Back Room

Back Room

Speakeasy, Lounge, and Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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    "true Prohibition style teacups."(17 Tips)
    Kelsey M.
    "Get, "the bees knees!" Delicious cocktail!"(8 Tips)
    Melody E.
    "Prohibition era style bar with a great vibe."(4 Tips)
    Kate B.
    "Serve drinks in tea cups - spirit of old school secret bars."(6 Tips)
189 Tips and reviews
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  • teacups
  • good for dates
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  • Colleen S.
    Colleen SheaApril 16
    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 Apr 30
  • Kate B.
    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
  • Stefan S.
    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.
    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.
  • Harry A.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Liam O.
    Liam OliverApril 25, 2016
    Classic original speakeasy. Perfectly hidden entrance. Great atmosphere with decent cocktails. Teacups, pinky out.
  • Joshua B.
    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.
  • letajanelle
    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😕
  • Anna F.
    Anna FrenkelSeptember 23, 2012
    The Bees Knees tastes like a screwdriver (college!) with honey, if that's your thing.
  • Dan L.
    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.
  • 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
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 13, 2012
    On Mondays, The Back Room temporarily becomes Lucky’s Lounge. They have a live jazz band and require a password at the door. Go to The Back Room’s Facebook or Twitter page for next Monday’s password. Read more
  • Collette S.
    Collette SJune 21, 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • Guest of a Guest
    Hands down, the most authentic speakeasy in Manhattan (it is one of two remaining original speakeasies from the Prohibition). Read more
  • 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
  • Princess Abigail B.
    Princess Abigail BacaniJanuary 23, 2013
    Back Room fronts as a closed toy shop. Creep down an alley to find the entrance. Drinks are served in teacups. The front door has a peek-and-speak hole, and a sliding bookcase reveals a second bar.
  • Anissa
    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!
  • 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
  • Rachel I.
    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
    Upvoted Jun 6
  • 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!
  • Zeba S.
    Zeba SiddiqiMarch 13, 2016
    Speakeasy in lower east side! Try the bees knees cocktails. Drinking alcohol in teacups was the real game!
  • Vanessa R.
    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!
  • 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.
  • Valerie S.
    Valerie SandersFebruary 13
    Speakeasy straight from the prohibition-era! Fun period decor, and drinks served in tea cups. Can get a bit crowded, but a fun time.
  • Bob G.
    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
  • Scott P.
    Fun place to find without the help of an online source. Once you enter you are transported to the days of prohibition.
  • 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.
  • 💎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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Courtney K.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanAugust 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sandra v.
    Sandra van LintFebruary 26
    Love the back room!!! Great vibe and Monday jazznight is cool. The waiters are a bit arrogant/expecting lot of tip
  • Roy C.
    Roy ChinJanuary 22
    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)
  • 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.
  • Max K.
    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.
  • 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..
  • Zack P.
    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.
  • Saleem
    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.
  • @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.
  • John A.
    John AntosFebruary 1, 2015
    Decent cocktails served in coffee cups. Not a mixologist dream like other speakeasy, but does the job. Recommend: PTZ, and Jack Daniels Honey Ginger.
  • Orian B.
    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!
  • Vivian R.
    Vivian RamirezSeptember 26, 2016
    Oldest speakeasy in town. Great for some 1920s vibes and cocktails if you do fee so inclined.
  • Fati H.
    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.
  • 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!
  • Sheila M.
    Sheila MarikarAugust 31, 2013
    It's a Parisian living room that plays the Rolling Stones and serves old fashioneds in teacups. What's not to love?
  • 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
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanAugust 21, 2016
    Amazing speakeasy that's actually hidden (take the stairs down into the alleyway)
  • Jessie L.
    Jessie LiAugust 30, 2014
    Cozy speakeasy serving drinks in teacups. Only slightly douchy but a good place to start the night.
  • Lee L.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Angel F.
    Angel FelixOctober 20, 2013
    Drinks in tea cups and drafts in brown bags(tall coffee mugs). Great place to hang and just chill!!
  • Jose C.
    Jose CaoJanuary 6, 2016
    Amazing place. A little odd to drink from cups but it has a reason.
  • 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.
  • Gregory M.
    Gregory MoreheadApril 16, 2015
    This place is the fucking coolest! You have to find it! I loved the Jack Honey Cooler
  • Stacy K.
    Stacy KimballJune 25, 2015
    Nice spot to bring friends from out of town. Snake thru an alley and grab a drank in a cup✌🏼
  • Henali
    HenaliOctober 27, 2015
    not my cup of tea for crowded weekend nites..but delicious Mules and decor! go during happy hour time!
  • 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.
  • Danny S.
    Danny SauterFebruary 13, 2012
    cool vibe if it's not crowded, but the drinks aren't anything special. would recommend weekday to avoid the craziness.
  • Diana C.
    Diana CanadeApril 28, 2013
    it's novelty for cocktails served in tea cups and much attn to detail re decor, looks great but it lacks atmos
  • Irena P.
    real speakeasy from THAT times! thats really MUST in NYC
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossOctober 31, 2015
    Great environment that will take you to a long-gone Nyc. Good selection of vodkas.
