102 Norfolk St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.718723 -73.986914
Sun and Tue-Wed, 7:30pm-2am; Thu, 7:30pm-3am; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm-4am; Mon, closed
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
Overrated – The Back Room is fun for about the first 10 minutes.
Then you realize that you don't like getting teacups of weak drinks spilled on you as you squeeze through the packed crowds to get to the bar where you're met by a rude and arrogant bartender who refuses to accept your credit card because god forbid you don't want to buy 4 drinks in order to meet the somewhat illegal credit card minimum.
Don't go here.
Beautiful and Secretive – great concept for a bar, and a really pretty one at that. my friends from out of town always love the whole "secret" thing, and once we get there it's totally worth it. the tea cups are a little hard to drink from, but worth it for the look. we've always had a good time there!
A little packed but worth the wait – Back Room is a great place, and I love the fact they're 25 and up. I've been here several times, but ended up there again last night with a group of 12 people, no issues getting in. The place was pretty packed, as is their typical Saturday night, but we were able to make our way to the bar quickly and were served right away. The scene is different and fun for taking guests (a speak-easy set up, they serve all the drinks in tea cups or paper bags). The mix of people is always pretty decent as any spot on the LES can attract some interesting crowds. All in all, a fun place to hang out for drinks.
Fun place with a bit of secrecy – When I heard there was a bar that was housed in a former toy company that was semi-secret, I was definitely interested. I brought some friends and I did like the place. The bouncer in the front was friendly. After he lets you by you go down a flight a stairs and then up another before walking in. The decor is really great. You feel like you're a Victorian living room. There's a fireplace and big chairs. They serve you liquor in a tea cup, which might sound 'cute' but I think that they do this to skimp out on the drink. The tea cups are small and the drinks are more expensive. That doesn't add up to me. It's called the Back Room because in the back corner there is a back room behind a bookshelf but there was a bouncer standing in front it if so you couldn't get in there. It's a fun place to check out but I would go after I've already had a few drinks somewhere else.
Cool spot, bottom line – I love hidden places ... they're just cool, especially when you go down the stairs and have no idea where you'll end up. It's a big space, and the teacups and brown bags are an interesting twist. The decor is welcoming ... a place to unwind. Thumbs up.
Great Spot, hard to find. – Really great spot, nice ambiente, hard to find this place, no name outside. Drinks served in coffee cups and beer in paperbags. Go early to get a seat if not stand.
Very Cute! – I recently discovered this place and I was very impressed with the decor and couldnt get over how cute and cozy the place was the whole time I was there! However, don't expect to go there without spending alot. The drinks are pricey and served in teacups so they're smaller than usual. Service is slow but with all the specialty drinks they have I am not too surprised. Definitely worth to check out!
fun! – Love the decor, fun place if you can find it! Friends birthday party was here- a little pricey but still my new favorite LES bar.
chill bar – What's the deal? It's a popular spot! It has a fantastic atmosphere that stays true to the speakeasy times of it's heyday. Go alone or bring someone to talk to and have a good time. The place has great energy. I question how bored the other recent reviewers are.
Exceptionally Rude Staff – I used to go here a lot, but lately the staff has been exceptionally rude. They've refused to let my friends in, and have rushed us out to get more people in to fill tables. The crowd on the weekends also gets obnoxious.
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