The Raines Law Room

The Raines Law Room

Speakeasy, Cocktail Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Union Square, New York
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  • Adrian P.
    Adrian Phillips4 days ago
    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.
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • 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
  • Simon K.
    Simon KratzerDecember 25, 2016
    Nice speakeasy in cozy atmosphere. Make a reservation for groups greater than 3.
    Upvoted May 4
  • Nicole
    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.
    Upvoted Apr 23
  • Kaitlin M.
    Kaitlin MonteJune 16, 2015
    Head bartender Adam is a total riot. Hang at the bar to watch him work. Swing by before dinner to put your name in. They keep it intimate. Ring the bell to get service from your private couches.
  • 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.
  • Sam H.
    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!
  • Arie
    ArieJune 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.
  • Hector
    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.
  • 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.
  • Guest of a Guest
    As you are ushered past the low couches and opaque curtains, you can enjoy your drink in this standing room only spot (or reserve your own secluded seating area) with other speakeasy-goers. Read more
  • Viren K.
    Viren KaulJanuary 21
    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 !
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestOctober 19, 2011
    One of the few speakeasy in Chelsea, Raines Law Room underground making it tricky to find -- you have to find a set of stairs that lead to a basement door and then ring a doorbell just to get in. Read more
  • suz q.
    suz 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.
  • Ingrid S.
    Ingrid SilvaApril 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.
    Upvoted May 6
  • Larisa G.
    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.
  • 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
  • Emilie F.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Stan B.
    Stan BashmashnikovSeptember 22, 2014
    A hidden gem of epic proportions. Make sure to call ahead to reserve your spot. "Raine's Law" was actually the first of many state laws in the late 1890s that ultimately resulted in Prohibition.
  • 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!
  • Danny Z.
    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.
  • Ainsley M.
    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.
  • Jason S.
    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.
  • Russell H.
    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.
  • Lori L.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Giovanni B.
    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.
  • 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).
  • Sandy M.
    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.
  • Toby M.
    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.
  • Princess Abigail B.
    Princess Abigail BacaniJanuary 23, 2013
    Buzz to get in. Laid out like a Prohibition-era apartment. Enjoy drinks in the lounge & living room while bartenders make them in the kitch. Pull the chain next to your table to summon your server.
  • Milagros R.
    Milagros 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.
  • 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!
  • Tiffany & Co
    Tiffany & CoJune 1, 2011
    A subterranean speakeasy for a secret rendezvous. Ring the doorbell by the gold sign to gain entry and order the Tiffany cocktail, designed especially for Tiffany by Raines Law bartenders.
  • Brad T.
    Brad TFebruary 20, 2013
    Fantastic drinks. Litterally dropped by as an ou t of towner. Accomadated. And barkeep Greg hooked me up w my ladt drink. Try a bartenders choice. Cant go wrong!
  • Search for Delicious
    Search for DeliciousAugust 17, 2011
    This fun speak-easy has an impressive cocktail selection. Top shelf liquors and fantastic ambiance make this a must try. Quite and intimate atmosphere makes this an excellent choice for date night.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 16, 2012
    You can drink in this standing room only or if available the host will show you to your own secluded, curtained area to enjoy your drink amongst the other hushed speakeasy goers.
  • Vivian R.
    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.
  • Stanley S.
    Stanley StuyvesantOctober 11, 2011
    One of the few speakeasy in Chelsea, Raines Law Room underground making it tricky to find -- you have to find a set of stairs that lead to a basement door and then ring a doorbell just to get in. Read more
  • Chet M.
    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.
  • Conrad G.
    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.
  • Rewan P.
    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!
  • Sophie P.
    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!
  • Brian S.
    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.
  • michael a.
    michael affrontiMarch 9, 2014
    TIP: When you ring the doorbell and the doorman says it's full tell them that you will wait in the kitchen and you won't be turned away at the door :)
  • 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.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyApril 12, 2016
    Press the bell and a hostess will guide you in! Try the La Reforma if you're looking for something sweet but not too heavy.
  • drew t.
    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.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 26, 2011
    lovely prohibition era style speakeasy. Ring the doorbell, sit back and relax with some amazing cocktails. Very convenient location for meeting up with friends.
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaJuly 18, 2012
    During warm months, there's a cute outdoor patio all the way in the back through the little kitchen/bar area.
  • Mari
    MariMay 14, 2013
    Go with a friend or two and stand by the bar/kitchen in the back. Cute atmosphere and great cocktails! And, you gotta love that wallpaper... ;)
  • 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
  • Candice D.
    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.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DMay 8, 2013
    Nice joint! Cosy, romantic setting with wide array of great drinks. And omg the wallpaper in the bathroom!
  • Bee F.
    Bee FengMay 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sometimes it could get awkward being surrounded with couples intimately touching, kissing, and makings noises. I like coming here for a casual fancy cocktail and enjoy the decor of the room itself
  • Guest of a Guest
    The Raines Law Room limits their reservations (available Tues-Sun) to 6 guests because they claim to want to maintain an "intimate" environment. Read more
  • James O.
    James OrtonApril 22, 2013
    Don't be put off by the door policy, the best things in life need to be worked for. Go chill out at the Rye bar down the road and wait for your time here!
  • Jen D.
    Jen DAugust 14, 2016
    Craft cocktails in an intimate setting. The Marie Antoinette is especially refreshing and not too sweet.
  • Mick B.
    Mick BMarch 18, 2012
    Pleasant, refined atmosphere without the faux aristocratic pomp of rival speakeasies. Solid cocktails prepped in a country-style kitchen. Pseudo-pornographic wallpaper, if you're into that.
  • Noah W.
    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.
  • E D.
    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.
