Raines Law Room

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Meaghan Dorman at Raines Law Room
There is no bar to belly up to at this louche lounge. Drinks are prepared in a beautiful but half-hidden back room surrounded by gleaming examples of every tool and gizmo a barkeep could wish for. From this gorgeous tableau comes an austere cocktail list, which includes classics like the Manhattan and Negroni, and variations thereof. The 10 Gallon Hat (mescal, ancho chile, lime and pineapple) smacks of a margarita with something fiery to celebrate. And the Pinoeer Spirit, a twist on the Old Fashioned (rye, apple brandy, orgeat), is so strong it could serve itself. Who needs a barstool anyway?
Venue name: Raines Law Room
Address: 48 W 17th St
New York

Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 5pm–2am; Thu–Sat 5pm–3am; Sun 8pm–1am
Transport: Subway: F, V to 14th St; L to Sixth Ave
Price: Average drink: $14. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Samantha H

Sexy wallpaper, cozy couches for groups, excellent menu. I recommend anything with gin in it since they seem to make the best drinks out of gin, particularly the Gershwin. 

Ring the doorbell, leave your name and number, go to a nearby bar and be ready to get called at any time (make sure to answer it!).

Ariel A

Super expensive, but quite the experience. When you get there, there's no sign out front. You walk down a few steps and knock on the door and they ask how many are in your party. When you get inside, it looks like a 1950's train car. When you're ready to order, you ring a bell. The drinks are good, but this definitely should not become a regular if you're short on cash.