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The Back Room

102 Norfolk St, East Village, New York City, NY 10002-3310
+1 212-228-5098
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It's okay but there is better

We found this place having done a speakeasy tour in New York. I was initially really excited at the... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2017
Perth Western Australia
via mobile
Great Location, terrible service

Set though a small backdoor, this speakeasy bar has a great intimate decor, themed around the... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2017
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
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Hours Today: 7:30 PM - 3:00 AM
102 Norfolk St, East Village, New York City, NY 10002-3310
Lower East Side
+1 212-228-5098
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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

We found this place having done a speakeasy tour in New York. I was initially really excited at the concept and idea and who doesn't love cocktails but once we tried it was a little disappointed. This was one of three speakeasies we tried, and...More

Thank Todd_Gogol
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Set though a small backdoor, this speakeasy bar has a great intimate decor, themed around the prohibition era, this bar looks great, unfortunately the service was the complete opposite, with the bar man who served us being extremely rude and dismissive

Thank Michael-James_Lee
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Went there looking for something particular with high expectations but in the end I was not satisfied. The location is very nice, it really looks like a 1920 speakeasy with the funny tradition of serving booze in teacups but it all ends there. Cocktails were...More

Thank IcyHot
Reviewed 11 January 2017

This should be on the to-do list if you are on the lower east side. Cool vibe with the hush-hush atmosphere but you have to be quick to grab a seat. $14.00 specialty drinks were ok but worth it for the climate. Nurse Betties next...More

Thank Lou D
Reviewed 7 January 2017

A local told me and my bf to go to The Back Room, and so we did. The entrance was super sketchy in a fun way, all secretive through an alley. Then we entered a room that was decorated kinda like an old living room....More

Thank Tine M
Reviewed 31 December 2016

So, mixed feelings on this one. Finding the place is fun and certainly adds to the mystique, the decor is great, definitely a speakeasy feel, and the drinks in coffee cups is fun. Unfortunately, that's about as good as it gets. The bartender was incredibly...More

Thank GolfnGuitarNut
Reviewed 30 December 2016

I was sooooo looking forward to visiting this bar on our trip to New York. It was actually the first thing I googled when we decided to go to the USA. I have visited the speak easy ( Coal and Cedar) in Newcastle Australia and...More

Thank Vicky D
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Good vibes, fun speakeasy style and a good laugh, but not the most amazing cocktails in the world. Advise trying the Girl Friday cocktail if you're unsure :)

Thank Matt O
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Horrible. One of the barman stole my money right in front of me. Manager did nothing about it. I wanted him to check one of the 8 cameras that could prove this crime, he didn't. WATCH OUT FOR YOUR WALLETS!!

Thank Eduardo S
Reviewed 15 November 2016

This place is generally CROWDED. My advice is to reserve a table ahead of time so you can properly relax and enjoy what makes The Back Room different than any other crowded bar in NYC. This bar was an original speakeasy. Reading up on it's...More

Thank C_Razzano
Lower East Side
Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving
immigrant past and its modern transformation into a
beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side
is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the city.
The blocks of tenements that represented the promise
and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience
now command top dollar for new residents. Right next
to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment
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17 June 2016|
Response from thefoodieworld | Reviewed this property |
It's a long way. The Hilton is up near Central Park (around 57th Street) so you have 57 blocks just to get downtown to Houston Street and then it's a few blocks further south and east. Having said that, taking a Subway ride... More
17 April 2016|
Response from kruezers | Reviewed this property |
I'm not certain if it's open on Sunday, the website might tell you. It gets busy and it didn't look like anyone was taking reservations.