From 1920 to 1933, America deprived it’s citizens of our national past time, drinking alcohol. It was to not be served or consumed in the states anymore. But for every one saloon that was shut down about a half dozen speakeasies popped up. Al Capone was providing alcohol to the states and making a lot of people very happy.
Luckily, nowadays we don’t have to sneak around for our booze but we still have some hidden gems. It’s the best way to feel like you’re getting away with something illegal without actually breaking any laws. Here are some of our favorite hidden speakeasies around the country. Now you’ll know just where to hide in case Prohibition ever comes back!
New York City
Hidden in the back of a hot dog shop, Please Don’t Tell is by far one of the most popular hidden speakeasies around. Thought it’s become quite popular these days, that doesn’t degrade the quality of the cocktails or the service. Plus, as an added bonus, you can order and eat hot dogs in the joint!
As college students take over Davis Square, you can escape from all that nonsense to this beautiful basement bar. Saloon boasts pre-Prohibition cocktails with lots of booze and plenty of appetizing meals. You’ll be chomping away on some roasted pork shoulder while you throw back a few boozy beverages!
Untitled Supper Club is located in River North Chicago and is anything but quant. This 18,000 square feet speakeasy is split into several different rooms including a “library” with velvet booths and a lounge with a 30-foot bar. With all this space, Untitled is able to host live music most nights and a number of tempting meals.
Two Birds, One Stone is hidden at basement level beneath the Asian eatery, Doi Moi. The cocktail bar prides itself on it’s well-curated menu of about six drinks, four of which are new each week. On top of that, they’ll serve you the punch of the day or a tasty craft beer in the bottle.
The Varnish might have the best hiding spot ever! It’s tucked away in an old storage room in the sandwich shop Cole’s and is marked only by the cocktail etching on the door. Enjoy a few cocktails while listening to some classic jazz music and sharing a conversation in this dimly lit space!
This San Francisco speakeasy has the greatest name of them all, Wilson & Wilson Private Detective Agency. Take a step inside this cozy speakeasy and huddle up around the bar or take a seat at one of the few booths. Choose your drink of choice from the menus that come in brown envelopes as if you’re on a secret mission. They’ll serve you a cocktail or punch, all of which are apparently delightful.
How about you? Do you have a favorite hidden speakeasy you’d like to share with us? Let us know in the comments below and drink up!