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The Back Room

Open Now: 7:30 PM - 4:00 AM
Open today: 7:30 PM - 4:00 AM
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Must see if you are into prohibition history

We checked out this place because we are interested in the history of gangsters and prohibition... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
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Hidden Speakeasy

The Back room is a typical "Speakeasy" with the charme of the 20ies. It is very hidden: There is no... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2018
Oliver B
Amberg, Germany
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102 Norfolk St, New York City, NY 10002-3310
Lower East Side
+1 212-228-5098
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cool place. The first challenge is to find it..... Once you do it’s a proper speakeasy vibe with low music and dim lighting (which is actually quite weird lol) Good friendly cliental , very very strong cocktails served for some reason in tea cups. The...More

Thank AALowndes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Coolest little spot from prohibition days. Craft cocktails in teacups, beers in paper bags, live jazz. What else could you need? Dark, cozy, great vibe - its a dream.

Thank MacCala
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved everything about this bar. The decor, live jazz, friendly staff and generously poured cocktails served in teacups.

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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

We checked out this place because we are interested in the history of gangsters and prohibition. The atmosphere is great and vibrant. Cocktails are served in teacups like they did during that time period. Drinks are good, but very strong. We really enjoyed taking in...More

2  Thank Gurl_In_Red
Reviewed July 10, 2018

On Wednesday Nights from 9am to Midnight, Gotham City Blues hosts Blues Dancing! Many people join or watch. Some are very skilled! The space is large enough to sit privately or with a large crowd. The decor is unlike any in NYC. Immediately you'll feel...More

1  Thank Liane P
Reviewed June 27, 2018

Found the back room by accident. Would not have known it was even there! Super venue with great restoration and vibe. Faboulous band, go on a Monday evening to hear the live bands. Drinks are expensive but so is everything in New York! Had a...More

2  Thank Sarah K
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

Great place, shame about the arrogant unfriendly staff peddling overpriced drinks. Got good potential but with a head barman like this it's bound to go to the wall. He needs a lesson in manners.

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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

The Back room is a typical "Speakeasy" with the charme of the 20ies. It is very hidden: There is no sign on the street, you have to go downstairs and through a door. In the bar you have the typical 20ies Atmosphere: Old paintings, chandeliers...More

1  Thank Oliver B
Reviewed April 6, 2018

Wife and I checked this out at the end of a date night, and it was fun to enter down the "alley". The doorman checked ids and off we went. I think there may have been a waitress or two, but we sure couldn't tell...More

Thank Scott B
Reviewed March 28, 2018

The Back Room is a totally authentic speakeasy that is down a long alleyway. You need to gain entry from the security at the door. Inside is a beautifully appointed venue with Prohibition style decor with two levels, fireplaces, couches and a private back room....More

Thank lollygal
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June 4, 2018|
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.
Jacquelyn A
January 23, 2018|
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Response from Storyteller184061 | Reviewed this property |
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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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