Back Room

Back Room

Speakeasy, Lounge, and Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Untapped Cities
    "true Prohibition style teacups."(16 Tips)
    Melody E.
    "Prohibition era style bar with a great vibe."(8 Tips)
    Kelsey M.
    "Get, "the bees knees!" Delicious cocktail!"(8 Tips)
    Rachel I.
    "Between the cozy couches & the fireplace, I could live here."(4 Tips)
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  • 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.
  • Liam O.
    Liam OliverApril 25
    Classic original speakeasy. Perfectly hidden entrance. Great atmosphere with decent cocktails. Teacups, pinky out.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Joshua B.
    Joshua BoggsSeptember 11
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
    Speakeasy in lower east side! Try the bees knees cocktails. Drinking alcohol in teacups was the real game!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Vanessa R.
    one of my favorite places in town. Really genuine and elegant and misterious. But casual! how they do It? go and discover it!
  • letajanelle
    letajanelleMarch 17
    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😕
  • 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.
  • 💎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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Courtney K.
    All the drinks I've tried are delicious. The decor is lovely, and I truly appreciate that we stumbled on this by accident.
  • @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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanAugust 23
    Really cool spot to come after work or post-dinner drinks. Go down the stairs next to La Contenta and through the alley.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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..
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Vivian R.
    Vivian RamirezSeptember 26
    Oldest speakeasy in town. Great for some 1920s vibes and cocktails if you do fee so inclined.
  • 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
    Amazing speakeasy that's actually hidden (take the stairs down into the alleyway)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jessie L.
    Jessie LiAugust 30, 2014
    Cozy speakeasy serving drinks in teacups. Only slightly douchy but a good place to start the night.
  • Nex L.
    Nex LuthorOctober 1
    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.
    Upvoted Oct 1
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