The Rum House

The Rum House

Cocktail Bar and Piano Bar$$$$
Theater District, New York
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  • @nathantwright
    @nathantwrightSeptember 26, 2015
    The only bar in Times Square that doesn't feel like Times Square. Swanky atmosphere and the cocktails are well-crafted (and strong). You might remember this bar from a few scenes in Birdman.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchulweisApril 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't let the location fool you, it does NOT feel like Times Square. Great spot if you're in the area (or need a pre or post theater spot). Solid Manhattan cocktail! And live music via piano.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LippmanMarch 11, 2012
    old fashioned cocktails & fun live piano music + live lounge singer. A bit of an other-wordly atmosphere you don't quite feel like you're in Manhattan!
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 13, 2013
    Swanky, consciously old-timey bar from the folks behind Ward III, with excellent cocktails and a never-predictable crowd.
    Upvoted Dec 26, 2016
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RenaudNovember 6, 2015
    Bottom of the Edison Hotel, classic spot by the people of Ward III. The place gets packed with suits (naturally), but behind all that, this is one of the best spots to drink a cocktail in Midtown.
  • citizenM
    citizenMApril 18, 2016
    Try to come here on a weekday if you can, or perhaps during the Broadway show times to beat the theatre crowd and enjoy yourself sipping a Mescal Negroni. Read more
  • Guillaume P.
    Guillaume PJuly 4, 2016
    Highly cost-effective cocktails, a piano bar, an amazing jazz band, cool people of New York City. Randomly found, only to find it's probably one of those rare authentic places around. What else?
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 13, 2012
    You can’t come here and not have a rum drink! Try the Tortuga with Monte Cristo 12 year dark rum, muddled lime, lemon and orange, fresh cinnamon, and muddled with candied ginger. Yum. Read more
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MorenoJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    They don't serve food, so make sure to eat beforehand. You will likely have more than one drink. Don't be afraid to order off menu. Pick a spirit and have the boys create something magical.
  • Citybeams.com
    Citybeams.comJune 28, 2012
    Properly spicy bloody mary on weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The best in Manhattan! another called the Andrew Jackson, made with white whiskey and smoked paprika, garnished with salami. try it!
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SMay 4, 2012
    Excellent cocktail spot in midtown. Also loved the old time jazz and the old couple dancing amid the random out of towners and midtown office people. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMarch 19, 2012
    We love the super classy and stylish atmosphere almost as much as we love their Dark & Stormy cocktails.
  • Noah N.
    Noah NormanAugust 24, 2016
    Literally the only good thing in Times Square. Legit cocktails, relatively quiet on weekdays, with the occasional live jazz band. Beautiful spot hidden in plain sight.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkNovember 21, 2011
    Hottest Cocktail: Dark & Stormy - "What sets this drink apart is the fresh ginger muddled in to give a peppery, spicy zing that makes you forget you’re in Times Square." - Damon Gravina, bartender
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownDecember 6, 2013
    Out near Times Square and looking for a place to have a good drink? This is it. Get something with Rum, natch. Live Piano every night of the week.
  • Mallory S.
    Mallory StantonMarch 3, 2015
    Amazing cocktails, live jazz, celebrity clientele. All around an awesome place. Oh, and Birdman was filmed here!
  • Mike W.
    Mike WimsattMarch 24, 2012
    Live jazz. Relaxed vibe. Not a bad Times Square area option. I only had beer but they seemed to be very focused on classic cocktails. Next time! (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Alan B.
    Alan BrucknerMay 6, 2013
    If ever visiting NY you must stop by the Rum House. The atmosphere is unexpected. The service is exceptional. You won't want to leave.
  • Rhiannon C.
    Rhiannon CharisseOctober 11, 2011
    Found: a not crowded, good cocktail making, good music having, dark wood decorated, piano bar off Time Square. Never Chevy's again while you're waiting for a show!
  • Maneesh N.
    Maneesh NAugust 2, 2015
    Amazing cocktails and live music. Went on a Saturday and ended up being a good date place too. Highly recommended in Times Square
  • Claudia S.