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.June 29, 2013
    Comfy couches and chilled out scene. Pull on the chain on the wall when you're ready to order your drink.
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly AginDecember 18, 2014
    Cocktails are great. Generally like the place - u pull a cord to signal service is needed, so you won't be bothered unless you want to be. Intimate seating. Cheese and olive plate was ok.
  • Dina
    DinaApril 24, 2014
    A 'secret', high-end, very elegant, speakasy. An amazing date place with dark interior and private tables separated by black gauze. The volume is hush hush. Sexy.
  • Nikhil B.
    Nikhil BalaFebruary 18, 2013
    Hands down, one of the very best places in the CIty to take your date out for an intimate evening. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
  • Drew F.
    Drew FreyMay 17, 2013
    The Raines Law Room is named after an 1896 New York State law prohibiting the sale of alcohol on Sundays … except in hotels. Order a Mamie Taylor, a classic.
  • Sandy P.
    Sandy PaoDecember 11, 2013
    For agave fans, try the San Luis Cup and the Garden Palomina for a hint of spice and worlds of flavor. Then thank me later.
  • Henali
    HenaliApril 12, 2015
    Such a classy vibe here! Dim lights, curtains to seperate the tables. But lines are long so reservation or getting here early is recommended
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiDecember 11, 2016
    Craft cocktail and cozy atmosphere. Make a reservation if you don't want to wait
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakOctober 12, 2014
    Their whole cocktail menu is delicious, and the ambience is unique. If it's warm enough, check out the backyard.
  • Matthew F.
    The "bitter Mai Tai" was terrific. I love mai tai's and this version was great. The atmosphere was serene and inviting.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 19, 2011
    Named for an 1896 ordinance established with hopes of curbing liquor consumption in New York City, this subterranean Chelsea speakeasy serves up a variety of well-made classic cocktails. Read more
  • Zeba S.
    Zeba SiddiqiApril 10, 2016
    Be ready to wait for an hour! Opt for the bartender's choice cocktails & best part - ring the bell from your seat to order :)
  • Leo M.
    Leo MedinaApril 13, 2016
    This place is perfect to impress your significant other! Very romantic and mostly private.
  • Tucker W.
    Tucker WJanuary 10, 2012
    I can recommend the Paper Plane for a bourbon lover and the Self Starter for a gin lover. They make wonderful cocktails here!
  • Dave C.
    Dave CummingsNovember 30, 2015
    Max group size is six. A cozy booth is an ideal double-date spot
  • Sophie P.
    Sophie ParksJuly 13, 2015
    Secluded couch areas are sweet. Can't go wrong with any of the drinks, really. Especially any of the ones with ginger.
  • Nick R.
    Nick RinaldiSeptember 24, 2011
    Another fantastic cocktail bar, the staff here is incredibly nice and knowledgeable. Try their seasonal cocktails for a unique experience.
  • Breeze S.
    Breeze SkrrtAugust 14, 2015
    Great setting, friendly staff, nicely curated drink list. Thankfully, Raines is about more than the hidden entrance.
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaNovember 15, 2014
    Down a narrow stairwell is a quaint bar. There are comfy leather seats and the cocktails here are well crafted.
  • Afiya H.
    Afiya HostenAugust 23, 2013
    Amazing. Smells great. Wonderful decor. Good drinks. Guy at the door was super nice. Not pretentious or douche-y
  • Katerina A.
    Katerina AnnaDecember 4, 2014
    Omg this place makes me wanna become an alcoholic & spend the rest of my life here. Impeccable in every imaginable way!
  • Karolina S.
    Karolina SzczurJuly 24, 2012
    Amazing, little bit hidden place (you need to knock on the door!) with spectacular drink selection and atmosphere.
  • Abhishek S.
    Abhishek ShuklaFebruary 16, 2014
    Had a great speakeasy experience! Definitely worth even if you are on the wait list. Going back soon!
  • simon s.
    simon sOctober 25, 2014
    One of the best cocktails I've had in NY. Didn't catch his name, but the bearded bartender was great
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CoudonMarch 28, 2012
    Go downstairs, ring the doorbell & be greeted by a dapper Belgian host. Libations to Love: The Old Fashioned, Andean Dusk, After All Royale & El Diablo. http://MichelleC.tv
  • Tash C.
    Tash ConcepcionJuly 28, 2015
    Went on a Saturday night with a group of girlfriends. Very cosy and intimate atmosphere. Would highly recommend.
  • EsuNYC ..
    EsuNYC .March 16, 2016
    Great relaxed atmosphere to drink and talk. Drinks are good but they take some time so be patient
  • Darrick C.
    Darrick ChanAugust 9, 2014
    One of my favorite NY haunts. I like that you don't have to walk through a phone booth or something ridiculous like that.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseMarch 5, 2016
    Very intimate, great cocktails. While you're waiting for your table have a bite at Beechers Cheese.
  • Compass
    CompassApril 25, 2014
    Get to this speakeasy-like bar by pressing a buzzer and waiting for the discerning host to guide you through the windowless space.
  • Elias B.
    Even if you don't drink bourbon, get The Phoenix Down (which has honey, fresh ginger, bitters).
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HilaryJuly 21, 2013
    speakeasy bar with bell service and plush couches. go early (10pm) and put your name on the list!
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica M.March 30, 2015
    Amazing cocktails. Leave your number at the door, don't ask how long. They'll call when they're ready.
  • Vinaya V.
    Vinaya VishwanathMarch 11, 2016
    The seasonal cocktails and the staff picks are definitely worth trying. I've never had a disappointing drink here.
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa ParavanoSeptember 26, 2013
    always great cocktails.. consistent with the always crappy attitudes from the doorman, to the bartender to the waitress.
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