Between places like Studio 151, Honeycomb, 929, and BierWax, New York City isn’t unfamiliar with vinyl record bars. But why stop there? Because honestly, in our humble opinion, there’s always room for more!
So naturally we can’t say we’re bummed that tucked behind this coffeeshop, also vinyl-themed, is a hidden bar where the music is curated by DJs spinning vinyl records, the cocktails are meticulously crafted, and the vibes are too captivating to miss.
Aptly dubbed Record Room, this Long Island City hotspot is the brain child of ex-NFL player Aaron Weaver, whose childhood memories of listening to his grandmother’s records sparked his deep appreciation for music. Thus, the space is the product of his desire to create a similar experience for others.
After opening its doors it didn’t take long for the space to captivate the hearts of music enthusiasts and cocktail aficionados alike, and it’s easy to see why.
The cozy, living room-like atmosphere and dim lighting make for the perfect place to enjoy mouthwatering cocktails and shareable bites.
Cocktail standouts include the El Diablo, made with tequila, black currant, citurs, comforting spice, and wildflower honey, the Beware of The Boys, made with tequila, mango, citrus, floral spice, and aromatic tea, and the Into the Groove, a combination of lemongrass gin, bright citrus liqueurs, ume plum, and crisp bubbles.
Grab a small bite to eat, such as marinated olives, chicken and chorizo skewers, or fried calamari and you’ve got yourself the perfect pairing.
As for the tunes, DJs skillfully curate their sets solely using vinyl records from an extensive collection spanning various genres and eras. The result is a room infused with an unmistakable and captivating energy that can’t be missed.
Weaver stated of the space, “There is a powerful connection between music and memories. Our goal has been to create a comfortable and immersive experience that taps into that by providing our guests with exceptional music, meticulously crafted cocktails and shareable bites – in a way that still makes them feel right at home.”
Record Room is located in Long Island City at 4709 Center Boulevard. It offers New Yorkers an unforgettable experience steeped in nostalgia, craftsmanship, and the power of vinyl.