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Raines Law Room

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Raines Law Room204.5
great cocktails • speakeasy bar • prohibition style • unmarked door

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  • Photo of Crystal Warner
    8 months ago
    SPEAKEASY
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  • Photo of Nicole Regan
    8 months ago
    Speakeasy
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  • Photo of Kiki Tzanis
    a year ago
    In w17thst find unmarked stairwell and ring doorbell at bottom to get in
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  • Photo of Jennifer Watts
    a year ago
    Speakeasy near sleep no more
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  • Photo of Aaron Pearson
    a year ago
    Champagne cobbler, Andean Dusk, Taylor Precedent
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  • Photo of Ali Thorell
    2 years ago
    Thrillist | best secret bar - looks like a super cute speakeasy
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  • Photo of Nic Brown
    2 years ago
    Shimmy over to the bathrooms where the wallpaper camouflages a naughty secret. Forget about inspiration, the fornicating figures embedded into the elaborate design are practically giving you instructions.
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  • Photo of Nomadic Matt
    2 years ago
    In 1896, the New York State Legislature passed the Raines Law, which prohibited the sale of alcohol on Sunday except in hotels. Hotels were allowed to serve liquor if it was served during a meal or in the bedrooms. The law is immortalized here.
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  • Photo of Riley OMara
    2 years ago
    Their take on the sazerac
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  • Photo of Julia Lane
    2 years ago
    Raines Law Room's original location. On W 17th street, you'll see an unmarked stairwell. Go down & ring the doorbell. The underground den is filled with curtained-off couches, soft music from the 1920s, and lamp strings to pull to get your waiter's attn.
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  • Photo of Ashley Covington
    2 years ago
    Check out the wallpaper in the bathroom!
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  • Photo of Ali Thorell
    2 years ago
    Thrillist
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  • Photo of Riley OMara
    3 years ago
    The Crimson fix & the Sazerac
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  • Photo of Angus McLeod
    3 years ago
    Worth a visit
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  • Photo of Buzzfeed NYC
    3 years ago
    Ring the doorbell at the bottom of an unmarked stairwell to enter a classy bar where every table has a button to call on your server airplane style.
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  • Photo of NY Mag
    3 years ago
    You’ll have to arrive early to land one of the private tables surrounded by velvet couches and black gauze curtains: Each comes equipped with a wall buzzer to call your waitress when you need her.
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  • Photo of Gothamist NYC
    3 years ago
    For a simple yet elegant summer option unsullied with lots of fillers (read: it's strong), try The Jasmine ($13). With the exception of some fresh lemon juice, this bad boy boasts a pure liquor lineup including Beefeater 24 gin, Cointreau and Campari.
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  • Photo of Dana Davies
    4 years ago
    Unmarked stairwell - ring doorbell
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  • Photo of Crystal Heller
    4 years ago
    Try the bramble with muddled blackberries!
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  • Photo of Charles M
    4 years ago
    Cocktails
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  • Photo of Adam G
    4 months ago
    I went to Raines for the first time and had a great experience. You feel transported back in time with a prohibition style speakeasy. The decor is cool with couches in various alcoves to sit at. The servers were prompt and attentive and had great drink recommendations. I highly recommend the island/tiki style drinks - they were delicious and you feel transported to an island! Overall, a great time and I'd highly recommend this spot.
  • Photo of Mercedes E
    4 months ago
    A group of friends and I went here on a Saturday night. One person went ahead and put our name on the list and the wait for us (group of 5) was about 1 hour. We ended up getting in sooner than that thankfully. The decor of the speakeasy is great and there are little booths for each party (probably 8 people could fit in each). Most of my group ordered a cocktail that wasn't in the book but was cooked up by the bartender. He asked what type of spirits we liked, what flavors, fruits, etc. Everyone was pretty satisfied. The only negative besides the wait time is the policy on large parties. We were expecting another 3 people and was told they couldn't just join our booth, we'd all have to drink at the little bar in the back and if the additionally people sat across from us at another booth we couldn't chat. No real reason was given , just policy. Really? We can't chat with our friends across the 1 foot walkway in another booth? Apart from that I'd return but probably with only 1-2 people or with a date.
  • Photo of Carriewags
    5 months ago
    Walking down W 17th Street, you might fail to notice another stone staircase under an awning, leading to a below-street-level doorway. A tiny sign beside the door notes just another law office. However, it's a bit strange for trendy young people to be going down this stairway at nighttime? They knock, or ring the bell, and the door opens. Huh. We loved the Raines Law Room. It's dark and sultry, and we felt like we were transported back in time to the 20s. You pull a cord at your table, and soon, your waiter appears. The drinks were lovely, too. Only issue: we waited about 2 hours until we finally were seated. I'd reserve.
  • Photo of SGanter
    8 months ago
    Best cocktails in a real speakeasy decor. Great service and attention to details. Favorite place for drinks!
  • Photo of BenjaminNYC
    8 months ago
    I've been to this speak easy a dozen times. They never remember me, don't take reservations, and require you to wait 1-2 hours, at which point they call you and you come and wait at the bar.
  • Photo of Vjay S
    9 months ago
