy that's fun to take friends from out of town to. Walk through a courtyard and into the vintage library hwre you'll drink in teacups. Bees knees is delish; strong cocktails.
  • letajanelleheart icon on user image
    letajanelleMarch 17, 2016
    If ur looking for laborious drinks w/delicate garnish and exquisite taste, this is not the place. No fancy glasses or enlarged ice cubes just house party concoctions served in tea cups. Top40 music😕
  • Natasha S.
    Natasha SantiagoJuly 4, 2013
    Such an underground place and its a cute 20's theme set up. Love how the drinks are served in tea cups and coffee mugs. Try the bees knees drink which was recommended to me and was actually good.
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanAugust 23, 2016
    Really cool spot to come after work or post-dinner drinks. Go down the stairs next to La Contenta and through the alley.
  • Dan L.heart icon on user image
    Dan LamMarch 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here early, it's packed around 9pm. Every other Saturday there is an 1930s re-enactment troupe performing early, you're encouraged to dress '30s style and interact with performers.
  • Collette S.heart icon on user image
    Collette SJune 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cocktails are served in teacups, draft beer in coffee mugs and bottled beer in paper bags. So fun! Gets crowded so expect to stand. One of the original NYC speakeasies.
  • Leanne S.
    Leanne SuraceNovember 16, 2013
    Cute concept. Great atmosphere when not overly crowded. Easy going clientele. Not too stiff. Drinks are original, but you get less because of the small tea cup size. Still very fun to be in
  • Myrsineheart icon on user image
    MyrsineDecember 23, 2021
    Great atmosphere and vibes. Love the drinks and the prohibition style theme. A must see when visiting NYC
  • Francis U.
    Francis UdlerSeptember 15, 2014
    True speakeasy as. Its hard to find and entrance looks like gutter. The inside is beautiful and antique. Very cool vibe. Drinks are small but strong and tasty.
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelSeptember 23, 2012
    The Bees Knees tastes like a screwdriver (college!) with honey, if that's your thing.
  • Rachel I.heart icon on user image
    Rachel IvyMarch 22, 2015
    Between the cozy couches & the fireplace, I could live here. Impresses all my out of towers (are you sure we're supposed go in here? Why are we in a creepy alley?) overpriced drinks are tiny but yummy
  • Anissaheart icon on user image
    AnissaMay 22, 2015
    Head down the stairs and get transported to a Prohibition era speakeasy where cocktails are served in cups! Get the Dirty Rascal if you like spicy drinks!
  • Matthew H.heart icon on user image
    Matthew HuieAugust 25, 2018
    Great spot hidden down an alleyway in the Lower East Side. Drinks come in teacups!
  • Valerie S.heart icon on user image
    Valerie SFebruary 13, 2017
    Speakeasy straight from the prohibition-era! Fun period decor, and drinks served in tea cups. Can get a bit crowded, but a fun time.
  • Zeba S.heart icon on user image
    Zeba SiddiqiMarch 13, 2016
    Speakeasy in lower east side! Try the bees knees cocktails. Drinking alcohol in teacups was the real game!
  • Vanessa R.heart icon on user image
    Vanessa RuedaJune 3, 2016
    one of my favorite places in town. Really genuine and elegant and misterious. But casual! how they do It? go and discover it!
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaJuly 17, 2018
    Prohibition-style spot with a speakeasy vibe. Good spot to have a solid cocktail.
  • Bob G.heart icon on user image
    Bob GearingSeptember 8, 2014
    Great cocktails and a low key vibe. Was there on a random Monday and they had a live jazz band and serious dancing. Legit
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 26, 2011
    Booze in teacups, the attention to detail at this gem in the east village is unrivaled. A great way to enjoy an evening in style.
  • Courtney K.heart icon on user image
    Courtney KleinApril 4, 2016
    All the drinks I've tried are delicious. The decor is lovely, and I truly appreciate that we stumbled on this by accident.
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon McCookApril 28, 2012
    Take an unsuspecting group of friends. Enjoy the look on their faces as they think everyone is sipping tea. Then take them to the well-stocked bar. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Jaycob B.
    Jaycob BurnsMay 15, 2015
    The drinks are just ok, but the decor is pretty cool. It's a really nice place to go early in the evening before the crowd rolls in, and just fin to get into
  • RDW
    RDWSeptember 16, 2011
    This place really cares about environment, cups/mugs for all drinks, bags for all bottles, really pushing the speakeasy persona, good crowd, reasonable prices, great ambience, nice couches
  • Sandra v.heart icon on user image
    Sandra van LintFebruary 26, 2017
    Love the back room!!! Great vibe and Monday jazznight is cool. The waiters are a bit arrogant/expecting lot of tip
  • Emily E.
    Emily EganMarch 12, 2018
    Great for dates! I would get here around 10:30ish so you can still get a seat on one of their plush couches.
  • 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!
  • Taylor C.
    Taylor ColeFebruary 12, 2014
    Drop in on a Monday night for something extra special. :) Make sure you check the FB page for the password. It is a speakeasy after all.
  • Roy C.
    Roy ChinJanuary 22, 2017
    I'd classify this as a "slightly harder to find" bar rather than a speakeasy. Drinks were all unnecessarily sweet (even the common cocktail bar drinks)
  • 💎T
    💎TSeptember 16, 2014
    Really cute speakeasy after you trek down the stairs and through a suspicious alley. Drinks are around $12 and are served in a teacup so they're pretty expensive for the amount you're getting.
  • Stacy K.heart icon on user image
    Stacy KimballJune 25, 2015
    Nice spot to bring friends from out of town. Snake thru an alley and grab a drank in a cup✌🏼
  • Inderpreet S.
    Inderpreet SinghSeptember 16, 2014
    Gets really packed. The cocktails are served speakeasy style and prepared dive bar style. However hey have a fire place and live music.
  • Mikey B.
    Mikey BonifacioJune 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome 50's speakeasy. They serve drinks out of coffe cups,espresso cup & paper bags for beers.
  • Scott P.heart icon on user image
    Scott PfluglerApril 15, 2017
    Fun place to find without the help of an online source. Once you enter you are transported to the days of prohibition.
  • 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.
  • Jarret W.
    Jarret WeinrichAugust 11, 2012
    Best place to go on a Sunday night. Drinks are decent, decor and couches are awesome. Also... fireplace... Oh yeah, and the music is killer.
  • Max K.heart icon on user image
    Max KesslerAugust 21, 2014
    I'm seeing a lot of hippidy-dippity bullshit here. Wack music, and bullshit tufted couches - give me a good ratio in a cocktail and something with a beat and I'm in. Dope concept, crap execution.
  • Vivian R.
    Vivian RamirezSeptember 26, 2016
    Oldest speakeasy in town. Great for some 1920s vibes and cocktails if you do fee so inclined.
  • Irena P.heart icon on user image
    Irena PierovaMay 29, 2017
    real speakeasy from THAT times! thats really MUST in NYC
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaJanuary 27, 2019
    Prohibition-style spot with a speakeasy vibe. Good spot to enjoy live bands and solid cocktails.
  • 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.
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