I love speakeasies. I do. They are so sexy, intimate, and serve up the best cocktails I have ever tasted. I recently visited one during a girls night out that I had been dying to experience, and it lived up to my expectations.
Raines Law Room included all the ingredients to a lovely prohibition era watering hole – unmarked door; mandatory doorbell ring for admittance in; dimly lit space with mainly the flicker of real candles to light the room; velvety couches to lounge on; and unique touches, like the switch at each table, that when pulled, lights up indicating to your server that you are ready for your next libation. Then there’s the wallpaper. When looked at from afar it looks like a baroque pattern of sorts, but when you bring it in close, you see that it is actually quite naughty – think artfully done pornographic outlines (sounds odd, but you really have to look closely, and it’s rather quite tastefully exhibited).
Since I am a sucker for spicy cocktails, my eyes went straight to the San Luis Cup ($13). This delicious concoction had Mezcal, Ancho Chili Syrup, muddled lime and cucumber, with a dash of sea salt and black pepper, shaken and stirred over cracked ice. It was smokey, spicy, and quite a treat. The only problem with the drink was that it went down the hatch to quickly. The ice didn’t leave too much room for the actual drink, but then again, this place it meant for sipping, not gulping.
So if you are looking for a rendezvous for two to a place of sexiness, or secret haven to catch up with a small group of friends (they only allow parties of 6), then ring the door bell, and step on into Raines Law Room.
Raines Law Room – 48 W 17th St, Manhattan, NY 10011