Clubplanet Pick of the Week: The Back Room

Clubplanet Pick of the Week: The Back Room

by Kathleen McHugh
10.04.2010

As most of us can remember from History class in high school, the Prohibition era was a time from 1919 to 1933 when alcohol was banned from being sold, manufactured, and transported in the U.S. Because no one was willing to just give up their right to party that easily, the "speakeasy" arose, illegally selling alcohol to those against The Prohibition.  These secret, old-fashioned establishments provide the key concept behind The Back Room lounge in New York City.

This bar is hidden on Norfolk Street, with an unmarked entrance behind a sign that reads “Lower East Side Toy Company.” Once you find the entrance to the bar, the doorman will direct you into a mysterious hallway leading to an outdoor space. Follow the music and the sounds of laughter up a few stairs and through another door, and you'll arrive at the clandestine Back Room.

Once in the bar, you will see that it is decorated completely in décor from the 1920s. There is a giant fireplace, a mirrored bar, and vintage-inspired red velour couches. Also located inside the speakeasy is a mysterious bookshelf with another bouncer guarding it. This bookshelf is the doorway to another hidden back room, where it's rumored that only guests of the owners are allowed. 

The best part of The Back Room is the way drinks are served. Since the bar is supposed to take place in the Prohibition era, you won't find your typical champagne flutes or martini glasses at this place. The cocktails are served in tea cups and bottles of beer are served wrapped in brown paper bags. 

If you are looking for something different to do in New York City, and you find that "hidden" characteristic in a bar wildly alluring, then come to The Back Room and get ready to travel through time. 


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