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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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Unusual and fun evening

This place really does transport you back in time. It is very dark inside and drinks are served in... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2017
bertiejess
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London, United Kingdom
Great atmosphere

Great atmosphere, drinks are served in tea cups (prohibition). There are definitely bars with... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
Pen11Den
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Frankfurt, Germany
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102 Norfolk St, East Village, New York City, NY 10002-3310
Lower East Side
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

This place really does transport you back in time. It is very dark inside and drinks are served in tea cups which really adds to the prohibition feel. Definitely worth a visit!

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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere, drinks are served in tea cups (prohibition). There are definitely bars with better cocktails but due to the interior and style of this back room bar it is a "must to do" when visiting the east village.

Thank Pen11Den
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Reviewed 29 March 2017

The Back Room is a unique cocktail experience in New York City. To get to this speakeasy, you have to walk down a dimly lit alley outside which can be a creepy. I probably won’t have gone if I wasn’t with my husband because it...More

1  Thank Priya S
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

The Back Room provided a neat glimpse into prohibition times. The entrance is unassuming and tucked away down an alley. Upon entering you take a step back in time with velvet wall coverings, Victorian style furnishings and low lighting. Drinks are served in tea cups...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I thinks this is one of the thick boxes. Place is cool and we where lucky enough to be in a quite Saturday night(?). Not really a cocktail expert but the drinks are ok but as in every place in New York, very expensive and...More

1  Thank r16ccy
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

I visited the Back Room last week and was very impressed. The hidden entrance has the perfect speakeasy vibe, and serving drinks in teacups and coffee mugs was a nice touch. The crowd was a mix of all ages.

Thank Candler C
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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
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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
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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
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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
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mborowick
5 June 2018|
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Response from Scott B | Reviewed this property |
A few hundred people at least were there the night I visited. There was a separate vip room which I think they rent, but it was occupied so not sure how large that additional space was.
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Jacquelyn A
24 January 2018|
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No reservation and no fee to get in, just a password! I’ve often found them on their Facebook page or emailed them. :)
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9 December 2017|
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Response from Teamporsereturns | Reviewed this property |
We walked straight in, they didn’t ask for any ID and we weren’t the best dressed. We were smart casual (think my bf was wearing trainers). My one tip is to try to reserve a seat, all the tables were reserved when we went so... More
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