    One of my first speakeasies that I visited while i lived in New York. Slightly difficult to find initially but now with increasing popularity, there's usually people standing around the entrance. It's a whole different world when you walk inside. Prohibition style era with cozy couches. There's also a standing bar area in the back if you want to see them making cocktails. Extensive drinks menu. The prices are on the steeper side but one thing i know after coming here a couple of times is that the drinks over here are pretty stiff. Its better to make reservations before you arrive, else there's usually a 30 min wait. Best time to arrive is early when they open. The bathrooms are very unique, esp the wallpaper as other reviews have already mentioned. Overall, great place to get a drink or have a different experience and bring a date to. I love this place and will keep coming back.
  • Photo of Bethany S
    10 months ago
    Great experience - very fun trying wondering if we were in the right place or if we were just knocking on a random front door! Luckily a friendly waitress opened the door and welcomed us in. The bar is warm and cosy, comfy seating, and you get to have fun ringing a bell when you would like another drink to be brought over. Can't remember how much we spent but certainly don't remember thinking it was any different in price to every other bar in New York. We booked online in advance which was good as it did seem to get busy later on in the evening. Interesting cocktails too - not your standard cosmo and woo woo, but lots of new ones I hadn't tried before.
  • Photo of KathyPowell_Ohio
    10 months ago
    Go down steps and ring a doorbell....a fun, romantic environment! Drinks, only but a great experience!
  • Photo of Sofia K
    10 months ago
    They used to make great drinks but the quality has dropped. For $16 a drink they should be great and wanting you to have another one. The place is great, couches with curtain dividers, dark ambience, great music, intimate. It's a great bar but I hope they improve their drinks. The location on 17th St. is downstairs and there's no sign outside. You have to ring the doorbell and if there's a wait they'll take your number and text you, but make sure they get your number correctly. The woman who took my number typed it wrong. 50 minutes later we came back to ask and she realized the mistake, she apologized but when someone makes you wait that long at least they should have comped one drink as courtesy.
  • Photo of Biffwix
    a year ago
    Lovely drinks, great ambience. Did not like waiting outside in the cold when we had a reservation. Great drinks - the servers take the cocktails very seriously - almost TOO seriously- but they were delicious. Nibble dish ordinary. A fun place to visit - if a tad pretentious.
  • Photo of vacant4
    a year ago
    I've been at this location several times. Cocktails are great, ambiance is even better! However, this review is for the host service. It was sinply not acceptable! We (a couple) went there on Friday at 10:30, put ourselves on the list and were told that the wait was 45 minutes. We would get a text when it is our turn. 45 minutes later and no text we stopped by to inquire and were told there were 6 parties in front of us and we needed to wait longer. The text never came in. The evening was ruined. At least have common sense to tell us that because it was late and the wait time was long we would never get in. Very disappointed!
  • Photo of Karmaho
    a year ago
    Bourbon, single malts, rum, and Scotch Eggs - my all time favorite appetizer. The cocktail lounge is lushly decorated with velvet and wood panel and intriguing portraiture. Two thumbs up.
  • Photo of Jamie C
    a year ago
    In town for thanksgiving and was brought here by friends. Very cool spot with one of the best drink selections I've seen. Very unique, and great for small groups to be able to get together.
  • Photo of KaiserBrit
    a year ago
    Perfect Flatiron/Chelsea cocktail joint. Marvellous Welcome on arrival. Great care taken to get you seated and comfortable. Speakeasy-style buttons summon wait staff. Bustling, however the space is quite intimate, either in the main sitting room or in discreetly draped private spaces. I enjoy standing by the small bar in the rear watching craft cocktails being created. Lovely space. Very Downtown. I'll be back.
  • Photo of LRRAZ
    a year ago
    Holy cow this speak easy is sensational. Look for the black door - 48. Make a reservation!!! Dimly lit, velvet couches, sheer drapes to section off areas, no cold bar stools! It's so intimate. No one on their phones, it was amazing! $16 drinks ~ and so worth it. Drinks: Garden Paloma- so good, tequila with a major hit of spice, jalapeño quick Pear of Aces- has actual pear in it but tastes like apple pie! Yum!!! Have gone two nights in a row with work folks for small business meetings- very impressive place to take someone for this purpose or a date! Bathrooms have wallpaper that's hysterical- that pic is see is loaded. Decor is beautifully done. I wish this place was in AZ.
  • Photo of lollygal
    a year ago
    Raines is a very intimate cozy speakeasy type of bar with curtained rooms with comfortable couch seating. It is a fun place to finish off the night with bourbon based drinks in a dark, sexy setting.
  • Photo of Peter W
    a year ago
    Tucked away in busy manhattan we stumbled in and were amazed. It was early at 5 and we got fabulous drinks. Vince was friendly and informative. I was taken back to a different time in high end New York. Curtains, quiet, elegant and incredible drinks. What an oasis in a crazy walking manhattan Very busy....normally need reservations. Another bar downstairs as well that transforms you to an old English pub Highly recommended. So happy I found this
  • Photo of Joanne L
    a year ago
    Decided to come here based on recommendations from multiple sources, and I have to agree. If you're looking for a speakeasy, the Law Room is a solid bet. Service is excellent, the servers and bartenders are ready with suggestions if you're not sure what you want. Don't be surprised if there's a waitlist, but the wait is worth it. Grab a drink at one of the bars closeby until your reservation comes up.
  • Photo of Paul S
    a year ago
    Look for the awning and the stairs down, otherwise you'll miss the entrance. And, you have to ring the buzzer to be admitted. Inside. Then the club feel ends. Inside, there is a maze of little sitting areas separated by drapery before you get to the bar. Lots of couches, dark and secluded atmosphere. Be prepared to share a sitting space if there are only two of you. Service is by pulling a chain on the wall, which lights a little service light. The wait staff is used to this and is very responsive. Prices are typical (high) NY for drinks. Eclectic menu for these. The Room was fun, once, and only because we were in the neighborhood.
  • Photo of Ashleyd1973
    a year ago
    Great atmosphere. Cocktails a little pricey but tasted great and worth it for the ambience. Highly recommend.

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