At its peak in the mid-1920s, New York City was the center of bootlegging and speakeasies. It was widely considered the “wettest” city in the world!
Want to be in know about some of New York’s best kept secret bars and lounges???? No problem— this week I’m here to give you the details on how to find a few of the coolest unknown spots in NYC!!
To access this little LES speakeasy, look for a sign that reads “The Lower East Side Toy Company”. Pass through the gate, walk down the narrow alley-way till you reach a set of stairs. Climb the stairs to find a dimly lit little den which houses a delightful bar. Enjoy cocktails served in teacups (like real prohibition times), and bottled beers are enclosed in brown bags prior to being served. A trick bookcase leads to the real “back room”, a VIP-only lounge.
Gin was the predominant drink in the USA during the prohibition-era 1920’s and many variations were created. “Bathtub gin” was developed in response to the poor-quality of alcohol that was available at the time, By mixing it with other flavorings, such as juniper berries, and allowing the mixture to steep in a tub for several hours or even days, the gin became more drinkable. Producers of “bathhub gin” encouraged bartenders at hidden bars to create their own recipes for cocktails.
To locate this little treasure, walk up to what seems to be your average storefront and enter into the fully operational Stone Street Coffee Company. However, a glowing red light may just give it away that there’s more than a Cup of Joe to be purchased here! . Behind an innocuous door, Bathtub Gin’s name may conjure up a few visions of Prohibition-era moonshine (naturally they have a namesake copper bathtub prominently displayed in the center of the bar), but the bartenders have a cocktail menu that is anything but boring!!
Weeknights offer an opportunity to sink back in one of the speakeasy’s plush, damask banquettes over a cocktail or two while weekends are more raucous, drawing in a much younger twenty to thirty-something crowd! DJ’s are spinning dance tracks with the hottest new beats throughout the night.
Tucked into an unassuming brownstone on Restaurant Row, you would never suspect that this secret bar even exists! Just look for the staircase leading up to an unmarked door next to Joe Allen’s steakhouse. Even though it looks like you’re entering someone’s apartment, go right in – a hostess will be waiting to greet you. How’s that for clever?! And the drink menu is one not to be forgotten!!
To find this place look for a red neon sign advertising a psychic and then for the live tarot card reader. On busy nights, there might also be a bouncer outside the entrance. He’ll lead you through a curtain and into the bar. In addition to the great cocktails served up by the bartenders in white chef’s jackets, the food menu at Employees Only is awesome as well… Also, if you’re really interested in what the stars hold for you…the tarot card reader at the door will do live readings for guests!
Now are you ready for an adventure that leads you to the most Awesome, inexpensive yet delectable drinks? Then Shhhhhhh… You have to make your way to B Flat 277. To find this hidden gem, Look for a tall, black door marked 277. Open the door and go down a set of stairs to enter the bar. B Flat has live jazz music playing every Monday and Wednesday 8 to 11 p.m. Yet you can enjoy this place on other nights of the week as well, but be sure to call ahead for reservations or you may just find yourself unable to enjoy this secret spot!
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