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“Timeless elegance and classy cocktails”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Raines Law Room

Raines Law Room
Ranked #1,046 of 13,552 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Flatiron District
London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Timeless elegance and classy cocktails”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

Nestled away on a fairly normal looking street in the Flatiron District, the steps down to Raines Law Room (which could easily be missed if you don't know what you're looking for) transport you to another side of New York.

Guests are greeted warmly at the door and welcomed through a softly lit lounge into an area known as The Parlour. Plush sofas and 1920s era furniture pieces are a taste of the cocktails to come, and each banquette is equipped with a push-button bell to summon your server.

We picked a couple of our favourite cocktails (priced at a similar level to what you'd pay at a decent hotel bar) and sat back to enjoy the ambiance of the place. The drinks list itself is biased towards gin and bourbon, which is reminiscent of the prohibition-era style that the bar itself exudes, but there's no risk in going off-menu here as the staff are all expert mixologists.

One more highlight is the opportunity to walk through the bar/kitchen area at the back... taking the physical barrier out of the server / guest relationship is a nice touch, and one that keeps down the pretensiousness that some high-end bars tend to fall into.

Take a date, and take your time.

  • Visited May 2012
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Mount Dora, Florida
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“A step back into simpler times”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Finally got in, and it was certainly worth the wait. Super cool 1920's feel with quality made from scratch cocktails. The staff was attentive while letting you have your time. A must-see in the city.

  • Visited April 2013
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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31 reviews
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“An Amazing Way to See in the New Year”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

We chose to go to Raines Law Room for NYE '13 when we were in New York. We didn't fancy going somewhere crowded and loud and this place ticked all the boxes. They had a special package for drinks and canapes plus a live cross to Times Square for the countdown.

It is difficult to find - make sure you have the street address! But so much fun. When we knocked the door was opened and a french doorman asked if he could help us (in an excellent, slightly suspicious speak-easy way). We gave him our names and he immediately let us in and took our coats (I love the whole New York coat room thing).

We were taken to a table in the Parlour. This place is absolutely beautiful - I adored it. To get the waitress' attention you pull a small chain beside your table and within moments someone is there to serve you. They had a selection of cocktails for the night, we made sure we tried them all and they were all delicious. The place was not full, which was a shame (only because people would have missed out on a fantastic time!). Plenty of canapes were brought around which were also delicious.

There was a large group hanging out in the 'Kitchen' with the bar staff but we preferred the elegant seated option.

Just before midnight the doorman offered us all 'noise makers' and the waitress bought us all champagne - they then they crossed to the Times Square countdown.

This was a perfect New Years Eve for me and it was a shame we didn't have time to come back again. I loved this place.

  • Visited December 2012
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Stamford, Connecticut
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“Very Cool, 1920's feel, Best Cocktails Ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Went on a Saturday evening. Got there at 5pm right when they opened. The guy at the door, David, is great. We got right in. No waiting. We were the third group inside, but within 30 minutes it was completely full. Very dark, cozy, great for a romantic night. Went for pre dinner drinks. The cocktails are the best we ever had. Very, very creative mixes. Wanted to try all of them. No real food, but some snacks available. The drinks are extremely strong, and you barely taste the alcohol in the true spirit of the 1920's speakeasy. Well worth the wait, especially if you go to another place for a couple hours while on the wait list. Can not wait to go back again. Fund my newest favorite place to take people in NYC...

  • Visited March 2013
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london
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“Raines law cocktail lounge for a intimate unique cosy atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

From the street you are unaware of this cocktail lounge, hidden away down some stairs you will see a back door. When you are able to enter you will be amazed by the ambiance ad bizarre settings. There are booths leading to a large kitchen where the bar staff perform incredibe skills to make great cocktails. This is a must visit

  • Visited January 2013
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