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The Back Room

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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 6 August 2018
Gurl_In_Red
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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 12 May 2018
Oliver B
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Amberg, Germany
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102 Norfolk St, New York City, NY 10002-3310
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 27 June 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
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

I had made a reservation here weeks in advance to celebrate my birthday on a Saturday night,which was apparently for nothing. The doormen acted like children, turning their backs to the crowd, refusing to listen to anyone or let people in as others left. I...More

5  Thank ktitone
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place was very cool. I recommend getting “bottle service”. For $200(cheapest bottle) you are guaranteed a table and you and your guests. Also they don’t try and kick you out once your bottle is done, and you can just switch to buying drinks once...More

Thank Mark G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a nice speakeasy bar that you must visit when in NY.but just for once because its not that amazing for going again

Thank sostostmike
Reviewed 29 September 2018 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 19 September 2018

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 18 September 2018

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

Thank Dream690755
Reviewed 6 August 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 10 July 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 27 June 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 21 June 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.

Thank Jamieoliver15
Reviewed 12 May 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
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mborowick1
4 June 2018|
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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.
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24 January 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
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Response from thefoodieworld | Reviewed this property |
It's a long way. The Hilton is up near Central Park (around 57th Street) so you have 57 blocks just to get downtown to Houston Street and then it's a few blocks further south and east. Having said that, taking a Subway ride... More
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