The Rum House

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The Rum House Once a simple hotel bar, The Rum House at the Edison Hotel was revived and redecorated by the cocktail masters behind Tribeca staple Ward III, who turned it into a swanky cocktail lounge oozing with a cool mix of modern chic... New York United States 40.7597055 -73.9858948
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Party Earth Review Once a simple hotel bar, The Rum House at the Edison Hotel was revived and redecorated by the cocktail masters behind Tribeca staple Ward III, who turned it into a swanky cocktail lounge oozing with a cool mix of modern... ... read full review

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    1, 2, A, C, E: 50th Street; N, Q, R: 49th Street; B, D, F, M: 47–50th Street–Rockefeller Center

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  • Hours:

    Daily 11am–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Rum House Review

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Once a simple hotel bar, The Rum House at the Edison Hotel was revived and redecorated by the cocktail masters behind Tribeca staple Ward III, who turned it into a swanky cocktail lounge oozing with a cool mix of modern chic...

Once a simple hotel bar, The Rum House at the Edison Hotel was revived and redecorated by the cocktail masters behind Tribeca staple Ward III, who turned it into a swanky cocktail lounge oozing with a cool mix of modern chic and old New York charm.

A mellow haven situated just outside the chaos of Times Square, the venue features a soothing décor of dark wood and leather booths, and is a popular haunt for suited young professionals and pre-theater couples who stop in for lively chatter and a few sing-alongs with the pianist.

A wooden bar bathed in the glow of lanterns draws a mix of business cohorts, local regulars, and tourists out to savor some mixologist-crafted variations of old-school classics, from the unbeatable Manhattan to the satisfying Rum Old-Fashioned.

The crowd swells around 7pm as theatergoers flock in for a quick cocktail before show time, and then explodes again after 10pm when cultured patrons spill out of restaurants and musicals down the street.

A Big Apple mainstay with a stylish new look, The Rum House is a destination for anyone looking to enjoy a classy buzz before the curtain rises or after it falls.

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Tip from Emma:

You can’t come here and not have a rum drink! Try the Tortuga with Monte Cristo 12 year dark rum, muddled lime, lemon and orange, fresh cinnamon, and muddled with candied ginger. Yum.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, entertainment professionals, lawyers, pre-theater couples, hotel guests, and tourists, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live piano music six nights a week, ambient music otherwise.

  • Food / Miscellaneous


  • Prices

    Beer $6+, wine $8+/glass or $34+/bottle, cocktails $10+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual or business attire: button-downs, slacks, suits, business dresses, nice blouses and skirts, heels and dress shoes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night before 7pm or after 11pm to drink with the Broadway enthusiasts, and Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    Only a few blocks away, Rudy’s (169 West 48th Street) provides a similar upbeat vibe with a more casual setting.

