Shhh…drinking is prohibited!
From 1920 to 1933, drinking was prohibited in the United States. Can you imagine a life without alcohol? Lucky for us, prohibition is no longer in effect and we can enjoy a nice cocktail when we get out of a long day at work. Here are the 5 best places to enjoy that speakeasy 1920’s vibe without having to hide from the popo:
1) Apotheke: 9 Doyers Street, NYC
This former Chinatown Opium den prescribes over 250 different cocktails. If you’re really in the mood, order a “Pain Killer” or the “Euphoric Enhancer.” Make sure you follow them on their twitter account, that way you know the secret password to get into the barely noticeable entrance.
2) PLT (Please Don’t Tell): 113 St. Marks Pl, NYC
This speakeasy is assessed through a vintage phone booth in an East village hotdog joint. Talk about cool entrances! Call ahead to make reservations.
3) The Raines Law Room: 17th Street between 5th & 6th Ave, NYC
Ring the doorbell at the black door at the bottom of the subterranean stairs and someone will come get you. This speakeasy is named after the 1897 New York law prohibiting the sale of alcohol on Sundays except for in hotels. Order a “Mamie Taylor” and get your drink brought to you in your train-like seat after a tug of the pull-chain.
4) Angel’s Share: 8 Stuyvesant Street, NYC
Try the “Evidence” for a warm buzz. Don’t be confused when you walk through a Japanese bar to go up the stairs to get to this bar. Also, don’t show up with more than four people; you will get denied at the door.
5) Manderlay Bar at the McKittrick Hotel: 532 West 27th Street, NYC
[photo credit: http://gotham-magazine.com/]
While you sip on your concoction enjoy the musical act that comes along with it. This bar really brings back the era of Jazz with the red velvet, mirrors, and smoke.
There you have it, the best speakeasies in NYC!