Having a drink at sky bars and cool hotel bars are nice and all, but let’s be real……it’s getting boring. Instead, let’s explore some of the mysterious, off-the-beaten-path speakeasy bars with a touch of exclusivity.
Secret-doorway-speakeasies are never easy to find. Hence, we are giving you some of the top 6 hidden speakeasy bars around the world that you must visit!
1. 001, Hong Kong
This bar is known as one of Hong Kong’s most hidden speakeasy bar. The exact location is never specifically established, not even on the website.
001 is located behind the city’s wet market stalls, marked with a black door with an illuminated doorbell. It is indeed hard to find but we promise you……it’s a worthy quest!
Upon entrance, you can expect to feel as if you have escaped back in time into a very luxe speakeasy filled with jazzy grooves and well-dressed waiters.
Decorated with vintage-looking furniture from the 1930’s gentlemen’s club style, this bar has booths lined on one side and low round tables with a few seats on the other where you get to enjoy mixologists making their signature drinks.
At 001, you’ll get to experience a glass of 10 to 20-year-old wine, whisky or scotch.
They have gorgeously crafted cocktails and impeccable small bites. You should certainly try their earl grey martini.
001 has a menu filled with good liquor that would go really well with a tasty bite of oozy gruyere cheese sandwich.
Not to mention 001 also offers Happy Hour offers from Monday to Friday (6PM – 8PM) with selected cocktails for only 98HKD (12$)!
Address: 97 Wellington Street, Central District, Hong Kong
Opening Hour: 6:00PM – 2:00AM
Phone No: +85228106969
2. The Back Room, New York
Did you know that during the prohibition period (1920-1933), selling, manufacturing and transportation of alcoholic beverages were illegal throughout the US?
Explore The Back Room for a unique bar experience as this is one of the only two speakeasies that operated during the Prohibition period and is still in existence today in New York City.
The spectacular 1920s décor in reds and golds that spreads across the bar along with the elegant chandeliers gives this place a classy exclusive ambience. There is also a secret room behind the bookcase with plush couches and open fireplaces, making it the perfect place for a date too.
Do note that dress code is important here to be given access.
There are bands playing old-fashioned music too which really adds on to the old-school ambience.
One of its signature drinks is definitely the Gatsby Manhattan with homemade cherry bourbon that costs only $14!
Address: 102 Norfolk Street, New York, US
Opening Hour: 7:30PM – 3:00AM
Phone No: +1 212 228 5098
3. The Baxter Inn, Sydney
The Baxter Inn, located in Sydney, Australia, is famous for housing one of the largest whisky collections with 500 types of whiskeys!
This speakeasy hidden in the basement laneway, across some sketchy stairs, is the perfect place for whisky lovers.
The Baxter Inn offers top-notch whiskeys, like the 40-year-old-Macallan that would make any strong man weak at the knees.
This speakeasy serves a wide array of alcohols, for instance the Irish, Japanese and American labels, Scotch, rotating beers and a decent list of wines too.
The Baxter Inn is also famous for their warm service and friendly knowledgeable staffs. This is definitely a place to be at if you’re travelling and need a nice break from work and stress.
Address: Basement 152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney, Australia
Opening Hour: 4:00PM – 1:00AM
Phone No: +61 2 9221 5580
4. Buck And Breck, Berlin
Ever been to a bar with a massive sleek black wooden table as the only furniture in the room, serving ONLY 14 drinkers?
If not, you’d better reserve a seat at Buck and Breck now for this rare experience.
What makes Buck And Breck special? Its compact size is definitely part of its charm.
This speakeasy’s small space brings visitors closer to the mix station where they would be served cocktails specially made based on their personal tastes. Mixed in frosted glass with sugar granules around, the Buck & Breck absinthe is a killer.
Address: Brunnenstraße 177, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Opening Hour: 7:00PM – 4:00AM
Phone No: +49 176 32315507
5. The Jerry Thomas Project, Rome
“The speakeasy of Rome” is how Romans named this small and distinguished bar.
The Jerry Thomas Project serves the best cocktails in town. Staying true to the speakeasy style, visitors gain access to the bar by answering the questions given to them. That would be the password for access.
A side tip: a better understanding of old drinks & characters in the history of mixology would certainly be helpful.
The Jerry Thomas Project is a paradise for true cocktail aficionados.
You get to lean on leather couches while taking a sip of Negroni del Professore. The drink leaves a mixture of bitterness from Campari with classic notes of juniper and citrus from Professore alla Monsieur that will give you utmost relaxation after a long trip.
Address: Vicolo Cellini, 30, Roma, Italy
Opening Hour: 10:00PM – 4:00AM
Phone No: +39 06 968 45937
6. Local Edition, San Francisco
Hidden beneath the Market Street, San Francisco, is a newspaper-themed bar with a high-class vibe – Local Edition. You just have to head downstairs and you’ll be entering the depths of the historical Hearst building where the printing presses for the Examiner was once held.
What is better than sipping on a fancy hand-crafted cocktail while bobbing your head to a live jazz band playing on the stage.
According to bar manager Ian Scalzo,
“All of the drink names are based on the newspaper business: on people, places, and things of the ’50s and 60s, and all things Hearst.”
What should you try?
“Long Goodbye” is definitely highly recommended. It has a combination of Fernet-Branca, a bitter herbal liqueur mixed with the sweetness from Cachaca and the sourness of passion fruit. It will certainly knock you off your chair!
Address: 691, Market Street, San Francisco, USA
Opening Hour: 5:00PM – 2:00AM
Phone No: +1 415 795 1375
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