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HOURSSun., Tue.-Thurs.: 7:30pm-3:00am; Fri.-Sat.: 7:30pm-4:00am; Mon.: Closed
DOOR POLICYNot too tough, although they strive for an older crowd (aged 25+) on weekends
PRICE (DRINKS)USD 10-12
BARYes - full bar
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
SUBWAYDelancey St.-Essex St. (F, J, M, Z)
Though yet another speakeasy on the much-exhausted Manhattan “hidden bars” theme, this truly out-of-sight lounge still has a few tricks up its sleeve. Scoot past the very misleading “Lower East Side Toy Company” sign, down a dark alley, and through another unmarked door (complete with its own peek-and-speak hole) to discover a luscious, red-and-gold-swathed parlor fitted with velvet wallpaper, aged chandeliers, plush sofas, a massive roaring fireplace, and so many period knick-knacks it borders on becoming a full-on living room. There’s no menu, just classic and creative cocktails concocted by The Back Room’s inventive bartenders and doled out in adorably covert teacups (or encased in brown paper bags, if you’ve ordered a bottled beer).
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
The code is casual but guests usually keep it neat, so we’d pair a flattering top with tight designer jeans or slacks, heels, and a choice clutch. (Fur is not allowed.)
GO HERE WITH
A group of friends; a date
Young professional 20-/30-somethings, along with speakeasy seekers and the occasional couple on a date.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The quirky and cute details set The Back Room apart from its played-out competitors–we come for the still-working old school payphones, the private room hidden by sliding bookcase, and the drinks served clandestinely in brown paper bags or delicate teacups.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Classic cocktails can at times be watered down. A word of advice: come here for the sweet secluded vibe and plush surrounds, not the drinks.
GOOD TO KNOW
Bartenders are friendly and eager to accommodate your drink requests, though service does get a bit gruff as crowds thicken. The mysterious sliding bookshelf, heavily guarded by a bouncer, leads to another more private room where usually only guests of the owners are invited (so good luck getting in!). This was formerly the site of the Lansky Lounge.
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