View Full Version : Speakeasy Bars

12-13-2011, 04:19 AM
Anyone actually been in a speakeasy style bar? It doesn't have to have the 1920's speakeasy theme. I'm looking for the hidden-away, hole-in-the-wall, back room bars or restaurants.

1. How did you find out about it? Friend? Internet?

2. How did you find the entrance / directions?

3. What was the clientele like?

4. How about the atmosphere / ambiance? (And no, I'm not talking about the physical atmosphere, sillies. Although snarky answers are still accepted. :tongue)

Yes, I will be doing research but since I just stumbled onto the fact that there are still places like that, other than the usual "members only" clubs, I'm just starting my research. Gotta love hanging out with friends interested in having adventures in big cities where you usually can find said adventures. lol

Drachen Jager
12-13-2011, 04:59 AM
I went to one in Germany once. It was a small town and some guy had the back half of his house turned into a pub. Everyone served themselves whatever was available and worked on an honour system. Our friend who brought us there said he'd taken a bottle of apple schnapps from the bar once and finished it with some help. When it came time to settle the tab, they told the guy what they'd had to drink and he said, "We have apple schnapps! Really?"

Bills were a bit random and depended partly on the mood of the owner. I seem to remember he comped us a few beers because the meal took forever to cook.

12-13-2011, 06:02 AM
There is a cool place in Old Town Scottsdale. If you don't know it's there, you will never find it. The first time we went, we still almost didn't find it. Doesn't face the street, no signage, beat up looking wooden door that looks like it goes to a storage area. Has a massive wine list and some good eats. The clientele is mostly 30 somethings and older because it's a little pricey. On some nights they have live music. Mostly jazz.


The official name is Kazimierz World Wine Bar, but if you just say Kazbar to those in the know, they know what you mean.

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Bing Z
12-13-2011, 09:07 AM
How about "Raines Law Room" in Chelsea, Manhattan?
You can read about it on http://nymag.com/listings/bar/raines-law-room/ and http://www.yelp.com/biz/raines-law-room-new-york

12-17-2011, 03:10 AM
The Last Concert Cafe in Houston, Texas