The Rum House

The Rum House

Cocktail Bar and Piano Bar$$$$
Theater District, New York
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  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightSeptember 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.
    Upvoted May 12
  • Adrian P.
    I was skeptical going to a bar right in the heart of Times Square. The Rum House dashed those feelings with a strong Rum heavy cocktail menu. Try the Rum Old Fashioned. Other liquors available too
    Upvoted May 13
  • 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!
  • Don F.
    Don FJune 24
    If you like rum drinks this is the place. I love rum and tonics. They have every rum I know. Usually it's Bacardi and captain Morgan. I have to come back for the live jazz. Bartenders the real deal.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Adam M.
    Adam MMay 26
    Amazing live music!!! Great classic cocktails as well, and you can customize your booze options. Crowd is a mixed bag of midtown bros and tourists. Good spot but snag a table if you can.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Brad T.
    Brad TApril 18
    Sit at the bar, focus on menu, and have 3 cocktails as you listen to piano man swing the room. After that, seek out Troy for the best drink of your life.
  • 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
  • Mallory S.
    Mallory StantonMarch 3, 2015
    Amazing cocktails, live jazz, celebrity clientele. All around an awesome place. Oh, and Birdman was filmed here!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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 💃🏻
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Amanda
    AmandaJanuary 19, 2014
    Great bar you wouldn't think to find in Times Square. Love the atmosphere and the cocktails!
  • 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 :-)
  • 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
  • s v.
    s vMarch 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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 👌
  • Liam B.
    Liam BrownMarch 10, 2013
    This place is a classic hideaway. Great drinks, great atmosphere, and cool people
  • Danielle J.
    Danielle JohnsonJune 14, 2015
    Stumbled on this great bar! Jazz jam session, tasty cocktails - what else could you want?!
  • 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.
  • sabler
    sablerMay 20, 2015
    It's called "The Rum House," but you can't go wrong with the Elijah Craig Manhattan.
  • 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.
  • Justin H.
    Justin HamlinSeptember 23, 2012
    Great throwback lounge with amazing cocktails and better yet, no TVs
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJuly 26, 2016
    A huge menu of rum-based drinks. And they're all really good.
  • Blake O.
    Blake OlmsteadFebruary 11, 2016
    The cocktails go down easily, especially when the live music starts.
  • Elvis R.
    Elvis RodricksNovember 13, 2016
    Came here on a Saturday night - place was packed and the band dished out some great latin vibes. Mojito was just ok. For a quick serve, get your drink from the left of the bar and not the right.
  • John Saeyong R.
    John Saeyong RaJuly 10, 2011
    Properly made old fashioned is always reliable here, along with a handful of well crafted cocktails.
  • James
    JamesMay 20, 2016
    Great cocktails, right near Times Square. Fantastic service.
  • Alev K.
    Alev KaratayJune 25, 2016
    Perfect retro bar. Live music, rums and cocktails are amazing.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MontyFebruary 19, 2013
    Great to find a place that knows what a Gin Buck is - and makes a good one!
  • Khürt W.
    Khürt WilliamsDecember 7, 2015
    Bartender knows his shit. Asked for a 'Ti Punch -- it's not in the drink menu -- and he nailed it.
  • Lily
    LilyJanuary 8, 2015
    Quality cocktail list. The rum old fashioned is something to write home about.
  • Antipologirl
    AntipologirlDecember 29, 2015
    I tried the French cocktail. And the live music was awesome!!
  • Trae F.
    Trae FAugust 24, 2016
    They make a pretty decent bourbon old fashioned despite the namesake.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Fun live music and great ginger cocktails
  • Seth
    SethFebruary 27, 2011
    Darien the piano player is great. Not there every night so be sure to ask for him.
  • Gary J. N.
    Gary J. NixJanuary 21, 2011
    It has reopened under a brand new guise, yet the same name. More rum, more whiskey, and new piano player!
  • Nicole J.
    Nicole JohnsonJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you find yourself in midtown, this is a delightful cocktail oasis.
