NYC: Illegal drinks in speakeasy

In recent years New York has rediscovered the speakeasy : the fascinating secret rooms where alcohol was served during the years of prohibition . What differentiates these bars, in addition to the extravagant and hidden locations, is the atmosphere that intoxicates them: it seems to have been catapulted into the roaring ’20s and to live a real experience in style Grande Gatsby.

Needless to say, to venture into these places you need to be well informed. Not everyone allows easy access, some are very exclusive, others require reservations. Fortunately, today, many of the speakeasy have a website where you can understand how to enter.

Another thing to know is that prices are often slightly higher than normal and the recommended tip is 15-20%. This slight surcharge is, however, justified by the magnificent experience that this type of bar offers its customers and the impeccable quality of drinks. Recall also that in the States must have been 21 years to drink legally.

5 speakeasy to discover in New York City


1. Blind Barber

Address: 339 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10009


Certainly one of the most characteristic is the Blind Barber . This secret venue is hidden behind a barber shop, just like the one in the Great Gatsby; it was very common for barber shops to smuggle alcohol during Prohibition. At Blind Barber, you do not just drink good cocktails, you can even chill your hair during the daylight hours. Online booking is required.


2. Apotheke

Address: 9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10079

This Speakeasy is located in the meanders of Chinatown , in a hidden alley. The interior of this has nothing to do with its dirty and unkempt entrance: you will be delighted with the most unpredictable cocktails, served on ampoules and bizarre containers, as if you had stumbled into the ancient laboratory of an alchemist. The waiters are dressed in shirts and cocktails, with strange properties, they are called prescriptions . Precisely for this and its furnishings, the place is called Apotheke , from the German pharmacy. The ideal day for a visit is Wednesday , the prohibitionist theme night, in which a password is required to enter.


3. Please Do not Tell

Address: 113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009


More than the room itself, the peculiarity of the PDT is that of having to access from a telephone booth . Entering the Crif Dogs, a hot dog fastfood, and going up to reach the bottom you will find a phone booth. By dialing number 1 you can have access to the clandestine bar. The cocktails of the place are really special and unusual tastes. To try!


4. Death & Co

Address: 433 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10009

death and co

Located on the Lower East Side , it has like all other speakeasy an anonymous entrance with no signs. Inside the dark entrance you will find a porter who will inform you if you can enter or if the place is full. In the second case you can leave your number and be contacted in case you vacate a seat. Death & Co does not accept reservations.


5. The Back Room

Address: 102 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10009

the back room

Perhaps one of the most complete experiences is offered by the Back Room , open since the days of prohibition, a meeting place for actors and celebrities of the roaring ’20s and even the most feared gangsters . The peculiarity of the restaurant is to serve alcohol in teacups, a tradition handed down for more than 80 years. The place is located behind a toy store and the entrance is the same since the first opening.


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