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New York's Hidden Speakeasies
New York's Hidden Speakeasies

New York's Hidden Speakeasies

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Where magic meets cocktails (and a ton of hidden alleyways). ๐Ÿธ


Published April 15, 2021

Let's take a brief moment to recognize the dark time in our country by the name of the Prohibition. A time where music was jazzy but drinking could land you behind bars. Let's remember the barrels of wine lost to the 18th amendment. The grain with so much potential that went towards a loaf of bread instead of a pint. So, take back that dirty martini and raise your glass to the liquor-less souls that suffered a century back. The creation of speakeasies came at a very testing time in our country's history. As a result, we've gained a secret culture of 21st century bootleggers, kinda.

By our calculations, speakeasies are the most effective way to impress a date, group of friends, or even your parents. Not only will you look like the most knowledgable kid in town, you'll also get to experience another era. Japan, Paris, or even Prohibition time Lower East Side - take your pick and saddle up for some strong vibes, and even stronger cocktails. 

Angel's Share

Sushi and speakeasies sounds like music to our ears. As an East Village classic, Angel Share comes to us in the form of a Japanese bar hidden inside of Yokocho eatery. Though this bar may remain unknown to some of their neighbors, the line leading down the stairs may give them away. Note that there is typically a wait, so get there early grab a few rolls. 

Where: 8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003
How to get in: Walk into the unmarked side door at the front of Japanese restaurant Village Yokocho, take the stairs up and you’ll find a door in the back of the room. 

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Thyme Bar

This new cocktail lounge located in a pre-war cellar serves up light fare and creative libations in an intimate space. Flatiron's newest underground hideaway is nestled beneath 23rd street. Along with artistic cocktails, Thyme offers an exclusive dining experience with a prix fixe menu and beverages to match.

Where: Cellar Cellar, 20 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
How to get in: Find the speakeasy nestled beneath Patisserie Chanson.

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Seamore's DUMBO

 
 
 
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We all know that DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, but what you may not know is that there's something hiding down under the DUMBO Seamore's as well – a chic speakeasy-style bar. The underground bar is currently open on Mondays & Tuesdays for Seamore's Master Mixology Class. Learn to make three different cocktails, differing in flavor and spirits. The menu changes each week so you can return to the class more than once & expand your mixing mastery!

Where: 66 Water Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
How to get in: Purchae tickets to the Mixology Class here.

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PDT (Please Don't Tell)

 
 
 
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Found inside of a hot dog joint in the East Village, you may never have guessed to order a side of secrecy with your fries. Who would? Any patrons that seemingly go into the phone booth to "make a call" are dialing up the other side to get a seat at the speakeasy. This is as authentic as you'll experience, right down to the 3 hot dogs you may devour. The perfect balance between perfectly crafted-cocktails and grungy comfort food. Once inside, you'll find a dimly lit space with exposed brick and a bartender ready to please. If you're looking to impress, make a reservation beforehand. 

Where: 113 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009
How to get in: Enter through a phone booth in Crif Dogs next door sip novel cocktails in a dark space.

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Dear Irving

 
 
 
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There are many luxuries in life, one of which is a personal buzzer at your table to call upon a waiter. A bar inspired by the Woody Allen movie, A Midnight in Paris, you’ll find 4 rooms - all channeling different time periods in history - from the JFK room complete with chandeliers to the F.Scott Fitzgerald room. An impressive space that is meant to be shown off - so bring your best attire and enjoy the gilded ceilings and hand-carved ice cocktails. 

Where: 55 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003
How to get in:  There’s no signage, but you’ll find a short flight of stairs that will lead you up to a small lobby and to a hostess station.

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Little Branch

 
 
 
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You'll never be able to unsee this speakeasy that lives in plain sight. We have all walked past this corner near Houston with an abandoned-looking door. But what you’ve never noticed is the large man standing in front, who is indeed a bouncer. Once inside the den, this snug space will make you feel right at home. If a collection of classic cocktails don’t do it for you, then name your favorite liquor and watch some magic happen with the mixologist. 

Where: 22 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014
How to get in: An unmarked door on the corner of Leroy and 7th Avenue. 

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Storage Room at UES.

What seemingly looks like a summertime ice cream shop actually holds a little secret. If you look past the cookie dough, you’ll find a wall covered in ice cream cartons - that’s how you know you’re in the right place. Grab yourself a decadent triple-scoop cone and head inside the Storage Room to order an extravagant drink. The quirky cocktails come in NYC Greek-style coffee cups that are sure to melt your heart. 

Where: 1707 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128
How to get in: Walk into the ice cream shop and follow the arrow to a door stacked with cartons. Push past and you shall find yourself inside the speakeasy. 

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Patent Pending 

 

 

 

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Let’s go back over a century to learn abotu a man by the name of Nikola Tesla. An electrical inventor who experimented with radio waves and gave your google home the power of WiFi and bluetooth (kind of). At Patent Pending, you'll actually step into his home at the Radio Wave Building in NoMad to sip on coffee by day and a cocktail by night. This suped-up space impresses from every angle with edison light bulbs strung across the bar to the emerald lounge chairs. You'll forget you're in NYC for just a bit, or maybe that's just the cocktails.  

