The Back Room
New York City-Lower East Manhattan
May 11, 2018
There’s something faintly illicit about this cool little bar. The trend in recent years for ‘secret’ spaces you have to work to find has been done to death of late, but The Back Room really is worth the effort.
A tucked away spot, with a hidden entrance down a back alley (look for the sign reading Lower East Side Toy Company), its Prohibition era theme is executed through a number of humorous little touches: cocktails served in teacups, beer bottles wrapped in paper bags, a sliding bookcase – hiding a ‘secret’ room that tends to be the preserve of those in the know – and old school coin-operated payphones.
These little gimmicks are endearingly quirky and add to the overall ambience of the place. The setting is at times reminiscent of the better class of gentleman’s club, with plush, comfy couches and open fireplaces, tempting you to linger over your drinks. This is a seductive spot, spread over two floors (the upstairs is a little more spacious, with lounge chairs and couches aplenty) and richly decorated in reds and golds with a warm wood floor and elegant chandeliers.
There’s no official drinks menu but the barmen know how to whip up the classics, though the drinks aren’t cheap you’re paying for all this atmosphere, after all. Door policy can be strict and the place, understandably given its size, can get very busy, so get there early if you want to secure a seat. But if you manage to make it inside,
The Back Room is perfect if you want somewhere a little offbeat to impress a date.
Main photo credit: Back Room official website