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The Back Room

102 Norfolk St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Delancey St.
212-228-5098

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8
"Recommended"

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79% would go back.

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Very fun

By stuyman on 4/23/2013

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

A great place to bring out-of-towners and girls you want to impress with your "insider knowledge."

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52 out of 98 people found this review helpful.

GREAT PLACE TO BE

By sylviarye on 8/27/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

What a great place to spend my last night before returning to the UK. Will definitely be back on my next trip. Was privileged to be invited into the Back Room. Sylvia UK

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107 out of 206 people found this review helpful.

Good Times

By Catattack on 7/24/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Last night The Back Room was just what the heat wave ordered. Cold air, cold drinks, and a hot scene. I even saw some of the guys from the band Muse there, just hanging out with the crowd. The DJ was playing some tribute Amy Winehouse, and there wasn't a single person not dancing. I rarely stay out til 3am, but I couldn't help it last night. Best night ever LES style. I will definitely take my friends back to this little secret gem.

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97 out of 204 people found this review helpful.

Awesome!!!!

By euginakor on 7/21/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

What a fun place! I didn't think I would learn smth on a Friday night out... The waitress was soo nice to tell me the story of the bar that goes back to prohibition era! Soooo cool to be a part of it.... Awesome place! Deffinitely going back!

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107 out of 212 people found this review helpful.

my cup of tea

By RMScott on 7/20/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

i finally made it to the back room, i'd been hearing about it for a while now. the alley entrance is very unique, then you actually go in and the bar is beautiful. it was a busy night but, not overly so. the actual bar was kinda busy but we got our drinks pretty quickly (in tea cups!) and they were delicious (rosemary's baby is awesome!). the cocktail menu is pretty unique, with out being pretentious or over priced. the music and the vibe was great, we had a blast and i'll definitely be back for more!

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102 out of 187 people found this review helpful.

Obsessed!

By cimmastars on 6/24/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I am obsessed with this bar. I stumbled across The Back Room for the first time last night. Beautiful room, strong drinks, and a friendly staff.... It was busy but after about a half hour we got to sit down. I seriously want to have a big 1920's flapper party with a big bottle of absinthe for everyone to share. I asked about "behind the bookshelf" and it turns out that it is another "secret" bar hidden within the bar.... but it is not open to the public, and they don't take bribes. I did get it out of our cute European waitress though that there are usually celebrities in the hidden room.... I will get back there if it's the last thing I do!

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131 out of 225 people found this review helpful.

SUCH A UNIQUE PLACE!

By appledot on 6/16/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

If you are in new york you have to visit Back Room!!!! Such a unique concept, original speakeasy, great vibe, you wont see it anywhere! Take a time machine back to 1920!!!

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108 out of 217 people found this review helpful.

Yay for no fur!

By pippi2 on 3/26/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I love that this place won't allow fur coats in the bar. It's humorous to me that those with the fur coats feel the most entitled to special treatment and insist on trying to get into this place even though it's well known that this is the one thing that will get you turned away at the door. Follow the dress code, be polite, and you are sure to get in and have a lovely time!

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104 out of 206 people found this review helpful.

Awful Bartenders

By Shley8 on 8/22/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

I've enjoyed visiting this bar religiously for the last two years. It's always been a good time, albiet very crowded at times. This last weekend when my husband and I brought some friends to the Back Room, we asked for 3 "Bees Knees" drinks. The blonde female bartender scowled at my husband and asked, "what's that??" in a very nasty tone. My husband proceeded to tell her that we had been ordering that drink for the last 2 year and that it was on their menu the last time we had been to there. She looks at us like we were crazy, throws a menu at us, and proceeds to tell us "well when was the last time you were here!? Our menu has changed." Ummm... 3 months ago actually. All the while she was looking at us in the most arrogant nasty way. All this attitude because we tried to order a drink from their old drink menu??? By the way, it was unbelievably dead in there that Saturday night and along with the drink menu and bartender changes, they changed the DJ. The music was so boring and cliche. Aside from the kitschy vibe, the Back Room has nothing else going for it. Sorry to say... but this place is officially D.O.N.E note to the owner: play better music, get rid of the door guy who doesn't allow in women who are wearing fur (I don't wear it, but who is he to judge), fire all the arrogant rude bartenders, hire some who actually realize that they are in a SERVICE industry and you might be able to get your business back to where is was a year ago.

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176 out of 307 people found this review helpful.

Bartenders From Hell

By semperabsurdum on 11/21/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

The atmosphere may easily excite freshly minted wall street money mangers and other farmland shut-ins newly replanted to NYC from the midwest, and the oh-so-jaded bartenders may think they are native New Yorkers, but there is no excuse or reason for bartenders to insult customers, lie about it, or act like asses toward their clientele.

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