Where:  49 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
How to get in: Dial 4-9-2-7-# into the security pad, which will alert the host to unlock the doors

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Apotheke

 
 
 
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Apothéke: A pharmacist-style cocktail apothecary. Modeled after an old European apothecary, this space previously held an opioid den - which already feels like an adventure to us. Feeling ill? A perscription for a negroni may do the trick. 

Keep your eye out for the monthly rotating password on their channel

Where: 9 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
How to get in: When you walk into the narrow street of Doyers, keep your eye out for a “Chemist” sign. 

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Mezcaleria la Milagrosa

Not having laundry in your building may finally pay off, no quarters necessary. Found in a laundromat turned Mexican grocery store, this agave bar was born. Enter through a freezer door to a wood panneled space, complete with colorful stools and spanish tiled bar. The fiesta continues with a small dance floor in the back. The bar does require reservations so come prepared. 

Where:149 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
How to get in: Follow the Laundromat signage inside to a freezer in the back. The hostess standing in front may give it away. 

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Peachy's

 

 

 

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Go to the light… the pink neon one. This excentric asian-themed bar comes to us in the form of a den completed with peach blossoms strung around the bar, Gucci wallpaper, glowing lanterns, and deep red banquettes. With house rules like “No photos” and “No Fighting,” you may be making some false promises by entering. This spot has also been known to catch some celeb sightings like the Kardashians and Post Malone. Who can resist a Gucci wallpaper?  

Where: 5 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013
How to get in: Under the Chinese Tuxedo restaurant, you’ll find a Peachy’s neon pink sign.  

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Bathtub Gin

A coffee shop by day and bar by night. Meet Bathtub Gin: a dark and fabulously ornate speakeasy in Chelsea. The gin-centric cocktails build on classic drinks from 1920s America, keeping them classically styled, while adding subtle modern enhancements and exquisite touches. Stepping through the bar takes you back to the roaring 20s—copper colored ceilings, fringe-covered lamps, and most importantly, a glass-covered, clawfoot bathtub. 

Where: 132 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
How to get in: Behind a door at Stone Street Coffee on 9th avenue.

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Attaboy

What a delight it is to find out that the turn-of-the-century, gated-off, alteration shop you always walk past is actually a cocktail bar. The joys of New York. What used to be the iconic Milk & Honey bar has since turned into atta boy by 2 of the M&H veteran bartenders. It continues to be a neighborhood favorite with its intimate space and Penicillin cocktail - sure to cure any ail. 

Where: 134 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002
How to get in: Once you’re at the address, ring the doorbell at 134 eldridge. You may get seated right away or asked for a phone number to wait. This is a no reservations bar. 

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The Back Room 

 

 

 

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The Back Bar is one of the two original prohibition bars from the 1920’s. On par with the theme, you’ll be served your cocktails in teacups and paper bags. Fortunately, there won’t be any gangsters hanging out but you’ll surely feel the history. If you look carefully enough, you’ll notice the speakeasy within a speakeasy behind a bookcase. Reserved for VIP-only. 

Where: 102 Norfolk St, New York, NY 10002
How to get in: You’ll use the same entrance that was used almost 90 years ago. Pass through the gate, walk down an alleyway and up a set of stairs to find a dimly lit den fitted with a gleaming bar.

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Temporarily Closed Due To COVID

Blue Quarter 

Anything described as a "tiny jewel box bar" is probably where we belong. The Mediterranean spot hosts a variety of tea-inspired cocktail menus that will make you feel healthier than before you took that first sip. So saddle up for some intense flavor notes that are sure to send you to a whole new world. 

Pro Tip: The Soon To Ripen is for every daredevil out there. Earl grey tea with a paprika finish? Yes please.

Where92 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
How to get in: Found inside Local 92, the gigantic blue door in the back is hard to miss. 

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Peppi’s Cellar

 

 

 

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We beg you to take us on a stroll through the cobblestone streets of SoHo and straight into Nolita to spend the night at Peppi’s. Order a bottle (or two) of vino and cozy up to the live jazz music that follows. A cross between a wine cellar and a spacious lounge, you'll bask in all the space. So New Yorkers, get on the same page and do as the Italians do. 

Where406 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
How to get in: Look for the three spiral staircases inside the restaurant Gran Tivoli. 

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Featherweight

 
 
 
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Found somewhere between Williamsburg and Bushwick (inside Sweet Science *cough cough*), you’ll find this treasure under a mural of a boxer with an unmarked entrance. Filled with candlelight and some extremely flavorful drinks that are not featherweight whatsoever. We reccommend you get in on the cleaner, your soul deserves it.

Where:135 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
How to get in: Once inside Sweet science, look for the boxer mural and a feather on the door. 

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Le Boudouir

Drink like the royalty you are at this Marie Antoinette-inspired cocktail bar. Walk past a bookshelf and down a hidden flight of stairs into this ornate Parisian bar designed to look like her chambers in Versailles. Decorated with scarlet/gilded walls and red velvet booths - are we able to pack an overnight bag?

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Where: 135 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201
How to get in: Beneath the bistro Chez Moi, there is a hostess to lead you past the bookshelf and into the bar.

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