We contributed during 1 year for Glamour Brazil. Here is one of our posts: http://revistaglamour.globo.com/Lifestyle/Viagem/noticia/2014/06/bares-secretos-em-ny-o-roteiro-dos-speakeasy-mais-top-da-cidade.html
The English Version below:
In the US, Prohibition happened between the years 1920 through 1933. During these years, the American Constitution banned the sale and manufacture of alcoholic beverages in the country! It did not take long for the black market liquor traffic to appear and grow. One of the most famous traffickers this time was the famous Al Capone! Consequently, bars hidden deep inside restaurants or in the basements of bakeries, spread across the country. These places were called "Speakeasy" and served alcohol for customers!
In New York there are several Speakeasies around the city, but obviously today are all legal. Anyway, it's always a thrill to go to one of these bars, as they remain hidden behind small doors or in rooms deep in the most unlikely places!
We reveals some of the most sought after addresses in the city:
1) 55 Bar: Located in Greenwich Village, 55 Bar has wonderful jazz concerts, funk and blues nights, seven days a week! It is one of the bars with the best vibe, incredible music, a more intimate place, where bands interact with the public, which in turn is laid back, the decor is super cool ... and the best: zero tourists! Surely a perfect place for those who want to feel like a real New Yorker!
Address: 55 Christopher Street
2) Bathtub Gin: Hidden deep in a cafe in Chelsea, Bathtub Gin has a very good menu and a interesting beverage menu with elaborate cocktails! The name of the bar is in honor of Gin, who during the years of Prohibition in the United States, was very popular. Bathtub Gin portrays the poor quality of the drink that was available during that time in the country. The suggestion is to try to make a reservation to ensure that you’ll be able to get it, since it can be tough at the door. You can still be lucky enough to attend one of the burlesque shows that take place at night!
Address: 132 Ninth Avenue
3) Please Don't Tell: After entering a small hot dog restaurant called Crif Dog, you will see an old phone booth at your left. This cabin is actually the entrance to the speakeasy called Please Don't Tell (great name, by the way!). As you pick up the phone, you inform the hostess the number of people with you and she will open the door! No doubt it will be a grand entrance!
Address: 113 Saint Marks Place
4) Apotheke: In an old opium den located in Doyers Street, an Austrian named Albert Trummer, founded Apotheke. Imagine a place where a mad scientist meets a mixologist in a place full of opium! It is strange! This speakeasy is one of the most stylish in the city, with a bar offering more than 250 drinks and 500 bottles of liquor brought in from different parts of the world. Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays they have live music, but the cool day is Wednesday with the house’s jazz band, but note...the entrance is permitted only with a password!
Address: 9 Doyers Street #1
Here are a few more scattered speakeasies New York:
- The Raines Law Room at Flatiron District - www.raineslawroom.com
- Employees Only in the West Village - www.employeesonlynyc.com
- The Richardson in Brooklyn - www.therichardsonnyc.com
- Hotel Delmano in Williamsburg - www.hoteldelmano.com
- Death & Company on the Lower East Side - www.deathandcompany.com
Photo Credits: Courtesy, Max R. Sequeira Photography, Smoke & Oakum's Gunpowder Rum and The Creamynals