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The Rum House

Bars, Lounges Midtown West
4 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
The Rum House
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
In 2009, this rakish, 1970s-vintage piano bar in the Edison Hotel looked destined to go the way of the 99¢ peep show. But the team behind Tribeca mixology den Ward III ushered in a second act, introducing some key upgrades (including serious cocktails) while maintaining the charmingly offbeat flavor of the place. Forget you're a stone's throw from Times Square while listening to nightly live jazz acts and sipping dark-spirit–heavy tipples, such as a funky old-fashioned riff that showcases the rich, tropical complexity of Banks 5 Island Rum. Those who suffer the cruel fate of being in Times Square on a weekend morning can console themselves with a range of six Bloody Marys (noon–5pm).


Venue name: The Rum House
Address: 228 W 47th St
New York
Cross street: between Seventh and Eighth Aves
Opening hours: Daily 11am–4am
Transport: Subway: N, Q, R to 49th St
Price: Average drink: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
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I will happily recommend this place as an ideal hidden gem in the deep depths of despair also known as Time Square. 

I was taken here on a date, without being told where we were going, and concern mounted as I thought we were headed straight for the Dos Caminos on the corner, but then we walked into this bar that belongs in another era.

The Rum House has awesome cocktails, live jazz on some nights and awesome decor. I'm sure I'll make it back here one day and if you're in the area for a play, it's absolutely worth the trip.  

If you're in the heart of the city and need a decent bar to go stop by, The Rum House provides a decent hideaway. It's located in the Edison Hotel. The custom cocktails were on point but it will fill up fast/easily as there aren't many options for a non-touristy drink in the area. They also don't do reservations and seating is first come first serve. Snacks were skipable and pricey.


In the tourist trap that is the theater district, if you're looking for a decent cocktail, this is the place to go! Although it's a bit pricey for a classic Old Fashioned or Manhattan, your money will be well spent. The atmosphere is relaxing and the live jazz is as intoxicating as the drinks. Sidle up to a corner table with an overflowing tub of popcorn (really) and enjoy the evening!

This place is really cool..which is surprising given that it is in Times Square. Really non touristy. Drinks were delicious. Live music was a plus. The only thing keeping this from a (perfect) 5 is that the piano player was dressed in normal clothes instead of matching the era of the bar. Also, the snack menu was pretty disappointing. I didn't actually try the food, so maybe it was good, but would have appreciated more selection. Otherwise, I liked it!

This place is a small oasis in the craziness that is Times Square. Amazing atmosphere with live jazz music and the bartenders and great, just be respectful. It can get busy and it is small, so be patient. This place was also the bar in the Oscar nominated film 'Birdman'.  

Loved the Rum House.....a real NYC bar. Great bartender.......good times. Loved it being almost in the Edison lobby....since that is where we were saying....but can come in right from thr street as well...great


Great live music - piano, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, banjo, drums. Good drinks, fun crowd, intimate environment.