The Backdoor at Roxy’s

On a street lined with watering holes, this sexy little speakeasy nestled behind Roxy’s Diner in Fre
Colorful and theatrical Backdoor

THE VIBE:
The room’s feel is theatrical, yet intimate. The high wooden ceilings are decked with antique chandeliers and window frames suspended in midair. The VIP room is donned with floor-to-ceiling red velvet curtains. Great for dates, a casual cocktail or even a bros’ night out (all-you-can-eat ribs on Sundays, $18.95), it’s a revolving door for food-industry folks, sophisticated 20-somethings and locals.

THE FOOD:
Several budget-friendly, à la carte items to conquer any appetite: The shoestring onions are addictive ($3.50), as are the buttery jalapeño poppers, corn cakes topped with roasted sweet pepper and a spicy jalapeño-bacon-cheese blend ($5.95). Roxy’s famous hot pastrami is also on the menu, with stone-ground mustard, served on a baked caraway roll ($8.95).

THE DRINKS:
Classic cocktails such as the Sidecar and Sazerac (each $7) share the menu with originals like the Backdoor Baby Doll (fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, vodka, aromatic bitters and homemade Backdoor honey syrup, $8) and the Backdoor Surprise (rum, vodka, gin, Cointreau and a mixture of freshly squeezed juices, $9). Another must-try are the house-made infusions; choose from an array that includes sweet pear vodka, jalapeño tequila and rosemary gin.

THE BATHROOM:
The Backdoor shares two stalls with big sister Roxy’s Diner, so let’s hope you can hold it!

 

462 N 36th St.; 206.632.7322; backdooratroxys.com

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