  • Fred F.
    Fred FurtadoFebruary 11, 2014
    Take the Cocktail The Hair of The Cat, take a sit and travel back in time!
  • Ahna H.
    Ahna HendrixOctober 23, 2012
    This spot is trendy cool, but charging $8 a teacup of $9 a bottle wine is far too greedy in my taste. Any place taking advantage of its customers in this manner is not anywhere I want to be.
  • Brian L.
    Brian LongtinDecember 11, 2015
    Super stylish, even if the teacups are a little gimmicky.
  • Nicolette E.
    Nicolette ErnstMarch 24, 2013
    Suuuuper pretentious. But the bar tender was gorgeous enough to make up for it.
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanOctober 23, 2014
    Killer spot, great for a larger group after midnight.
  • Joey J.
    Joey JJuly 27, 2016
    Walk down a slummy alleyway to enter a bar that resembles the prohibition era. Super cool spot.
  • Jan S.
    Jan SichermannAugust 28, 2012
    Put on your dancing shoes. Old school music and dancing!!
  • Sadik A.
    Sadik Aydin PhotographyJanuary 25, 2015
    Cool place, feel like 1920's. enjoy!
  • 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
  • Linds P.
    Linds PantherDecember 28, 2011
    Proceed with caution, while those PTZs are delicious, they'll creep up on you quickly!
  • Steven L.
    Steven LehrburgerFebruary 16, 2011
    Don't bother with the cocktails on the menu - they're not as interesting as they pretend to be, and they're served over ice that melts much too quickly. Order wine or whiskey instead!
  • Jan D.
    Jan DJuly 19, 2010
    Very crowded on a Saturday night around midnight, but pretty good nonetheless. The novelty of the mugs, teacups and paper bags are a fun change of pace.
  • Maria T.
    Maria TsatsakiDecember 28, 2014
    Great murder cocktail!taste it!;)
  • Jan S.
    Jan SichermannAugust 28, 2012
    Most authentic speakeasy yet! Drinks in tea cups and mugs anyone?
  • 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.
  • Sherry J.
    Sherry JuMay 20, 2016
    Try their absinthe here. And don't get too drunk. 🙈
  • Boberto P.
    Boberto PatricioJanuary 26, 2014
    The liquid capacity of a standard tea cup + ice = a great business
  • Kelsey M.
    Kelsey MuellerJanuary 20, 2013
    Get, "the bees knees!" Delicious cocktail! 
  • Ben
    BenMarch 5, 2015
    Weak drinks for a cocktail bar but a good atmosphere
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteSeptember 2, 2015
    So cool! Everyone looks like they're drinking tea BUT IT'S REALLY ALCOHOL
  • Len G.
    Len GrandJune 26, 2014
    The first rule of Backroom: No one talks about the Backroom
  • Ben H.
    Ben HuffAugust 27, 2015
    They serve Corona bottles in a brown bag because, you know, that's what the did during prohibition
  • Jay S.
    Jay ShawMarch 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Back Room took my absinthe virginity, and I will always remember it (as best I can...)
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinMay 5, 2015
    A nice concept but unfortunately the crowd is a bit young. Bartenders are a bit rude. Drinks are a bit small and a bit too basic.
  • Able B.
    Able BlakleyJanuary 22, 2013
    Order an Old Fashioned they are amazing!
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniSeptember 7, 2014
    I dare you to push on the bookcase in the back of the room.
  • Marc S.
    Marc SMay 26, 2015
    Don't order a complicated cocktail here. This is not the place for that. Whiskey neat is more like it here.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJuly 10, 2016
    Cozy speakeasy that's roomy and down a graffitied alley way
  • Conrad G.
    Cocktails served in tea cups and beers in paper bags
  • Zhenshuo F.
    Zhenshuo FangAugust 2, 2015
    There's only ~10 cocktails on rhe menu... and all 4 drinks we ordered were way too sweet
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 16, 2012
    FUN FACT: Cocktails are enjoyable and served in true Prohibition style teacups.
  • Monica J.
    Monica Juniel ByersAugust 16, 2011
    What's not to love about cocktails served in coffee cups?
  • Julieta G.
    Julieta GamarraFebruary 21
    Vale la pena ir por la experiencia de conocer un speak easy neoyorkino, pero probablemente haya otros bares que reflejen mejor ese espíritu. Es un buen lugar pero de secreto y escondido le queda poco.
  • Masha C.
    Masha ChestnajaOctober 29, 2013
    Если вы не знаете где потанцевать в понедельник-то вам сюда!музыка из 20-30-х,алкоголь в чашках для чая,много веселых людей и необходимость знать пароль.
  • Christian M.
    Christian MicuciJuly 22, 2016
    Vale a visita e tomar uma bebida em xícara de café como na época da lei seca
  • Max H.
    Max HuygheOctober 17, 2015
    Best place in NYC!!! Allez y le lundi soir pour les cours de swing !! ;)
  • Jordi B.
    Jordi BalariMay 21, 2013
    Las copas pas situen en taxes de te ;) antiguo bar clandestino
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