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The Back Room

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Lower East Side
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Address: 102 Norfolk St, East Village, New York City, NY 10002-3310
Phone Number: (212) 228-5098
7:30 pm - 4:00 am
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Mon - Wed 7:30 pm - 3:00 am
Thu - Fri 7:30 pm - 4:00 am
Sat - Sun 7:30 pm - 2:00 am

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The minute we were guided to walk through a suspicious alley, I began to appreciate the thoughts that went into this watering hole. Not that I know what it was like during the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 5, 2016
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

The minute we were guided to walk through a suspicious alley, I began to appreciate the thoughts that went into this watering hole. Not that I know what it was like during the prohibition era (closest I came to it was binge watching Boardwalk Empire😄), the tea cups, period specific furniture, and lighting drew us all in to stay for... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Great bar! Quirkiness abounds! From the small, inconspicuous gated entry, to drinks served in tea cups and mugs! Great atmosphere. It was packed the night we went, but it wasn't an issue getting served at the bar!

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Somerset, Wisconsin
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349 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

This little speak easy is great!! They have live Jazz on Mondays and the drinks are served in tea cups. If you find it you will love it!

Thank kruezers
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

The doorman insulted us, he stole a chair after two hours we had it, leaving one of our fiends standing with the drink on his hand, it was our fifth drink. I complained and he tenured aggressive stranded by me and threatenEd me standing like wanting to punch me. He said the he run the place .

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Chennai (Madras), India
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

You go through this dark shady alley, with no signs for The Back Room. And somewhere close to Sunita Bar, you go down a flight of stairs (because many people are going there too). And then go up another flight of stairs. And then you open the door to enter this place. Packed to the hilt on a Thursday evening.... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Another favorite speakeasy in New York, most likely because the novelty of serving alcohol in teacups and brown paper bags hasn't worn off on me yet. :P The music can be hit or miss though... I have one memory dancing to some really great classic 90's songs with some friends and another where I'm sitting at the bar with a... More 

Thank Crystal W
Port of Spain, Trinidad
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

This place is a REALLY cool spot. You get drinks in teacups, lounge around on olden era styled couches and wonder at the mysterious room behind the bookcase! All you need is a sexy flapper outfit, some suspenders Abd your ID.

Thank Gwen23_12
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Yes, the alley is dark, damp and dank as you walk down the up to get to the door of this speakeasy. Look for the toy cars. We came early so the vibe was just getting started. We have been to many other of the speakeasy bars in NYC and I would say the drinks are not as creative and... More 

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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I really enjoyed my visit to the Back Room - after wandering the streets for a bit, we eventually found the entrance and loved the feel of it - trying to imagine what it would have been like back in the 20s. The decor was lovely inside. The bartender was very welcoming and happy to talk through the cocktail menu... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

What a fun time we had at this "throw back" prohibition bar. From the moment you walk up to the gate and down the dark alley and up the stairs, you are already hooked. Was disappointed to see the bad reviews of this place b/c my hubs and I (in our 50's) and our son and his wife (in their... More 

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