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.
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).
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 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