15 Historic Speakeasy Bars Still Standing in America

We’re once again in the roaring ’20s and the stealthy speakeasies of the prohibition era are trending again. The modern speakeasy has all of the allure of its 1920s counterpart, plus the legal sale of alcoholic beverages. While most of us aren’t asking for a return to prohibition-era regulations, there is an undeniable charm about the hidden bars of that era. Who doesn’t love a hidden door? You can still visit a few of the secret bars established 100 years ago. Here are 15 historic speakeasy bars that are still standing in America.

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Bourbon and Branch

501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Billed in the telephone directory as a cigar shop during Prohibition, this speakeasy bar is now known for its handcrafted cocktails.

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Mint Bar

151 N Main St, Sheridan, WY 82801

This saloon operated as a “cigar and soda shop” during Prohibition, but regulars knew the good stuff could still be found in the back.

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The Owl Bar

1 E Chase St, Baltimore, MD 21202

The Owl Bar is found inside the Belvedere hotel. During prohibition, whiskey-drinkers knew if liquor was flowing or not based on the eyes of the decorative owl statues at this speakeasy bar.

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The Green Mill

4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

This Chicago favorite of Al Capone has stayed true to its roots as a boisterous jazz bar where you can party till late-night — or early morning.

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The Del Monte Speakeasy

52 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

In the 1920s, patrons had to go through an above-ground grocery store to access this hidden prohibition bar.

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Chumley’s

86 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

This revived speakeasy was a hotspot for NYCs artistic crowd with a secret password based on the address: 86.

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The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.

112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Don’t be fooled by the snooze-worthy name — this Philly speakeasy bar was a front for one of the largest alcohol-smuggling rings of the Prohibition era.

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McGillin’s Olde Ale House

1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Now known for its craft beer selection and karaoke, this historic Philly spot spent the 1920s serving “very strong tea” to patrons who entered through the side door.

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The Landmark Tavern

626 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

This Irish pub in Hell’s Kitchen has been in operation since the late 1800s — but had to clandestinely sell alcohol from the third floor during Prohibition.

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Neumann’s Bar

2531 7th Ave E, North St Paul, MN 55109

Minnesota’s oldest saloon is open for business with a full bar, but during the other ‘20s, they secretly escorted “welcomed guests” to an upstairs area with forbidden booze.

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The Cave

310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd, Bretton Woods, NH 03575

This New Hampshire speakeasy bar, located in the Omni Mount Washington Resort, was protected by prohibition-era authorities by its stone walls and look-outs who would warn of any incoming raids.

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Merchants Cafe and Saloon

109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104

Those in-the-know during prohibition knew that this watering hole was a go-to spot for illicit drinks and fine women.

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The King Eddy

131 E 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

King Eddy operated as a piano store during the Prohibition era while serving drinks in the basement. It still stays true to its musical roots with live music, beer, and cocktails.

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Flûte Champagne Bar

205 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

Reopened as Flute in 1997, this cozy, candle-lit joint was an undercover showgirl-and-jazz prohibition bar during the 1920s.

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Two Way Inn

17897 Mt Elliott St, Detroit, MI 48212

The oldest bar in Detriot was undeterred by Prohibition — it kept selling alcohol “without stop” and continues to be a popular dive bar today.

 

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