New York’s Hidden Speakeasy Bars

February 23, 2016


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The speakeasy came into prominence in the United State during the Prohibition era, 1920–1933. During that time, the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcoholic beverages was illegal throughout the United States.

The phrase “speak easy” denoting a place where unlicensed liquor sales were made. The term appeared in a British naval memoir written in 1844 meaning a “smuggler’s house,” and a British slang dictionary published in 1823. In Prohibition-era America, the “speakeasy” became a common term for illegal drinking establishments.

Nowadays the name ‘speakeasy’ is a prohibition-themed legal cocktail bar, serving classic and signature cocktails and craft spirits.

Some Popular Speakeasy Bars (NYC)

Amor y Amargo – 443 E 6th St.
Angel’s Share – 8 Stuyvesant St.
Attaboy – 134 Eldridge St.
Bathtub Gin – 132 9th Avenue
Death + Company – 433 E 6th St.
Flatiron Lounge – 37 W 19th St.

Ruin – 18 Spring Street- 113 Saint Marks Place
R20 (Roaring Twenties) / Midtown Private Venue.

Pouring Ribbons – 225 Avenue B
The Summit Bar – 133 Avenue C
The Raines Law Room – 48 W 17th St.