The Rum House User Reviews

Average rating:
Good place
Gor G. Jun 10, 2013
Came on a Monday Night, what a sexy venue. Great atmosphere, nice Theatre-Going Crowd in this dimly candle lit piano-bar with an amazing staff! (seriously! I mean from the musicians to the bartender and down to the bar-backs, they were all on-point) It was great times listening to the live music, anyone can get up and do a number! but there were definitley some great singers in there (accompanied by piano or guitar, up to you!). The Bartender, I mean Mixologist! Danny, knows his drinks! he puts soo much care & incredible attention into every drink he serves. And he'll remember your name too! haha which is nice. But It's awesome just watching the man work, he is the definition of Mixologist and does it with NY flair. I tried the special house Tortuga (by his recommendation); it was amazing! he muddled together fresh ginger, cinnamon, lime & lemon and whipped up a incredible cocktail. We also ordered a sampler of meat & cheese, mixed olives, smoked almonds and prosciutto which came served on this rustic wooden cutting board. It was perfect! I'm a serious FAN of The Rum House.
A hotel bar with the vibe of a by-gone era that slings great cocktails in a dark and cozy setting.
Michael M. Mar 28, 2013
Considering it’s a hotel bar, The Rum House is an oasis for good drinks in the tourist-drenched world of Times Square. A light up sign emblazoned with the greeting ‘Hey Folks’ welcomes customers into the old-timey bar. Dimly lit by a row of Edison-bulbed lanterns hanging over the bar, the wood-paneled serving area features round mirrors so streaked, they definitely won’t provide drinkers with a reflection of themselves. Bottles full of the place’s namesake booze align the bar walls, and while rum functions as the ingredient for most of the cocktail specialties, the menu still offers up a variety of whiskey-based drinks, beers, wine and other liquors. If the bar section fills up (it likely will, with only about 10 available seats), wooden chairs and tables make up the back seating area, with red leather booths aligning the walls. A worn down piano sits in the corner, and the one time I witnessed a hired performer playing, he flung his fingers down in an impressive fury to deliver ragtime, jazz and other musical stylings from an era when people probably actually greeted each other at a bar by saying ‘Hey Folks’. Each drink explanation on the menu is accompanied by words of drinking wisdom from the likes of Captain Jack Sparrow and Charles M. Schulz. During my last visit I ordered the Tortuga, a rum-based drink mixed with ginger and cinnamon, which at first taste felt quite dry, but still delivered a surprising thirst-quenching after-effect that also left a bouncing sensation on the tongue. Because of the venue’s location, the crowd can be hit or miss. Visitors staying at the hotel are likely to funnel in, but the place is mostly populated by younger Midtown business men and women looking for a post-work release. It’s a good spot for a pre-theater drink too.
Have You Learned Nothing?
Jaclyn W. Nov 28, 2012
Times Square.. oh boy. I stopped in the Rum House for drinks before seeing a very late movie at AMC25. Needless to say, we waltzed in for one drink and then basically sprinted out. First of all, both of us were dressed decently enough, but for some reason the entire bar seemed to be staring us down. The crowd was extremely snobby, which was laughable because if you're going to a "fancy cocktail" bar in Times Square, you have absolutely nothing to be snobby about. There was a live band set up and playing. That was the only saving grace of this place until they stopped. It was super crowded because the space is pretty small and it seems like you have to wait forever to even get a tiny table. The staff was not too helpful and though it was crowded, I think I've gotten drinks faster at Irish Exit then here. That's also pretty embarrassing. Steer clear. There are so many better bars and restaurants on ninth avenue. Take the trip over there instead.
Not bad for midtown
Chris K. Nov 15, 2012
Any actual New Yorker or, you know, person with a soul understands that Times Square is an awful place where dreams go to die and get their corpses propped up surrounded by flashing lights. In that way, the Rum House isn't great, because you have to wade through the tourists and street performers to get there. Once there, however, one finds a cozy dark little cocktail bar with your typical list of beers and spirits as well as a few interesting variations on old favorites. While the name is a little misleading--there's not a HUGE emphasis on rum here--this bar has a lot going for it, and would be the perfect place for a pre-theater drink.
nice, but not for me...
Oman D. Nov 13, 2012
this is a small cozy little place..ive been there twice, once around 230am it was totally empty and one around 11pm it was poppin.....its a clean, cute place, the liver singer was totally cute and fun and i love her and the piano and her singing was really nice and energetic...but sorry the bar is pretty boring and too old for vodka drink was 21 and go to college and love going out and this is definitely not the place for me im pretty sure i went in to use the bathroom and get a drink then i room to dance and everyone seemed like they were judging how young/drunk/FUN i was
Dylan W. Nov 12, 2012
Everything the the light of those infernal billboards touches is just so awful... and this isn't AS BAD as most stuff in the area (14 DOLLAR SPINACH DIP APPETIZER AT APPLEBEES?!?!?!) so I should give it 2 stars but I only gave it one b/c the drink I ordered was weak. And you'll need a drink to socialize with all the tourists too so that lost star was deserved!!! I mean everyone's really nice and it's quaint (very tiny place) with a cool aesthetic and it's nice to see nyc's crabbiness (me) totally missing but idk it's just very "only as last resort" for me so there's the one star. I think I just really wanted to dance that night and this is not the place for it.
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