    Claudia SchumacherMay 4, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    It is so great to have such cool bar in Midtown! The bartenders are great guys and very knowledgeable, the cocktails are awesome and the atmosphere is perfect!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListAugust 14, 2012
    One of the few places near Times Square where it doesn't suck to get a drink, the Rum House was an old-schooler taken over by the team behind Ward III in Tribeca. Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenJanuary 21, 2011
    Cocktails march on inexorably a la the classics, a few originals, and rum concoctions like Mojitos and Mai Tais made with top shelf booze.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DJanuary 31
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails; great live music! Cosy fit. And they don't mind if you swing dance 💃🏻
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HeumanSeptember 30, 2014
    Arrive after 11.30pm on Monday nights for insanely good jazz; and drink the rum old-fashioned for an insanely good drink.
  • Nick Y.
    Nick YovanoffApril 17, 2014
    A breath of fresh air in the armpit of midtown. Get the bathroom pass and check out the Art Deco Edison lobby
  • Ken A.
    Ken ArmitageJanuary 6
    Great vibe. Perfect for cocktail before a show. Happy hour 4-6pm.
  • Doreen P.
    Doreen PeledOctober 18, 2013
    "Nightly piano playing...classic cocktail lounge swathed in leather banquettes and lit by glowing candles, obfuscating the hustle of Times Square, which is just around the corner." - nymag
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BereznakOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails + table service. Very cozy and perfect for pre/post Broadway show drinks. I saw Bruce Willis here once.
  • Stefan B.
    Stefan BogdanovićAugust 27, 2014
    Awesome live music and great location right next to time square. Cocktails are great but overpriced!
  • Mary Freda
    Mary FredaJuly 16, 2011
    The drinks are wonderfully strong! The bartenders are lots of fun too. I'll definitely come back the next time I'm in NY.
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea ShortallDecember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Just tell the bartenders your choice of liquor @ they will make an amazing drink every time ... They rock X
  • Amanda
    AmandaJanuary 19, 2014
    Great bar you wouldn't think to find in Times Square. Love the atmosphere and the cocktails!
  • Marieka J.
    Marieka JacksonDecember 2, 2011
    Pisco sour w ginger and mint. But really, tell the bartender the oddest of mixes to your mood and they'll make something good
  • Mark S.
    Mark SarnovNovember 27, 2016
    Great drinks and atmosphere. Jazz Quartet on the Saturday night we experienced was fantastic! Go!
  • Karsten J.
    Karsten JensenDecember 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Nice place with cosy atmosphere - and great live music. Very good service from the waitrice :-)
  • s v.
    s vMarch 29, 2015
    Yes this is the bar from BIRDMAN! 🎥 ...this may also be the best Dark&Stormy I've ever had...like ginger punch. Dangerous.🍸👍
  • James
    JamesNovember 12, 2015
    Great mixed drinks, awesome atmosphere - speakeasy-esque. The bartender was super awesome.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    This is the place to discover how delicious a real daiquiri is. Read more
  • Sonal A.
    Sonal AdhavFebruary 28, 2015
    Serious serious cocktails. among the best I've tried. Loved their dark and stormy.
  • Adrienne S.
    Adrienne SJuly 10, 2012
    My favorite is the George Cohan, with bourbon, Cocchi Americano, lemon and an egg white.
  • Moises E.
    Moises EskinaziFebruary 14, 2015
    Great cocktails and live music. It's hard to get a seat, but you have a better chance if you avoid the pre/post Broadway show crowd
  • Jenn
    JennOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This bar is great. The cocktails are worth ever penny. I love the old nyc experience.
  • Vicky S.
    Vicky SimmonsMay 10, 2016
    The bar from Birdman. Great atmosphere. Aperol spritz is 👌
  • Sam M.
    Sam MeyerOctober 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Damon, one of the very best bartenders in the city, can be found behind the stick here most nights.
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BushSeptember 2, 2012
    Mike and Eric are masters of their craft. Do yourself a favor and order a nice crafted cocktail.
  • Liam B.
    Liam BrownMarch 10, 2013
    This place is a classic hideaway. Great drinks, great atmosphere, and cool people
  • John Saeyong R.
    John Saeyong RaMarch 5, 2011
    If you just want to chill and have a few good drinks: ge there before 10pm when all the theater crowds show up.
  • sabler
    sablerMay 20, 2015
    It's called "The Rum House," but you can't go wrong with the Elijah Craig Manhattan.
  • Danielle J.
    Danielle JohnsonJune 14, 2015
    Stumbled on this great bar! Jazz jam session, tasty cocktails - what else could you want?!
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