  • Marston A.
    Marston AlfredJuly 31, 2015
    Fantastic old fashioned and dark/stormy.
  • Vijay S.
    Vijay SudanNovember 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Order a negroni. One of the best I've had in Manhattan.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BlastingAugust 19, 2015
    Great vibe, great cocktails, though a little pricey
  • Prescott P.
    Prescott Perez-FoxDecember 14, 2012
    Come hear Joaquin and Ethan play live music every second Thursday of the month 9-12:30.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WatsonNovember 23, 2014
    Good whiskey and rum selection, live swing music
  • Craig S.
    Craig SingletonJanuary 10
    Ask for the George Cohen, made with egg whites.
  • emily m.
    emily mcgillMay 29, 2015
    My sazerac was delish! And love the bartenders' old-timey outfits
  • Sonia R.
    Bar just good enough to have. A different moment nice music
  • Shiva S.
    Shiva SinghJanuary 13, 2015
    These guys know how to make a good Manhattan cocktail
  • Andy C.
    Andy ChapmanFebruary 4, 2016
    Order the Hawk Eye, get some popcorn and a pretzel for the table
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn ISeptember 24, 2016
    Crowded with mix of tourists and post-work drinks. Reasonable at happy hour, otherwise skip.
  • aaron c.
    aaron chioFebruary 19, 2012
    If life gives you rum, mint, lime, and soda water... Make (and have) a mojito!
  • Angela R.
    Angela ReidApril 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a great night when the Red Hook Ramblers are playing!
  • Morgan E.
    Morgan EvansApril 16, 2015
    Drinks are great, but its so busy and understaffed that the experience is rather miserable.
  • Chef Monique
    Chef MoniqueJanuary 6, 2015
    A good place to enjoy Jazz!
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinJanuary 28, 2015
    Great spot for cocktails in Hell's Kitchen area
  • Andy R.
    Andy ReinhardMay 8, 2014
    Delicious over priced cocktails
  • Stacy N.
    Stacy NailDecember 10, 2016
    Great atmosphere! Music awesome.
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RobinsonApril 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They now have food! And a beautiful new menu.
  • Stephanie F.
    Stephanie FrancisNovember 15, 2015
    Cocktails, music, chill vibe
  • emily m.
    emily mcgillMay 29, 2015
    Specialty cocktails are fabulous!
  • Gezi G.
    Gezi Giz'iDecember 4, 2016
    Favorite cocktail bar in NYC. Live music ❤️
  • MissTanya
    MissTanyaAugust 13, 2013
    Pretty much the only place in this 'hood to get a cocktail.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroOctober 14, 2013
    Stark and Dormy. Say it ten times fast.
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BailisMay 23, 2011
    Great lil gem for a business drink after work in Times Square Read more
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AlmogNovember 7, 2014
    These guys make great cocktails!
  • Scott B.
    Scott BurdickApril 3, 2016
    The old fashions are excellent
  • Terrell
    TerrellFebruary 10, 2015
    Free rum tastings with drink purchase on Tuesdays.
  • Alex S.
    Alex StillApril 28, 2015
    Cool atmosphere, bad cocktails.
  • Rosie H.
    Rosie HendersonNovember 22, 2015
    Great live music and great cocktails.
  • Botica P.
    Botica PopJanuary 9, 2014
    El día que fui con mi novio había una banda de Jazz de Brooklyn. Estuvimos increíblemente a gusto. ¡Los tragos están super cargados! El ambiente es relajado sin dress code ni pretensiones.
  • Belen N.
    Belen NallarJune 11, 2016
    Cocteles a la antigua. Tragos de macho! Tremendo lugar. Pondria mas opciones para comer
  • Aldo M.
    Aldo MezaNovember 23, 2014
    Sino conoces las bebidas puedes pedirle al barman una recomendación y seguro te la dará, además hablan español
  • Cristo L.
    Cristo LeonSeptember 4, 2015
    Es el autentico bar de la pelicula Birdman, obscuro y behemio
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